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Stellar Industries, Inc., located in Garner, Iowa, was established in 1990 as the first North American corporation to design and manufacture the hydraulic hooklift. Since its inception, Stellar has created over 40 different models within the single-pivot, double-pivot and sliding jib lines.
In 1993, Stellar acquired a local company that designed and manufactured custom tire service trucks used by commercial, agricultural and OTR tire dealers. Today Stellar offers a countless number of tire service truck combinations that include over 8 different models of tire service cranes ranging in capacities up to 28,000 pounds, a variety of accompanying tire manipulators, and a growing list of service bodies to meet any tire service need.
1999 was the year the Stellar telescopic crane line entered the market with its industry first hexagonal shaped boom design, 28-feet of all hydraulic reach, a radio remote control as a standard feature, and a planetary winch speed at 60 ft/min. Today the full crane line is available in models that range in capacities up to 14,000 pounds. Stellar continues to improve and expand its product offerings, such as the addition of the EC Series line, the Stellar® CDT™ technology that offers unique two-way communication with the operator and the Stellar TMAX™ Series service bodies.
Rinspeed Inc., a Swiss design company, first brought the X-Tra-Lift pick-up loading device patented concept to Stellar in 2000. Upon additional research and engineering, Stellar partnered with Rinspeed in 2004, licensed the product and began manufacturing and selling the X-Tra-Lift. Now available in two versions, the X-Tra-Lift has proven to be a workhorse for those in the vending, delivery, airline, motorcycle sales, recovery and repair, and recreational markets.
In 2002, American Eagle Accessories Group was created after the acquisition of a line of air compressors. American Eagle has since developed into a leading manufacturer of truck-mounted air compressors and drawer systems. American Eagle heavy-duty drawers feature a 500-pound capacity ball-bearing slide that carries a lifetime warranty. These can be mounted in a service truck or used as a stand-alone tool chest in the shop. The AE100 drawer system is also available and has many of the same features, but is lighter weight and intended for medium duty applications.
In March 2008 Stellar acquired the K-PAC solid waste handling equipment product line of Krause Corporation. The acquisition included hooklifts, cable hoists, container carriers and an automatic tarping system. The addition of these products fit well with our current Stellar brand of hooklifts and has opened many opportunities for Stellar in the waste, recycling and demolition markets.
The early months of 2011 brought on a new venture for Stellar. It purchased a vacant facility in the Mason City area and opened the first Stellar service and retail center, Stellar Truck & Trailer. This location serves as a place for customers to come for service and maintenance work on their equipment, as well as a place for the North Iowa area to purchase new truck equipment and accessories as well as get repairs done on existing products.
Stellar Industries, Inc. has most recently branched out from the Stellar brand of products to include two additional companies to the family. Kiefer Manufacturing fabricates horse, living quarters, livestock and industrial trailers. Manufacturing facilities are located in Kanawha, IA and Sneedville, TN. Valley Industries manufactures lube skids and fuel trailers under the LubeMate name and is located in Hastings, NE. Both companies are wholly owned subsidiaries and operate on their own.
Stellar Industries is proud to be headquartered in the Heartland where it has designed and manufactured its products for over 20 years. Through the use of a continually growing product line and an expanding distributor network, its products have gained an international presence and have become the number one choice in many of the markets it serves. Stellar is also very proud to be an employee owned ESOP company that employs hard-working, dedicated people from the North Iowa area as well as Nebraska and Tennessee.
Stellar looks into the future and sees nothing but growth. With a strong employee team that is true and loyal right down to its growing dealer network and customer base...
"Stellar truly is a supplier of high quality truck mounted equipment."
-David Zrostlik, President
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