Missouri has many unique and innovative workspaces to offer growing companies, from the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis, to the Missouri Innovation Center in Columbia, and many more. But none may be more unique than Hunt Midwest’s SubTropolis in Kansas City.
The SubTropolis is a 55,000,000 sq. ft. manmade limestone cave that has been renovated into an underground business complex offering a safe and secure location for companies to grow.
Over the past 12 months, three animal health companies – Virbac, Ceva Animal Health, and IodiTech – have announced new or expanded warehouse and distribution operations in SubTropolis bringing its veterinary industry footprint to more than 250,000 sq. ft.
“SubTropolis is the total package for animal health companies and their unique requirements for product safety and climate control, providing significant operational cost efficiencies,” said Hunt Midwest President and CEO Ora Reynolds.
And its not just animal health companies that are seeing the benefit of moving underground. Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment recently leased 90,000 sq. ft. for a new Ford Transit and Ford F-150 upfitting operation. The firm also leased an additional 2 acres for vehicle staging.
“Dejana is the 14th auto company to choose Automotive Alley for upfitting, distribution or coordination operations in the past six years,” said Mike Bell, Hunt Midwest vice president of commercial development. “This cluster effect of automotive companies located within SubTropolis and the Hunt Midwest Business Center allows companies like Dejana to be more productive and cost competitive, which is the essence of Automotive Alley.”
Additional companies within SubTropolis include Adrian Steel, Knapheide Manufacturing Co., Ground Effects, Midway Ford, Auto Truck Group, AER Manufacturing, Caseco, Grupo Antolin, Leggett & Platt CVP, XPO Logistics and Clore Automotive to name a few.
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