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COMPANY OVERVIEW

Leveraging more than 40 years of manufacturing expertise at its state-of-the-art production facility in Owatonna, Minnesota, Minimizer’s goal is simple – to produce the toughest products for the toughest industry.

Tested and Tortured™ aren’t just words on a page – they’re a promise to customers that our products will outwork and outlast the competition.

For more information, call us at (800) 248-3855.

MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION

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2701 18th St. SW
P.O. Box 740
Owatonna, MN 55060

High Bar Brands creates new territory manager position

Blair Seed joins HBB as Central Canada Territory Manager OWATONNA, Minn. – High Bar Brands continues to acquire companies and expand its product lines, and its growth has necessitated the creation of a new sales position. Blair Seed joins HBB in the newly created Central Canada Territory Manager role, which [...]

High Bar Brands expands its iconic brand portfolio with the acquisition of Dieter’s Accessories

OWATONNA, Minn. – High Bar Brands, a leading provider of commercial vehicle solutions, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Dieter’s Accessories, a renowned manufacturer of heavy-duty truck parts and stainless steel accessories. “We are excited to welcome Dieter’s Accessories into our family of brands,” said Christopher ‘CT’ Thorpe, President [...]

High Bar Brands hires three new Territory Managers

OWATONNA, Minn. – High Bar Brands has hired three new territory managers, each of whom have extensive sales experience. David Coyle, Matthew Hull, and Garry Fournier are joining the growing company as the Northwest, Southwest, and Western Canada TM, respectively. “I’m excited to work for the supplier of the products [...]

Minimizer launches new medium-duty PACCAR floor mats

New kit fits eight different Peterbilt & Kenworth models OWATONNA, Minn. – Minimizer’s newest floor mat release includes several PACCAR models based on the OEM’s all-new lineup of medium-duty Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks. Minimizer’s new kit – part no. 10006831 – is designed to fit 2023-2024 models of the Kenworth [...]

High Bar Brands expands sales team with two new Territory Managers

OWATONNA, Minn. - High Bar Brands is proud to announce the addition of two new Territory Managers to its sales team: Doug Eitel and Ryan Fleischhacker. With a passion for sales and a dedication to providing customers with high-quality products, both Eitel and Fleischhacker are excited to join the High [...]

Fast Flaps use increases amongst vocational markets

Municipalities see value in unique mud flap bracket OWATONNA, Minn. – Tearing and replacing mud flaps happens all too often on dump trucks, plows, and waste haulers, but municipalities can eliminate that headache by running Minimizer Fast Flaps. Fast Flaps are a stainless steel bracket designed to secure mud flaps [...]

High Bar Brands hires Canadian Regional Manager

Ontario native Scott Weese joins HBB with substantial HD experience OWATONNA, Minn. – There’s no substitute for experience, and Scott Weese brings a couple decades of it to High Bar Brands. Weese recently joined the heavy-duty company as Canadian Regional Manager and says he’s excited to help HBB grow. “I’ve […]

High Bar Brands expands Minimizer floor mats line

Company launches sleeper-specific mats following customer demand OWATONNA, Minn. – Due to consumer feedback, High Bar Brands is expanding its Minimizer line of custom molded floor mats by offering a mat for the sleeper area of the cab. “The original request for this product came from our customers and gathered [...]

High Bar Brands acquires Viking Sales, Inc

Leading mud flap manufacturer joins HBB portfolio OWATONNA, Minn. - High Bar Brands, the parent company of Minimizer and Premier Manufacturing, is adding to its portfolio of brands by acquiring Viking Sales, Inc of Brighton, Michigan. Viking is an industry leader in mud flap production and distribution thanks to its [...]

Chandler Nault joins High Bar Brands as Product Development Director

Kyle Feltham named Midwest Territory Manager OWATONNA, Minn. - With an eye toward innovation, High Bar Brands has announced the addition of Chandler Naultas Product Development Director. “Our brands – Minimizer and Premier – are known for bringing exciting new and innovative products to the trucking industry, and Chandler is extremely [...]

Understanding Our Part Number Guide | Minimizer

Understanding Our Part Number Guide If you're a long-time Minimizer customer, we want you to know that we recently decided to update the product numbers for our entire line. Rest assured, this has no effect on the products themselves. Minimizer will always provide our top-quality products regardless of the part [...]

High Bar Brands hires Northeast Territory Manager

Julian Hansen joins HBB with substantial sales experience OWATONNA, Minn. – Heavy-duty aftermarket supplier High Bar Brands has hired Julian Hansen as its new Northeast Territory Manager. HBB Northeast Regional Manager Tyler Blaedorn says Hansen’s sales experience and interview skills won him over. “Julian came from the forklift tire business [...]

Minimizer releases floor mats for newer Western Star trucks

2020-2022 models now covered with tray-style, custom-molded floor mats OWATONNA, Minn. – To keep up with demand, Minimizer is releasing five new floor mat kits for Western Star trucks. “When Western Star reconfigured their cabs in 2019, we worked hard to ensure all subsequent models would be covered with new [...]

High Bar Brands hires Northern Territory Manager

Montana native Tim Burdett joins HBB with substantial sales experience OWATONNA, Minn. – Tim Burdett is certainly familiar with High Bar Brands’ Northern Territory. The native Montanan now lives in Colorado. His familiarity with a region that also includes Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota was one of the things […]

High Bar Brands hires four new territory managers

OWATONNA, Minn. – High Bar Brands, the parent company of Minimizer and Premier Manufacturing, has added to its outside sales talent to manage growth in key territories The four new Territory Managers are Jaime De La Paz for the South Central region, Dave Walker for the Northeast region, Ryan Olander [...]

