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June 18, 2014

Security 1st moving downtown offices to River Park building

After 51 years at a free-standing building near Central and Main, Security 1st Title is relocating its headquarters to larger space at the River Park Place building.

After 51 years at a free-standing building near Central and Main, Security 1st Title is relocating its headquarters to larger space at the River Park Place building.

The locally-owned title company that has offices in 21 cities throughout the state will move this weekend from its 11,500-square-foot building at 434 N. Main to a 16,800-square-foot, third-floor suite at 727 N. Waco.

“We’ve got people crammed in pretty tight,” Security 1st CEO Craig Burns said Wednesday. “We even took meeting space and had to turn that into cubicles.”

Security 1st has 59 employees in the downtown office. Burns said he expects that number to increase to 65 at River Park, which will include the addition of some accounting employees who will be moving downtown from the west side.

“It’s going to be nice space for us,” he said.

Burns said the 434 N. Main location was opened in 1963 by the former Security Title. Brothers John and Roger Bell sold Security Title to California-based First American Financial in 1999. In 2009 Burns, a former Security Title and First American executive, and a group of investors bought First American Title’s Wichita area operations — including the Central and Main building — and re-named the business Security 1st.

Burns said in addition to the new downtown location, Security 1st plans to move its east Wichita office in November to a new building at the Collective development at 21st Street and K-96.

Security 1st also opened an office in Garden City in March. Earlier this month it completed acquisitions of two small title companies with offices in Olathe, Paola and Louisburg.

Burns said Security 1st employs a total of 185 people.

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