Be a Manufacturing Voter

November 8th is quickly approaching and it is important that everyone exercise his or her right to get out that day and cast your vote. As an employee owner of Stellar Industries, I personally find this election in particular of great importance. While the intent of this piece is not to sway your vote one way or another, it is to encourage you to educate yourself on the options that will be presented to you on the ballot that day. From my perspective, I wanted to share a few resources that are available to help in that education process. I will say they are slightly bias to the manufacturing world, but let me tell you why I think this is important to consider for everyone in this area.

Manufacturers in Iowa account for 18.3 percent of the total output in the state, and employ 13.7 percent of the workforce1. Manufacturing across the nation supports an estimated 17.6 million jobs 2. Output from manufacturing has been rising and was $31.15 billion in 20141. Exporting the good manufactured here is the strongest part of our Iowa economy, and has the potential to double if Congress would pass more pro-export legislation1. In addition, Iowa small businesses comprise 82 percent of Iowa’s exporters and account for 27 percent of total state exports1. That’s pretty big business for our state. Don’t you think having the right people representing us on a state and federal level is important to continue this success and to encourage growth for our area businesses?

So how do you learn more? There are lots of resources available, especially online. A few I want to encourage you to check out include the Iowa Prosperity Project at www.iavotes.com. This website is a resource to Iowa voters where they can research and learn more on where current elected officials and the candidates stand on issues that are important to Iowa employees, industry sectors and consumers. The goal of this site is to provide nonpartisan, unbiased information where you can learn about the issues, take action thru the use of the tools they provide, and help to spread the word to other Iowans about making educated decisions in November.

Another great resource is www.imakeamerica.com. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers sponsors this site. It is a national association that my company belongs to and participates in. This site will provide information on a national level, based on manufacturing in the equipment and agricultural markets. It strives to advocate for policies that will expand and preserve the economic growth of our nation. Within this site you can learn about various issues that affect the manufacturing world, how the candidates stand on these issues, and how you can support efforts to encourage elected officials to pass legislation that supports the industry.

The final resource I want to share with you today is from the National Association of Manufacturers. It’s another association my company is involved with and it has a great resource section regarding the election that is worth checking out. This site will lie out some of the key issues manufacturers across the US and specifically in Iowa are facing, such as corporate taxes, global trade http://www.nam.org/Election-Center-2016/Voter/

Don’t just be a voter on November 8th – Be a Manufacturing Voter!
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Partnering with Our Industry Associations is a Win-Win

Stellar has always been a big supporter of the various associations that serve our different markets where we sell. They in turn have offered a plethora of useful information and assistance to us to help us produce a quality product that meets industry standards, as well as helping us reach the end user through trade shows and other events.
It’s always nice to benefit from those relationships and participate in a win-win opportunity. One that I will mention today is the chance to work with the Tire Industry Association (TIA) to host three separate Basic Farm Tire Service (FTS) training classes here at our facility in Garner. Over the 3-day course, participants will have classroom and hands-on training to learn the skills needed for servicing farm, agricultural and construction tire and wheel assemblies. It is a certificate program for the participants.
Typically, in the past, these sessions were held at various association members’ tire shops. While they make it work as best they can, most tire shops are not equipped with facilities to accommodate 15 attendees in a comfortable classroom setting.
Travis Glidden, one of our knowledgeable tire service regional sales manager’s, has been instrumental in these training classes in the past, taking one of our demo units to the location and assisting with the class. He had the idea of us hosting the class here in Garner for TIA. The association was grateful for the offer, and took us up on it since we have a conference room large enough to accommodate the group, and the equipment and space needed for the hands-on portion.
The first class is scheduled for the middle of June and has already filled up. It is unprecedented to be sold out this early, according to the TIA class coordinator. Another class is scheduled for mid-July and the third class in mid-August.
To learn more about the class, visit our home page and click on the FTS link in the Spotlight section of the page, or visit www.tireindustry.org and select Training in the navigation bar.
What a great opportunity to come to Garner- the tire truck manufacturing capital of the world. The attendees will not only learn the safe and proper way to change farm tires and get certified but they’ll get to see the facility where tire service trucks are made.

