Carrie Rengers

Promo Depot building new headquarters near 21st and Ridge Road

Promo Depot owners Rick and Ashlie McKay are building a 7,000-square-foot building at 2266 N. Ridge Road near 21st and Ridge. Rick McKay says the building will be designed to take the company through the next decade.
Promo Depot owners Rick and Ashlie McKay are building a 7,000-square-foot building at 2266 N. Ridge Road near 21st and Ridge. Rick McKay says the building will be designed to take the company through the next decade. The Wichita Eagle

Promo Depot owner Rick McKay says there’s one constant in his line of work, which is putting customers’ logos on various products.

“We’re the most important thing, but it’s the last thing they think of,” McKay says.

He says he’s used to 11th-hour requests and can handle them.

“That’s kind of our niche.”

A new building – the first of Promo Depot’s own – should further help with that, McKay says.

Currently, Promo Depot is in leased space at Reflection Ridge Office Park at 7570 W. 21st St.

This summer, McKay is moving the company across 21st and Ridge Road to property he purchased at 2266 N. Ridge Road where he’s building a 7,000-square-foot building.

“This allowed me to kind of bring things under one roof,” McKay says.

He says he does logos through embroidery, screen printing and printing.

“We basically are a solution for logo products.”

Sometimes when seeking a solution, though, he has to contract work out. McKay says he’ll now have a competitive edge by having enough room for all the machines he needs in house.

“You really can turn things,” he says. “I wanted an infrastructure that allowed that to be streamlined, and that’s what the building really allows us to do.”

McKay has owned the business for 19 years. For the 15 years before that, he ran it as a division of Pizza Hut.

When PepsiCo Food Systems moved the Pizza Hut headquarters from Wichita in 1996, the company sold the logo division to McKay.

He says he’s now a preferred supplier for Yum Brands, which owns Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC.

“One of our strengths is that we deal with companies that are what I call multiunit,” McKay says.

That means the companies have multiple units or locations. McKay says he does a one-time logo set up with the parent company, and then the other units connect with Promo Depot for their needs.

“You have to have a good amount of inventory,” he says. “We’re taking care of a lot of companies that demand inventory.”

The new site will have room for that.

“We did it for our customers,” McKay says.

He says he’s designing the space for the next decade.

Promo Depot does work internationally. McKay says he’s heard suggestions that he could locate elsewhere, but he has no plans beyond moving across the intersection.

“We enjoy our Wichita base,” he says. “We think Wichita is a great place to have a small business.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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