Monday, July 13, 2020

Aircraft support industry coming to BP

Former Minimizer owner to move company from Twin Cities

Just a few weeks ago, a major business move was announced.

Minimizer, a manufacturer of truck fenders and other accessories, is moving from Blooming Prairie to Owatonna. Minimizer had been a thriving industry in Blooming Prairie for many years.

Now, the former owner and chief visionary of Minimizer, Craig Kruckeberg, has made a similar stunning announcement. He said he is moving Stinar Corporation, an aircraft support company, from its Eagan location to Blooming Prairie.

"I love small towns," said Kruckeberg.

Kruckeberg, owner of Kruckeberg Industries, said Stinar will be moved to Blooming Prairie before Nov. 1. The Stinar property in Eagan has since been sold by Kruckeberg Industries.

The Stinar manufacturing business will be initially moved to the old Gateway Foods building now owned by Kruckeberg. He recently purchased 60,000 square feet of buildings from Lyndon Johnson.

Kruckeberg Industries purchased Stinar out of bankruptcy and took possession on Aug. 3, 2018.

Kruckeberg professed "excitement" about bringing another manufacturer to Blooming Prairie. Kruckeberg continues to own six buildings that hold Minimizer properties. He hopes to eventually move more of the Stinar operation to some of these buildings.

The Stinar announcement by Kruckeberg is a big news item as the country observes National Manufacturing Week this month.

Stinar makes the airplane stairway that the President of the United States walks down, Kruckeberg said. He says when the late President George H.W. Bush's body was taken to Washington, D.C., the family walked down a Stinar stairway.

Stinar also manufactures high lift maintenance trucks, catering and cabin service trucks, stairways truck mounted and towable, portable water and lavatory carts and potable water and lavatory trucks.

Kruckeberg last week informed Stinar Corporation employees of the pending move to Blooming Prairie. "We told them their jobs are still there," he stated.

Stinar currently has 20 employees. He said he has brought some to Blooming Prairie to get a snapshot of the community.

"We will now have more people working in town," he said. Kruckeberg recently met with Mayor Curt Esplan and other city officials about figuring out the housing dilemma in Blooming Prairie.

Once Stinar is moved to Blooming Prairie, some reshuffling may be necessary, Kruckeberg said. "We have time to figure it out," he said.

"It's exciting," Kruckeberg said about the moving of an industry to Blooming Prairie. "We hope to grow it here," he remarked.

Stinar is currently building four lifts that must be finished by Oct. 18. Stinar has built 700 stairways since 2007. "Wherever the President lands, our stairway will be there," Kruckeberg related.

Kruckeberg said he is hopeful that some day, his Stinar people can be at the bottom of the aircraft stairs when the president departs Air Force One. "I still get goose bumps when I think this equipment has been built by us," Kruckeberg said.

The average Stinar employee has worked there 29 years. This shows dedication to the company, he said.

With the new industry, Kruckeberg said he is ready to access existing resources in Blooming Prairie. For example, Metal Services and Heavy Metals, will be valuable resources to Stinar. "We can cross-industry our needs," Kruckeberg commented.

With the new facility in Blooming Prairie, Kruckeberg said he plans to buy new equipment.

Stinar LLC, which ships all over the world, is definitely a leader in its field, Kruckeberg said. "Our business is dependent on quality, service and price, pick two," he challenges.

For more than 50 years, Stinar has been manufacturing products for the world-wide aviation industry used in loading, servicing and maintaining all types of aircraft for both government and commercial operations.

Frank Stinar founded Stinar Corporation in 1946 in a Minneapolis suburb. Stinar was a welder and a metal fabricator who began making equipment upon request for locally based airlines located at what is now the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

As the airline business grew, so too, did the Stinar Corporation. The company moved to its Eagan location in 1965.

To augment its factory direct sales team, the company added sales agents throughout the world to penetrate the international aviation marketplace.

Stinar products are currently utilized by most major airlines and service companies throughout the world as well as the United States Air Force and United States Navy.

Stinar is a global industry leader, which plans to continue providing quality products to commercial and governmental agencies.


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Steele County Times

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Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing

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