WICHITA — Tim Devlin first seriously considered expanding his Devlin Rod and Customs just before the economic crash of 2008.
That put things on hold, but now he's ready to build a new place.
"Things have come back," Devlin says.
"We've seen our business go through ups and downs," he says. "We don't build products people need. We build products that people want to have."
Devlin is planning to build an approximately 12,000-square-foot building at the southwest corner of Douglas and Hydraulic.
"We have acquired the ... old used-car lot that used to be part of Quality Chevrolet," he says.
That's just down from his current 6,000-square-foot space at 1811 E. Douglas.
Almost a decade ago, Devlin purchased RK Restorations at that property. He still does restorations, but that's not the bulk of his business.
Devlin and his staff take old American cars and turn them into fast hot rods.