New Minimizer facility up and running in Owatonna

High Bar Brands company received occupancy March 1st OWATONNA, Minn. – Minimizer is nearing the end of a long road, and 18 months after breaking ground in Owatonna, the High Bar Brands company is operational and just about fully moved into its new facility. “The entire team effort involved with […]

Minimizer & Premier Mfg. launch trilingual marketing campaign

French and Spanish resources now available for Canada and Latin America OWATONNA, Minn. – Minimizer and Premier Manufacturing are increasing their marketing efforts in Canada and Latin America with the release of a trilingual marketing campaign. Among the resources now available in French and Spanish are each company’s product catalog, […]

Minimizer Holdings, LLC, renames to become High Bar Brands, LLC

Minimizer and Premier Mfg.’s holding company undergoes name change BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – The holding company formerly known as Minimizer Holdings, LLC, has been renamed High Bar Brands, LLC. “We wanted a name that projected integrity, credibility, and aligns with our current iconic branded portfolio as well as our vision […]

Young owner/operator showcases truck that honors fallen firefighters

19-year-old also serves on his local fire department ST ANNE, Ill. – Eager to showcase his gratefulness, Dylan Mercier is not-so-patiently waiting to get his Mack Vision out on the road. “The waiting really, really sucks,” Mercier said, laughing. The St. Anne, Illinois, firefighter and owner/operator purchased the 2005 truck […]

Minimizer and Premier Manufacturing enhance their sales teams for go-to-market growth strategy

New directors and regional managers highlight changes  BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minimizer’s acquisition of Premier Manufacturing in January 2020 has led to the creation of one strategic sales team, with new directors, regional managers, and redesigned regional coverage to streamline communication with a focus on customer satisfaction. In this new sales […]

New in-frame Tool Box from Minimizer hits aftermarket

Box can serve as either battery or tool compartment BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minimizer’s line of poly Tool Boxes has seen its fair share of expansion over the past 12 months, highlighted by its biggest offering yet – a 50-inch box. This time, however, Minimizer says it is focusing on […]

Minimizer releases Kenworth medium-duty floor mats

New kits fit several Kenworth years/models BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minimizer’s floor mat expansion into medium-duty trucks continues with the release of Kenworth-specific floor mats. There are eight new floor mat kits, which fit the T270, T300, T370, T600, T800, and W900.  For years and specifications, Minimizer suggests using the [...]

Minimizer launches newly designed website

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minimizer’s redesigned website is having its desired impact, according to Director of Marketing Steve Hansen. Since the Tested & Tortured™ company launched its new site back in February, Hansen says users are up, load times are down, and the new customer-centric distributor buying options are leading [...]

Minimizer hires Tony Henningson as Chief Financial Officer

Minnesota native returns to his home state BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – Following the successful acquisition of Premier Manufacturing, Minimizer is adding to its senior team by hiring Tony Henningson as Chief Financial Officer. “This is an amazing opportunity with an exceptionally strong manufacturing company possessing industry-leading products and a solid […]

Minimizer releases Peterbilt medium-duty floor mats

New kits fit 337 and 348 models BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minimizer has long claimed that its custom molded floor mats cover the vast majority of heavy-duty trucks. Now, more than five years after their introduction, Minimizer floor mats are making inroads with medium-duty trucks, as well. The Tested & […]

Minimizer and Capital Partners acquire Premier Manufacturing Co.

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – For more than three decades, Minimizer’s investment in the heavy-duty trucking industry has produced the toughest parts and accessories to answer the demanding needs of fleets and truck drivers. So it’s a logical fit for Minimizer to seek out a company with an equally strong commitment […]

TNT Parts in SC wins inaugural Apex Award from Minimizer

New award honors distributor with most creative POP display BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – Looking to recognize its distributor with the best and most creative point-of-purchase (POP) display, Minimizer has presented TNT Parts in Pelzer, South Carolina, with its inaugural Apex Award. “I have a great relationship with TNT Parts, so […]

Minimizer hires Deb Lundell as Director of Human Resources

Minnesota native returns to her home state BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – Eager to add to its growing team, Minimizer has hired Debra Lundell, PHR, SHRM-CP, as its new Director of Human Resources. “I’ve always been attracted to thriving companies that are in transition, and Minimizer fits that description to a […]

Minimizer introduces its largest Tool Box to date

New 50-inch box hits heavy duty aftermarket in time for Christmas BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – ‘Do you have a bigger Tool Box?’ is a question Minimizer says is common among end-user customers. “We get it all the time,” Minimizer Director of Marketing Steve Hansen said. “A 36-inch Tool Box isn’t […]

Minimizer internal promotions lead to new TM hires

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minimizer’s long-term growth plan has recently led to the promotion of two territory managers to business development roles.  As a result, the company now welcomes three new Territory Managers to its team – Mid-South TM Chris Johnson, West TM Bill Burdette, and Northwest TM Rick Burleson. […]

Minimizer announces plan to build new one hundred thousand square foot facility in Owatonna

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – As part of its long-term growth plan, Minimizeris in the final planning stage for a new facility located in Owatonna, Minn. The projected 13-acre building site is west of the Cybex campus on SW 18thStreet close to the intersection of Interstate 35 and state highway 14. […]

Minimizer debuts new trade show booth at MATS

(BLOOMING PRAIRIE, MN April 2019) – The long-awaited debut of the new Minimizertrade show booth was a smashing success. End users, media partners and fellow suppliers stopped by to check it out during the Mid-America Trucking ShowMarch 28-30. “We’re really excited about this,” Minimizer Director of Marketing Steve Hansensaid.  “The […]

Minimizer creates Business Development Manager positions

(BLOOMING PRAIRIE, MN March 2019) — Jason Rhoads and Tim May are Minimizer veterans that find themselves doing something new for the company these days. Rhoads and May have been promoted to the newly created position of Business Development Manager. “Jason and Tim are perfect for this new role in […]

Minimizer releases Floor Mats for new Volvo trucks

(Blooming Prairie, MN January 2019)– With Volvo’s updated line of trucks hitting the roads and highways of North America, Minimizer has released Custom Molded Floor Mats that fit each of those models. The new versions of the VNL, VNR, VNX, and VHDare now covered by the lifetime warranty offered by […]

Minimizer releases new steerable axle fender bracket kit

(Blooming Prairie, MN January 2019)- Minimizer has developed a new steerable axle fender bracket kit for use with a Watson ChalinSL20K-2065 axle. “This is about meeting demand,” Minimizer technical manager Gordon Eby said.  “This particular Watson Chalin axle is fairly new, and we started getting a number of requests for [...]

