ROSEMOUNT - Custom Apparel Inc. has purchased land from the city to build a new complex for a sportswear company and sports training and development center.
Nate Bry, 38, currently operates Custom Apparel in Burnsville, but resides in Rosemount. Bry said he is proud to say he was born and raised here and graduated from Rosemount High School.
"I have always wanted to move back to Rosemount," Bry said.
Bry will mark 10 years in business this September. Custom Apparel is also known as CA Gear.
He recently bought the four acres known as Canada Circle located off Highway 3 and south of County Road 42.
Rosemount Community Development Director Kim Lindquist said the business will build a complex to allow for manufacturing, assembly and sales all at this location. The new building will serve as a showroom for products as well as a training and development center.
"This is an exciting one for us because the city has owned the land a long time, and it is part of the excess right of way when Highway 3 was realigned and the city acquired it from the county many years ago and it is good to see it put to use," said Logan Martin, city administrator.
"We make custom sports gear for youth and adult athletics, and we do all sports training for fast-pitch baseball, slow pitch softball and trapshooting," Bry said.
Custom Apparel is a small, global company, shipping to Australia, Germany and remote parts of Kuwait, Bry said.
"We want to make sure kids are taken care of on the field, on the court and on the ice with uniforms," he said.
Bry believes his new complex can become a good marriage of the two types of businesses with the performance training aspect and sports apparel.
"Rosemount is growing community and we have Hastings and Farmington nearby and everyone can benefit, and we will have a player and training development center that caters to baseball, fast pitch softball, slow pitch softball and dry land hockey training," Bry said.
"Given that I have lived here my whole life and created a business around sportswear, and I have a son and daughter who are interested in sports and going up the sports ladder, it is a special thing for me to be involved and to bring something new and fresh and make sure the youth and kids look good while playing their sports."
Custom Apparel currently has six employees.
"We want to grow and create employment out the gate with two or three more staff after the dust settles and then we will become a well-oiled machine and we can relook at that aspect," he said.
After a groundbreaking and construction, he intends to open Custom Apparel's new location by Dec. 15.