Caseco Truck Body is opening an operation in SubTropolis

Caseco Truck Body, an Oklahoma firm that modifies trucks for specialized commercial uses, is putting an operation in Kansas City that is expected to employ up to 45 people by the end of 2014.

Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development said the firm is leasing 55,000 square feet in its SubTropolis underground business complex off Missouri 210 near Interstate 435. The location is about two miles south of the Ford Claycomo plant.

It is expected to employ 10 people at the start, and 35 to 40 jobs are expected to be created by the end of next year.

Caseco modifies trucks to provide mobile storage for pest control, contractors and compressed natural gas.

“We were attracted to the underground location because of the close proximity to the Ford Claycomo assembly plant,” Emily Hilliard, Caseco’s president, said in a statement. “The cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the underground were also very attractive to us.”

Several other automotive suppliers have located at SubTropolis, including Knapheide Manufacturing, Ground Effects, Midway Ford and AER Manufacturing.