KAPUSKASING - Kapuskasing's premier motorsports store Cabin Fever Motorsports and Marine was named Business of the Year at the annual Kap and District Chamber of Commerce awards held on Sept.29.
“I was a little shocked because we were going against some big people such as Chez Lizette who have been doing some huge things this year, and Caisse Populaire because they've been a pillar in the community as well as being a big company that has helped out all the small businesses in town,” said one of the store's co-owners Gary Fortin.
First opening in 2015, the business features a wide array of snowmobiles, ATVs, side-by-sides, boats, accessories, clothing and more.
“I have to say Dan and Angele, the owners of Dan's Motorsports, came up with a great company, and my partner Andrew Rusnak and I, we grew it,” Fortin said. “We had a vision. Just because you live in the north doesn't mean you can't invest in the north, and we wanted to show people that we have the big look that you'd find in cities. It was a bit of a risk, but if you work hard and treat your people well you can do ok, and we're trying to do that.”
Fortin expressed his thanks to various business owners who helped guide him.
“I'd like to thank my mentor Al Spacek first and foremost,” he said. “He has a huge business acumen and he's always been a big push for me, guiding me in the right way and he's been successful. I'd also like to thank people like Dave Plourd, Bob Guertin, the Bob Cole family, all of these people who work hard.”
“It's tough, it's not easy in Northern Ontario, but so long as people support us, we'll be around.”