Trystar Streamlines Manufacturing and Administrative Operations In A New, 120,000 Sq. Ft. Facility in Faribault, Minnesota

Faribault, Minn., July 2, 2020 — Trystar Chief Operating Officer John Dixon has announced the signing of a lease for a 120,000 square foot factory in Faribault, Minn., which will house manufacturing operations for the commercial, industrial and portable power equipment builder. The new facility is three miles from Trystar’s existing operations which currently are housed in two separate buildings. Dixon said that Trystar and property owner, Met Con, will add 20,000 sq. ft. of office space to the existing 100,000 sq. ft. building to house administrative and support operations. “Trystar is a Faribault success story,” Dixon said, “and we are committed to the community that has supported our growth since the Dahl family founded the business here in 1991. The City of Faribault, and particularly its economic development officials, along with Rice County, have been helpful and supportive. “By combining our operations in a single, larger building here in Faribault,” Dixon said, “we will be able to improve manufacturing efficiency, eliminate the need for duplicate inventory and equipment in our present buildings and provide ample space for expanded production. This is a major step toward implementing our aggressive plans for future growth in the next phase of Trystar’s history.” Transition of Trystar’s manufacturing operations to the new building began in June with facility preparation work and the majority of the transition is scheduled for completion by late-July. Dixon said an employee team is managing the move to ensure that customer commitments are met without disruption and that there will be no adverse impact on product quality or delivery schedules. The new office addition is scheduled for completion and occupancy in the fourth quarter of 2020.  It is located at 15765 Acorn Trail, Faribault, MN  55021. Late in 2019 Trystar opened an administrative center in Burnsville, Minn., 15 minutes away from the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport. It is staffed with key sales, administration and engineering personnel who support Trystar customers in the Twin Cities market and across North America. Trystar products are made in the U.S. The company designs and manufactures a wide range of portable and industrial power products including panels, I-Lines, transformers, portable automatic transfer switches (ATS) and welding racks. They also manufacture single and dual-purpose generator docking stations, load bank and rotary docking stations, and UL-891 rated switchboards. Trystar cable products include portable and industrial power cables, welding cables, utility cables, and medium voltage cables.Trystar was acquired by private equity investment firm Goldner-Hawn in 2018.

Trystar Provides A Rosetta Stone For NEC 700.3 and 702.12

As you may know, the Rosetta stone was the key to translating ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics. It had the same message written in Ancient Greek, a more recent Egyptian script and ancient Hieroglyphics and that was the key to understanding the long-dead language of classical Egypt.

While the National Electrical Code (NEC) is not written in Hieroglyphics, the language can be somewhat dense and the practical meaning isn’t always crystal clear. In particular, the new requirements added to Sections 700.3 and 702.12 in 2017 and 2020 are of interest to anyone responsible for installing or maintaining safety-related back-up and emergency power systems.

So, with a tip of the hat to the linguists, philologists and archaeolexicoligists who may be reading this, we will attempt to translate NEC-speak into everyday English you can use to implement the Code

NEC 700.3

700.3(F) Temporary Source of Power for Maintenance or Repair of the Alternate Source of Power.

If the emergency system relies on a single alternate source of power which will be disabled for maintenance or repair, the emergency system shall include permanent switching means to connect a portable or temporary alternate source of power, which shall be available for the duration of the maintenance or repair. The permanent switching means to connect a portable or temporary alternate source of power shall comply with the following:

(1) Connection to the portable or temporary alternator source of power shall not require modification to the permanent system wiring.

Translation: You can’t simply disconnect the existing wiring and hardwire the back-up generator. It’s both unsafe and time consuming. A better solution is a permanent docking station like a Trystar unit that is UL listed and able to receive a CamLock extension cable.

(2) Transfer of power between the normal power source and the emergency power source shall be in accordance with 700.12.

Translation: Back-up power has to be up and running within 10 seconds. A Trystar docking station has available options for Auto Start contacts or a Two Position Auto Start Selector Switch to ensure your back up generator is up and running on demand.

