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You don’t say

“I’ve contracted with Bill Warren to be my campaign manager.”

– Former Mayor Bob Knight’s joking response when asked if the reason he’s moving back to Wichita (from the Crestview Country Club improvement district ) is to run for mayor

Scrap Management of Kansas opens to public with Wichita and Park City sites

WICHITA — After already serving industrial clients in the area, Scrap Management of Kansas opened to the public Monday.

The division of Kansas City-based Midwest Scrap Management is in the former Cargill space at 29th and Mead.

“We’re actually a little bit bigger than your … ma and pa stores that you see,” says Ken Mueller, CEO of the Kansas division.

He says the 20-acre former Cargill site is ideal because the lot is concrete, which makes deliveries more convenient, and has rail service.

“It’s really a great receiving yard for our business.”

Also, Mueller says, “We can access the consuming markets very easily out of here.”

Mueller says the company already has about $2 million worth of equipment ready to go, “which allows us to be in business quickly.”

The company will have another 80 acres in Park City in the 45th and Hydraulic area.

“We’re going to make our largest investment up there,” Mueller says.

There will be an auto shredder business there by the end of the summer at the latest. Mueller expects the company to make a $15 million to $20 million investment in Park City.

“We expect to expand into the Oklahoma City market as soon as we get this one well under way.”

The company also operates in St. Joseph, Mo.

The Kansas division has five employees now, but Mueller expects to have as many as 70 in a short period.

“Our goal is to ramp up as quickly as we can.”

Loony Bin likely to open this fall on St. Francis in greater Old Town area

UPDATED — The Loony Bin, which closed in late March, could reopen in the Old Town area by fall.

“We have a contract out on a building on St. Francis downtown,” says co-owner Larry Marks.

“That part’s real encouraging.”

In September, Have You Heard? reported that the club was looking to leave Oxford Square at the northwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn.

Marks, who lives in Oklahoma City, and co-owner Jeff Jones, who lives in Little Rock, still have a few things to iron out before the downtown deal is done.

“It’s just a matter of completing the financing process, which probably isn’t going to be no problem,” Marks says. “In today’s economy, you never know.”

The 13,000-square-foot building is between First and Second streets on St. Francis across from the urban park on the southeast corner of Second and St. Francis.

The Loony Bin had been in Oxford Square since 1999.

“That club was very special to us,” Marks says.

He and Jones also own Loony Bins in their hometowns and Tulsa, but Wichita was the best-performing one for a long time.

“That was the premier club for a good nine, 10 years,” Marks says.

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