Stellar Constructing New Production Facility for fairlife
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 9, 2019) — Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, is designing and building a new facility for fairlife, LLC, a producer of nutritious milk beverages.
The 300,000-square-foot production and distribution facility will be located in Goodyear, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.
Stellar has been hired to project manage a design-build project that includes site development, building design, engineering and construction, and installation of all utilities needed to support the facility’s process equipment.
“We’re proud to partner with the folks at fairlife to help meet the growing demand for their products,” said Grayson Avery, senior project manager at Stellar. “To accommodate this continuing growth, we’re designing the building with expansion in mind. The layout and infrastructure will allow the company to easily double the facility’s production line capacity when needed.”
Working with the United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA) to source milk from numerous dairy farmers in Goodyear, the new fairlife plant will enable increased production of all fairlife products, including the different varieties of fairlife ultra-filtered milk®, Core Power®, fairlife® YUP!™, fairlife® smart snacks™ and fairlife® nutrition plan™.
Sitework began on March 18, with building construction scheduled to begin in early summer. The facility is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020.
Located at the corners of Cotton Lane and Thomas Road in the west valley of Phoenix at the Palm Valley 303 Business Park, the new facility will incorporate advanced manufacturing technologies and efficient, energy-saving equipment to reduce power consumption.
Since the project is located on land formerly cultivated to grow crops, the Stellar team will prepare the soil to ensure it has adequate bearing capacity to support the new facility. The engineers will also design special mat-slab foundations and installing Geopier® systems to support 20 different 85-foot processing silos.
This project will be the first time Stellar works with fairlife, LLC but the firm has decades of experience building award-winning food and beverage processing facilities across the world.
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.
About fairlife, LLC
fairlife, LLC produces and markets nutritious and great-tasting milk beverages made using a cold-filtration process that removes lactose and sugars while concentrating the natural proteins, nutrients, and minerals found in cow’s milk. The company was founded in 2012 by Mike and Sue McCloskey of Select Milk Producers, Inc.®, a group of dairy farmers dedicated to using exceptional cow care and sustainable farming practices to yield higher quality milk. The line of delicious, creamy, lactose-free fairlife® products includes: fairlife® ultra-filtered milk, cow’s milk with 50% more protein and 50% less sugar than regular milk for the whole family; fairlife® with DHA, an ultra-filtered milk with DHA Omega-3 fatty acids to support brain health; fairlife® YUP!™, a line of flavored milks; Core Power® High Protein Shakes, a sports drink for athletes and fitness enthusiasts to help build lean muscle and support workout recovery; fairlife® smart snacks™, a drinkable snack with honey and oats to help curb hunger between meals; and the newly launched fairlife® nutrition plan, a high protein meal replacement shake. In partnership with The CocaCola Company®, fairlife ultra-filtered milk and Core Power high protein shakes are distributed throughout the United States (U.S.) and Canada; all other fairlife drinks are available nationwide in the U.S. To learn more about fairlife and its collection of products, please visit fairlife.com or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.