My Wausome Story: Building Big Dreams, Compact Trailers, Todd Mowrer, TC Teardrops

Original publication date: July 17, 2018

In 1996, I was living in Southern California and needing a change, I had spent some time in Wisconsin visiting family and on a whim, ended up in Wausau during my job search. I found great schools, short commutes, safe neighborhoods, fantastic outdoor recreation…exactly what I wanted. My family and I moved that next summer.

Fast forward a few years and in late 2006, my wife Carol and I, as well as our children, were camping in a pop up.  After one particularly rainy weekend, we came home tired, soaked and discouraged. We happened upon the concept of a teardrop trailer and decided to build one ourselves. The end result, a compact trailer which was easy to tow, kept us dry, and required very little time to setup and tear down, started getting the attention of other campers. They wanted to know where we got it and how they could get one.

Over the course of the next few months, we custom built more trailers and saw interest growing. I was able to resign from my job and focus on building our business. Demand increased and by the following spring, Carol joined me full-time on the TC Teardrops team.

When we outgrew our garage workshop and needed to establish a new home for our business, we never considered anywhere other than Wausau. The city has so much going for it, although that wasn’t always the case. When I first moved here, there was nowhere near the local, community minded vibe that you feel now. Today, Wausau is expanding but it doesn’t feel so big that you lose contact with people. From the 400 Block to farmer’s market, farm-to-table restaurants, the whitewater park and riverfront development, there is so much we love and use just steps from our door. It’s perfect for us as we not only enjoy it for outdoor activities and events, but it is also a great place to do business. We never thought about locating TC Teardrops anywhere else because we know, long-term, Wausau is it.  And so far, we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

To learn more about Todd and TC Teardrops, visit the company’s website.

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