Norstar came into existence in 2003 when two entrepreneurs, Ray Waldner and Cam Cornelsen, partnered to begin building grain handling equipment. Ray came from a manufacturing background, having worked for Meridian Industries and Friesen of Iowa, and brought a unique approach to the business. Cam owned a contracting company but was looking for a change; he brought his passion for sales and marketing to the business. The two partners took a concept and ran with it, building U-Trough bin unloading equipment for the Western Canadian market. The business experienced exceptional growth in a short amount of time; doubling its sales in the first two years.
As the company grew, so did the product line offering. Today, Norstar Industries now offers a wide variety of product lines, ranging from sweeps and unloads, to Bucket Elevators and the newly unveiled line of Chian Conveyors. Along with the growth of Norstar Industries, the U-Drain (a Norstar manufactured surface drainage system) has gained recognition as a separate product line. The growth doesn't end here; the year 2013 saw the birth of Norstar Manufacturing in a newly acquired 90,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Morris MB. This signified Norstar's emergence into the smoothwall bin industry which further solidified Norstar's presence in both the agricultural and commercial industries.
Today, Norstar Industries still focuses on the grain handling market priding itself as a family owned company with great values, customer service and workmanship. Their products are offered throughout its dealer network from BC to Quebec, south of the border in the USA as well as some international markets like Australia.
Norstar Industries has aligned itself with key players in the agricultural industry and continues to grow. Innovation and creativity continue to drive Norstar Industries to be on the cutting edge of grain handling solutions. Norstar quality continues to reach new levels of excellence and we look forward to what the future holds.
In a 5,000 square foot garage with only 3 workers, Craig Sloan helped establish Grain Systems (GSI) in 1972 and began manufacturing a wide variety of corrugated steel storage bins. Though we started out as one of the smallest steel storage bin manufacturers, by 1988 we were one of the largest in the world.
Today, GSI is the world's largest manufacturer of steel farm bins, commercial storage grain bins and grain silos, providing farmers and processing facilities a single source for all of their grain equipment needs, providing quality equipment and services to over 70 countries worldwide.
Why GSI? The answer is simple. Today's production requirements demand systems that excel in performance and are reliable year after year. In addition, our easy installation, maintenance, simple operation, durability, flexibility, and operation efficiency are all carefully considered in the design and construction of every GSI product manufactured.
Our goal is to identify and react to the needs of the industry with quality products that help you achieve maximum return on your investment, so we’ve created the most technologically advanced grain dryers and systems in the industry to do just that. Our large selection of material handling systems including grain bin sweeps, spreaders, chain loop systems, commercial bucket elevators, conveyors, support towers, and catwalks, all work together to streamline your business.