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“A site certified by Primus/Garner shows potential food and beverage companies that you are ready to host their facilities, which translates into more jobs for your community.”

Site Selection

Site Selection & Food Processing Site Certification

Primus Builders maintains a strategic partnership with site location specialist Garner Economics. The team offers an extensive site certification program for clients seeking to attract food and beverage companies to their communities. The certification program is aimed at providing a competitive edge to those wishing to bring economic opportunity to their region.

The Primus/Garner Food Processing Site Certification includes a concise database record for hundreds of valuable criteria and variables necessary to support the critical business decisions of a food industry manufacturer considering a potential location.

“Speed to market continues to be an important factor with our clients in selecting sites or buildings. When we evaluate a community for one of our food clients, we analyze hundreds of variables that our clients consider important in the selection process. By having a Primus/Garner Certified Food Site, you are ahead of your many competitors in showing food and beverage clients that your site meets the rigorous criteria that many companies are reviewing in their siting process,” commented Primus Vice President Tony Pitrone and Garner President & Founder Jay Garner.


Columbus County, North Carolina
This 158-acre Southeast Regional Park recently received the Primus/Garner Certified Food Site designation. Gary Lanier, director of economic development for Columbus County stated, “We are very excited to have been able to certify our park which will indicate our ability to meet the needs of a food/beverage manufacturer. This industry sector has grown considerably, even during the great recession, and this certification will let those companies that are looking for new locations know that Columbus County is ready for them. The is the first food site designation in North Carolina.”

Northeast Opelika Industrial Park – Opelike, Alabama
This 67-acre parcel of the 2,200-acre Northeast Opelika Industrial Park also received the Primus/Garner Certified Food Site designation. The Primus/Garner team of Tony Pitrone and Jay Garner made the presentation to Opelika Industrial Development Authority Chairman Ronnie Wilson and Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller. Pitrone and Garner commented, “The Northeast Opelika Industrial Park and specifically the 67 acres that we evaluated have met or exceeded the stringent standards our certification program has in place before we can certify a site or building as a certified food site. This site is ideally situated for a food and beverage processing facility, cold storage and food distribution facility.”

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Site Selection & Food Processing Site Certification Capabilities

  • Comprehensive labor analysis
  • Field analysis of the site to determine value
  • Facility layout to determine how a building may be defined on the potential site
  • Report with the Primus/Garner Food Site Certification label


We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Primus and Garner Economics. We feel that obtaining this certification will let the Food and Beverage manufacturers know that Columbus County, North Carolina has a site and a workforce ready for their business.”
- Columbus County Economic Development Commission