DREAM JOBS: LIVING WHAT YOU LOVE

DREAM JOBS_BRETT KOUFAS

BRETT KOUFAS: ICW PRODUCTS OWNER

STARTING POINT: “I used to be a UPS driver, but we moved to North Carolina when my wife got a job offer. I used to build things for my family and friends, so 25 years ago I came up with a business called Ironic Creation Welding (ICW). I felt there was a need for a sturdy bike stand, so I started making and selling them. Around 15 years ago I began repairing radiators as a way to pay for my racing habit (www.icwbikestands.com).”

THE JOB: “I make every bike stand by hand, and they last forever. Aside from that, I repair several hundred radiators a month. People send me their bent or broken radiators, and I’ll fix them for a fraction of the cost of a new radiator. I weld around the tanks and spigots, and also weld on braces for added durability. I pride myself on building quality products and staying true to my path. As a result, I’ve been fortunate to support my wife and kids doing something I love.”

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