Minimizer donates heavy duty truck seat to charity auction More than $30,000 raised for St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund

(Blooming Prairie MN Oct 2018) – The Minimizer Long Haul Series Seat made its debut at the Great American Trucking Show in 2017, and a year later, it helped raise more than $30,000 for charity. Minimizerdonated one of its to the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund auction, held at GATSin […]

Minimizer announces #RTD promotion winner

(Blooming Prairie Minn. August 2018)– Robert Dierks had a big smile on his face after seeing his prize for the first time, and it’s not hard to understand why. Dierks is the lucky winner of the Minimizer#RespectTheDriver promotion, meaning he takes home a limited edition Jack Daniels Indian Chieftain Motorcycle. […]

Minimizer donates youth bikes, helmets for 3rd annual Bike Rodeo

(Blooming Prairie, MN April 2018) – For the third straight year, Minimizer is helping supply kids with the necessary equipment to ride a bike. “There’s nothing better than seeing all the smiles on kids faces,” Minimizer CEO and Chief Visionary Craig Kruckeberg said. Minimizer, along with KIK Marketing, the Blooming […]

Two new Territory Managers for Minimizer

(Blooming Prairie, MN April 2018) – Minimizer would like to welcome two new Territory Managers to its growing family – Northeastern TM Kyle Hamm and West TM Royce Johnson. Hamm is based in Connecticutt, and brings an interesting perspective to the Minimizer team. “Kyle has spent time as a route […]

Minimizer releases Floor Mats for Cascadia 116 & 126

(Blooming Prairie, MN April 2018) – In an effort to keep up with demand, Minimizer has released Custom Molded Floor Mats that fit the new Freightliner Cascadia 116 and 126. “Cascadias are among the most popular trucks on the road, and with Freightliner releasing these two new models in 2018, […]

New territory managers bring added heavy duty experience to Minimizer

(Blooming Prairie, MN March 2018) – The heavy duty trucking industry is a close-knit group where experience counts. Thankfully for Minimizer, its two newest Territory Managers have that particular area covered. “Experience is crucial in this industry,” Minimizer Senior Director of Sales Greg Renberg said. “Often times, it seems like […]

Minimizer employee earns Rochester Volunteer of the Year award

(Blooming Prairie, MN March 2018) – Julian Currie, Human Resources Business Partner at Minimizer, has been honored with the Rochester, Minn., Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award. Currie shares the honor with the 10 other members of the Steering Committee for Leadership Greater Rochester. LGR is a 10-month […]

Major Minimizer promotion ends in March

(Blooming Prairie, MN February 2018) – Minimizer’s biggest promotion ever, with prizes totaling more than $80,000, is entering the home stretch. The #RespectTheDriver promotion features two major prizes up for grabs – a 2017 Limited Edition Jack Daniels Indian Chieftain Motorcycle and a Bandit Big Rig Series race-ready truck. The […]

Minimizer Adds 2 North American Regional Managers with Industry Experience

(Blooming Prairie MN – February 2018) – Minimizer is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Purcell and Mitch Hollifield as the company’s new North American Regional Sales Managers. Purcell will oversee the North American Western based sales team and Hollifield the North American Eastern based sales team. “In their […]

Dick and Craig Kruckeberg named BP Citizens of the Year

(Blooming Prairie, MN December 2017) – Minimizer founder Dick Kruckeberg and current Minimizer CEO and Chief Visionary Craig Kruckeberg have both been named Blooming Prairie’s 2017 Citizens of the Year. “What a fantastic honor,” Craig Kruckeberg said. “My father and I are truly humbled by this award.” The Blooming Prairie […]

Minimizer launches Super Single Fenders line

(Blooming Prairie MN December 2017) - Following years of research and development, Minimizer Super Single Fenders have hit the heavy duty trucking aftermarket. “This is something we’ve been working on for a long time,” Minimizer CEO and Chief Visionary Craig Kruckeberg said. “We had a lot of requests for fenders [...]

Louisiana trucker wins Minimizer contest during Truck Driver Appreciation Week

(Blooming Prairie, MN September 2017) – Mike Atwell wasn’t sure what to make of the situation. “I never win anything,” Atwell said, laughing. But the owner-operator from Iowa, Louisiana wasn’t dreaming. He really did win Minimizer’s Comfort Package giveaway on the company’s Facebook page. “I still can’t believe it,” Atwell […]

Minimizer Fast Flaps named Top 50 New Product

(Blooming Prairie, MN September 2017) – Minimizer Fast Flaps continue to build their reputation as an innovative problem-solver by earning the product’s second industry award. Equipment Today magazine has named Fast Flaps one of its 2017 Contractors’ Top 50 New Products, the construction industry’s only award program based on consumer […]

Another new greaseless product from Minimizer

(Blooming Prairie, MN August 2017) – Already well known for its line of greaseless products, Minimizer is unveiling yet another option for truck drivers – the Insert-Style Slick Plate. The Insert-Style Slick Plate is specifically designed for trucks that have Holland fifth wheels with built-in lube plate inserts. These models […]

New Minimizer Fast Flap Mounting Bracket makes things easier

(Blooming Prairie, MN August 2017) – More than a year removed from their launch, Minimizer Fast Flaps continue to sell like hotcakes for vocational trucks bolting directly to the body or truck box. There is just one issue – there isn’t a way to use Fast Flaps on standard tractors […]

