A veterinary pharmaceutical company with its North American headquarters in Lenexa has signed a five-year lease for warehousing and distribution space in the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis.
The company, Ceva Animal Health, will occupy 72,000 square feet in the Kansas City underground business park. That will be Ceva Animal Health’s primary warehousing operation in the U.S. The company is moving its center from Memphis.
Hunt Midwest said Ceva is the fourth company to lease space in its newest underground phase. Other tenants in the section are the National Archives and Records Administration, FoodService Warehouse.com and LightEdge Solutions Inc.
Ceva officials said the move was motivated by energy efficiency, expandable space in the underground and proximity to its Lenexa offices. It said it already has filled the 10 jobs associated with the move.
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SubTropolis has nearly 6 million square feet of contiguous underground space and the potential to develop 8 million more, according to Ora Reynolds, Hunt Midwest’s president. It was created after limestone mining, bills itself as the world’s largest underground business complex and is home to more than 50 companies employing over 1,600 workers.
Officials said the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City and Kansas City Power & Light promoted the deal.