Carrie Rengers

Builders Inc. buys former American Red Cross building, but not for itself

Mid America Exteriors is moving to the former American Red Cross building in the Douglas Design District. Mid America COO David Becker, an original founder of the business, stands in front of the building where the company will move in a couple of months.
Mid America Exteriors is moving to the former American Red Cross building in the Douglas Design District. Mid America COO David Becker, an original founder of the business, stands in front of the building where the company will move in a couple of months. The Wichita Eagle

Builders Inc. has purchased the former American Red Cross building at 1900 E. Douglas, but not for itself.

The company bought Mid America Exteriors in 2016 and plans to move the business from its current space at 1625 E. Central near the Canal Route.

“So we’ll just be moving a few blocks to the south,” says Builders president Mike Garvey.

“We thought it was a great location, and it’s got great signage visibility along 135 and Kellogg,” Garvey says. “We totally like that part of Douglas. There’s a lot of great companies right along there.”

He says Mid America fits in well with the Douglas Design District, too, especially since it’s going to have a showroom with its new building.

“It’s all about designing for your home,” Garvey says.

Mid America sells windows, siding, gutters and decks.

“It’s a really great product that they have,” Garvey says.

He says the business “fits in great with what we do” at Builders.

Mid America probably won’t move until the second quarter.

“We still need to do some things to the building to make it what we want it to be,” Garvey says.

He says Mid America has outgrown its current space, and the new building will give it 12,000 square feet of warehouse space it doesn’t have now.

“It’ll really help us to organize our jobs and get out product,” Garvey says.

In July, the Red Cross consolidated its services at 707 N. Main St.

Builders broker Adam Clements handled the sale of the building with Patrick Ahern of NAI Martens.

“It’s a tremendous location,” Ahern says.

He says the 45,432-square-foot building is next to a ramp for the Canal Route and not far from Kellogg.

“You can be anywhere in town in, like, 10 minutes.”

Ahern echos Garvey’s comments that there’s great signage opportunity on the building and that being in the growing Douglas Design District is a plus.

“It gets stronger every year.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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