WICHITA — Mini-Mac Inc., which manufactures spacers for the aerospace industry, isn’t going to be so small anymore.
“We have outgrown our facilities,” owner Bob McNamee says.
He’s currently in about 2,500 square feet at 1912 N. 159th St. East.
His new space, which he’ll move into in the early part of 2012, is more than 10,000 square feet over three buildings at 1703 Southwest Boulevard.
Mini-Mac will take 5,600 square feet in the main building on the new property, and the rest of the space will be available for lease.
This is the first time the business has moved since McNamee’s late father, Mac, started the business in 1970.
“It was my dad’s hobby that turned into a business,” McNamee says. “He always had a machine shop in the basement I always remember as a kid growing up.”
McNamee says his father “would do odds and ends for people.”
“He did that in his spare time, that was his passion. And then when he retired from Boeing, he had some people that were in the distribution business, and they encouraged him to get into the manufacturing of what we now do today.”
Within six months, he says, his father “could not keep it small, and that’s when I showed up.”
McNamee says he feels like the aviation business is on an upswing.
“We’re going to have a very, very nice year,” he says.
McNamee thinks his father would approve of the new space and the business in general.
“He’d be very pleased with it,” he says. “From basically starting out with one customer to now we deal with almost everybody in the aerospace industry, maybe not directly, but indirectly.”
Now his own son, Dylan, also is in the business.
Not that McNamee is going anywhere.
“I’m not ready to give it up yet.”