(3) The connection point for the portable or temporary alternate source shall be marked with the phase rotation and system bonding requirements.

Translation: Phase rotation and system bonding have to be identical between the primary and back-up power sources. A Trystar docking station has a phase rotation monitor and a bonding and phase rotation commissioning sheet or placard on the product for the life of the product.

An integrated phase rotation monitor is also standard. One green light indicates a correct connection. A red light indicates a mismatch and the system presents instructions on how to correct the problem

Trystar Generator Compliance Package

(4) Mechanical or electrical interlocking shall prevent inadvertent interconnection of power sources.

Translation: The docking station should make it impossible to parallel the permanent and temporary generator or backfeed the permanent generator, protecting the electrician or technician working on the the Generator. Trystar docking stations offer four different standard configurations that cover more than 60 percent of all common applications. Custom configurations are available to cover the rest.

5) The switching means shall include a contact point which shall annunciate at a location remote from the generator or at another facility monitoring system to indicate that the permanent emergency source is disconnected from the emergency system.

Translation: Everyone makes mistakes, and it’s entirely possible for a technician to take a permanent generator off-line for maintenance and then re-connect it but not actually perform all of the steps required to make it available in an emergency.

Trystar’s alarm annunciator panel includes both audible and visual alarms that indicate when the primary generator is unavailable for any reason to prevent this kind of mistake.  

Trystar Docking Stations allow the fast, safe, and legal connection of temporary generator during an outage event

It shall be permissible to utilize manual switching to switch from the permanent source of power to the portable or temporary alternate source of power and to utilize the switching means for connection of a load bank.

Informational Note: There are many possible methods to achieve the requirements of 700.3(F). See figure 700.3(F) for one example.

Figure 700.3(F)

Exception: The permanent switching means to connect a portable or temporary alternate source of power, for the duration of the maintenance or repair, shall not be required where any of the following conditions exists:

(1) All processes that rely on the emergency system source are capable of being disabled during maintenance or repair of the emergency power source.

(2) The building or structure is unoccupied and fire suppression systems are fully functional and do not require an alternate power source.

(3) Other temporary means can be substituted for the emergency system.

(4) A permanent alternate emergency source, such as, but not limited to, a second on-site standby generator or separate electric utility service connection, capable of supporting the emergency system, exists.

NEC 702.12

NEC 702.12(C) Power Inlets Rated At 100 Amperes or Greater, for Portable Generators

Equipment containing power inlets for the connection of a generator source shall be listed for the intended use. Systems with power inlets shall be equipped with an interlocked disconnecting system.

Translation: Disconnecting a 100-amp connector while power is applied is very dangerous and must be prevented. Trystar docking stations use a patent-pending solenoid interlock that prevents opening the access door or accessing the connectors while the generator is running or if the camloks are energized. The access door is also alarmed to indicate if it is not fully closed. These safety features are unique to Trystar docking stations.

Exception No. 1: If the inlet device is rated as a disconnecting means.

Exception No. 2 Supervised industrial installations where permanent space is identified for the portable generator located within line of sight of the power inlets shall not be required to have interlocked disconnecting means nor inlets rated as disconnects.

NEC 700 applies to any building occupied by large numbers of people including, but not limited to, hotels, sports arenas, libraries, hospitals, nursing homes, K-12 schools, colleges, universities and many others. Trystar offers a full line of NEC 700 compliant docking stations with capacities up to 5,000 amps and SCCR of up to 65K which are suitable for both new and retro-fit applications. Go to for more information, or call us at 507-333-3990 to see how a Trystar Docking station fits into your new build or retrofit plans.

Trystar Docking Stations can accommodate projects of all sizes and scale

Trystar Supports Troops On The Front Lines Of COVID-19 Fight

When the National Guard is deployed to assist state and federal agencies, it usually brings its own “village” to give the troops a place to eat, sleep, shower and relax when they’re not working. Those villages are composed of very sophisticated portable shelters that include heating and cooling, running water and electric power for lighting, battery charging, internet connections and myriad other purposes.

