Company Information & History

32 years. 39 countries. 100% employee owned.

Over the years, Crystal Group has evolved into a server and system manufacturer, a systems integrator, and custom design and manufacturing service provider serving both the industrial and aerospace/military markets in 39 countries.

  • 1987: Crystal Group founded by Craig Jensen as Emerald Engineering, a computer consulting firm that designed industrial computers for the telecommunications industry. Emerald’s first location was a tabletop in Jensen’s home. Soon thereafter, Jensen developed the first PC-based live/automated operator service platform.
  • 1991: Jensen forms Crystal Group, Inc., a sister company, to manufacture and market specialized industrial computers for the telecommunications industry.
  • 2001: Crystal Group recognizes need for their computers’ capabilities in the military and government sectors.
  • 2004: Crystal Group computers deployed on 100 military/NASA programs.
  • 2007: Crystal Group launches new RS (rugged server) series of products, fundamentally changing the product offerings and options for our customers.
  • 2011: Crystal Group deploys their 300th military program; CEO Craig Jensen retires; Dexter Apache Holdings, Inc., an Iowa based company with diverse interests in manufacturing, financial services and distribution, acquires 100 percent of the interests of Crystal Group, Inc.
  • 2012: U.S. Air Force recognizes Crystal Group for their contributions on the B-2 “Spirit” Stealth Bomber’s Adaptable Communications Suite program.
  • 2013: Crystal Group becomes AS9100C Certified.
  • 2014: Crystal Group adds 10,000 square feet of production capacity, expanding CNC operations into a new addition. Crystal Group grows embedded computer line with new models.
  • 2015: Crystal Group introduces rugged switch product line based on Brocade® (now CommScope) technology. Crystal Group expands manufacturing capabilities with in-house conformal coating and high speed CNCs.
  • 2016: Crystal Group enters autonomous vehicle market with the RS363S15F in partnership with Intel®.
  • 2017: Introduction of Crystal Group FORCE™ Rugged Server line with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.
  • 2018: Crystal Group completed a $17.5 million business expansion that added an impressive, new 111,500-square-foot facility, grew production capacity by more than 50%, created 45 new jobs, and added state-of-the-art equipment. Crystal Group becomes AS9100D Certified.
  • 2019: Crystal Group computers deployed on over 600 military/NASA programs.

Dexter Apache Holdings, Inc., is owned 100 percent by its employees through an ESOP.

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