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Building the World's Best Dump Bodies and Hoists.

For more than 50 years, Crysteel Manufacturing has been producing the most powerful and reliable line of dump bodies, hoists, and dump body accessories. Every day, we devote our teams to creating the most innovative and durable products in the industry, and we are constantly improving our equipment, processes, and designs. Whether you’re in need of a small landscape body, a body for heavy-duty hauling, or something in between, Crysteel offers a full line-up that can be customized to fit your exact application. All Crysteel products are proudly made by hard-working Americans at our manufacturing facility in Lake Crystal, Minnesota. We are proud to provide jobs within our local community and of the family we have created amongst our incredible team. Discover the quality, durability and strength of Crysteel today!


Crysteel Timeline


Crysteel founders Eldon and Helen Jones borrow $25,000 and purchase machine tools for welding and steel fabrication. They rent a small shop in Arlington, MN to produce Eldon’s design for a truck hoist.


A Small Business Administration loan allows Eldon and Helen to open a 9,600 sqft facility in Lake Crystal, MN. Eldon coins the name Crysteel (pronounced kris-teel) Manufacturing as a combination of crystal and steel.


Designed to be the most efficient municipal underbody dump hoist in the industry.


The first Crysteel dump body (or as Eldon called it – tipper) goes into production as a companion for the Combo-Hoist.


The 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 Stingray hoist is introduced to offer a low profile powerful hoist for bodies/platforms up to 28′.


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


J-Craft, a regional manufacturer of truck equipment and accessories, is acquired by Crysteel Mfg. and added to the family as a direct-to-end-user and truck dealer piece of the business.


Crysteel introduces The Deuce at the annual NTEA Convention in Atlanta. With the ability to dump from both the rear and the side, the highly innovative Deuce becomes a hot new product.


Truck Bodies & Equipment International (TBEI) purchases Crysteel Mfg, including both the J-Craft and Crysteel brands. TBEI joins Crysteel Mfg. with Ox Bodies and Rugby Mfg. Together, these three first-class independent manufacturers provide “World-Class Precision & Performance in Truck Bodies & Equipment”


Crysteel’s quality processes are certified to ISO 9001:2008.


Crysteel’s quality processes are certified to ISO 9001:2015.


Federal Signal Corporation (FSS) purchases TBEI, including Crysteel Manufacturing.


Crysteel is awarded military contract along with Mack Defense to build M917A3.


Crysteel celebrates 50 year anniversary.


TBEI completes the acquisition of the current production facility from the Jones Family trust, along with an adjacent facility, thereby planting its roots firmly in Lake Crystal, MN.


Crysteel adds-on an additional facility, featuring a completely reorganized and upgraded paint department and dedicated truck up-fit area.

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