Product Spotlight – Stellar® TC Series of Cranes

The Stellar® TC Series of cranes offer a combination of European compact design and refinement with American control sensibilities. The TC Series is a tall mast telescopic crane commonly referred to as a “T-Boom” crane. The design offers ultimate compactness to take up minimal bed space, yet offers up to 18.6 feet of hydraulic reach to maximize the load radius of the larger models.

While these cranes are historically operated with a manual control valve requiring the operator to be near or under a suspended load, Stellar has Americanized these cranes through the use of the proprietary Stellar® CDT™ crane control system. Being a “Stellar® CDT™ Equipped” crane means the crane will have a handheld proportional radio remote transmitter with percentage of load feedback to the operator as a standard feature. With the use of the Stellar® CDT™ crane control system, the operator is able to better position themselves around the load and their work area. This means the operator has the ability to be in the best position they deem necessary to get their job done.

The Stellar® TC Series Cranes are normally powered by a PTO and pump located on the truck chassis. Stellar does offer an optional 12V power unit with integral hydraulic reservoir as an option.

Stellar also offers suggested mounting designs for flatbed installations, as well as integral base systems to mount in the front of a truck body. Please consult with your Stellar distributor on which system is right for you.

To view the Stellar® TC Series Cranes click here

Keeping Up With Technology

Is technology ever going to stop with its rapid growth? Technology seems to always keep changing and evolving. We at Stellar are constantly trying to stay on top of, or ahead of, the trends by continually changing our technology within our company to meet the needs of our customers. One of the ways we’re growing our company with technology is by improvements to our secure distributor website.

We’ve recently rebuilt our secure distributor site from the ground up with some of the latest and greatest web framework. With this framework we were able to build it mobile friendly, and most importantly user friendly. Our distributor site is a major sales and marketing tool that we rely on to help keep our distributors up-to-date with the latest information they need to sell our products. We’re finding that by implementing a few new features into our distributor site, we’re making it easy for our distributors to stay in contact with us, find the most up to date product and customer service information about our service trucks, cranes, tire service trucks, hooklifts, cable hoists and container carriers.

So as technology continues to change, we will too in order to get to the level of excellence we continually expect ourselves to achieve.  And to do so we’ll need to continue to take strides with technology as it continues to evolve.

I Make America

Are you a Stellar Employee? Distributor? Customer? Do you know someone that works in a manufacturing job in the US? Most of you are going to answer yes to one of those questions – so read on and then join me at the end.

Several years ago one of the major associations we belong to, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers – or AEM, started a grassroots advocacy campaign called “I Make America”. The goal of the campaign is for US manufacturers to make some noise in Washington DC and advocate for pro-manufacturing policies to increase and sustain jobs and prosperity for America’s equipment manufacturers, such as ourselves. Through the I Make America campaign, the AEM encourages participating member companies, their employees and customers, to support the manufacturing industry, get involved, and take action on domestic policy issues that matter most to us and our communities.

We quickly climbed on board with the campaign. Since the inception of the campaign, Stellar has worked diligently throughout the years getting employees, vendors and customers to pledge their support by signing up for the campaign on the www.imakeamerica.com website. We’ve written numerous letters to our representatives, we’ve hosted the representatives, the governor and lt. governor, and we’ve hosted several presidential candidates. Our efforts and our participation is a sign to our elected representatives that we want them to listen to us and to take action on the items that support pro-manufacturing policies in the US – such as the Highway Bill. We want Washington to create business conditions that will help grow our economy, increase and sustain US manufacturing jobs by encouraging infrastructure investment, protect the US farming and manufacturing industries, increase our American exports, and help the US keep pace with other global manufacturing companies and producers.

So today, as in days past, I stand up again and declare “I Make America!” How about you? Do YOU make America? I think you do – Help us make some noise in Washington. It costs you nothing more than a few minutes of your time to sign up to show your support, and the rewards can be priceless. Join Stellar and the AEM at www.IMakeAmerica.com or follow them on Twitter and Facebook @IMakeAmerica – let’s make some noise!