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.

Sincerely,

AJ Smith
CEO
Trystar

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
jordan.stavedahl@trystar.com

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.

Trystar Responds to Hurricane Florence

When hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas on September 14th, 2018, Trystar was already hard at work. In fact, we began sending portable power equipment on September 10th—four days before Florence ever made landfall. And our shipments continued throughout that week, and into the following week. When Florence hit, the Trystar team was prepared to work harder, longer, and faster so that critically needed equipment was on the road and on site.

Super Bowl LII: Trystar powers an urban outdoor event of unprecedented proportions

The festivities surrounding Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis included 10 days of events, dozens of live music performances, and entertainment and experiences of all shapes and sizes. With 2-degree temperatures and more news media than anyone could count, pulling it all off also took miles of electrical cable, hundreds of stringer boxes, dozens of electrical panels and more. One manufacturer – right here in Minnesota – helps make it all happen: Trystar.