Occupying a distinctive global position, Stella Maris has molded a reputation for being the trusted provider of engineer to order hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical control solutions.

In 2005, James “Butch” Ray and Paul Stutes turned a shared vision of designing and building safe, user-friendly hydraulic power and control systems into a reality by forming Stella Maris. From our humble beginnings, Stella Maris has now evolved into a large team of highly specialized professionals that custom engineer and manufacture state-of-the-art systems all under one roof in a 55,000-SF climate-controlled facility and 18 acres of useable property based in Lafayette, LA.

Working collaboratively, our professionals push the envelope of engineering and manufacturing by consistently redefining the boundaries of what is possible in ways that create immediate value for our customers. Motivated by a strong culture of innovation and ownership combined with a strong emphasis on precision manufacturing, we look to the future to continue to help our clients stay competitive in the ever evolving and expanding global market. 

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Stella Maris attracts and selectively recruits top professionals in the fields of engineering, quality, supply chain, project management, and manufacturing. Our highly experienced team is enthusiastic about executing to specifications but thrive on discovering and implementing the newest in customizable features to our already proven systems. Every employee views each customer's need as a necessary requirement and technical challenge.  Our teams understand the importance of finishing each project on time and on budget. Our success is based on the field-proven results of our solutions.