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

12/24/2013 5:00 AM

12/24/2013 6:59 AM

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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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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