Star Equipment Ltd.

In 1968, Max Bowman, his spouse, and an old friend came together and founded Star Equipment in Des Moines, Iowa. Over time, the company’s investment in its employees, dedication to its customers, and expert knowledge in the equipment it sells have earned the company a high reputation in the area. Now led by a new generation of family ownership in Bruce, Brad, and Brett Bowman, and spread out across Iowa and parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, & Missouri, the company aspires to build on the success of the past by striving to be the area’s first choice when it comes to heavy equipment. The number one product of the company is Productivity. Whether it be achieved by employing the latest technology, ensuring the greatest possible uptime of your equipment, or having the knowledge to answer any and all questions that may arise, Star Equipment is in the business of keeping your fleet well run and operational.



Takeuchi Rewards Star's Effort

Takeuchi-US has awarded Star Equipment as the 2019 Dealer of the Year of the Central Midwest Region. Star Equipment's successful sales effort in 2019 has proven to show it is outstanding in the construction equipment market, according to Takeuchi....


Star Equipment's Max Bowman Passes Away at Age 85

Max Gene Bowman, 85, died April 4, at Mill Pond Senior Living in Ankeny, Iowa, of pneumonia, a complication of Lewy Body dementia. Mr. Bowman was born in Perry, Iowa, to Jean and Orie Bowman, and completed high school there while developing a passion for construction through working with his stepfather, Charlie Paist....


Star Equipment Hires Barry Schuler as Territory Manager

Star Equipment Ltd. announces that Barry Schuler has joined Star Equipment as territory manager of Northwest Iowa. In this role, Barry will professionally manage all sales efforts of the 25 counties in his territory....


Star Equipment Celebrates 50 Years of Growth in Iowa

The Bowman family celebrated the 50th anniversary of Star Equipment Ltd. Sept. 29 with close to 500 friends, customers and vendors at the company headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. The weather was cold and wet during the celebration, but Star Equipment was able to minimize its effects with tents, heaters and the use of the service shop....


Jon Nedza Becomes New Assistant Branch Manager

Star Equipment Ltd. is proud to announce the promotion of Jon Nedza to Ames assistant branch manager. Jon has been with Star Equipment since 2014 and previously served as parts and rental support. “Jon has always been a valuable asset to the Star Equipment family,” stated Scott Thompson, Ames branch manager, Star Equipment....


Star Equipment Hires Sales Manager of Des Moines, Ames

Star Equipment Ltd. announced that Paul Kindelspire, former Midwest region business manager of Takeuchi, has joined Star Equipment as sales manager of the Des Moines and Ames branches. In this role, Kindelspire will manage sales efforts along with eight field and inside personnel....


Star Equipment Introduces Demaray as Member of Sales

Star Equipment introduced the newest member of its sales team, Mike Demaray. He will be handling sales for southwest Iowa. Demaray has a desire to help his customers and increase their knowledge. Prior to working at Star Equipment, Demaray was a road maintenance sales manager of Smith Fertilizer And Grain in Knoxville, Iowa....


Distributors Elect Dennis Kruepke as 2011 Chairman of AED

North American construction equipment distributors have elected Dennis Kruepke to the position of 2011 chairman of Associated Equipment Distributors (AED). Kruepke is president and CEO of McCann Industries, Addison, Ill., the Case dealer serving the Chicago metro area....


Star Equipment Hosts Open House, Chili Feed in Des Moines

Star Equipment held an open house and chili feed Dec. 8 at its Des Moines, Iowa, location. The event gave old and new customers a chance to check out some new equipment, enjoy some good food and make some new contacts....


Star Equipment Thanks Customers With Chili Feed

Star Equipment hosted an Open House & Chili Feed Dec. 2 at the company’s Des Moines, Iowa, branch. Several hundred people attended the chili feed this year in Des Moines. Star Equipment puts on the event to say “thank you” to its customers for their business and support during the past year....






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