Inland Truck Parts to build new, larger space at Mid-Continent Industrial Park

WICHITA — About this time last year, Have You Heard? reported that Overland Park-based Inland Truck Parts purchased Wichita-based U.S. Machinery.

From the start, Inland planned to consolidate the two Wichita stores. Now, it’s finally happening.

“It just took us longer than I thought,” says Dennis Bowers, Inland’s Wichita general manager.

The businesses are moving to a new 42,000-square-foot space at the Mid-Continent Industrial Park just off K-42 between Tyler and Maize Road.

The former U.S. Machinery, which repairs trucks, is at 1775 S. West St.. Inland, which sells truck parts, is at 1313 S. Young St.

“We’re merging both the parts store and the service store together now,” Bowers says. “It’s going to be a brand-new building.”

Dondlinger & Sons is the contractor.

Construction will begin in the next few weeks.

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Wichita Vending buys Wichita Canteen, becomes Compass Group franchisee

WICHITA — The more than 50-year-old Wichita Canteen has sold to the 19-year-old Wichita Vending.

“Basically, it’s a merger as I see it,” says Wichita Vending owner and president Joe Hemmelgarn.

Wichita Canteen had been a franchise of North Carolina-based Compass Group. Now, Wichita Vending is.

Hemmelgarn says not much will change.

“We just get to use some of the corporate purchasing power,” he says.

Wichita Vending and Wichita Canteen both have offered a range of food services and vending.

“They’re much larger in the food service business,” Hemmelgarn says of Wichita Canteen.

The company offers food management, including the operation of cafeterias at businesses such as Cessna Aircraft; concession services, including those at Wichita State University and Century II; and inmate commissaries.

That’s what led Hemmelgarn to approach the company, which had been owned by the Grady family since 1959, with an offer. Food service also is what he wants to put an emphasis on now.

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