We will start out the year with a couple tire service shows. We’ll be displaying at the Goodyear Dealer Conference in Orlando in late January. We have the privilege of displaying our Mini-OTR truck in the Goodyear OTR booth in addition to the 1004 commercial service truck we’ll have in our own booth. This is always a good show for us, and an opportunity to see many of the Goodyear Dealers all in one place.
February brings us to the Tire Industry Association OTR (Off the Road) Conference held in Hawaii this year. Our Tire Service sales staff will represent us at this conference as we get the opportunity to meet with a lot of our customers that use our large tire service trucks. This too is always a great opportunity for us to meet many customers in one place. In addition to the OTR conference, we’ll be displaying a mechanics service truck and our American Eagle Accessories Group products (drawer systems, lube skids, and a fuel trailer) at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA Feb 14-16. This is a huge show for the agricultural market and is a great place for us to show off a lot of our products.
We’ll be packing up and hitting Vegas for CONEXPO/CONAGG, March 7-11. We’ll have some exciting new things to show off on the show floor including an up-close experience with the Stellar® CDTplus™ crane control system and the debut of a revolutionary new product that you don’t want to miss out on! You’ll be able to find us inside at booth #N10966 and outside at booth #G4083.
From Vegas we’ll be headed to Indianapolis for the NTEA Work Truck Show, March 15-17. We have another opportunity to view the Stellar® CDTplus™ in a whole new way and see some great product we’re going to be rolling out for 2017 at booth #5073.
We really hope to see you at one of our upcoming shows. You can get information about attending and discount pass codes on our website, stellarindustries.com, and our Facebook page.
If you can’t make it to the show, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for live updates and photos. As always, check our website frequently as we begin to reveal our new products and post more information about what’s exciting and new at Stellar Industries.
All throughout the campaign season, it was clear that Americans were looking for change. With Bernie Sanders attempting to secure the Democratic Party nomination, and Donald Trump, from the Republican Party, the undertone of both their campaigns was that our country was hungry for change. And change is what we got!
Donald Trump will be our first President that has never previously held an elected office. That alone would seem to signal that things will be different in Washington DC. Trump supported some fairly hard-edged positions on trade, immigration, and other hot issues during his campaign. However, it already appears that some moderation will be used in making the changes voters asked for.
Over the past 8 years, the businesses of a number of Stellar’s customers have been negatively affected by federal regulations. We hope to see some of these damaging regulations overturned or moderated so that these vital industries can once again thrive for their owners and employees.
No matter what is acted upon first, or how it is addressed, the first 12 months of the Trump presidency will definitely be interesting for all.
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!
2 National Association of Manufacturers
The Ford Transit has replaced the F350 as a more popular chassis for smaller Stellar® Tire Service Trucks. The move to the Transit chassis was one based almost completely on weight. Any truck over 10,000 pounds of gross vehicle weight (GVW) used commercially is considered a commercial truck, resulting in drivers being subject to DOT regulations regarding driver log books and hours of service restrictions, as well as other compliance requirements. If a business is able, it is simpler to stay under 10,000 pounds GVW. Since customers are challenged to keep under 10,000 pounds with the Ford 350 due to the starting chassis weight, they are now choosing the Transit as a lighter weight alternative. To assist our customers in the challenge to stay light weight, Stellar Industries has designed a body specifically for the Transit chassis, and the successful result is the development of the Stellar® 1004 Service Truck. The 1004 has been designed to fit the Ram ProMaster as well.
Listening to customers and delivering a quality solution at an acceptable price is a key ingredient to success at Stellar. It takes a team of people with the correct attitude and skills to execute, along with solid organizational team, to make a project like this work! Our People. Our Products. That’s what makes us “Stellar”.
In late May, Stellar Industries, Inc. – Kanawha welcomed a 6K Fiber Laser into the plant. Since then, employees have been watching the installation of the new laser with great interest and anticipation.
The installation of this new laser will be a big step forward in helping Stellar Industries get parts manufactured, assembled, and out the door to the end user in a quicker, more efficient, way.
“We currently buy over 400 parts from other suppliers,” Sara Lang, Purchasing Agent, said. “We are at the mercy of our supplier’s production schedules, and that can limit the availability of some parts and our overall flexibility. The new laser puts us back in the driver’s seat. This is a huge plus for Stellar. That’s what we’re most excited about.”
“To give you an idea how much efficiency we’ll gain, consider this: a CO2 laser will cut 16 gauge flat at the rate of 343 inches per minute,” Dan Beyer, Welding and Fabrication Supervisor, said. “This fiber laser will cut 1,378 inches per minute and can cut up to 1-1/8” thick steel. That’s significant.”
The new laser will be operational mid-June, with the automation portion coming on line in July. Everyone at Stellar is looking forward to reducing the number of parts we outsource and being able to produce our cranes, bodies and demountable products in a more efficient manner so we can get them out to the end user.
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