Currently deployed Guard units in California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Virginia, New York and South Carolina depend on portable power distribution panels supplied by Trystar of Faribault, MN.

“We have supplied about 20 packages to our customer so far during the crisis,” explained Anthony Sandoval, Trystar Sales Manager – West Coast, “and we are expecting orders for up to 100 more in the next few days. Each panel will handle 10 shelters which gives you some idea of the scope of the Guard’s projected COVID-19 response.”

Meeting the sudden demand presented a challenge for Trystar because the Mil-Spec plugs and receptacles required on the panels and extension cables are not standard inventory items and suppliers quoted a 6-week delivery lead time.

“That was clearly unacceptable in a situation like this,” Sandoval said, “so we had to improvise, adapt and overcome the obstacle. As it turned out, our customer had the necessary parts in stock so they ship them to us, we install them and ship the finished panels and cables back to them which cuts delivery time by five full weeks. It’s not a standard procedure, but it works and the troops get their shelters when they need them.”

Trystar has been the sole supplier of electrical distribution panels to this customer for more than five years and the kind of cooperation that overcame the Mil-Spec plug and receptacle challenge has been typical of the relationship.

“A few years ago they got an order that required plugs and receptacles to meet EU requirements,” Sandoval added. “The specs looked liked ‘Greek’ to their engineers so they called us for help. Our master electrician helped them make sense of the spec and we got a quote to them the same day. That’s typical of our relationship and they rely on Trystar to figure out what their customers really want.”

Trystar distribution panels, Automatic Transfer Switches, Docking Stations, cables and other equipment are widely used in the rental industry to support construction sites, entertainment venues, charity events and other events. The company is currently developing specifications for a standardized package of components to support the specific needs of temporary and re-purposed facilities required to combat the COVID 19 pandemic crisis.

Trystar Update on COVID-19

Dear Trystar Customers,

Many throughout the world and our nation are facing significant personal and business challenges. Trystar has always been a company you could rely on no matter the crisis and we’re here for you and your customers during this one as well. Trystar conducted a thorough assessment and implemented mitigation plans in response to COVID-19. We are open for business and are here fulfilling our role to help you maintain infrastructure availability for first responders, disaster relief, utilities and other areas requiring portable power, critical facilities, and/or electrical grid support.

Our top priority is for the safety of our employees and supporting the broader needs of the nation to limit spread of the virus. We acted early and have implemented a number of measures to proactively help prevent workplace exposure and address the situation effectively if one of our team members is exposed or diagnosed.

Our other top priority is to maintain business continuity throughout the pandemic to support our customers. Trystar products are critical to many parts of the infrastructure that is currently being taxed as the nation focuses on responding to the virus. We’re ready to supply:

Docking stations for critical facilities including hospitals, urgent care facilities, nursing homes and military just to name a few.
Portable power distribution for temporary installations including temporary health care, remote health screening, temporary housing and any natural disasters that occur while COVID-19 is a threat.
Utility support equipment including grounding cable, portable power cable, portable power distribution and temporary transformers.

Our administrative staff is keeping our service levels high while working remotely to reduce risk of exposure. Our normal access mechanisms (phone, email etc.) are still fully staffed. You can also reach us 24/7 on our emergency after hours line at 507-384-1750.

We are taking COVID-19 very seriously and are here to meet your needs as they arise.


AJ Smith

John R. Dixon, Jr. Named COO of Trystar

FARIBAULT, MN – January 20, 2020 – Trystar Chief Executive Officer, Andrew J. (A.J.) Smith has announced the appointment of John R. Dixon, Jr. as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company which is a manufacturer of portable and permanent systems for prime and back-up power installations. Trystar also manufactures electric cable for a wide variety of industries.

