Chasing Our Tails: Two small towns in the mix

By Per Peterson

Stop, start. Stop, start. Not an ideal scenario for a businessman yearning to get his business up and running.

It’s been a frustrating three-plus months for Steve Trachtenberg since coming onto the scene in Tracy with his Chasing Our Tails pet treat business but he’s looking ahead to major progress in his 4th St. building and a bright future — in both Tracy and Minneota.

“The biggest thing is, we have a plan,” Trachtenberg said Friday. “With the addition of Minneota for packaging, warehousing and distribution, we actually think the 4th Street location (the former Salmon building) will actually end up being better for production than the South Street building would’ve been.”

Trachtenberg’s original plan was to have manufacturing take place in the South St. building (the former Hebig building). Mother Nature, however, had other plans, and roof issues caused by snow and ice did enough damage to the roof of the building to force the East Coast businessman to look elsewhere. After his unsuccessful bid to take over the County Fair building in Marshall, Trachtenberg found himself once again looking to Tracy to house manufacturing of his dehydrated and freeze-dried pet treats.

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