Our History

Over the decades, Stellar has not only grown into an industry leader, but has become more than the founders ever imagined was possible.

Looking back while moving forward

Stellar was founded in 1990 by three ambitious entrepreneurs: Francis Zrostlik, Jim Vlaanderen and Gary Bomstad. Stellar began as the first U.S. corporation to design and manufacture a domestic hydraulic hooklift hoist. Since its inception, Stellar has added the design and manufacturing of numerous products for an ever-expanding lineup of market-leading equipment.

Stellar is now in its second generation of leadership with more than 800 employees. While it is no longer as small as it once was, the employee-owned, community-focused company is proud to hold the same small-town values with which it began. What Stellar has achieved is possible thanks to many individuals and their hard work, dedication and accomplishments.

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Revolutionizing Recycling: Stellar Exhibits NXT52 Hooklift at ISRI 2024 in Las Vegas

April 15, 2024

Stellar is thrilled to showcase its NXT52 Hooklift at booth #843 during ISRI 2024, the premier global event for the recycled materials industry, held from April 15 to 18, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Stellar Welcomes Two Seasoned Professionals to Propel Demountable Sales

April 02, 2024

Ricky Lee Schoenfelder and Robert Pena join the team as Regional Sales Managers for Hooklift, Roll-Off and Container Trucks. Schoenfelder will serve the North Central Region and Pena the South Central Territory.

Go Inside the Popular Stellar Booth at NTEA Work Truck Week 2024

March 28, 2024

Get a video overview of Work Truck Week 2024, plus check out walkaround videos for many of the newest innovations.

Ready to Get the Job Done?

Reach out to us today. With Stellar, you don’t just get tough, reliable products and equipment. You get real solutions to real problems — designed with you in mind.