NorthStar Gymnastics Inc.

Remodeled, expanded gym a first-class facility

September 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

“It’s wonderful to be part of a community that is always trying to grow and improve, expand,” said Tim Chesla, owner of NorthStar Gymnastics Inc., now in its 18th year at 723 Byrne Industrial Drive. In fitting with a town that is always updating, remodeling and celebrating growth, NorthStar is wrapping up a months-long remodeling project in the 8,500-square-foot facility. Chesla said the ache in his back is proof of the major work begun on Friday, July 20, is almost complete. The spacious, airy building has had a wall removed, doors taken out, and the apparatus areas reconfigured to provide a safer, more productive gymnastics facility. Now parents can sit in a relaxed and comfortable viewing area without students crowding through as they move from one section of equipment to another. Old-time Byrne employees likely wouldn’t recognize the former tool and die building, located in the heart of what the Squire jokingly refers to as the “Byrne Kingdom.” Chesla describes how he came to set up shop in the location. He had a thriving gymnastics business located in Riverview Raquetball Club, but that company needed the space to expand. “Many of our customers were from Rockford and the surrounding areas, so it made sense to move up this way,” Chesla explained. He met Norm Byrne and the two began talking about possibilities. In the matter of a few months a new tool and die building was attached to Byrne Electric Building, the old tool and die shop was remodeled, an addition was put on, gymnastic equipment was moved in, and NorthStar Gymnastics Inc. was up and jumping. Things have been hurdling right along ever since. “The whole northern Kent County area seems to be really into their kids, into a well-rounded growing up,” said Chesla. He said when the doors at NorthStar opened, the gym was immediately at capacity. “We opened and we outgrew. The facility expanded into an unused room and in June 1995 we added on again.” Today NorthStar is using every inch of square space and with the reconfigured work stations, better than ever able to meet the needs of clients with a top-of-the-line facility right here in the heart of the area. “You don’t have to leave the Rockford area to […]