About Us

Kustom Krates is owned by Mark Natinsky and is located just outside of Austin, Texas. We provide Canine crates and equipment boxes to the Police K9 world and many Dog Sport enthusiasts.

Our company was started in 1999 because of our need to outfit our Dog Van with a custom four dog crate set up. It was then we discovered that not all aluminum crates are alike! We looked long and hard and could not find the quality of product in a custom build that we were looking for. Mostly what we saw were crates made out of thin metal with cheap components. I am a perfectionist, and what I saw was nothing compared to what I wanted.

Being a fabricator and welder, I chose to design and build my own set up. Almost immediately other dog people saw my crates and began asking if I could build them a set. Before long I was building crates "part time" in addition to my full time sales job. Soon enough, part time could not keep up with business and I now have the dream job that people always talk about, doing what I love.

The rest is history.

Who's who at Kustom Krates

  • I have been involved in Dog Sports for 35 years. Competing in Schutzhund since the early eighties. I've trained numerous German Shepherds, a Rottweiler, and recently retired my Belgian Malinois, Eddie, and my German Shepherd, Faja. Eddie and I won the 2008 Malinois I.P.O. Nationals in Olympia Washington and more recently the 2011 AWDF Championship. He has won our Regional Championship twice. He also represented the United States in Austria on the FCI team. I won the North American FH championship in Bangor, Maine back in 1998, and came in second in the Rottweiler I.F.R. World Championships in 1997. Dogs are my passion along side my fascination with engineering products that exceed peoples expectations.
  • I have a B.A. in Business Administration and oversee the Advertising, Accounting and Purchasing Dept's of Kustom Krates. After a successful career in grocery management, I now enjoy owning our own business and the opportunities it provides. With our daughter off to college, my Border Collie Spark is getting a lot of attention. She is our official shop dog and spends a lot of time following me around in the shop with her frisbee.