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12 People You Need to Know in 2023: Paul Bosovik

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Roughly two years after turning what started as a side hustle into a full-fledged professional pursuit, the custom vehicle manufacturing company started in Springfield by Paul Bosovik is turning its wheels next month toward Strafford amid record revenue growth.

Bosovik, CEO and founder of 27North Inc., says a January move to eastern Greene County from its current 9,000-square-foot building in Brookline is in response to increased orders and a need for expanded production space. The new leased home will more than double the current facility’s size, he says, but is not a long-term move. That’s because next month also is the targeted groundbreaking for 27North’s even larger 50,000-square-foot building to be constructed in Strafford.

“Last we heard it’s going to be eight months to a year to build,” Bosovik says of the $4.6 million construction project, adding he’s waiting to get a more solid timeline from general contractor Rich Kramer Construction Inc.

As the company’s line of customizable vehicles in September expanded from conversion vans – in which cargo room is converted to living spaces – to include expedition trucks, for off-road adventures, it underwent a name change from Everest Conversions Inc. Bosovik says the change reflects a more global name.

“We found out the latitude of Mount Everest is 27 north degrees,” he says. “That’s where we adapted and rebranded into 27North. We want to make sure you have a vehicle, whether it’s a van or a truck, that can safely and comfortably take you there and back.”

Bosovik, who was born in Ukraine and emigrated with his parents and siblings to the U.S. in 1999, moved to Springfield from Portland, Oregon, when he was in fifth grade.

“I grew up here and I’m now starting to raise my family here, too,” he says. “I don’t foresee myself moving to go anywhere else.”

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018, Bosovik initially turned to residential construction with Trendsetter Homes LLC. He then pivoted to doing repairs on RVs with his wife, Nina, out of his mother’s garage before transitioning to building conversion vans, which led to Everest Conversions.

Demand for the company’s services has boomed for the company since its first year in business, Bosovik says. In 2020, revenue was $145,000, followed by $1.25 million last year. He says this year is on track to reach roughly $12 million.

“I knew we’d be successful, and I knew we’d grow,” he says, noting 27North employs 20 with plans to double the workforce in the move to Strafford. “But never did I think it would be almost tenfold every year.”

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