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Midwest's largest underground storage facility undergoing growth spurt

Posted: 3:26 PM, Sep 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-06 16:26:52-04
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Subtropolis, is already biggest underground storage facility in the Midwest.

There are plans to expand it even further.

Some businesses who call it home are expanding their business too.

"We are 150 (feet) below the surface, in the middle of a limestone mine," Dan Kurtz, vice president of Business Development for LightEdge, a cloud-based storage business, said. "Limestone is six times stronger than concrete, so you can't build a building on the surface that is as strong as this facility. The other thing that being underground does is it gives us protection from the elements."

LightEdge has just expanded their cloud storage business, nearly doubling their footprint underground.

"We consider this our flagship facility," Kurtz said. "The ability to expand is much more rapid than if we were to do it on the surface. A new 13,000 square-foot facility takes us six months to build here underground. On the surface it would be a year."

Subtropolis boasts more than 6 million square-feet of space for business.

They have room for up to 8 million more square feet storage.

They currently have 55 businesses inside the cave.

They house all kinds of businesses.

From one of the largest organic green coffee storage facilities to business that run some of the largest printers in Kansas City.