Facility will also house sports performance center
Nate Bry’s heart is in Rosemount.
He still lives in the same town he grew up in. He attended Parkview Elementary, Rosemount Middle School and Rosemount High School.
But his businesses, CA Gear, an athletic apparel company, is located in Burnsville.
“I always thought if I grew the business big enough, I would build something in Rosemount to help the community out and help the youth here,” Bry said.
About a month ago the business ground broke on a 17,000-square-foot building on 3.7 acres at 15641 Canada Circle in Rosemount.
Moving to his hometown allows Bry to construct a new facility three times the size of the one in Burnsville.
CA Gear custom makes athletic apparel for just about every sport played on a court, field or ice rink.
“We make it from scratch,” he said “You sit down with a designer and create the whole jersey, so it’s unique to the individual team.
He found a niche with youth apparel for sports such as hockey, baseball, basketball, and softball, but the business also makes apparel for motocross, trapshooting, fishing, bowling, snow cross, darts and more.
“Anything in athletics,” Bry said. “That moisture wicking fabric is great.”
Bry said what sets the business apart is that it has dye-sublimation printing technology, which allows for printing on high quality fabric.
They can work with high-tech, dry-fit material as well as cotton. The business can embroider a hat for a company softball team, or make a custom Rosemount football hoodie.
Bry said the company also makes signs and vehicle wraps.
The new facility will include a showroom to help display the equipment.
His apparel business won’t take up the entire space.
Bry is starting a new company, Truplayerz, which will be a performance development center focusing on slow and fast pitch softball along with baseball.
The new building will have about 9,000 square feet for training that includes field turf, tunnels, high end pitching and batting cages, a pro shop, and coaching analytic tools.
“My kids are in youth sports and historically there really hasn’t been an offering like this within city limits,” Bry said. “Given that I’m already in a sports specific realm, I figure it would be a good complement to my current business since we’re already in the uniform game.”
The total footprint of the building takes up about 1.7 acres, so there’s room for future expansion.
The target date to open is Nov. 15, and Bry said he realistically expects to be fully operational by Dec. 1.
That includes Truplayerz.
“My plan is to get in there and get all that turf laid out and the nets hung,” Bry said. “Come that day we’re ready to rock-n-roll.”