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High Touch Technologies buys Sterling Building

The Sterling Building is being purchased by High Touch Technologies, which owns the larger building next door.
The Sterling Building is being purchased by High Touch Technologies, which owns the larger building next door. The Wichita Eagle

High Touch Technologies is buying the neighboring Sterling Building from attorney George Bruce.

High Touch – which provides communications, data processing, data storage and website management for national markets – is running out of room in its building at William and Main, according to the company. The building bears the highly visible High Touch sign.

The Sterling Building, at the northwest corner of William and Market, provides more than 40,000 square feet.

“We will upgrade the space to accommodate the high-tech needs of today’s business but preserve the industrial look of the building,” said Wayne Chambers, president and CEO of High Touch Technologies. “We’re excited to continue to be part of Wichita’s vibrant downtown.”

Sears Roebuck and Co. built the current building in the early 1930s and occupied it until 1955. First Federal Savings and Loan Association bought it in 1957. OA Management bought it in 1992 and installed the President’s College of Law.

Sterling Building LLC, owned by Bruce, bought the building in 2004 and has owned it since then. Bruce housed several companies in the building, including water purification systems and natural gas vehicle conversions.

The sale will close on Aug. 15. Other details of the deal were not released.

Evan LaRue of John T. Arnold Associates brokered the deal. John T. Arnold Associates previously brokered the deal for the High Touch building.

Dan Voorhis: 316-268-6577, @danvoorhis

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