When R.D. Wood and his wife, B.J., started their first storage facility in 1985, they never planned for it to be a full-time business.
“We had daytime jobs, and we just thought it would supplement our income,” R.D. Wood says.
Now the couple is breaking ground on their ninth MaxSecure Storage in Wichita.
This one will be at 8121 E. 45th St., which is just east of the southeast corner of 45th and North Rock Road.
Wood says that initially, he and his wife would buy existing storage sites and convert them to their business.
“I didn’t like how a lot of people did construction, so I started designing them myself,” he says.
The latest one will be 50,000 square feet, 8,000 square feet of which will be climate-controlled space.
There will be 5-by-10-foot units up to 16-by-40-foot ones. Wood says the largest units could hold half a dozen vehicles.
“It’s mainly for a big man cave,” he says.
Also, he says, “Small companies like them because they can put their equipment inside.”
Wood says the north side of Wichita makes sense for a new storage facility.
“We see a lot of growth.”
He says it’s a competitive business.
“You’ve got to give good customer service.”
Kramer Co. is the general contractor, Kansas Paving is doing dirt and concrete work and Central Bank and Trust is the Woods’ bank.
R.D. Wood says he credits a lot of his company’s growth to support from his bank.
With the new facility, he says, “this will make over 600,000 square feet in Wichita metropolitan rental space” for his company.
In other words, Wood says, more than just a little extra income.
“Beyond our wildest dreams.”