Minimizer releases Long Haul Series mattress with lifetime guarantee

(Blooming Prairie MN August 2017) – A year after introducing their Long Haul Series Seat, Minimizer is growing their #RespectTheDriver brand by releasing a mattress that is designed and specified for professional, over-the-road truck drivers. And this is no ordinary mattress. “My engineers researched mattresses for over a year and […]

Minimizer releases new Floor Mats for International trucks

(Blooming Prairie, MN July 2017) – Minimizer has long received comments from professional truck drivers and fleets, asking the company to expand their existing Floor Mats selection for International trucks. Consider their wish granted. Minimizer is releasing new Custom Molded Floor Mat kits designed to fit eight different International trucks, […]

Minimizer releases new Floor Mats for Western Star trucks

(Blooming Prairie, MN July 2017) – In an effort to keep Western Star trucks looking spotless, Minimizer has released five all-new Custom Molded Floor Mat kits. All five fit 2016-2018 Western Star trucks. “It’s exciting to know that we now have nearly every Western Star truck released over the past […]

Minimizer named finalist for award

(Blooming Prairie MN July 2017) – For the second straight year, Minnesota Business magazine has named Minimizer a finalist for its Manufacturing Awards. Minimizer is one of three companies up for the title of Best in Class – Mid-size. “It’s a huge honor for Minimizer to be mentioned in the […]

Fast Flaps continue to make their mark on trucking industry

(Blooming Prairie, MN April 2017) – A year removed from its launch, Minimizer Fast Flaps continue to sell like hotcakes, with no drop off in sight. Fast Flaps secure mud flaps without creating any holes in the flap or sacrificing strength, yet it takes more than 500 pounds of pressure […]

BP robotics team thankful for Minimizer sponsorship

(Blooming Prairie, MN April 2017) – The Blooming Prairie robotics team, known for its baseball-inspired uniforms and nickname – the Wrench Warmers – received a boost from Minimizer in 2017. The aftermarket semi truck parts company donated components of “Shelby,” the Wrench Warmers robot, by utilizing a rare resource – […]

Minimizer looking for new product ideas

(Blooming Prairie, MN March 2017) – Heavy duty trucking veterans, or anybody else for that matter, Minimizer wants to hear from you! The aftermarket parts company is looking for its next Tested and Tortured product, and often receives ideas from the people that do the job day-in and day-out. “We […]

Big Money Promised for Winners of Bandit Big Rig Series

Big Money Promised for Winners of Bandit Big Rig Series Blooming Prairie, MN, February 2, 2017 – $50,000 of prize money will be available at every race of the Bandit Big Rig Series. This was announced shortly after a much-anticipated launch party of the inaugural 2017 season at Heavy Duty […]

Minimizer’s booth at HDAW in Las Vegas is turning heads.

(Blooming Prairie, MN January 2017) – Minimizer’s booth at HDAW in Las Vegas is turning heads. Distributors won’t find any company logos outside of the 53-foot show trailer. Rather, Minimizer is focusing on what’s inside the trailer. “We spend a lot of money to help sell through our distribution channel,” […]

Inaugural Season of Bandit Big Rig Series Launches at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week

Inaugural Season of Bandit Big Rig Series Launches at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week Las Vegas, NV, January 25, 2017 – “Circle Track Truck Racing is back!” exclaimed Minimizer CEO and Chief Visionary Officer Craig Kruckeberg at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kruckeberg was announcing the much-anticipated launch […]

Minimizer places two products in TP&S top ten of 2016

Minimizer places two products in TP&S top ten of 2016 (Blooming Prairie, MN January 2017) – There’s a new number one in town, and it belongs to Minimizer. Truck Parts & Service released its top ten aftermarket products of 2016, and Minimizer’s name appears twice on the list – Fast […]

Minimizer makes large donation to Wyakin Foundation

  For Immediate Release Contact: Steve Hansen Director of Marketing Minimizer (800) 248-3855   Minimizer makes large donation to Wyakin Foundation (Blooming Prairie MN January 2017) – Minimizer is making a $20,000 donation to the Wyakin Foundation, which assists wounded veterans in adapting to civilian life. “This is something very […]

Minimizer’s management company, Kruckeberg Industries, is expanding its manufacturing

For Immediate Release Contact: Jim Richards General Manager – Stinar Kruckeberg Industries (800) 248-3855 jrichards@stinar.com   Kruckeberg Industries Announces Management Agreement with Stinar Corporation Blooming Prairie, MN, December 2016 – Effective immediately Kruckeberg Industries has entered into a Management Agreement with Stinar Corporation (www.stinar.com). Stinar, a subsidiary of Oakridge Holdings, […]

Minimizer introduces two new products

Minimizer introduces two new products (Blooming Prairie, MN December 2016) – Minimizer, known for its innovative ideas and groundbreaking product lines, is launching its fifth and sixth products of 2016 – the Trailer Slick Plate and the Tool Caddy. “These products, consistent with our Tested and Tortured brand, offer solution-based […]

Minimizer Selected as Finalist for 2016 Manufacturing Awards

Minimizer Selected as Finalist for 2016 Manufacturing Awards Blooming Prairie, MN, August 2016 – Minnesota Business magazine has selected Minimizer as a finalist for the 2016 Manufacturing Awards. Minnesota’s manufacturing industry has a long history of excellence. Minimizer is honored to be named one of three finalists for the Best in […]

Minimizer Territory Manager wins Fleet Brake Award

(Blooming Prairie, MN August 2016) – Longtime Minimizer Territory Manager Bud Breau has been named Fleet Brake’s 2016 Manufacturer Representative of the Year. “To us, Bud is Minimizer,” Fleet Brake VP of Sales Tim Douglas said. “We would feel guilty now if we were to sell any other line of […]

Minimizer releases new mini catalogs

  (Blooming Prairie, MN July 2016) – Minimizer’s new mini catalogs are all you need to get the scoop on all things Tested & Tortured! The mini catalogs have been updated with Minimizer’s newest product – Heavy Duty Truck Seats. “The spent years in development, partially due to the fact […]

