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Primus Celebrates 17 Successful Years in Woodstock, GA


Primus recently refreshed the exterior of its two-building complex and threw a party for their team, families, local officials, members of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and other invited guests.

The team was celebrating the upgrades (a paint job that reflects the company’s brand, new signage, landscaping and security cameras) as well as its successful partnership with the City of Woodstock and Cherokee County.

Primus’ original headquarters was in the Town Lake area. The firm quickly outgrew that space when it brought architectural design services in-house. In addition to access to major highways and close proximity to the airport, founding partners CEO Rich O’Connell and COO Erik Gunderson selected the two-building complex in Woodstock because it provided space to grow into a full-service design-build firm.

And it has. Over the years, Primus has added structural, mechanical and electrical engineering; automation design; estimating; data solutions; sustainability program management; and insulated metal panel installation services.

Woodstock received a Livable Centers Initiative planning grant right around the time Primus moved in. “We’ve grown alongside Woodstock as they’ve come into their own,” said Primus President Matt Hirsch. “We appreciate the upgrades they’ve made to their downtown area. It’s great to have a place to entertain clients and go on team outings. It also helps us recruit top talent.”

Primus remains committed to giving back to the community they call home. “We are compelled to serve, not to be served,” said Gunderson. Their endeavors include annual drives that benefit Never Alone (a local food bank); Cherokee County foster children; Paws for Life (a service dog organization) and local recipients for Make-a-Wish Georgia and Pets for Vets. “This may be what I am most proud of as an organization,” he said.

The updated exterior reflects Primus’ commitment to stay in the Woodstock area. About 30% of its employees currently call Cherokee County home. The company expects this percentage to grow along with the county.


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