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Stellar: A History of Achievement

Our beginnings were modest. Stellar was established in 1985 as a 12-person company specializing in refrigeration contracting, maintenance, service and parts supply. But the company branched out quickly as it fulfilled its vision of becoming a diversified contracting firm.

Today, Stellar has matured into a full-service firm with more than 600 employees, offering multifaceted design and construction services to businesses around the world. Throughout much of its recent history, Stellar has been continually ranked as one of the nation's Top 25 companies in the design-build industry and among the top 100 contractors in the United States by Engineering News-Record.

1985
Stellar is Founded
In July of 1985, Stellar opened in Jacksonville with fewer than 30 employees as a general contracting firm with a specialized refrigeration contracting, maintenance service and parts supply capability to service perishable food manufacturing and distribution industries. Stellar's first projects, the renovation and expansion of Epping Forest's Yacht and Country Club and service contracts for Tropicana, laid the groundwork for Stellar to become what it is today.
1986
Stellar's First Project
Stellar's 1985 projects were primarily construction management contracts, but in 1986 Stellar started its first design-build project providing architecture, engineering, construction and refrigeration on a 198,000 square-foot public refrigerated warehouse for Industrial Cold Storage in Jacksonville. This project paved the way for Stellar to become the largest ammonia refrigeration contractor in the nation.
1988
Revenues Double
Annual Revenues double in each of the first three years, growing to $40 million as Stellar branches out into other fields. Stellar then designed and built its own corporate headquarters along Interstate-295 in Jacksonville. The initial design called for phased structures and the first structure was built to accommodate growth.
1989
Stellar Adds Additional Refrigeration Parts & Service Locations
As one of the largest industrial refrigeration contractors in the nation and to better serve client needs, Stellar expanded its refrigeration parts & service coverage by opening locations throughout Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and North Carolina.
1990
$45 Million Dollars
Stellar completed Tropiciana's new administration headquarters and low temperate facilities providing services that included master planning, architecture, engineering, programming and space planning in addition to construction services and refrigeration.
1991
Expansions
Stellar's headquarters are expanded to meet consistent growth in employee base and added services. The new three-story structure added over 30,000 square feet and was connected to the original building by way of a glass enclosed atrium. Stellar was also recognized as one the "First Coast Fifty" by Jacksonville Business Journal.
1992
Building Envelope Services
Stellar adds self-performed thermal construction services to complement its growing refrigeration contracting and service capabilities. From floors through doors and up to walls to the roof, Stellar's new thermal team is committed to installing high quality products that provide exceptional vapor barrier, integrity, efficiencies and long-term performances.
1992
Stellar Builds World’s Largest Pork Processing Plant
Stellar provides design, construction, refrigeration and thermal services for Smithfield Foods' pork-processing facility. The facility is streamlined for maximum efficiency and includes areas for animal staging, kill and cut floors, waste treatment, multiple coolers and freezers and employee welfare. The plant can process up to 32,000 hogs per day over two, 10-hour shifts. Stellar was awarded the Food Engineering 1993 "Food Plant of the Year" for this project.
1995
Diversifies
Stellar diversifies into unified divisions for thermal construction, food & beverage processing facilities, refrigeration contracting, distribution facilities and commercial design-build services. Services are added for business planning, real estate, site selection and financial brokerage.
1998
International Expansion
International construction in Canada, Venezuela, Brazil and the Bahamas puts Stellar on the worldwide map.
1999
Award-Winning Services
Stellar becomes the first company in Jacksonville history to be recognized with the Platinum Safety Award by the Associated Builders and Contractors.
2000
Stellar Designs World's Fastest Line Speed
Maple Leaf engaged Stellar to build a plant capable of producing pork at the world’s fastest rates, offering the highest-quality meat, and integrating both automation and human interaction. Stellar also guided the installation of processing equipment, central utility, refrigeration systems, computer logistic systems, wastewater treatment and back-up generation.
2000
SIS Software
Stellar created new internet-based software for facility managers and operators unheard of in the industry, yet extremely powerful in reducing accidents, government fines and/or shutdowns. Stellar Interactive Solutions provides software that effectively assists with a facility daily operational activities for Process Safety Management, Risk Management training and maintenance. SIS is designed to help facilities meet compliance standards outlined by OSHA, EPA, FDA and USDA.
2004
Dubai
Located along the Southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Stellar opened its newest international office in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. This office allows clients in the Middle East to better utilize Stellar's complete plant solutions to commercial, industrial and residential developments.
2004
Fabrication Facility
Stellar completed construction of its new 42,000 square-foot fabrication facility. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the facility features the latest technology, equipment and tools, enabling us to completely fabricate entire systems, modular systems, partial structures, piping and skids.
2004
Process Engineering Experts
Providing clients with a new service offering, Stellar enhances its business portfolio by adding process engineering experts to the staff.
2005
SimPro Software
Stellar Interactive Solutions launched an innovative tool for evaluating plant operations called SimPro software at the IIAR Ammonia Refrigeration Conference in Acapulco, Mexico. This software was developed to allow users the opportunity to perform maintenance and safety compliance procedures in a virtual reality environment based on a client's actual facility.
2008
First Processing Engineering Projects Launched
The first two food & beverage design-build projects incorporating process engineering were launched, including Starbucks roasting plant.
2010
Expansion to China
With the goal to better aid clients in international food production and distribution, Stellar established offices in Shanghai and Beijing to help multiple clients in the food & beverage industry expand their business in China.
2010
Food Plant of the Year
A Stellar design-build project for Keystone Foods is named "Food Plant of the Year" by Food Engineering. The poultry plant features three processing lines to cook, cool and package products as well as administrative offices, employee break rooms, a machine room, a battery-charging room and truck docks.
2011
$350 Million Dollars
Stellar is a $350 million company with more than 600 employees worldwide all creating award-winning food & beverage processing plants; refrigerated warehouses; distribution centers; commercial, institutional and military facilities; and industrial refrigeration, mechanical, thermal, cooling and power systems. Stellar now operates 12 support locations throughout the United States and has offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, China and Puerto Rico. The company also serves Central and South America, Europe and India.
2013
Stellar Engineers World’s Largest Bakery Facility
Stellar designed a state-of-the-art, 1,658,000 square-foot bakery for Mondelez, which is now the largest of its kind in the world. The bakery, located in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, provides products to the United States, Central and South America.
2014
Dedicated Refrigeration Office
Stellar widened its refrigeration presence by opening a dedicated refrigeration office in Pottsville, PA.
2015
Process Design & Engineering Expansion
To accommodate business growth, the process design and engineering staff in Stevens Point, WI move into a new office. The office, established in 2010, allows Stellar to offer additional technical expertise and broaden skill sets on a national and international level.
2015
Stellar Celebrates 30 Years
As one of the nation's leading design, engineering, construction and mechanical services firms, Stellar hits the 30-year mark, growing from less than 12 employees in 1985 to more than 600 employees and $400+ million in annual revenue.
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Stellar has upheld our brand promise of Taking Solutions Further® for three decades. With unmatched self-performing capabilities, we offer clients a single point of accountability while maintaining the highest level of quality. Our team has experience across a wide range of industries, backed by a company-wide commitment to exceeding our customers’ expectations. We build relationships to last, and have enjoyed successful partnerships with Fortune 100 and industry-leading companies.

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Jacksonville, FL 32257

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