High Bar Unveils Heavy Duty Truck Seat

(Blooming Prairie, MN July 2016) – Minimizer, one of the leaders in heavy duty innovation, manufactures some of the most unique products available in the aftermarket, including Poly Fenders, Custom Molded Floor Mats and Fast Flaps. Now, the company is adding to its ever-growing product line with its most talked-about […]

Minimizer Fast Flaps secure mud flaps without damaging them

Minimizer Fast Flaps secure mud flaps without damaging them (Blooming Prairie MN March 2016) – Minimizer continues to expand its aftermarket presence, now offering yet another product solution with the release of Fast Flaps. Fast Flaps secure mud flaps without creating any holes in the flap or sacrificing strength. It […]

Sadler Power Train named 2015 Distributor of the Year

(Blooming Prairie MN February 2016) – Third time is a charm for Sadler Power Train. The Iowa-based company, now in its 42nd year of operation, has been named the 2015 Truck Parts & Service Distributor of the Year. It is the third straight year Sadler received a nomination. “I would […]

TMC vet wins Minimizer-sponsored Career Leadership Award

CLA winner Kevin Tomlinson celebrates his award with Minimizer’s Paul Tollefson (far left), Jason Rhoads (middle-left) and David Roper (far right). (Blooming Prairie MN March 2016) – Kevin Tomlinson didn’t end up driving trucks like his father and grandfather, but he is pretty darn good at fixing them. Tomlinson, winner […]

Minimizer adds two newest products

The Dual Tire Work Bench (left) and the Rear Center Light Panel (right) are the two newest products from Minimizer. (Blooming Prairie MN January 2016) – The company best known for its Tested and Tortured mantra continues to expand its product line. Minimizer is releasing its third Maintenance Line bench […]

Minimizer to release new and improved Floor Mats

Kenworth truck with updated Minimizer Floor Mats installed Blooming Prairie, MN December 2015 – Minimizer customers will see updates to certain Kenworth Floor Mats next year. Mats for Kenworth models T600, T660, T800 and W900 have received improvements to the fit and finish, with the new mats available for sale […]

Minimizer grows to 16 territories across North America

Minimizer worldwide headquarters in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota Blooming Prairie, MN November 2015 – Minimizer, best known for its line of Tested and Tortured heavy truck products, continues to grow more than three decades after its inception. Since the beginning of 2015, the company has added four new territories to its […]

Minimizer expands Floor Mats line, adds Freightliner molds

Freightliner Coronado & 122SD Floor Mats (automatic transmission) Blooming Prairie MN November 2015 – The Freightliner Coronado (model years 2010-2016) and the Freightliner 122SD (2013-2016) are the two newest additions to the Minimizer Custom Molded Floor Mats line. Minimizer has a floor mat solution for the vast majority of semi […]

Minimizer shipping is quicker and more accurate than ever

Product is packaged for shipping before hitting the truck. Blooming Prairie, MN October 2015 – Minimizer’s shipping numbers are so good that its customers will soon get their Tested and Tortured products faster than ever before. Minimizer CEO Craig Kruckeberg announced his company is switching from a five-day shipping window […]

Team Tortured driver rolls into Hastings in fourth place

Brad Klemmensen drives the Team Tortured Volvo (left) at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis. Blooming Prairie, MN, August 2015 – Brad Klemmensen continues his hot streak as the Meritor ChampTruck World Series heads to Hastings, Nebraska, September 12th and 13th. Minimizer’s Team Tortured driver took third in the Podium Race […]

Minimizer’s Single Tire Work Bench sells out

The Single Tire Work Bench holds tools for mechanics working on a truck. Blooming Prairie, MN, July 2015 – Minimizer’s Maintenance Line is designed to make life easier, and mechanics agree. The Single Tire Work Bench has been backordered since its release in June, but Minimizer has now restocked distributors’ […]

Newest Minimizer fender departure from traditional look

For those who want a metal look with the durability of plastic, there’s new Smoky Black Mirror Finish. Blooming Prairie, MN, July 2015 – Minimizer is taking on metal fenders without the metal. The company’s new Smoky Black Mirror fender looks exactly like a metal fender, except it’s made from the same […]

Slick Plate makes life cleaner, easier

Minimizer Slick Plate takes the dirty work out of fifth wheel maintenance, because you don’t need grease. Blooming Prairie, MN, June 2015 – Get rid of grease with Minimizer’s newest Maintenance Line product – the Slick Plate. Made of poly plastic, the Slick Plate removes the need for grease and prolongs the […]

Minimizer releases Tandem Work Bench

The Tandem Work Bench gives mechanics a space for all their parts and tools. Blooming Prairie, MN, June 2015 – When you’re working hard, you want everything else to be easy, which is why Minimizer is releasing its newest Maintenance Line product – the Tandem Work Bench. While you’re busy […]

Minimizer joins ChampTruck World Series

The ChampTruck World Series kicks off in April at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. Blooming Prairie, MN, March 2015 – Minimizer’s Tested & Tortured fenders already take a beating on the road. Now, they’ll feel the heat from the race track. The iconic truck brand, known for putting new products […]

Minimizer Announces 30th Anniversary Sweepstakes Winners

    Vincent (left) and Andre Beaumont accept their $15,000 check at the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville. Blooming Prairie, MN, March 2015 – Chris Coplan and A. Beaumont Transport beat the odds, and in doing so, find themselves $15,000 richer. The two won Minimizer’s 30th Anniversary Sweepstakes, completing a contest that […]

Minimizer Honored with Small Business Award

Minimizer CEO Craig Kruckeberg took over his father’s company in 2006. Blooming Prairie, MN, Feb. 2015 – Minimizer is already known as a leader in the heavy-duty trucking industry, but the company is also being recognized as a business leader in its home state of Minnesota. Twins Cities Business has […]

Minimizer Honored at the Twin Cities Business 2014 Small Business Success Stories Awards

