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 700 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.

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.