Starke County family business grows out of its warehouse

Tracey Triska and her family have the best problem any small business owner could have – business is booming and they need more space.

“We really need a lot more room,” Tracey, who is president and owner of Traffic Control Specialists, Inc. said. “We’re expanding here way too fast.”

The Triska family business is located in Knox and is a one-stop-shop for traffic control.

“We set up the traffic control for road and bridge repair,” Tracey said. “We do the orange construction signs, the barrels, we do the pavement marking when you have to move the lanes and shift traffic around.”

Tracey and her husband, Barry, started the company back in 2007 and have seen it grow tremendously.

The couple started by renting half of the current warehouse their business is in. They then rented the entire building and later purchased it.

Earlier this week, the Triskas officially broke ground at the new site of their headquarters – which will be more than double the size of their current location.

“We’ll have a full sign shop,” Tracey said. “We’ll have offices, we’ll have a mechanics area.”

All this progress in less than 10 years.

Perhaps most importantly, the Triskas are keeping their business in Starke County – allowing for even more job growth.

Tracey said Starke County officials made the process of upgrading to a bigger location painless.

Two of their sons also work for the company, and one of them said staying in Starke County is important.

“I mean, this is where we live,” Vice President Brian Triska said. “This is where we’ve grown up. It’s good for the community, it’s good for everyone.”

Brian also said the business will keep growing.

“[We] started with seven people and now we’re up to 55 [employees],” Brian said. “As soon as that building gets built, we can pull the trigger and get another 20, 25 [people hired], and then next year, who knows what we get.”

The new headquarters is set to open by this coming May.

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