In 1998 Ron and Kari Wagner, living in Dallas and the parents of three young children, recognized a need for manufacturing custom orthotics in the Kansas City metropolitan area. They did not think twice about the opportunity and quickly got to work. They moved their family from Dallas to Kansas City almost overnight. With Ron’s prior lab experience and Kari’s business expertise, Mid Star Lab was up and running within six weeks after arriving in Kansas.
For years, the Wagner’s sold wholesale to podiatrists and other foot care providers throughout the Midwest. Then, in the fall of 2011, Mid Star Lab began expanding their services to not only manufacturing the devices, but also diversifying their product line to include shoes. Mid Star Lab also started servicing their patients directly by adding certified clinicians to their staff. In less than a year, the family would have to move their main manufacturing facility to Edwardsville, Kansas to accommodate their growing need. With growth came opportunity and their next step was to open several new locations throughout the Midwest
Let’s Fast-Forward to 2016. At the beginning of that year they decided to purchase a building in the town of Tonganoxie, Kansas where their kids graduated High School. They left the 5,500 square foot space in Edwardsville and moved into an 11,000 square foot space with room to expand! Within a short time the new space was set up and operations were under way. Over the next several months they began the process of migrating from a small family owned business to more of a corporately focused business. They were more than aware of the need for quality products that was backed by quality service. So they started honing their business model to meet the need and demand.
Let’s jump once more to the fall of 2017. An opportunity presented itself that would accelerate the growth of their small company. Negotiations started with Capitol Orthopedic. By the end of the year an agreement was reached and Mid Star Lab, Inc. purchased Capitol Orthopedic and overnight jumped from a small company focused primarily on shoes and orthotic inserts to a full blown Orthotics and Prosthetics company. Now they weren’t limited to the quality Custom Foot Orthotics for which they were so well known but also would start to produce all Orthotics and Prosthetics that may be required for their customers and their patients.
Ron and Kari’s commitment to serve their customers and patients has also involved their two youngest children, daughter Jennifer (a BOCPD Pedorthist) and her husband Jack (an ABC Certified Pedorthist) and daughter Kelsey (Certified Orthotist) and her husband Kevin (ABC Certified Pedorthist), of whom they are very proud. But we can’t fail to mention their oldest. Derrick Wagner who proudly serves in the USAF along side his wife Angela. The Wagner’s are proud of their children and their commitment to serve others.
Through their children will be a long legacy of helping others. In addition to their children they also have three grandchildren and one on the way. All boys!
While the story continues and there are many more chapters to write there was a significant loss on December 23, 2017. Unexpectedly, Ron Wagner, the patriarch and steady presence at the helm of the business, went home to be with the Lord. The family and company still feels the pain of this loss but we continue to press on. Our mindset is often focused on what Ron would have us do. He would have us continue to move forward and grow. He would have us continue to make quality products and most of all he would have us serve others. His example paved the way.
Mid Star Lab is a Woman Owned, America Indian, 8a Certified Company. Our focus is to continue to grow and share our passion for helping physicians and patients with all of their Orthotic and Prosthetic needs across the country.