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 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.

The Past Is Prologue

As a family business Trystar has grown from a local shop to an industry leader and laid a solid foundation for continuing that success in the future. But that future comes with new challenges and opportunities that are best met by transitioning from a family business to a professionally managed enterprise.

Trystar’s new CEO, Andrew J. (AJ) Smith, brings a unique set of skills and experience to the task along with a commitment to preserve the legacies of responsive customer service and unequalled product quality that set Trystar apart from the competition. Over the last 15 years AJ has built the teams and developed the strategies that have created successful multi-million and billion dollar businesses for corporate giants like Honeywell and Eaton.

Now, that knowledge and experience is focused on Trystar as we transition to meet the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities of the next chapter in our success story. And transition is the operative word because the values that built Trystar, an unwavering focus on the customer and steadfast commitment to quality, are the cornerstones of AJ’s vision of the future.

The past, indeed, is prologue, the foundation is solid and the future is brighter than ever.