WICHITA — When Ross Lumbert purchased Wichita Burner in February, he knew he wanted to make improvements to the business and its location.
“That was my goal, to give the business a new start,” he says.
That’s what Lumbert is doing now by moving the business from its longtime home at 312 S. Laura to just around the corner at 300 S. Washington, which is the southeast corner of Washington and Waterman.
“I wanted to get out of that old location,” Lumbert says. “It was very old and needed lots of renovations.”
The old space had about 5,000 square feet. The new one has 8,000 square feet.
Lumbert says there’s a great interior on the new space which is “much better suited for our purposes.”
“Wichita Burner has historically been the go-to guys for parts and systems related to commercial heating and boiler systems,” Lumbert says.
“I want people to know that Wichita Burner is continuing to grow and to improve our ability to supply the marketplace. … We’re trying to improve our ability to meet the growing demand.”
Marlin Penner with John T. Arnold Associates handled the deal.
Lumbert plans an open house in about a month.
He also owns American Control & Engineering Service, which does industrial burners and control systems, such as in the petroleum field and the aircraft industry.
Lumbert says it makes sense to own both companies.
“The main thing is, it fit well with our other business we have.”
He says the most important reason, though, is he saw opportunities with the 55-year-old Wichita Burner.
“That’s the reason I bought the business.”