Germundson’s Home Furnishings to become Mattracks Innovation Center
The building in Karlstad that housed furniture for nearly 70 years will soon become home to historic Mattracks vehicles and memorabilia. The two major participants in the deal, former furniture storeowner Loren Germundson and Mattracks founder and CEO, Glen Brazier, couldn’t be more pleased. Brazier says the old furniture store is the “absolute perfect fit” for the Mattracks Innovation Center. “It’s on Main Street. It’s going to be a real asset to the community.” “I’m very glad that he got it… He’ll fill up the empty building on Main Street. I think he’ll do a good job. The community will be surprised by what it’s going to be,” states Germundson. Germundson says the building has been a furniture store since 1948, though he didn’t get involved with the furniture business until 1965 when he became a partner with Bert Trane in his store. Germundson has been the sole owner of the business since 1979. He retired in November 2017 and says he enjoys it “more and more all the time”.
“It’s our 25th year this year” says Brazier of the company he started in 1994, adding that they are the “original inventors of rubber track conversion”. “They” includes his son, Matthew, who at age 11 inspired his father with his drawing of a truck with tracks instead of tires. “We’re in over 100 countries and all seven continents”, says Brazier giving an indication of the popularity of Mattracks today.
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