Happy Independence Day from Stellar Industries, Inc.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” With 56 signatures, our forefathers pledged to each other their lives, fortunes and honor and in doing so, created a future for generations to come.

From the declaration of thirteen States to 50 States, we have persevered thru a Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrialization and a Great Depression surrounded by two World Wars. We have experienced trials and tribulations and in times of tragedies, we have come together as one, as Americans. As we gather with friends and family to celebrate our Nation’s birth, fireworks, picnics, ball games and parades fill the air with sweetness and memories in the making. Our Flag will be prominently displayed and our National Anthem sang. I ask that you take a moment to be thankful for our country’s Independence – our rights, our freedoms, the Red, White & Blue. To service members past and present, Thank You for protecting our freedom. Your service to our country allows us the opportunity to make our dreams a reality each and every day.

And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave o’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave! Happy Independence Day America!

We’re Hiring!

Stellar Industries is very fortunate in the fact that we are really busy and need some extra help. As I walk around the facilities I see that welders are humming, wrenches are turning, and trucks are moving. This is a sign of the times that the local economy is in full-force and running strong. This has provided us with the opportunity to add many more Stellar team members. There are jobs available in various departments in first and second shift.

We have a strong Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) program as well as excellent health benefits and 401k offerings. We have a stellar safety record and modern facilities. So, please inform your friends and family that are looking for an excellent place to work of our current openings and feel free to refer them to our websites for job descriptions.


Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor visit Stellar Industries, Inc.

The Gov. and Lt. Gov have made the promise to visit all 99 counties every year they are in office.  They are well beyond visiting 2/3 of the counties this year.

As the Governor entered our reception area, he saw a photo of Francis Zrostlik.  He instantly remembered going to China with Francis and Barb Zrostlik in 1984 and shared some of his fond memories of the trip.

It was an honor to have the Governor and Lt. Governor visit with our people and tour our facility to check out our products.  They even joined us for lunch! Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds thanked us for offering our own weld training program.  They recognize the shortage of skilled labor and were pleased to see our on-the-job-training program.

They announced unemployment has dropped more than 30% in Iowa since they have been in office.  They are determined to add even more jobs in the state of Iowa.

Do You Have a Plan?

Do you have a plan?

These past couple of days our management team has been on a strategic planning retreat. They are discussing goals and plans for Stellar Industries, Inc. for the next 5, 10, 20 years and probably beyond. I would guess some of the top priorities are to define where we want to be at each of these milestones. How are we going to proceed to adjust to the current growth we are experiencing and the growth we are expecting to see over the next several years? What do we add, what do we eliminate? How do we get better? And I’m sure many other topics are on their list as well.
This got me thinking. What are my individual long-term goals? Have I really sat down and put together my own personal strategic plan? Where do I want to be with my life in 5, 10 and 20 years and how to I successfully get there? Have I ever taken the time to clarify my values? Or what about creating my own personal Mission Statement? These are such great questions. But they are HARD questions! In a person’s personal life there are many aspects to consider, just as in a business. Financial, health, family, marriage, friends, social, career, spiritual, mental, educational, emotional, recreational. So where do I start?

I think a good place to start would be making some lists. A list of things I need and want in my life – sort of a bucket list, but even more detailed with needs, not just wants. Then make a list of my strengths and talents. I need a list of my hopes, dreams and aspirations. From these lists I can start to form a list of specific goals and priorities, and then from there, form an outline as to how I can achieve these goals.

Getting that plan in place is just the first step though. Now comes the hard part. Follow-through. Execution. Living the plan.   I need to schedule time on my calendar to frequently review the plan, which will help keep me focused and on track. However, lest I forget, life also doesn’t always go according to plan, so I must keep in mind that this is a working document, and it may need to be adjusted as life happens to me.  Adjust, modify, and refocus. I must remember to remain realistic, and to let the plan reflect who I am and who I want to be. This is MY plan. This is my path to success and happiness. Now how about you…. Do you have a Plan?

Mind Your Health Month – Caring for Your Mind and Body

We all know about the importance about taking care of our health — eating right, getting enough sleep and exercising, just to name a few. Healthy habits positively influence how a person feels and how their body functions, but good health involves not only caring for our body, but also our mind. The fact is our mental health is integral to our overall health. Too many Americans fail to incorporate this principal component into their health choices. Yet overall health and wellness are not possible without it.

What is mental health? If you were to ask your co-worker, spouse or neighbor they might respond that it is a “state of mind,” “being content with life” or “feeling good about yourself.” Simply stated, mental health is the ability to cope with daily life and the challenges it brings. When a person has “good” mental health, they deal better with what comes their way. By contrast, “poor” mental health — such as feeling overwhelmed by stress — can make even day-to-day life difficult. Poor mental health can also significantly harm a person’s physical health. For instance, research shows that stress is closely linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. It also shows that people who feel depressed or chronically stressed may have a greater risk of physical illnesses.

The good news is there are many healthy choices and steps that individuals can adopt to promote and strengthen mental health — and overall health and well-being. A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from these conditions.

May is Mental Health Month, with a focus in raising awareness of the role mental health plays in our lives and providing tips and resources so anyone can take steps to promote good mental health. These include building social support, eating with your mental health in mind, recognizing the signs of stress, and knowing when to reach out for help.

Just as Americans have learned there are things they can do to reduce their risk of heart disease and other illnesses, we need to remember that there are professionals who want to help people learn what they can do both to protect their mental health in tough times and also to improve their mental well-being throughout their lives. We need to care for both our body and mind.