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!

ICUEE 2015 – In the Books

The ICUEE (International Construction & Utility Equipment Expo) – also known as the Demo Expo – has come to a close for 2015. While we went into the week expecting sunny and 80 degrees, Mother Nature decided to change her mind on us. In true ICUEE fashion, we endured a day and a half of rain, cool temperatures, and a brisk breeze. It seems it wouldn’t be an ICUEE show without all the extreme weather conditions rolled into those three days.

Stellar had a nice presence at the show this year. Our booth was located in the outdoor “N” lot, in front of the convention center. We displayed our popular TMAX™1 service body and the Stellar® 7621 crane equipped with an E-Link Touch system and the Stellar® CDTplus™ crane control system, and we had the X-Tra-Lift in the booth as well. Booth visitors had the opportunity to see the X-Tra-Lift run up and into the truck and out again, or they could see first hand how the Stellar® Crane operated and get a first-hand look at the real-time load information displayed on the LCD screen on the remote handle. As you wondered the aisles of the show with your umbrella, you were sure to not get far without seeing a Stellar crane in various other booths as well. Some of our distribution, partners and end users had a Stellar crane on display in their booths. It is always fun to see that we’ve made such an impact on and created such a strong presence in this market.

So despite the inclement weather, we managed to collect a solid array of leads that we will be following up on in the next few weeks. We also had the opportunity to meet with several of our current end users and distributors for feedback and great discussions.

A little about the ICUEE Demo Expo – it is the largest event in North America for the utilities and utility contractors seeking new equipment and new technologies for their businesses. It takes place every other year, in Louisville, Ky at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center. There are over 25 acres of exhibit space, indoor and outdoor, and over 850 exhibitors consuming that space. A majority of the booths have demonstrations and hands-on opportunities for the attendees. The show is owned and run by the AEM, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, which Stellar is an active member. Early reports have indicated that attendance for the 2015 show was at record numbers, hosting over 18,000 attendees.

Next show on the calendar for Stellar Industries is the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida Oct. 15-18. The X-Tra-Lift will be on display for all the motorcycle dealers and enthusiasts to check out first hand.

See You at ICUEE

As we gear up to attend ICUEE (pronounced “I-Q”), the International Construction and Utility Equipment Expo – also known as the Demo Expo, Stellar Industries would like to extend an invitation to you to visit one of our various booths that will be located within the 25 acres of exhibit space at the Kentucky Expo and Fair Grounds. Show dates are Tuesday, September 29th thru Thursday October 1st. Stellar, along with its divisions American Eagle Accessories Group and Kiefer Manufacturing, will be displaying this year at ICUEE in their own respective booths.  Stellar will also be displaying a mechanics truck in the Ford booth, and I’m sure as in the past, there will be plenty of other booths that have a Stellar crane on display as well. Please stop by and visit us at any of our locations, and if you’d like to make an appointment, we’d love to schedule some time with you in advance of arriving in Louisville.  Please contact us to schedule time – you can reach out to Donna, at 641-923-4248 or at dpopp@www.americaneaglesales.com.  We encourage our distributors, current customers and potential customers to stop by our booths to check out all our products we have on display and to hear about all the other products we offer as well.

To give you a heads up, Stellar will be displaying a 7621 Mechanics crane equipped with the Stellar® CDTplus™ control system on a TMAX™ body and an X-Tra-Lift pick-up truck loading device.   American Eagle will be located outdoors in the “L” Lot this year with the demo truck in the booth showing off all the possibilities they have to offer, and Kiefer Manufacturing will have numerous utility and industrial trailers to look at, also located in the “L” Lot.

Also while at the show, be sure you check out the benefit auction located at the ICUEE Demo Stage on October 1st, starting at 12:15 PM. Stellar has donated an X-Tra-Lift unit (including installation). 100% of the proceeds from this auction will go to the Call of Duty Endowment. It is a national organization that helps military veterans find high quality jobs, including in the construction and utility industries.

All of our booth numbers are below. We hope you can make the trek to Louisville, KY so you can come visit with us. And while you’re there, I challenge you to scour the grounds and count how many pieces of Stellar equipment you can find. Report back to me at the Stellar booth how many you count, I just might have a special prize for you! See you there!

Stellar – N1012

American Eagle – L251

Kiefer – L455

Visit the ICUEE site www.icuee.com

Upcoming Company Picnic

This weekend we’re hosting our annual company picnic at the Hancock County Fair in Britt, where employees will be served some tasty grilled picnic fare and will be receiving wristbands and various other freebies to get the most out of what the Hancock County Fair has to offer. Hosting our company picnic at the fair falls in line with our company core values of treating all employees with dignity and respect, working together to exceed customer expectations, and committing ourselves to being valued members of our communities.

Taking care of our employees is a top priority at Stellar Industries. It’s the least we can do for our employees that make our product. If it weren’t for our stellar employees we wouldn’t be a stellar company. This is just one of the many times throughout the year that we take a few minutes to thank each and every one of them with a chance to relax, mingle, eat well and have fun. And if you happen to visit the fair this weekend, be on the lookout for all our employees who will be sporting new gray polo shirts. Pay particular attention to the logo area, as each shirt proudly declares the wearer as an Owner. We are proud to be an ESOP company, and we want our employees to be proud that they are an employee owner as well.

Another top priority at Stellar Industries is committing to being valued members of our surrounding communities. We support all our area communities in various ways throughout the year, and taking this excellent opportunity to be involved with and by supporting the Hancock County Fair gives us the chance to educate the community members on the product we manufacture. We will have a small display of tire trucks, mechanics trucks and maybe even a hooklift parked throughout the fairgrounds this weekend for our friends in the community to get an up close look.

We look forward to seeing our employees at the picnic for a fun day of relaxation, carnival rides and some destruction derby action that evening. We hope you join us in the stands too, and get your hands held up high – you just never know when that T-Shirt Canon will make an appearance! Maybe you can catch yourself a 25th Anniversary T-Shirt! We hope you have a fun and safe time at the fair this year!

Learn more about the Hancock County Fair activities at http://www.hancockcountyfair.com/