Daily Archives: Aug. 22, 2012

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“I’m not aware of that at all. We have two offices in Old Town right now and are very pleased with the properties.”

Airbus spokeswoman Mary Anne Greczyn’s e-mailed response about whether the company is moving into the space Imaging Office Systems is vacating (sources say plans are in the works)

Imaging Office Systems leaves Old Town for the west side

WICHITA — In January, a representative of Imaging Office Systems first confirmed the company would be making a “space correction” and leaving its Old Town office.

“We are moving out of here – finally,” says regional sales manager Barry Carr.

The company is in the process of leaving its 9,800 square feet at 201 N. Mead for 6,000 square feet at 7222 Northwind St., which is near 37th Street and Ridge Road.

“It really boils down to space efficiency and rent control,” Carr says. He calls Old Town, where the company has been for 10 years, “a high-rent district.”

Imaging Office Systems is an Indiana-based company that does document management, including conversion from paper to digital, and workflow process design and implementation and business process outsourcing.

At one time, Carr says, the company needed more room for employees.

“Now we do a lot more virtual officing,” he says.

Carr says the lab for conversion services and document storage is growing and needs reconfiguring, which is part of the reason for the move.

Currently, the Wichita Imaging Office Systems office has 127 employees, but Carr says he’ll soon need more lab personnel.

“It looks like we’ll probably be hiring here in the next couple of months.”

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum reorganizes, becomes its own nonprofit

WICHITA — The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum has made some changes that its board hopes will enhance it over time.

The museum, which is at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton, is now its own nonprofit and has separated its governance and operations from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

The two have been at separate sites since the Hall of Fame moved from Old Town to the Wichita Boathouse in 2010.

“It’s natural for us to take this step and just keep the two separate,” says board member Debra Mitchell, who also handles public relations for her family’s Chisholm Trail.

Mitchell says local operations mean a more local board.

“We’ll have a lot more input by local people and just a lot more interaction with the community.”

Although the Hall of Fame and the museum are separate now, an overall board of trustees still governs them both.

The museum has been closed most of the summer to reorganize and select its board.

It’s now reopen in 14,100 square feet, which compares to 18,000 square feet that it previously had.

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US Logo to move to former Rose Bowl West

WICHITA — There was a false alarm last year at the former Rose Bowl West when a promising-looking construction trailer was in front of the building at 520 N. West St.

That deal fell through, but a new deal this year didn’t.

US Logo is moving from near Washington and Lincoln to the former bowling center, which closed in 2009.

“I like the fact that it was in a retail location where it was convenient for people,” says owner TJ Smith. “It’s difficult to find a large facility in a nice retail area.”

The new building, which the company will own, is 23,000 square feet. That compares to 6,000 square feet US Logo currently leases.

“It’s a big jump,” Smith says. “We’ve grown through the years.”

The 22-year-old company, which has been leasing space for storage in other locations, is expanding its services and staff.

“We’re expanding into some other categories of work that require additional machinery and people,” Smith says.

Until now, US Logo has offered embroidery, screen printing and promotional products.

It’s expanding to offer signs and print products, such as brochures and business cards.

“We have a full design wing,” Smith says. That’s new, too.

The company has added four employees for a total of 10.

Smith expects the move to happen in October with a grand opening to follow.