History

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.

 
Eldon and Helen Jones

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.

1970
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.

1978
Crysteel's Combo-Hoist hits the market

1980
The first dump body goes into production as a companion for the Combo-Hoist

1986 Roller-Combo is introduced

1986
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

1988
The Marathon line of heavy duty telescopic front mounted dump body hoists are introduced

1989
The Stingray hoist is introduced

1991
The conventional front mounted Turbo Hoist is unveiled

1997
Crysteel awarded a $7 million contract with Freightliner Corp. to produce dump bodies for the US Government on the M917A project

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2002
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

2003
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.

               2005
               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"

iso certified

2013
Crysteel became an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.