CDG and site location specialist
Garner Economics have announced a new strategic alliance which builds on the previous food site certification established by Garner Economics in 2010. This partnership strengthens one of the most extensive site certification initiatives for communities seeking to attract companies in the food and beverage industry.
According to Mark Pugh, president of Alabama-based
, and Jay Garner, president of
, the rationale behind the certification program is to help communities succeed by giving them a competitive edge in pursuing food and beverage companies.
“By having a Garner + CDG Certified Food Site, you are ahead of many of your competitors in showing food and beverage clients that your site meets the rigorous criteria that companies are reviewing in their siting process,” Pugh said.
The Garner + CDG Food Processing Site Certification includes a concise database record for hundreds of criteria and variables necessary to support the critical business decisions of a food industry manufacturer considering a potential location.
“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,” Garner said. “The certification allows for a smoother and faster selection of optimum sites benefiting the company seeking a location and the community that is chosen.”
The certification process begins with a comprehensive labor analysis by Garner Economics focused on the workforce requirements of the food and beverage industry. This presents solid information to help advise the community’s prospective clients of the value of the site.
As part of the certification process, CDG and Garner technical experts conduct a field assessment of the sites to analyze its location and value for companies engaged in the food and beverage industry.
CDG prepares a building layout (virtual spec building) for a prospective client to visualize how a building may be defined on the site. Ultimately, the community is provided a report with the Garner + CDG Certified Food Site label or an action plan detailing specific measures needed to achieve the certification.
To learn more about the Garner + CDG Food Processing Site Certification, contact Jay Garner at 770.716.9544 or at
, or visit to view our brochure.