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Local fabrication business gets national attention and plans to expandSubmitted: 06/20/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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Local fabrication business gets national attention and plans to expand
ST. GERMAIN - A Northwoods business turns heads by turning vehicles like old trucks and school buses into food trucks.

Caged Crow Customs in Saint Germain is getting so much national attention, the business' small garage is busting at the seams trying to keep up with all the projects.

"You gotta tip-toe to fit things where you can," said Caged Crow Customs Mobile Kitchen Manufacturer employee Jeremiah Hughes.

Right now, Caged Crow Customs turns trucks, cars, trailers and even buses into food trucks with a completely re-vamped new look.

"We make up a game plan; figure out what we are going to do, then attack," said Hughes.

But those big trucks need a lot of space, more than they have now.

"We ran out of room. We're building trailers and school buses in the parking lot," said owner Josh Romaker.

He plans to move the business from a 1,500 square foot building a new space of 4,500 square feet.

"It'll be just a lot more room (for us)," said Hughes.

Caged Crow Customs plan to move into the new location late July.



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