Stellar Industries, Inc., was established as the first U.S. corporation to design and manufacture a domestic hydraulic hooklift hoist.
Stellar acquired a company that designed and manufactured custom tire service trucks used by commercial, agricultural and OTR tire dealers.
The Stellar telescopic crane line entered the market with its industry-first hexagonal-shaped boom design, 20' of all-hydraulic reach, radio remote control as a standard feature, and standard planetary winch with line speeds up to 60' per minute.
American Eagle Accessories Group was created after the acquisition of a line of air compressors. Stellar has since developed into a leading manufacturer of truck-mounted air compressor and drawer systems.
Stellar acquired the K-PAC solid waste handling equipment product line of Krause Corporation. The acquisition included hooklifts, cable hoists, container carriers and an automatic tarping system that complemented Stellar’s existing lineup of hooklifts and created opportunities in the waste, recycling and demolition markets.
Stellar opened its first service and retail center, Stellar Truck & Trailer
, in Mason City, Iowa. The initiative established a service and maintenance location, as well as an outlet for North Iowa businesses to purchase new truck equipment and accessories.
Stellar purchased the assets of Kiefer Built in Kanawha, Iowa, a manufacturer of horse, livestock, flatbed and utility construction trailers. Stellar operated under Kiefer Mfg for several years before selling all but the utility and telecom trailer line to an entrepreneur in Sneedsville, Tennessee.
Stellar branched out from the Stellar® brand of products by purchasing Valley Industries in Hastings, Nebraska, a manufacturer of lube skids and fuel trailers under the LubeMate® and FuelMate® product lines.
Stellar expanded production capacity for its Stellar brand of products at its Kanawha, Iowa, manufacturing facility.
Stellar expanded its operations at its headquarters in Garner, Iowa, following the purchase of ACI assets.
Stellar announced the asset purchase of MD Products and Solutions, a leader in agricultural and utility and telecom trailer products based in Mason City, Iowa. The purchase also expanded the company’s operational footprint with 270,000 square feet of additional production space.
Stellar brought together a wide product lineup from a range of brands that once stood on their own. Uniting everything under the Stellar brand name simplified the brand for customers, allowed the brand’s reputation for quality to grow, and positioned the company for future product development and acquisitions.
Stellar completed the transition to 100% employee-ownership
. The team is fully invested in success for our customers, distributors and company, ensuring a continued commitment to innovation, quality and service. Full employee-ownership also helps us attract and retain the best employees.