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Ceva Animal Health Expands Footprint in SubTropolis
Locally-based veterinary pharmaceutical company increases presence, efficiency in Kansas City metro
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – June 22, 2016 – Veterinary pharmaceutical company Ceva Animal Health is expanding its leased space in SubTropolis, bringing its total underground warehouse and distribution footprint to 90,000 square feet.
Growth in Ceva’s portfolio of animal health products is driving the company’s expansion and consolidation of warehouse operations, according to Craig Wallace, CEO and North America/Pacific Zone Director at Ceva Animal Health.
“As we add products and expand into new categories, we require scalable space and partners like Hunt Midwest who can grow and evolve with us,” Wallace said. “The facilities at SubTropolis are a great solution for Ceva’s current and future warehousing needs. The consistent conditions and ability to easily expand were two key reasons we chose SubTropolis for our facility.”
Ceva initially leased 72,000 square feet in SubTropolis for warehouse and distribution space in 2015 as it sought to be in closer proximity to its North American headquarters in Lenexa, Kan. The company employs approximately 450 people in the Kansas City region.
With more than six million square feet of contiguous underground space available and the potential to develop an additional eight million square feet, Hunt Midwest President and CEO Ora Reynolds said SubTropolis offers utmost flexibility to accommodate growing companies like Ceva Animal Health.
“The ability for a company to easily scale its operation is often paramount to a user’s decision-making process,” Reynolds said. “Space in SubTropolis can be built out much quicker as there are no weather delays or lengthy permitting processes.”
Ceva is the fourth company to lease space in the newest phase of SubTropolis north of Derrough Drive, joining the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Jayhawk File Express and LightEdge Solutions, the anchor tenant of SubTropolis Technology Center (STC).
About Hunt Midwest
Hunt Midwest is a full-service real estate development company with a focus on industrial, commercial, retail, mission critical, multifamily, senior living and residential real estate. Its portfolio is anchored by SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex. Hunt Midwest is a Kansas City-based, privately held company owned by the Lamar Hunt family. The Hunt family business is a diverse portfolio of entities involved in real estate, sports/media, energy/resources, private equity and investments. Marquee entities include the Kansas City Chiefs, Hunt Midwest, Hunt Southwest, FC Dallas Soccer Club, Toyota Stadium, Chicago Bulls and United Center.
As the world’s largest underground business complex, SubTropolis sets the standard for subsurface business developments. SubTropolis was created through the mining of a 270-million-year-old limestone deposit. In the mining process, limestone is removed by the room and pillar method, leaving 25-foot square pillars that are on 65-foot centers and 40 feet apart. SubTropolis is home to more than 50 local, regional, national and international companies that employ in excess of 1,600 people. In 2012, SubTropolis earned a perfect ENERGY STAR energy performance rating of 100 in the category of unrefrigerated warehouse from the EPA. Of the six warehouse facilities in Kansas and Missouri that have earned the ENERGY STAR, SubTropolis is the only one to receive a perfect rating.
About Ceva Animal Heath
Ceva Animal Health offers a growing line of products to meet the health needs of companion animals, poultry, and the equine market. The sixth largest animal health company in the world, Ceva’s North American headquarters are located in Lenexa, Kansas.