Alstar was started by Peter in December of 1988. Starting small in a family room, Sales and customers grew quickly. Hiring of new employees expanded the business until the late 1990's. Downturn of the industry started in 2000. Internet sales, Chinese products, and better designed units have contributed to the slowing of sales. We now rebuild about one tenth of the units sold in the 1990's. I am now a one man shop, working out of my house to hold down overhead. To keep my neighbors happy, I pick up and deliver units in the Woodinville area.