The 1950s - 1970s
Bastian was originally incorporated on October 31, 1952 by Elgan Stark, the father-in-law of Bill Bastian Sr. In the beginning, the primary lines of material handling equipment consisted of fairly conventional products such as casters, hand trucks, and carts.
The marketing motto was "If It Rolls - We Supply It." The business began to grow as a result of excellent customer service and hard work and, in 1962, Bill Bastian, Sr. purchased the company from Mr. Stark and became the new President.
The breadth of material handling equipment suppliers continued to grow including: conveyors, rack systems, and ergonomic lifts. This provided Bastian a wide spectrum of products to meet most customers’ material handling needs.
The company expanded its coverage to include the state of Kentucky by opening a satellite office in Louisville (1965), followed by the opening of a satellite office in Fort Wayne, Indiana (1969).
During the 1980s Bastian became more and more involved with material handling systems to control the flow of products in distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, and warehousing operations.
With the proliferation of microcomputers, Bastian began managing the information flow that accompanied the material flow. Toward the end of the 1980s, it became clear that well-designed material handling systems were a real strategic advantage for industrial companies to reduce labor and quickly get their products to market and provide better customer service.
In 1988 a third satellite office and warehouse was opened in Evansville, Indiana . Additionally, Bastian moved its corporate headquarters to a new office and warehouse facility on the north side of Indianapolis in December of 1989.
In January of 1992, Bill Bastian II purchased Bastian from Bill Bastian Sr. and became the new President of Bastian Material Handling. The company continued to grow throughout the 1990s, adding offices in Michigan and Missouri. In 1997, Bastian purchased ASAP Automation, a company that develops Supply Chain Execution Software.
In 1998, ASAP created a wholly-owned software development company in Bengaluru, India. ASAP Automation India Private Limited provides additional software development resources for ASAP Automation U.S. and integrates automated material handling systems into both the Indian and Asian Markets.
Halo, LLC. was formed in 2001 to serve as a holding company for Bastian, ASAP Automation, and future acquisitions or start-ups. In 2003, Bastian purchased Hytrol of California and opened a satellite office in Los Angles, California to service the western United States.
Halo also formed Blue Arc Engineering in 2003, a company that specializes in manufacturing custom material handling equipment, under the Halo umbrella. Blue Arc Engineering provides custom engineering and fabrication of material handling equipment that is typically not mass manufactured. Bastian continued its growth with the purchase of VanPak in February of 2005. VanPak was renamed Bastian Robotics and was tasked with the goal to focus on solutions for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and consumer industries using advanced industrial robotics.
In January of 2007 Bastian established a new satellite office on the Eastern Coast of the United States. The next year, Bastian established a sales office in Toledo, Ohio. In April of 2009, Helen Wells Agency joined the Halo family. The Helen Wells Agency focuses on providing talent for printed and web based media. Also in 2009, Bastian Robotics opened a satellite office in Minnesota .
2016 & Beyond
In 2010, Bastian Canada was formed and a satellite office was opened in Toronto, Canada . Additionally in 2010, Bastian Saudi Arabia was created and a satellite office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was established to serve our customers in the middle east. In May of 2010, Bastian opened its third satellite office of the year, located in Atlanta, Georgia
In 2011, Bastian was fortunate to have another great year of expansion. In February, the company officially opened a new office headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to better service customers in the Latin and South American markets. In the same month, Bastian Australia was formed in Sydney, Australia, to provide local support to Bastian’s Australian and Asian Pacific customers.
In 2012, Bastian Solutions opened an international office in Mexico.
In 2013, Bastian Solutions started an office in Montreal, Canada. Also in 2013 Bastian Development purchased a 110,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Greenfield Indiana. Bastian Solutions was also named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S.
In 2014 Aaron Jones became President of Bastian Solutions. Bill Bastian II continued to serve as CEO. Bastian Solutions moved to a larger corporate headquarters on Meridian Street in Indianapolis. A new warehouse for eCommerce material handling products and a panel shop was established on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Bastian Software Solutions moved to a larger facility on Nelson Miller Parkway in Louisville, KY.
Bastian has continued to enhance its products and services in the 21st century. These include; conceptual design and engineering, 3-dimensional CAD layouts, simulation, animations, detailed equipment specifications, RFID integration, warehouse control system (WCS), industrial control systems, warehouse management system (WMS), project management, installation, after-sale support, and long term operational support.
Today, Bastian continues to provide the finest material handling equipment and integrated systems expertise to companies throughout the world.