Dixon brings more than 30 years of global manufacturing, supply chain management, and business development experience to the new post. Dixon has demonstrated expertise in strategic planning and deployment, program management, multi-site manufacturing management and financial analysis and modeling.

“John is well versed in the management and leadership skills needed to meet Trystar’s ambitious growth plans in the next phase of our development,” Smith said. “His strong “hands-on” work ethic, technical capabilities and communication skills will be key drivers as we meet the challenge of turning Trystar into a truly great enterprise.

“John will be responsible for the operational realization of our growth plans and building the infrastructure and processes we’ll need to meet our goals. He’ll also oversee day-to-day business activities including manufacturing, sourcing, materials management, quality assurance and logistics. COO is a key job and I’m sure John is the right person at the right time for Trystar.”

“Trystar is positioned to expand rapidly from a regional player to a national and global industry powerhouse,” Dixon noted, “and managing that transition at the operational level presents a unique opportunity to put my experience to work as part of an outstanding team of professionals. I fully share A.J.’s passion for doing the right thing, the right way, and taking a long-term view to ensure that every change that’s made and innovation that’s implemented is tightly focused on meeting our goals for Trystar and its employees.”

Dixon’s experience includes his most recent post as Senior Director Contract Manufacturing Operations/ISC Strategy and Program Management for Resideo Technologies, Inc., a $4.8 billion Honeywell spin-off. Prior to that he held senior management positions with several multi-billion dollar Honeywell divisions.

Trystar designs and manufactures a wide range of portable and industrial power products including panels, I-Lines, transformers, portable automatic transfer switches (ATS) and welding racks. They also manufacture single and dual-purpose generator docking stations, load bank and rotary docking stations, and UL-891 rated switchboards. Trystar cable products include portable and industrial power cables, welding cables, utility cables, and medium voltage cables.

Trystar’s manufacturing facility is in Faribault, Minnesota, 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities and its Administration and Engineering Center (AEC) is in Burnsville, Minnesota.

Trystar Opens New Center In Burnsville, Minn.

FARIBAULT, MN – December 13, 2019 – Trystar, a leading provider of industrial and portable power products, has opened a new administration and engineering center in Burnsville, Minn. Located at 350 Burnsville Parkway, 15 minutes away from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, it is staffed with key sales and engineering personnel who support Trystar customers across North America and around the globe.

“Burnsville is the new headquarters location for Trystar,” said chief executive officer Andrew J. (A.J.) Smith. “But we remain firmly committed to our manufacturing facility and original home in Faribault. Locating our headquarters near the airport helps us respond more quickly to customers and our proximity to the Twin Cities helps us attract the highly qualified employees we need to realize our aggressive growth objectives.” Faribault is 45
minutes south of the Twin Cities.

Trystar designs and manufactures a range of portable and industrial power products including boxes, panels, I-Lines, transformers, portable automatic transfer switches and welding racks. It also manufactures single and dual-purpose generator docking stations, load bank and rotary docking stations and UL-891 rated switchboards. Trystar cable products include portable and industrial power cables, welding cables and utility and medium voltage cables.  

For more information:
Jordan Stavedahl, Marketing

Trystar Cable Test

On July 1, 2019 Trystar put our new Rubberneck cable to the test. We discovered our cable is even better, even more rugged and durable, and most important, even safer than we thought.

Trystar at the 3M Open

For four days in July, Trystar portable power products and cable helped to bring power to the inaugural 3M Open on the PGA Tour. With over 6.5 miles of cable running from generators, everything from cash registers to the Friday night concert lights powered up for 3M Open’s first year success.

Trystar Rocks the Music Festival Season

On average, 32 million people attend music festivals in the United States each year. Over 600 are scheduled for 2019. And not one of them is possible without portable power. Many of these performances consist of light and sound shows that can run into the thousands, if not millions, of dollars to produce. And if the portable power products on the grounds fail, promoters only hear the sound of money going down the drain. That’s why many of the largest shows depend on Trystar products to keep the power on and the crowds rocking.