Daily Archives: Oct. 23, 2013

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“It’s not a publication that favors me. It’s not Fox News. It’s the Kansas City Star.”

Gov. Sam Brownback explaining to the Hispanic Business Forum his source for numbers showing that the Kansas side of Kansas City has seen all the job growth in that metro area

Todd Dechant creates OxCart to improve dump carts; Costco.com is first retail outlet

Todd Dechant unwrapping his new OxCart product.

WICHITA – Todd Dechant has spent a career as an employee and consultant helping companies and individuals bring new products to the market.

Now, he’s going to do it for himself with a new product called the OxCart, which he says is an improved dump cart for tractors and ATVs.

Dechant’s background is in sales and product development, among other things, at Coleman, Harper Trucks, Black & Decker and Pepsi.

During the last couple of years he’s been working on the OxCart, he’s also been helping other inventors launch their products.

“I got on an ‘I know a guy’ list,” Dechant says. “That was a lot of fun. I just don’t have time to do that anymore.”

When Dechant decided he wanted to create his own product, he did a category analysis to look for dead categories “that didn’t really have a lot of innovation in them.”

He says dead categories are ones that aren’t growing in sales.

“One that just kind of seemed glaring to me … was the dump cart category,” Dechant says.

“We tested a lot of products out there,” he says. “I started focusing on trying to get more out of a riding lawn mower.”

He says there’s not been much innovation in the field in the last couple of decades.

“The only way to grow a category is to come up with innovation.”

Dechant says he’s added durability and stability with the OxCart.

“You’ve got more control in the dumping process,” he says. “The pivot point is kind of like a teeter-toter in most dump carts.”

He says that means when loads shift they start sliding quickly.

“It’s very harsh and abrupt.”

For his cart, Dechant says he’s moved the pivot point back for more control.

He’s also added a power-assisted gas lift and wider, higher quality tires.

Dechant debuted the OxCart, which will sell for $300 to $349, today at the Green Industry and Equipment Expo in Kentucky.

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CrossFit Compelled to open within Flying Moose Antique Mall on West Kellogg

WICHITA — What started as a garage-type gym for family and friends is turning into Wichita’s newest CrossFit gym.

Ryan Phelps says he and his friend Allen Wasinger were bored with their workouts and started doing CrossFit together to try something new.

“We just kind of looked at each other halfway through,” Phelps says of their first CrossFit workout. “We thought we were in good shape.”

They thought CrossFit took them to a new level, so they started introducing their friends to it. Phelps borrowed space from his wife Becky’s parents in an extra room they had at the Flying Moose Antique Mall at 9223 W. Kellogg.

“Before we knew it, we had so many people working out there every night,” Phelps says. “We never really had any intentions of getting that big.”

They called their 500-square-foot space Beast Mode Fitness, but they didn’t charge anyone for coming.

“We had so many people showing up,” Phelps says.

With encouragement from friends, he says he and his wife and Wasinger decided to make it official and become a CrossFit affiliate gym. Ryan Phelps says they had to jump through a number of hoops, but they got their certification and are expanding into almost 4,000 square feet at Flying Moose and changing their name to CrossFit Compelled.

“We like what CrossFit does,” Phelps says. “We’ve seen the transformations within ourselves.”

He says they also “were just really inspired by how promising the growth looked” for a CrossFit gym in the market.

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Welldone Skate Supply to open in Delano

WICHITA — It’s not widely known in the business community, but attorney Steve Joseph is into skateboarding.

No, the 67-year-old doesn’t skate himself – “I’d fall down and break a hip, and they’d have to bury me” – but he is investing in a skate shop for the second time.

Joseph previously invested in the Street behind Riverside Cafe at 13th and Bitting.

“It just didn’t work out at that location,” Joseph says.

Now, former Street owner Nathan Beste and Wichita Skateboarding Society founders Jake Williams and Cory Whitlock are opening Welldone Skate Supply in Delano.

“We’re trying to revamp and redo,” Beste says.

Joseph met Williams and Whitlock when they came to him to invest $100 in their Bangers Under the Bridge skateboarding event.

“Within five minutes of talking with them, I was so impressed, I decided I wanted to do business with these guys,” Joseph says. “This is really going to be a great thing.”

The 1,700-square-foot store will be at 617 W. Douglas in part of the space where All Things Barbecue was before moving across the street.

There will be a retail area in the front that will have skateboards, clothing and art supplies along with a Welldone line of socks, shirts, hats and boards. There also will be a skateboarding ramp in the back.

“This is the one thing that’s going to set us apart,” Joseph says.

“In the wintertime, kids will love it,” Williams says. “There’s nowhere to skate indoor around here.”

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