Minimizer has endured and thrived for 30 years because of vision, perseverance and innovation. The passion Minimizer demonstrates for living up to its reputation for being a leader in the heavy-duty trucking industry was recently honored at the Twin Cities Business 2014 Small Business Success Stories Awards on Jan. 20, […]

Minimizer Named U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award Winner

Blooming Prairie, MN, Feb. 2015 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Minimizer as a winner in its annual Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards®, a program that recognizes companies for their success and innovation and for their contributions to economic growth and free enterprise. Minimizer was selected from a record […]

2015 Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week ‘15

  The Minimizer team is on the road again at the 2015 Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. The event runs Jan. 26 – 29, 2015. It’s the 10th anniversary for HDAW which brings together heavy duty aftermarkets parts and service providers. We’ll be […]

Minimizer Conducts Its Latest Market Research for Aftermarket Accessories

Blooming Prairie, MN, January 2015 – Minimizer recently conducted its latest industry research to better understand the aftermarket parts and accessories perceptions, trends and needs of heavy-duty fleets and owner-operators. “Minimizer is a brand with a reputation for quality, durability and standing behind its lifetime guarantee. We’ve earned our reputation […]

Minimizer Introduces New 18″ Tool Box to Their Heavy-Duty Truck and Trailer Accessory Line

Blooming Prairie, MN, December 2014 ― Minimizer introduced today a nearly indestructible 18″ poly Tool Box that is significantly lighter than metal and fits into many tighter-fit places on trucks and truck chassis. The sleeker Tool Box design allows for a variety of applications for use on truck, trailer and […]

Minimizer Now Offers Tested and Tortured Decorated Bracket Kits

Blooming Prairie, MN, November, 2014 ― Minimizer’s industry-leading fender bracket systems are now available in decorated options. The decorated finishes are produced using heavy-duty material in a robust manufacturing process allowing the decorated brackets to withstand the rigors of the trucking industry while providing a sleek and finished look that […]

Minimizer National Accounts Manager Appointed to Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network Board of Directors

Steve Hansen, National Accounts Manager at Minimizer, has been appointed a two-year term to the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) as a supplier board member The CVSN is an association of independent parts and service aftermarket distributors serving the transportation industry. It represents the entire heavy-duty aftermarket industry with nearly […]

Minimizer CFO, Christopher Thorpe (“CT”) Named one of the St Paul / Minneapolis Business Journal 2014 CFO of The Year Award Honorees

Blooming Prairie, MN, October 2014 – The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has announced the honorees for this year’s CFO of the Year Award. The award recognizes top-tier financial executives in several company categories. Minimizer’s Chief Financial Officer, Christopher Thorpe (“CT”) was named an honoree in the small private company category. […]

Minimizer CFO, Christopher Thorpe (“CT”) Named one of the St Paul / Minneapolis Business Journal 2014 CFO of The Year Award Honorees

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has announced the honorees for this year’s CFO of the Year Award. The award recognizes top-tier financial executives in several company categories. Minimizer’s Chief Financial Officer, Christopher Thorpe ( “CT”) was named an honoree in the small private company category. He along with all the […]

Minimizer Custom Mud Flaps Offer More Advantages than Off-the-Rack Mud Flaps

Blooming Prairie, MN, October 2014 – Not only does Minimizer offer personalized mud flaps for heavy-duty trucks, they come with many advantages and a one-year warranty that’s not often available in the aftermarket accessories arena. Minimizer Custom Mud Flaps are made of durable polyethylene material rather than low-blend hybrid polypropylene […]

Minimizer Honored as Silver Winner in the 2014 Golden Bridge Awards – Made in the U.S.A Category

Blooming Prairie, MN, September 2014 – Minimizer has earned the prestigious silver award from the Golden Bridge Awards – Made in the U.S.A. category for its heavy-duty, virtually indestructible Minimizer Fenders.   The coveted annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, […]

Minimizer Honored as Silver Winner in the 2014 Golden Bridge Awards – Made in the U.S.A Category

Blooming Prairie, MN, September 2014 – Minimizer has earned the prestigious silver award from the Golden Bridge Awards – Made in the U.S.A. category for its heavy-duty, virtually indestructible Minimizer Fenders. The coveted annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams, women in business and […]

Minimizer 30th Anniversary Sweepstakes is in Full Swing!

Blooming Prairie, MN, August 2014 – Minimizer is celebrating 30 years with 30,000 ways to say thank you to its customers. Thirty years ago Lorraine Kruckeberg backed her vehicle over a Rubbermaid trash can, inspiring her husband Dick Kruckeberg to invent heavy-duty poly truck fenders. Thus, Spray Control Systems, Inc., which does business […]

Minimizer is Celebrating 30 Years with 30,000 Ways to Say Thank You to its Customers

Blooming Prairie, MN, August 2014 – Minimizer is celebrating 30 years with 30,000 ways to say thank you to its customers. Thirty years ago Lorraine Kruckeberg backed her vehicle over a Rubbermaid trash can, inspiring her husband Dick Kruckeberg to invent heavy-duty poly truck fenders. Thus, Spray Control Systems, Inc., […]

Minimizer Product Lineup Improves Fleet Image

Proper fleet maintenance is critical to safety, performance, driver retention, less in-transit pullovers, load protection and profitability. A rig that looks good will fare better with DOT inspections. Success with each of these critical fleet metrics starts with maintenance. But, industry use of the term maintenance is now transitioning to […]

Minimizer Fenders – The Spray Suppression Leader for the Refuse Industry

Blooming Prairie, MN, May 2014 – Minimizer fenders are chosen by more refuse companies than any other fender option in the industry. “Minimizer fenders are the most durable fenders available, it’s the only fender for the waste management industry because it’s the only one that can take the abuse,” said […]

Minimizer Expands Line of Custom Floor Mats with Launch of Peterbilt 379 Floor Mats

