The forerunner to Starcraft Corporation, the Star Tank Company, was founded in 1903 in Goshen, Indiana, a tiny town near the Michigan border. Its founder, Arthur Schrock, first began the business to manufacture metal feeding and watering tanks for livestock. In the 1920s, however, Schrock broadened his manufacturing operation to include aluminum boats, and the company was renamed Star Tank and Boat. In the mid-1960s, the company diversified yet again, entering the recreational vehicle industry with a line of fold-out campers that were sold under the trade name Starcraft. The Schrock family sold the business to a conglomerate in 1969.
In 1977, the company entered a new and rapidly growing market, when it began customizing vans through a newly formed subsidiary, Starcraft Van Conversions Corporation. To convert a vehicle, the company took incomplete van chassis, obtained directly from major automotive manufacturers, and added a variety of customer-chosen features, which might include anything from curtains, to specially built seating, to coordinating upholstery and interior decor.
The movement toward sports utility vehicles (SUV) and pickup trucks had been gathering momentum for several years. Since Ford first introduced its Explorer in 1990, SUV sales had skyrocketed, growing 130 percent by 1996. By the middle of the 1990s, consumer obsession with the boxy SUVs had drawn buyers away from full-sized vans, which were the bread and butter of the conversion industry.
Not surprisingly, as sales of van conversions were faltering, sales of SUV and pickup conversions were climbing. Thus, Starcraft turned its attention to conversion vehicle parts sales and building vehicle appearance packages for OEM. In October 2003, Starcraft and its partner Wheel to Wheel Inc. formed a partnership and created TecStar Products. TecStar provided quality performance body parts for Chevrolet including the Xteme package for the S10 and the Tiger Shark package for the Corvette Industry.
With experience and knowledge, Starcraft has currently become the premier distributor for all your conversion replacement parts, bus parts, truck cap parts and accessories, RV/trailer parts, cargo trailer parts, horse trailer parts, and automotive aftermarket accessories. We also offer a full line of windows and doors for all product lines. Our C5 Tiger Shark and C6 Corvette body kits and conversion ground effect packages are still the best the industry has to offer.
Our commitment with the utmost integrity is to continually provide the highest customer service, quality, and value available. We will strive to be innovators of the aftermarket industry by utilizing our customers' key knowledge within the industry. Our focus is to exceed the expectations of our customers by providing efficiency, urgency, and attention to detail.
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