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Stellar California Expansion

Enhanced presence on West Coast to enable more personalized service to food, beverage and cold storage clients.

Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, is expanding its services in its Western Region, now offering design-build support, construction management, master planning and feasibility studies in its Modesto, Calif., office. The expanded operation will service Stellar’s large food, beverage and cold storage client base headquartered or building facilities in the region.

While Stellar has operated several refrigeration parts and service offices along the West Coast for more than 20 years—including its Western refrigeration services headquarters in Modesto—the company’s food clients have asked for a larger presence. David Scheele, a construction industry veteran with more than three decades of experience, will head up the office, working with Brian Kappele, Senior Vice President, Food Group, and Mike Netting, Divisional Vice President, Distribution.

“We’ve built numerous facilities in the Western Region, totaling more than 132 million square footage," said Kappele. "While we’ve been very successful in the region, we want to take our service to the next level and provide clients with senior staff close by, in the same time zone, who can readily meet in person when needed.”

With a focus on the food industry since its inception over three decades ago, Stellar is now consistently ranked among the top design-build companies in the country serving food manufacturers and cold storage companies. Expanding its office in California—with the state’s large base of food manufacturing companies—is a natural fit.

“The West Coast presents enormous opportunities in food manufacturing,” said Kappele. “California’s Central Valley alone yields a third of all produce grown in the United States, and several of our largest food and beverage clients are headquartered there.”

Stellar’s clients include many Fortune 500 food and cold storage companies, such as Nestlé, Kraft, Starbucks, Heinz, United States Cold Storage, General Mills, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Tyson and ConAgra Foods. In addition to its food sector expertise, Stellar provides unmatched self-performance capabilities. The company’s in-house employees provide a full range of services, from design, construction, refrigeration, building envelope services, automation, mechanical and more.

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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