Back in business

Tristan Larson was one of a number of people who worked to clear out the Salmon building on 4th Street to clear the way for interior remodeling there. Photo / Per Peterson

Marshall out, Tracy back in as home to ‘Chasing Our Tails’ production facility

By Per Peterson

Call it “Plan C.”

Steve Trachtenberg’s initial plan was simple: buy some buildings and bring his “Chasing Our Tails” business to Tracy. Those plans were derailed after the roof of one of the structures — the former Hebig Electric building on South St. — was damaged by snow and ice.

Last week, Trachentberg’s back-up plan to start his national pet treat manufacturing business in the former County Fair building in Marshall officially ended when Carr Family Limited Partnership withdrew its request for a Conditional Use Permit for the building at the request of Trachtenberg.

That means back to square one for Trachtenberg, and square one means it’s back to Tracy.

Trachtenberg has decided to revamp the former Salmon Chevrolet-Oldsmobile building on Fourth St. to make it suitable for production, bringing full circle his initial mission: to bring a new business and a number of jobs to Tracy.

“Per our original commitment to Tracy we’re bringing our production operations to the Salmon building, with an expected start date of May 31st,” Trachtenberg said in a recent interview with the Headlight Herald. “With the help of local contractors, the City of Tracy and the TDC (Tracy Development Corporation) we hope this process, even with a short schedule, is still an achievable schedule. Given the fact that we’re under an extremely tight timeframe, we are going to completely rehabilitate (the Salmon) building. We’re going to tear it back to the bones; we’re going to start over.”

See this week’s Headlight Herald for more on this article.