The 158 acre Southeast Regional Park located in Columbus County, NC, has 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."
The Primus/Garner Certified Food Site program requires that community economic development organizations provide documentation specific to a proposed industrial site, including a set of standard data related to ownership/control, environmental and geotechnical conditions, and infrastructure status. As part of the certification process, Primus/Garner also provided Columbus County with a labor survey focused on those job classifications that food and beverage processors typically seek. A virtual spec building was also provided to the Columbus County Economic Development Commission to use in their marketing efforts to attract related companies.
Tony Pitrone, Vice President of Primus Builders, Inc., and Jay Garner, President of Garner Economics, LLC, presented the certification designation to Columbus County in late November of 2013. “The Southeast Regional Park that we evaluated had to meet or exceed the stringent standards our certification program has in place before we could certify the site as a certified food site. This site is ideally situated for a food and beverage processing facility, cold storage, or food distribution facility. Gary Lanier and his team have worked tirelessly to make sure this Park will serve as an asset to companies considering eastern North Carolina in their investment plans. As such, we are very pleased to present the Primus/Garner Certified Food Site designation to the Southeast Regional Park.”
About Primus: Primus Builders is one of the leading providers of design-build services in the food and beverage industries. Primus has successfully completed a broad range of complex food processing and greenfield projects in which they embrace their clients' business and operational goals to implement a single-source responsibility approach. They are experts in the specialized requirements needed to design and construct fully-cooked and fresh food facilities, compliant with USDA and FDA requirements, while fully implementing the AMI principles of sanitary facility and equipment design. They also focus on sustainable design and construction, and are a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
About Garner Economics: Garner Economics, LLC provides innovative economic development solutions in a competitive global market. Garner Economics offers site selection (primarily in the food and beverage industry), analytical research, industry targeting, strategic planning and organizational development with a wealth of expertise to companies, communities, and organizations globally. Garner Economics is based in Atlanta, GA, and has representative offices in both Europe and Asia.