After five years of growth, the shop quickly outgrew its previous facility and began the search for more space. However, the local area did not have existing buildings that would fit the shop’s needs. After two years of searching, the shop made the decision to purchase land and build its own facility.
“The decision to build new construction allowed us to design a facility that fit our exact needs. We ended up constructing an 8,000-square-foot metal building and divided it into two units,” explains Tom Hyll, president of Katazoom. “We occupy 5,000 square feet and have another 3,000-square-foot unit that we rent out. The rental income helps offset some of our costs and gives us the option to eventually grow into the other space.”
“New construction during a pandemic was a real challenge. We fell victim to supply chain issues and cost increases throughout the entire process; however, at the end it was absolutely worth it,” continues Hyll.
According to Hyll, the shop’s previous space was 1,600 square feet and only had one 10′ X 10′ garage door — which meant that the install bay only had room for one vehicle at a time and that nothing over 10′ would fit. The new space was designed with 16′ X 16′ and 12′ X 12′ doors, allowing for any vehicle legally allowed on the road.
“We worked closely with the architects, contractor, and subcontractors designing the office space, lobby, and print room to our exact needs. The extra attention to detail gave us a finished product that has greatly increased our efficiency,” says Hyll.
Hyll continues, “We used the building process as an opportunity to market our business. We had a groundbreaking event at the start and a grand opening once complete. Both drew local media and gave us PR that has paid dividends.”