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Hunt Midwest’s ‘Automotive Alley’ attracts another Ford upfitter

Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products, a Ford upfitter, has signed a lease for a 72,000-square-foot build-to-suit facility in Hunt Midwest’s Subtropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex.

The deal also includes a 13.5-acre underground parking lot for 1,200 Ford Transit commercial vans.

Ford Motor Co.’s $1.1 billion investment to retool its Claycomo assembly plant to produce the new Ford Transit has helped attract several automotive suppliers to the combination of above- and below-ground real estate that Hunt Midwest has nicknamed ” Automotive Alley.”

Leggett & Platt CVP is the seventh Ford upfitter to locate in Automotive Alley, which includes SubTropolis and is located just two miles from the Claycomo plant, where Ford is producing the Ford F-150 as well as the Transit. Automotive Alley’s total footprint dedicated to automotive suppliers now includes more than 100 acres of developed land and 470,000 square feet of leased space.

[Kansas City Business Journal]