Murray's original vocation was in cabinet making and wood working, with his little
company doing commercial renovations for various companies. As he got more proficient
at this, he started bidding jobs for companies that were national scope, which meant
he eventually had to take his renovation business on the road. After completing some
of these jobs, he would often end up at the other end of the nation, with his crew
and some empty trailers, and not wanting to come home empty, he started contacting
various car collectors and owners, and buying cars for them. Loading them up in his
trailers, he would head home to Spruce Grove with his new finds. It wasn't long before
he had over 650 vehicles in his company yard in Spruce Grove! People started knocking
on his door, many wanting to buy parts, other inquiring if he could do some work
for them on their cars.
Our boy saw the opportunity to expand the woodworking business into something he
really enjoyed doing. In a few short years, Kustom King was born, and a new chapter
in his life was to begin! Over the years he would acquire some mighty fine metal
forming equipment, some machine shop goodies, (including a couple CNC machines),
and a competent, well-trained staff to run it all.
In 2008, he closed a deal with Pete Chapouris, President of So-Cal Speed Shops in
the US, to form So-Cal Canada Ltd, becoming the exclusive distributor for So-Cal
Speed Shops fine line of automotive products. A beautiful spacious new building complete
with show room and mini market, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of inventory
were stocked on the shelves, and the next chapter in our good friends career was
about to take off! Kustom King, which concentrates on the building and restoration
of everything from tractors to state of the art hot rods compliments the operation.
Murray arranges tour through his plant for the various car clubs and interested groups
to see just what the company does, and never seems to tire of his management duties.