WICHITA — Sunbelt Rentals, an international company that bills itself as the second-largest rental company nationally, is entering the Wichita market.
"We've got a variety of products that we'll be able to provide," says district manager Keith Dressendorfer.
He says Sunbelt, which is based in Englad and has U.S. headquarters in South Carolina, already has customers here. Now they'll have a store to shop at in addition to online.
Sunbelt is remodeling a 13,000-square-foot building at 3410 W. 30th St. South. Dressendorfer says it should be ready by late September, but the company will have a soft opening sometime in August.
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There are more than 400 Sunbelt stores, many of which surround the Midwest.
"Basically there's been a void in the Midwest," Dressendorfer says. "We just want to start filling in some of the Midwest."
The company now has stores in Oklahoma City, Joplin, Mo., Rogers, Ark., and Kansas City. A second Kansas City store is in the works.
"A year ago, none of those existed for us," Dressendorfer says. He says there's "quite a lot of growth up in this area for us."
Sunbelt does "a little bit of everything," Dressendorfer says.
There are a dozen divisions, such as a general tool group, a concrete and masonry group, an earth moving division, an oil and gas division, a climate control division and a scaffolding division.
Dressendorfer says customers could be anyone from a homeowner needing to rent something for a one-time use to a Fortune 500 company needing to rent a number of things.
"We will do business with pretty much anybody," he says.
General and commercial contractors are some of Sunbelt's most regular customers.
Dressendorfer says there is a budget for nine employees initially, "But who knows where it will go after that?"
He says Sunbelt plans to hire locally.
Dressendorfer says a second Wichita store or more throughout Kansas are possibilities.
"There will always be that opportunity."