There’s a new occupant for the former Don’s TV & Video space at the northeast corner of Second and Hydraulic.
Associated Equipment Sales doesn’t sell televisions, but it will keep up the longtime Don’s tradition of putting funny sayings on the sign out front.
“That’s been such an icon in downtown Wichita,” says Keith Williams, president of the Lenexa-based company. “We’re going to try to keep the heritage of fun and interesting little notes below our logo.”
The 11-year-old company, which sells heating, cooling and pumping equipment, has been in Wichita for three years.
“There’s a lot of opportunity in that part of the state,” Williams says.
The firm has 21 employees, including two in Wichita, and has been in 600 square feet at the Market Centre downtown.
Remaining in the downtown area was important, Williams says.
“Downtown Wichita is getting very exciting.”
The new space is 2,880 square feet.
“We recognize that our office presence needs to grow,” Williams says. “We wanted to be in the area that engineers and architects are doing their work so we can help them.”
Williams says he wants to support them by helping design systems that are “more efficient, smart … and sustainable.”
“We represent some of the industry’s top lines,” he says.
That includes more than 30 manufacturers.
Williams says the company will do some stocking at the new space.
“Part of that space is going to be a 30-person training facility.”
It will be for engineers, contractors, owners and others to learn how to design the most efficient systems.
“We are the industry leaders in training … on how to design better buildings,” Williams says.
He says it’s a big part of the company’s culture.
“We will be doing that every month.”
The company is hiring a third Wichita employee as well.
“We’re a company on the grow, and we’re going to continue to expand,” Williams says. “We see us growing into being a bigger part of Wichita.”
Associated Equipment Sales is gutting its new space and is making a few changes to the outside of the building. Williams says he hopes to be in by the end of March.
He already has his first message for the sign out front, though he doesn’t want to share it yet.
“We are excited to put our logo on that sign.”