Primus is a national design-build-automate partner with over 20 years of experience building cold storage, grocery and manufacturing facilities. We understand that needs and challenges in these niche markets are constantly evolving. We remain ahead of the curve by implementing the best people, process and technology to deliver a customized, comprehensive approach that allows our customers to thrive.
Rich O’Connell and Erik Gunderson founded Primus in 2000 with Dean Soll. Their mission: to build the best buildings with the best people. They started by providing exceptional, big-project style service on smaller cold storage distribution projects. Dean went on to found SubZero Constructors and Primus grew into the leading provider of design-build-automate services for complex cold storage, grocery and manufacturing projects across the United States.
Primus has expanded to include four divisions: Primus Design Services, LLC; Primus Builders, Inc.; Primus Thermal Division; and our automation design division, Primus Solutions Group. Each unit specializes in a specific component of the design-build-automate process that collectively forms the foundation of the firm’s single-source approach. Because all four divisions are in-house, communication is effortless, which allows us to implement your plans into a single agenda that delivers on your business goals.
Keeping up with growing demands and excelling in today’s competitive marketplace requires a greater level of collaboration, innovation and comprehension than ever before. As proven design-build-automate specialists, Primus is uniquely qualified and equipped to help you uncover hidden value and opportunities before, during and after your facility’s construction.
A passion for our core values drives our team’s business philosophy. We are committed to living these values in our daily work and incorporating them into our long-term planning. They define who we are. Our core values are:
At Primus, our employees are family. We are one team, committed to working together to help each other achieve our personal and professional aspirations.
Primus is successful because of the long-lasting relationships we build with our internal and external customers. We listen to each other and develop plans that provide consistent, reliable services that bring value and promote growth.
We define excellence as a talent or quality that is so exceptional it surpasses ordinary standards. Primus demonstrates this every time we give 110% to deliver accurate information, consistent quality and outstanding services that allow our co-workers and customers to win.
Primus works closely with vendors, clients and internal customers to share information and ideas that result in successful projects. Communication is clear, concise and geared toward achieving common objectives.
Primus believes in doing the right thing even when no one is looking. We take pride in our work and will never cut corners to get the job done.
Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer
Founding Partner & Chief Operating Officer
President, Primus Design Services, LLC