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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Stellar to Showcase Industry-Leading Equipment at The ARA Show™ 2024

February 18, 2024

Stellar is excited to have a major presence at The ARA Show, hosted by the American Rental Association, in New Orleans from February 18 to 21. This event plays a vital role in industry networking and highlighting state-of-the-art equipment technology.

Stellar FuelMate® Fuel Trailers and TMAX™ Mechanic Truck Showcased at 2024 World Ag Expo®

February 13, 2024

Stellar highlights its popular Fuelmate® Fuel Trailers and TMAX™ 1-11 Mechanic Truck at World Ag Expo.

Hart Bros Count on Stellar® OTR Tire Service Trucks

January 25, 2024

Hart Brothers Count on Stellar® OTR Tire Service Trucks See a video and read more on why Hart Brothers Tire Company depends on Stellar Tire Service Trucks to ensure uptime for customers.

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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.