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Stellar Hires Bierle and Sonquist in Purchasing Department
Friday - October 20, 2017
Garner, Iowa – Stellar Industries, Inc. is announcing the addition of Chris Bierle as Purchasing Agent and Ryan Sonquist as Buyer.
Chris Bierle - Bierle will be responsible for establishing, fostering, and maintaining business relationships with current and prospective suppliers to ensure that high quality material, equipment, outsourced components, and services are available and aligned with the requirements of the manufacturing process.
“I am looking forward to being a part of a progressive and growing company that is family oriented and community minded,” says Bierle.
Bierle has an Associate of Arts Degree from NIACC. He comes to Stellar with years of experience. Most recently he was a purchasing agent at Winnebago Industries and served as the safety director at IMT Transport. He also spent over 10 years at Iowa Mold Tooling as a sales representative and Senior Buyer.
“We are anxious to put Chris to work and utilize his 25 years of industry experience,” says Margaret Tue, Purchasing Manager. She continues, “His skill set and experiences will be a valuable asset that will complement our existing purchasing efforts.”
Bierle lives in Garner with his wife and three daughters. He has been a member of the Garner Volunteer Fire Department since 2002.
Ryan Sonquist - Ryan Sonquist completed an internship last summer in the Stellar Industries purchasing department and has now joined the team as a full-time buyer. He will be responsible for ordering raw materials and cylinders for the Stellar manufacturing facility.
“I am very excited for the day-to-day challenges that this job will present,” says Sonquist. He continues, “As a recent college graduate, I thoroughly enjoy working on real world challenges, and formulating conclusions that will best serve the needs of the company. I’m finding that it’s not always as easy as the text book taught me, but it’s definitely more exciting and rewarding.”
Sonquist is a graduate of Garner-Hayfield/Ventura High School and recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Supply Chain Management and Operations. He has received certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt, which he completed via the University of Northern Iowa in Dublin, Ireland last summer. Sonquist currently resides in Clear Lake with the hopes of moving to Garner soon. He is recently engaged to his long time girlfriend, Katelyn.
Margaret Tue, Purchasing Manager at Stellar Industries, says, “Ryan is a great addition to our team. His excitement and fresh ideas are invigorating and contagious to have around the office. We look forward to what he can add to our team.”
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Stellar Industries, Inc. was founded in 1990 in Garner, Iowa. It is an employee owned and operated manufacturer of hydraulic truck mounted equipment. Products include hooklift hoists, cable hoists, container carriers, telescopic cranes, articulating cranes, and work truck accessories. Stellar also offers complete mechanic service truck and tire service truck packages. Stellar is a progressive company that focuses on its people, as they are the key to making the products and the company successful.