Welcome to Crysteel Manufacturing! Founded in 1969, Crysteel has become one of the world's leading hoist, platform and dump body producers. With over 300 distributors in North America, Crysteel is known for its product innovations and dedication to quality.
Crysteel began in 1969 when Eldon and Helen Jones borrowed $25,000 and purchased machine tools for welding and steel fabrication. They then rented a small shop in Arlington, MN to produce Eldon's design for a truck hoist. In 1970, a Small Business Administration loan allowed Eldon and Helen to open a facility in Lake Crystal. It was then Eldon coined the name Crysteel (pronounced kris-teel) Manufacturing. The word "Crysteel" is a combination of crystal and steel. Things really took off after that. Here's a historical profile of Crysteel Manufacturing, Inc.
The Jones's open a 9,600 square foot facility in Lake Crystal, MN with a Small Business Administration loan. Eldon Jones coines the name Crysteel Manufacturing.
Crysteel's Combo-Hoist hits the market
The first dump body goes into production as a companion for the Combo-Hoist
Roller-Combo, an improved version of the Combo-Hoist is introduced
The Triple Tipper, 3-way dump body is introduced at the NTEA convention in New Orleans
The Marathon line of heavy duty telescopic front mounted dump body hoists are introduced
The Stingray hoist is introduced
The conventional front mounted Turbo Hoist is unveiled
Crysteel awarded a $7 million contract with Freightliner Corp. to produce dump bodies for the US Government on the M917A project
J-CRAFT, a regional manufacturer of truck equipment and accessories, is acquired by Crysteel Mfg. Located in Kimball, MN, J-Craft works direct with the end-users, a truck dealership, or with distributors in other states.
Crysteel introduces The Deuce at the annual NTEA convention in Atlanta. With the ability to dump to both the rear and the side, the Deuce quickly becomes an industry sensation.
Truck Bodies & Equipment International (TBEI) purchases Crysteel Mfg.
TBEI joins Crysteel with Ox Bodies and Rugby Mfg. Together, these
three first-class independent manufacturers provide "World-Class
Precision & Performance in Truck Bodies & Equipment"
Crysteel became an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.