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State forces Kan-Am Products to move; company also likely to expand into roofing

02/27/2013 5:00 AM

02/27/2013 6:13 AM

WICHITA — Terry Donovan is planning to move and expand his Kan-Am Products, but only one of those decisions is his choice.

The business is moving from 1323 S. Bebe to 1830 W. Harry, which is between Seneca and Meridian, because the state is buying his property for road work.

"The overpass here at 235 and 54 is going to go over the back part of my building," Donovan says.

"They were fair on the property," he says, but he adds, "You never recoup everything."

Nor does he like to move.

"I hate it," Donovan says. "It's never fun."

His company, which he started in 1988, is a wholesale distributor of vinyl siding, vinyl, wood windows and decking.

Donovan's existing building is about 17,000 square feet on about half an acre. The new space is about the same size but spread over a couple of buildings on about three acres.

He says he needs the extra space because he's most likely expanding his business to include roofing materials.

"It takes a lot of room to bring roofing in," Donovan says.

He thinks diversifying with roofing can help the business.

"We just think to go forward we need that to make it viable."

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About Carrie Rengers

Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

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