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Stellar Hires Refrigeration Executive

Stellar Hires Senior Refrigeration Executive Dan Fonner to Grow Outsourced Operations & Maintenance Business

Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, has hired Dan Fonner as its new Division Manager of Refrigeration Services. Fonner is tasked with growing Stellar’s Operations & Maintenance service, a complete outsourced solution for refrigeration and utility infrastructure operations.

“Dan brings three decades of experience in refrigeration and mechanical services, utilities optimization, energy and manufacturing,” said Jeff Williams, Divisional Vice President, Stellar Refrigeration Services. “He has direct experience overseeing and growing similar outsourced long-term service contracts for major food processing and industrial companies.”

Prior to joining Stellar, Fonner was a Senior Manager with Heinz North America, managing the company’s North America supply chain indirect procurement team. In that role, he initiated programs to outsource factory storeroom operations and material sourcing, facility services management and powerhouse management. He also managed capital spend and utility commodities. Prior to overseeing indirect procurement, Fonner led a global utility optimization program for Heinz’s 80 factories worldwide. His efforts earned a Best Corporate Energy Management Program award by the Association of Energy Engineers and delivered $40 million in utility savings over five years.

Before his eight years at Heinz, Fonner developed and managed long-term service contracts with Fortune 500 companies for Armstrong Service, Inc., an energy services company. He began his career as a draftsman, working his way up through positions including estimator, planner, operations management, and sales to the development and supervision of multi-million-dollar service contracts.

“Industrial refrigeration and mechanical systems are becoming increasingly complex,” Fonner said. “At the same time, highly trained in-house technicians are retiring from their positions with food processing and industrial manufacturing companies, leaving skills gaps that are difficult to fill without specialist expertise. Thus more and more companies are outsourcing these functions to specialist providers like Stellar so they can focus on their core capabilities.”

Stellar’s Operations & Maintenance service provides complete outsourced operations, preventive maintenance, training, 24/7 troubleshooting, and utility optimization solutions, staffed by Stellar’s HazMat and RETA certified refrigeration and mechanical engineers and technicians.

Fonner holds a bachelor’s degree in business management. He is a certified Business Energy Professional with the Association of Energy Engineers.

About Stellar
Stellar is an architecture, engineering, construction and mechanical services firm. Using a fully integrated approach, Stellar’s team of more than 600 people worldwide create award-winning food and beverage processing plants; refrigerated warehouses; distribution centers; commercial, institutional and military facilities; and industrial refrigeration, mechanical, thermal, cooling and power systems. In addition to its Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters, Stellar 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. For more information, visit

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