Al Hilde, Jr.
Founder of Satellite Shelters, Inc.
Al Hilde was born on May 25, 1933 in Freeport Illinois. He grew up on his family’s farm in southeastern Minnesota and learned the value and need for hard work at an early age. Al also learned the value of team work when his 8th grade basketball team won the Minnesota state high school title. His team consisting of only 13 and 14 year olds defeated a team of high 17 and 18 year old school students not because they were better athletes, but because they were a stronger team.
Al graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1955 and served in the US Army from 1956 – 58. He has been married to Jayne Hilde for over 55 years and they have three sons Tim, Todd and Brett. All three sons have been involved with the Hilde companies and own businesses of their own.
Al founded Satellite in 1958 and has been in the portable restroom business for over 55 years and in the modular industry for over 40 years. During the course of his business career, Al has acquired over 25 companies and built many of them into leaders in their industries. Satellite Industries continues to be the world’s largest manufacturer of portable restrooms while Satellite Shelters is one of the leaders in our industry in all the markets they serve.
In additional to his corporate work, Al has spent his entire life dedicated to civic and community involvement and activities. He has always believed there are opportunities for public and private partnerships and that government can play an appropriate role in economic growth and developments. Al served as mayor of Plymouth MN, a large Minneapolis suburb from 1968 – 1978 and spearheaded business attraction along with environmental protection and park development during his 5 terms as mayor.
He is also committed to private sponsorship of the music and the arts. In 2001 he funded the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth MN. The 45-foot tall open air facility has a raised stage and an acoustic-friendly undulating roof. A glass wall in the back of the stage allows the audience to view the wetlands beyond the stage.
His other civic contributions are literally too long to list!
Al has devoted his life to building successful businesses and communities. He is dedicated to his employees and his family. Satellite Shelters and Al have also been very strong supporters of the Modular Building Institute.
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