Five years ago, King of Freight was a new business that consisted of Mike Ricklefs and a laptop in his apartment.
Today, the fast-growing freight brokerage has 38 employees in Wichita, Kansas City and Houston, and it’s about to seriously expand its headquarters here.
“We ended up landing some pretty big accounts,” Ricklefs says of customers such as Georgia-Pacific and ABC Supply. “We’re pretty much the middle man between the business and the trucking company.”
King of Freight needs space for more employees to service accounts.
“We’re scrambling to hire people and give them jobs,” Ricklefs says.
Next month, the company will move from 2,000 square feet at 1835 N. Rock Road to about 5,000 square feet at the High Touch Technologies building downtown at 110 S. Main St.
Ricklefs says he has an option for 5,000 square feet more, which he thinks he’ll take within three months after hiring about 15 new sales people.
“We have the option to grow while we’re there,” he says. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Cristi Howell and Kristin Stang of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.
Ricklefs says the company is in Houston because a number of its customers are there, but he says he wants Wichita to be the King of Freight headquarters because he’s from here and wants to hire people from here.
“We service the whole entire country,” Ricklefs says.
He says his customers are “giving us so much freight right now.”
“We can’t really service all the business that we have.”
That’s a problem, he says, but “it’s like a good thing.”
“We can’t wait to grow.”