Celebrating 30 Years of Innovation


Garner, Iowa – Stellar celebrated 30 years on May 9, 2020. While the world continues to change on a daily basis, the small-town company took a moment to recognize this momentous achievement.

Stellar was founded by three ambitious entrepreneurs, Francis Zrostlik, Jim Vlaanderen, and Gary Bomstad in 1990. Stellar began as the first US corporation to design and manufacture a domestic hydraulic hooklift hoist. Since their inception, Stellar has added the design and manufactured of numerous products for the work truck industry, including market leading mechanic service cranes, mobile drawer systems, commercial tire service trucks, and much more.

Stellar is now in its second generation of leadership and pushing over 500 employees. While they may no longer be as small as they once were, they are proud to hold the same small-town values with which they began. As an employee-owned company, Stellar is dedicated to the communities in which they operate just as those communities have supported them throughout their growth.

“Stellar Industries is proud to have been founded as an entrepreneurial start-up using the know-how of dedicated North Iowans to build the strong company that exists today,” said Dave Zrostlik, President of Stellar Industries. “Our transition to a majority ESOP company over these 30 years is further proof of the commitment we have to remain an independent company that quickly responds to the needs of our customers, our employees, and our communities. I have great confidence and pride in the team members that have grown with us to create the successful company that Stellar Industries has become. Thanks go out to all those past and present Stellar employees and the communities that have supported us over the past 30 years. I am looking forward to successful growth and prosperity for the employee-owners of Stellar Industries for the next 30 years.”

Although they may not have been able to gather in celebration this year, they spent the week spreading joy with their team and community through videos, photos, and trivia on their social media channels.

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