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Excellence: A Primus Core Value Comes To Life

September 21, 2018
Author: Rebecca Elliott

Primus is driven by its passion for five core values: Employees, Customers, Collaboration, Excellence and Integrity. As we head into the final quarter of 2018, it is rewarding to look back at the honors and awards achieved by our team over the year. They are a reflection of our commitment to providing excellence, one of our core values, on every Primus project. Honors this year include: ENR                                                  Top 400 Contractors                      #296 (up from #400) ENR                                                  Top 100 Design-Build Firms         #71 ENR Southeast                                Top Design…


Student Success!

September 4, 2018
Author: Rebecca Elliott

Student Success!

As the construction industry booms, design-build companies across the country are challenged with finding trained professionals to do the work. “The war for talent is real,” said Matt Hirsch, President of Primus Builders, Inc. “It’s imperative that we find young, talented construction professionals that can grow with our business. There are a lot of opportunities for the right people.” The hard part is finding these people. One innovative approach Primus is taking is forming partnerships with local colleges, trade schools and high schools to recruit young professionals with…


An Intern's View of an Active Primus Project

On Wednesday, June 20th, Primus’s interns took a field trip to an active project site. Below is the perspective of Marketing Intern Maggie Ooten. ______________________________________________ The 2018 Primus interns experienced a day to remember when they toured our United States Cold Storage project in McDonough, Georgia. “I wanted the team to experience Primus in action,” said Talent Ambassador Michael Morris. “An active jobsite gives them a chance to see the work they are doing in the office come alive in the field.” Participants of the trip included the…


Primus is pleased to announce the addition of Randy Jennings to our team. Randy is an automation/material handling expert whose clients include Wal-Mart, Publix, Caterpillar, Saturn, Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing, Bridgestone-Firestone, Cummins Engine, Bobcat, Chrysler, Baxter Healthcare, Shaw Flooring and Sutter Home Wineries. His career includes roles at Swisslog, America in Motion, Transbotics Corporation, Mid-America Systems and NDC Automation. Randy has been on the leading edge of automation solutions for three decades. “It’s not about the bright, shiny thing,” he said. “It’s about what will make our clients’ operations…


Primus Earns Built by the Best Award

November 6, 2017
Author: Rebecca Elliott

Primus Earns Built by the Best Award

Primus earned the prestigious Built by the Best Award at this year’s International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC) Conference. Here, Primus Design Services President Michael Jones presents with Lineage Logistics’ Jim Romine on the project that won it for us, Lineage’s new cold storage facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.


Primus Project Celebrates 200 Safe Days!

October 23, 2017
Author: Rebecca Elliott

Primus Project Celebrates 200 Safe Days!

Primus’s United States Cold Storage project in Covington, TN achieved a big safety milestone last week – 200 safe days! The team took a break and celebrated with lunch and gifts. “I am extremely proud of the hard work this team has put in to reach this safety goal,” said Primus President Matt Hirsch. “Congratulations to all on a job well done!” Pictured above: Assistant Superintendent Travis Pittman, Safety Coordinator Jesse Davidson, Superintendent Jody McDade and Director of Safety Theresa Ciatto. Not pictured: Project Manager Grayson Long. For…


Primus Brings New Safety Expert On Board

October 13, 2017
Author: Rebecca Elliott

Primus Brings New Safety Expert On Board

Theresa is a safety expert with a proven track record for creating and implementing safety programs that drive results. Before joining Primus, she worked at Risk Management Partners (RMP) where she developed and implemented OSHA compliance programs for commercial general contractors (including Primus) and Fortune 500 manufacturing firms. She also conducted OSHA compliance audits, Behavior Based Observations and accident investigations. Theresa is an exceptional safety trainer. She has conducted OSHA 30-HR and 10-HR construction and general industry safety courses as well as First Aid/CPR/AED courses. Theresa is also…


Every year, the industry’s leading trade publication, Refrigerated & Frozen Foods, reaches out to cold storage leaders for their views on current trends. Primus co-founder and Executive Vice President Erik Gunderson shared his insights. Below are his thoughts on sustainability. “Many of our clients have incorporated company-wide initiatives to be more environmentally friendly. This often means incorporating building features that may be more cost intensive at the beginning of the life of the facility, but that will withstand daily abuses and provide for longer life. This helps earn…


Primus Designers Earn Professional Certifications

July 10, 2017
Author: Rebecca Elliott

Primus Designers Earn Professional Certifications

More good news for Primus Design Services! In addition to recently moving up ENR Southeast’s list of the region’s Top Design Firms, two designers have received professional certifications in their fields. Structural Engineer Erin Donahue recently earned her Professional Engineer (PE) license. It is a rigorous process. Candidates must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, supply professional references and pass two intensive competency exams. Erin took the civil engineering-focused exam. “It’s a two-part, eight-hour exam,” she said. In the…