Blooming Prairie, MN, May 2014 – Minimizer is now manufacturing custom made floor mats for the iconic Peterbilt 379 truck. The 379 was Peterbilt’s flagship truck for many years maintaining the nameplate’s signature long-nosed styling. “Minimizer is pleased to manufacture the toughest and most durable custom floor mats made specifically […]

Looking Forward, Looking Back

In March we hosted a 30th anniversary party to remember. Thank you to our employees, vendors, distributors, and those that have helped us along the way that attended the rocking party at the Muse event center in downtown Minneapolis. This year, as we enjoy celebrating Minimizer’s 30th year as an American, family […]

Minimizer Sponsors First-Ever Posthumous Technology & Maintenance Career Leadership Award Honoree

Blooming Prairie, MN, March 2014 – Jerry Thrift, who passed away in May 2013, was awarded Commercial Carrier Journal‘s 38th Annual Technology & Maintenance Career Leadership Award sponsored, in part, by Minimizer. Thrift was the first-ever recipient to receive the award posthumously. For more than 100 years, the Commercial Carrier […]

Minimizer Launches Enhanced Social Media Campaign

Blooming Prairie, MN, March 2014 – To keep you up-to-date on the latest news and announcements while strengthening its online presenceMinimizer has launched an enhanced social media campaign. Historically, Minimizer has maintained a strong presence on Facebook, Twitter andYouTube as well as monthly press releases. The Company has now added […]

Remember the men behind the machines

I recently read an article by a dispatcher, Dan Hansen, who told the story of a driver. The driver’s name is Harold and his story reminded me how proud I am that Minimizer is part of such a humble, hard-working industry. One of the ways I show my appreciation for […]

Minimizer Is Industry Choice For On Road and Off-Road Applications

Blooming Prairie, MN, February 2014 – Minimizer fenders stand up to the abuse that both on road and off-road environments hurl their way. And converts from traditional metal fenders are writing to let the Company know they are pleased to have purchased Minimizer’s high quality, industry-leading product. Howard Bowers, from […]

Minimizer Sponsors GenNext, New Educational and Mentorship Organization Headed by Minimizer National Accounts Manager Steve Hansen

Blooming Prairie, MN, January 2014 – Steve Hansen who has been with Minimizer for over ten years and has risen through the company’s ranks, rises once again. This time, Hansen will head an organization in which veteran industry professionals cultivate talent and leadership amongst younger industry managers, the so-called next […]

Minimizer Adds Industry Media Veteran Jason Rhoads as Director of Marketing

Blooming Prairie, MN, January 2014 – Minimizer is pleased to announce the addition of Jason Rhoads to its executive management team as Director of Marketing. Jason will be tasked with providing enhanced marketing tools for the Minimizer sales team, developing strategy for reaching new markets and creating dynamic opportunities to […]

Minimizer Hires New Southeast Regional Sales Manager David Singler

Blooming Prairie, MN, January 2014 – Minimizer has announced the hiring of David Singler as its new Southeast Regional Sales Manager. David brings a wealth of sales experience after five years of serving as a sales representative for Balkamp, a leading distributor of automotive aftermarket products. “David brings hands-on knowledge […]

Minimizer Celebrates 30-Year Milestone of Industry Growth and Leadership

Blooming Prairie, MN, January 2014 — Thirty years ago Lorraine Kruckeberg backed her vehicle over a Rubbermaid trashcan, inspiring her husband Dick Kruckeberg to invent heavy-duty poly truck fenders. Thus, Spray Control Systems, Inc., which now does business as Minimizer, was born. Since 1984, when it was known more commonly […]

Minimizer’s Donation to Boys & Girls Club Doubles Fundraising Efforts and Honors Local Teacher

Blooming Prairie, MN, January 2014 — At the November 21, 2013 Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce banquet Minimizer CEO and Chief Visionary Craig Kruckeberg donated $5,000 to the local Boys & Girls Club. The donation was in honor of his former high-school teacher LeMar Nelson. Nelson currently serves as […]

MINIMIZER HOSTS LEGISLATORS IN A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON ECONOMIC STRATEGIES FOR RURAL, SMALL BUSINESSES

Blooming Prairie, MN, December 2013 — Representatives Shannon Savick (DFL, District 27A) and John Petersburg (R, District 24A), Minnesota Senator Dan Sparks (DFL, 27), U.S. Senator Al Franken’s staff member Bruce Barnum and Blooming Prairie Mayor Harold Peterson visitedMinimizer headquarters and toured the plant on Monday, December 16, 2013. Minimizer […]

MINIMIZER IS CONSUMER’S TOP CHOICE FOR PRODUCT INTEGRITY AND CONSUMER APPRECIATION

Blooming Prairie, MN, December 2013 — Minimizer customer Mike Meyer is still so proud of his customized 2011 Minimizer 2260 Diamond Plate fenders that he stopped by Minimizer headquarters just to let the Company know. In fact, during an interview, Meyer said he just bought another pair this month. Meyer […]

Minimizer Chrome Poly Fenders Continue to Win Awards for Quality and Show

Blooming Prairie, MN, November 2013 — Minimizer’s award winning Chrome Poly fenders continue to impress. Since their 2011 unveiling, trucks outfitted with these fenders keep earning world-class distinctions. Recently, Scott Rud’s 2000 Peterbilt 379 won Best of Show for Working Bobtail at the October 2013 Heart of America Trucking Show […]

MINIMIZER SELECTED FOR MOST UNIQUE TRUCKS IN THE WORLD

Blooming Prairie, MN, October 2013 — Minimizer‘s fenders were chosen to outfit a truck that’s in a class all its own. This one-of-a-kind, heavy-duty utilities truck, provided by Truck Utilities Inc., is the very first of its kind in the USA. The truck’s Socage TJJ230 Aerial Lift bucket has a […]

MINIMIZER ENGINEERS PADDLE BRACKETS FOR A SEAMLESS FENDER LOOK

Blooming Prairie, MN, October 2013 — Minimizer now manufactures a seamless paddle bracket for its fender sets. Paddle brackets give fenders a sleek and seamless new look. Phil LaViolette, Minimizer’s Composite Engineer in their Research and Development division, said the advantages to this improved bracket extend beyond style. “These new […]

