Stellar Completes Construction of New Almark Foods Facility
YUMA, Ariz. (November 13, 2018) — Almark Foods, one of the nation’s leading producers of ready-to-eat eggs, has opened its new production facility in Yuma. The 115,000-square-foot plant that produces peeled, hard boiled eggs was designed and constructed by Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide.
Stellar was the design-builder for the facility and self-performed refrigeration, mechanical infrastructure and the building’s thermal package, including the insulated metal panels and doors. The firm also designed the preliminary layout and process engineering for the client-selected equipment.
The new facility includes:
Receiving dock and raw product storage
Production staging area
Egg processing space
Peel and pack room
Secondary packaging room
Finished goods cooler and dock
The building also contains front offices, a break room, a training room and a large conference room.
Stellar designed separate restrooms and locker rooms for employees who work with raw and ready-to-eat product, respectively. These segregated areas ensure food safety by reducing the risk of cross-contamination.
A significant amount of automation was incorporated into the facility, allowing Almark Foods to produce significantly more product than ever before. Flexible ductwork was also built into the ceiling of the egg processing space to spot cool individual workers at the head of the cookers.
The Yuma facility was built to meet growing demand on the West Coast and better support Almark’s clients. The egg producer also operates facilities in Gainesville, Georgia, and Newberry, South Carolina.
The new production facility was built with growth in mind. Stellar designed the layout to allow for an additional 85,000 square feet, should the company choose to expand in the future.
Construction of the facility began in March 2017, and it became operational in late May 2018.
Stellar is a fully integrated design, engineering, construction and mechanical services firm serving commercial, industrial and public sector markets across the United States and around the world. More than 750 Stellar employees worldwide create award-winning food processing plants, refrigerated warehouses, distribution centers, commercial buildings and military facilities. In addition to its Jacksonville, Florida, headquarters, Stellar operates nearly 50 support locations and offices throughout the United States, China and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The company also serves Central and South America, Europe and India. For more information, visit www.stellar.net.