Stellar has begun work on Keystone Foods LLC’s new processing plant in Gadsden, Ala. Stellar will provide full design and build services for the facility, which is due to be complete in September 2009.

Pennsylvania-based food processing company Keystone Foods has initiated the new 185,000-square-foot facility project to produce fully cooked chicken for foodservice customers. The facility will feature three processing lines to cook, cool and package the products. In addition to the processing area, the facility will include an administration office, utilities area, ammonia refrigeration room, raw ingredient storage coolers and a raw receiving truck dock.

Keystone Foods is leasing a portion of the Gadsden property to Southern Cold Storage to build a storage and distribution facility to service the new plant.