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Mid-America Auto Auction sells to Bryan Hunt and his Hunt Automotive Group

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  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at 5:05 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at 6:59 a.m.

WICHITA — Mid-America Auto Auction, which has been in Wichita since about the 1940s, has sold.

New owner Bryan Hunt, son of trucking magnate J.B. Hunt, has purchased the business and is renaming it I-135 Auto Auctions.

Hunt has Hunt Automotive Group in Springdale, Ark.

"We were approached by these guys, and (they) wanted to know if we were interested in selling," says Brook Phillips, who owned the business with his brother, Brad.

"My brother and I were both raised in the business," Brook Phillips says.

Their father purchased the wholesale auto auction at 4716 S. Santa Fe in 1982.

"This is all we've ever done," Phillips says. "It looked like an opportunity for us to do something else."

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