Minimizer founder, exec named Citizens of the Year


The founder and a top executive of a Midwest manufacturer of truck accessories have been honored by the community the business calls home.

Minimizer founder Dick Kruckeberg and the company’s CEO and Chief Visionary Craig Kruckeberg have been named Blooming Prairie, MInnesota’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 Chamber of Commerce presents the BP Citizen of the Year award annually, with chamber members submitting names based on community involvement and charity.

“We have a lot of great people in Blooming Prairie who do a lot of wonderful things,” BP Chamber Executive Director Becky Noble said.  “(Dick and Craig) have started a wonderful business for which we are all very grateful.”

A former truck driver, Dick Kruckeberg founded Minimizer in 1984 having invented the poly fenderCraig purchased the company from his father in 2006.

A banquet honoring Dick and Craig Kruckeberg will be held Jan. 18.

In addition to poly fenders, Minimizer also manufactures light kits, mud flaps, tool boxes, tire masks, work benches and other accessories. The company also produces custom molded floor mats in the world for semi trucks, the ‘whole body’ Truck Seat System, and the recently introduced. 

The company is also the sponsor of the Bandit Big Rig truck racing series.