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Stellar Industries celebrates 30 years of work truck innovation

Unable to gather in person, employees spent the week celebrating with their team and community through videos, photos, and trivia on their social media channels

The Stellar team celebrates in front of one of their trucks

Stellar Industries, Inc., celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 9. While the world continues to change daily, the Iowa-based manufacturer took a moment to recognize three decades of work truck innovation designed to power customer productivity.

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 its inception, Stellar has added the design and manufacture of numerous products for construction, waste, mining, and many more work truck industries. Other products include mechanics trucks, service cranes, mobile drawer systems, commercial tire service trucks, lube systems and fuel trailers.

A slider hooklift Stellar truck.

Although they may not have been able to gather in celebration this year, Stellar Industries employees spent the week celebrating with their team and community through videos, photos, and trivia on their social media channels. 

"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. 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."

Company info

190 State Street
P.O. Box 169
Garner, IA
US, 50438


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