Work Truck Manufacturer Stellar Industries Celebrates 30 Years

Stellar is now in its second generation of leadership and pushing over 500 employees, while still holding the same small-town values with which they began.

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Stellar Industries Inc., celebrated their 30th anniversary on Saturday, May 9th.

Stellar was founded in 1990 in Garner, Iowa, by three ambitious entrepreneurs, Francis Zrostlik, Jim Vlaanderen, and Gary Bomstad. Stellar began as the first U.S. corporation to design and manufacture a domestic hydraulic hooklift hoist.

Since their inception, Stellar has added the design and manufacture of numerous products for the work truck industry, including mechanic service cranes, hooklift hoists, cable hoists, telescopic cranes, articulating cranes, mobile drawer systems, commercial tire service trucks, and much more.

Stellar is now in its second generation of leadership and pushing over 500 employees, while still holding the same small-town values with which they began. As an employee-owned company, Stellar is dedicated to the communities in which they operate just as those communities have supported them throughout their growth.

“Stellar Industries is proud to have been founded as an entrepreneurial start-up using the know-how of dedicated north Iowans to build the strong company that exists today,” said Dave Zrostlik, president of Stellar Industries. “Our transition to a majority ESOP company over these 30 years is further proof of the commitment we have to remain an independent company that quickly responds to the needs of our customers, our employees, and our communities. I have great confidence and pride in the team members that have grown with us to create the successful company that Stellar Industries has become."

He continued, "Thanks go out to all those past and present Stellar employees and the communities that have supported us over the past 30 years. I am looking forward to successful growth and prosperity for the employee-owners of Stellar Industries for the next 30 years.”

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