MINIMIZER HIRES NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

Blooming Prairie, MN, September 2013 — Minimizer is pleased to announce Roger S. Malatt as the new Vice President of Sales. Roger is a senior sales and business development leader with over 25 years of experience in creating and executing sales, marketing and operational strategies; identifying new business, products and […]

MINIMIZER CREATES NEW POSITION FOR EXPERIENCED OPERATIONAL AND MANUFACTURING LEADER

Blooming Prairie, MN, September 2013 Minimizer is pleased to announce the addition of James L. Richards as Vice President of Operations. Jim brings more than 15 years of leadership experience to the Minimizer team. During his career he has successfully led companies to sales growth and bottom line growth through […]

MINIMIZER IMPLEMENTS VMRS CODING SYSTEM

Blooming Prairie, MN, September 2013 – Minimizer continues to improve communication and service for its customers by implementing the Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standard system for its product. The Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standard, or VMRS, is a trucking business system that describes parts and maintenance activities using numbers instead of words. […]

MINIMIZER’S HEAVY-DUTY TRUCK FLOORMATS PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT

Blooming Prairie, MN, August, 2013 -Mike Elnicky, a heavy-duty truck owner and operator for over 27 years, has finally found the best floor mats: Minimizer. Although heavy-duty truck floor mats have been around since he started driving, he has never seen a brand so effective at keeping dirt and grime […]

MINIMIZER SUPPLIES INDUSTRY’S MOST INNOVATIVE FENDERS

Blooming Prairie, MN, August, 2013 – Minimizer once again fortifies its position as the most innovative manufacturer of heavy-duty truck parts.Craig Kruckeber, Chief Visionary Officer of Minimizer, knew that customers craved a product combining the durability of Minimizer’s poly fenders with the glean of a traditional metal. So once again, […]

MINIMIZER SUPPORTS PARKINSON’S DISEASE AND OTHER NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

Blooming Prairie, MN, July, 2013 — Minimizer supports many charitable causes both locally and nationally. It does so because their customer base is over-the-road and across the country. The company feels it’s important to support causes beyond its hometown boundaries. However some causes, such as neurological disorders like Parkinson’s Disease […]

New Shipping Building

Minimizer ANNOUNCES additional expansion with new state-of-the-art shipping building Finding itself without adequate shipping space because of significant growth, Minimizer launched an ambitious plan last year to open a new shipping facility in 2012. The new building, operational in April of this year, boasts over 7,000 square feet of space […]

EXPERIENCED FINANCIAL EXECUTIVE CHRISTOPHER P. THORPE JOINS MINIMIZER

Blooming Prairie, MN, June 27, 2013 – Minimizer is pleased to announce the addition of Christopher P. Thorpe “CT” as Chief Financial Officer of Spray Control Systems, Inc. DBA Minimizer. Mr. Thorpe will also serve as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development forKruckeberg Enterprises, the holding company of […]

CRAIG KRUCKEBERG WINS ERNST & YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Blooming Prairie, MN, June 14, 2013 – Last evening at the annual gala event celebrating the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®, Craig Kruckeberg, Minimizer’s CEO & Chief Visionary, was named Entrepreneur of the Year® in the manufacturing category. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary […]

MINIMIZER’S CRAIG KRUCKEBERG WINS ERNST & YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR® 2013 AWARD

Blooming Prairie, MN, June 14, 2013 – Last evening at the annual gala event celebrating the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®, Craig Kruckeberg, Minimizer’s CEO & Chief Visionary, was named Entrepreneur of the Year® in the manufacturing category. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary […]

Minimizer is the FENDER OF CHOICE FOR FOOD BULK TRANSPORT INDUSTRY

Blooming Prairie, MN, May, 2013 – Walt Keeney knows how to transport bulk food products. He understands the rigors of the industry and the need for the right trucking equipment that works and keeps his loads clean and safe from debris. “I’m so excited about the Minimizer fender because of […]

Minimizer Has Strong Showing at 2013 Mid America Trucking Show

Blooming Prairie, Minn., April, 2013 – Minimizer once again exhibited with a strong presence at the Mid America Trucking Show held in Louisville, Kentucky March 21- 23, 2013. It was the shows 42nd Anniversary. Mid-America Trucking Show is one of the premier gatherings for the heavy duty trucking industry. For […]

The Only Truly Integrated Aftermarket Fender Bracket System: Minimizer

Blooming Prairie, MN, April, 2013 – Minimizer offers the only truly integrated aftermarket fender and bracket system available in the industry. And, Minimizer bracket systems are guaranteed for life. Minimizer’s industry leading fenders are made from high-density polyethylene that is guaranteed for life. The material is formed using Minimizer’s proprietary […]

Minimizer CEO Craig Kruckeberg Wins Business Builder of the Year Award

Blooming Prairie, MN, February, 2013 – The Upsize Business Builder Awards provide an annual contest to recognize entrepreneurs for leading smart, sustainable growth. Minimizer CEO and Chief Visionary Officer Craig Kruckeberg was one of three finalists selected by the judges. Each of the three finalists presented their stories in a […]

Minimizer Launches New Floor Mat Product

Minimizer To Launch New Floor Mat Product at Mid-America Trucking Show Blooming Prairie, MN, February, 2013 – Minimizer has always manufactured the toughest fenders in the industry. Now the company you’ve come to know and trust for the most durable heavy-duty aftermarket products wants to manufacture floor mats custom made […]

Minimizer Launches Mobile Website and Revamped Social Media Strategy

Blooming Prairie, MN, January, 2013 – Minimizer continues to make significant investments in technology with the launch of their new mobile website and new social media campaigns. The new mobile website is custom tailored to render better than the full-size website on any mobile device. It allows users to call, […]