Contract Manufacturer

A History of Commitment, A Focus on Solutions

RiverStar’s contract manufacturer history begins in 1984, when three visionary engineers founded our sister company, RiverSide Electronics. In the beginning, the partners were conducting contract manufacturing of electromechanical assemblies in a partner’s home. By 1988, having experienced substantial growth, RiverSide employed over 200 employees, and was soon recognized by Business Week magazine as one of the 25 fastest growing high tech companies in the United States.

With the increase in customer base, requests for packaging, kitting and distribution started rolling in. As many manufacturers understand, these tasks don’t easily fit within true manufacturing. In 1995, founder Stephen H. Craney founded RiverStar Inc., with the focus on providing assembly, packaging, kitting, testing, and distribution services for OEM companies as a contract manufacturer.

Our first customer was a large agriculture equipment manufacturing company introducing a new GPS technology into the agricultural market. Today, GPS technology is everywhere, but back then, this system was a very innovative approach utilizing GPS technology along with different sensors and interface equipment.

RiverStar was tasked with procuring the necessary components of the system from multiple suppliers, building these components into a system, and testing its functionality. Upon successful completion of the testing process, components were packaged into necessary kit configurations and distributed across the OEM’s dealer network. These units were ready for installation on farm equipment in the field and distributed throughout the world.

The use of GPS technology today has taken off and is commonplace in the farming community. RiverStar is fortunate to have had the opportunity to support this customer throughout all aspects of this technology growth. Through the years and now on a much greater scale, RiverStar is still supporting that same customer with superior manufacturing, testing, kitting, and distribution services.

In the early 2000s, RiverStar was approached with a new type of opportunity to start a repair operation for a large medical X-ray printer manufacture. Because of the experienced staff and the processes that were built during the previous years, this was a natural fit for RiverStar. Complete troubleshooting, tear down, repair, reassembly, and test of mechanical and electromechanical assemblies became a cornerstone of our contract manufacturer company.

Our Dream Team

Our Values

Quality, commitment, integrity, and adaptability are at the heart of RiverStar’s core values. They keep us aligned, and help us make decisions about everything we do. Our customers, employees, community, and environment are our stakeholders. We consider them in every decision we make. We also encourage a family-oriented culture and recognize our employees through company events and celebrations.

RiverStar employees aim to reduce our carbon footprint with daily efforts such as recycling packaging materials and composting food scraps as well as larger-scale efforts such as retrofitting warehouse lighting, which lowers our energy consumption by approximately 90,950 kWh per year and our water-saving project, which lowered water consumption by approximately 4,000 gallons per year.





Growing For The Future

Since inception, RiverStar’s customer base and capabilities have grown in many directions but all with the same focus of supporting Original Equipment Manufacturers. From preassembling line-ready subassemblies, repair of OEM service parts, and testing for parts qualification to kitting, packaging, and distribution, our focus remains in support of the Original Equipment Manufacturer.

Our headquarters and production facilities are located in Winona, Minnesota. Expansion to a third production facility opened in Rushford, Minnesota in 2006. Our facilities total nearly 190,000 square feet of secure, climate controlled space.

Community Involvement

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Feed My Starving Children

RiverStar and the Winona Rotary Club partner up annually to host the MobilePack Event for Feed My Starving Children. Employees and community members work together to raise money and pack meals for children in third world countries.

2017 Mobilepack Information

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Winona Area Chamber of Commerence

RiverStar is a proud member of the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Goodview Gallop

RiverStar employees frequently participate in the Goodview Gallop, which is held in conjunction with Goodview Days during the third weekend of August. The Goodview Gallop can be completed in 1K, 5K, or 10K with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

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Winona Volunteer Services

Running from the beginning of December through the 10th , the 10 Days of Giving is hosted by Winona Volunteer Services and supports the Winona food shelf and Southeastern Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center in St. Charles. RiverStar employees contribute through nonperishable food and monetary donations.

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Local 4-H

RiverStar extends our support to the community’s youth through sponsorship of trophies for local 4-H clubs.

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7 River Alliance

As a partner of the Winona County Workforce Council and 7 Rivers Alliance, RiverStar shares the mission to promote and develop a workforce system that is responsible to the needs of businesses and job seekers, resulting in increased economic prosperity in Winona County.