Kansas City, MO - Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehichle Products, a Ford upfitter, announced that it has signed a lease for a 72,000 square-foot build-to-suit facility in Subtroplis, the world’s largest underground business complex. The expansion is expected to create about 50 new jobs.
Founded in 1883 and headquartered in Carthage, Mo., Leggett & Platt operates 130 facilities in 17 countries. The new Subtropolis location will install interior racking shelving systems, wall liner packages, exterior ladder racks and decals, and offices for the Ford Transit van.
Ford Motor Co.’s $1.1 billion investment to retool its Claycomo assembly plant has helped attract several automotive suppliers to the combination of above- and below-ground real estate that Hunt Midwest, owner of SubTropolis, has nicknamed “Automotive Alley.” Leggett & Platt CVP is the seventh Ford upfitter to locate in Automotive Alley, bringing the location’s total footprint dedicated to automotive suppliers to more than 100 acres of developed land and 470,000 square-feet of leased space.
To assist Leggett & Platt with its expansion in Kansas City, the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria.