Stellar to Build Expansion of Jack Link’s Distribution Facility

The addition will improve efficiency by integrating AS/RS technology

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 19, 2022) — Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, has been awarded a design-build construction project for global meat snacks company Jack Link’s Protein Snacks.

The project will add warehouse capacity to Jack Link’s existing distribution facility in Underwood, Iowa, as well as the addition of a highly automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS), improving both capacity and efficiency at the Underwood location.

“As Jack Link’s first AS/RS facility, this expansion will allow the company to meet increasing demand from their customers,” said Thomas Ansell, Lead Construction Project Manager with Stellar. “We are excited for this opportunity to incorporate cutting-edge technology at Jack Link’s that will help carry the company into its next decade of business.”

Per Kimberley Stanton, Stellar Design Project Manager, “Our design integrates automation into the new space, resulting in increased productivity, accuracy and efficiency at the facility.”

Stellar will be responsible for planning, pre-construction, construction management, and building envelope, as well as architectural, structural, mechanical, civil, electrical and plumbing design.

An official groundbreaking was held on March 30. In attendance were Underwood Mayor Dennis Bardsley; Jack Link’s North America President Kevin McAdams; Jack Link, founder and chairman of Jack Link’s Protein Snacks; and Stellar Senior Vice President Wyatt Payne.

The project is scheduled for completion in June 2023. This is the first construction project Stellar will perform for Jack Link’s Protein Snacks, and the third AS/RS project Stellar currently has underway.

About Link Snacks, Inc. (“Jack Link’s”)

Link Snacks is the #1 Meat Snack brand in the United States. Headquartered in Minong, Wisconsin, Link Snacks is a family-owned and -operated company that represents a heritage of quality, safety and innovation. The company is made up of passionate team members who share an uncompromising commitment to delivering awesome products. Sold in more than 40 countries, the Link Snacks’ family of companies owns a portfolio of brands that includes Jack Link’s®, Lorissa’s Kitchen®, Wild River®, Golden Island®, MATADOR®, BiFi® and Peperami®. Learn more at

About Stellar

Stellar is a fully integrated design, engineering, construction, refrigeration and mechanical services firm serving commercial, industrial and public sector markets across the United States and around the world. More than 800 Stellar employees worldwide design, build and maintain award-winning food processing plants, refrigerated warehouses, distribution centers, commercial buildings and military facilities. In addition to its Jacksonville, Florida, headquarters, the company operates support locations and offices throughout the United States. Stellar also serves Central and South America, Europe and India. For more information, visit

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