Zabatt Engine Services was established in 1977 by Jose Sabatier after immigrating to Jacksonville, FL from Cuba. Zabatt began as an engine rebuilding facility serving the commercial and industrial markets of North Florida and South Georgia. Throughout the years, Mr. Sabatier mastered innovations for processes and procedures, including the early adoption of technology that created time tracking of operations and flat rate billing. As an industry first, it allowed Zabatt to quickly grow into one of the largest independent engine rebuilders in the nation. 


With the introduction of OEM engine exchange in the early 1990s, Zabatt began to diversify its operations to include the sale, repair and maintenance of generators. Zabatt quickly became a leader in the generator service industry in Florida. With offices established in Orlando and Tampa, Zabatt was well poised to aggressively seek sales and service opportunities throughout the State.

By the mid 1990s, Zabatt became a top dealer for Generac. In 2005, Zabatt was awarded Generac’s prestigious Eagle Award as the top performing Industrial dealer in the nation. Zabatt went on to partner with well-respected manufacturers such as Cummins, HiPower and more.

Around 2015, Zabatt’s focus shifted away from a distributor role, to support design-build and turn-key installations, meeting a need in the marketplace for an organization focused on emergency standby power. As a licensed certified electrical and building contractor, as well as a single source solution, Zabatt was able to offer a full service sales department, turn-key project planning, design and management.

Moving forward, Zabatt continued to secure strategic service accounts, allowing us to expand our service footprint throughout the Southeast.


With over 45 years in business, Zabatt has cultivated strong business relationships with customers in manufacturing, healthcare, industrial and commercial markets. Zabatt’s history has been one of continued growth based on the principle of providing our customers the best experience in the industry. We constantly strive to recognize our market’s needs and continuously develop services to employ the technologies necessary to meet the needs of our customers. Today, you will still find Jose Sabatier working in the shop along with over 150 dedicated men and women proudly providing uncompromised customer service.