Dejana manufactures van partitions, racking systems and hauling systems for after-market installation on commercial vans and trucks. We look forward to continuing the great partnership we have with Ford, and a presence in the Alley Supply Company City market will strengthen our position with the fleet and ship-through business.

When it comes to the Kansas City industrial market, some developers have a build-it-and-they-willcome mentality. To deal with demand and keep Kansas City on the radar, developers are ramping up construction on speculative projects.

According to Costar, there was 5. This is on top of 2. Jensen notes that Kansas City is a fastpaced market, and when tenants want to set up shop, they want to do so quickly. Time will tell. You can get to about 90 percent of the population of the continental United States within two days by truck. Logistics Park Kansas City is the largest intermodal facility in the United States in terms of tonnage that passes through via rail, and it is the third largest trucking facility in the country.

Shipping hubs in demand Proximity to the major hubs of shipping companies is also an important factor for many industrial tenants in the area, says Bell.

For this reason, the Northwest Natural Gas Company corner and the northeast corner of Kansas City are seeing the brunt of construction and lease activity.

These e-commerce companies can take an order from somebody at 7 or 8 p. According to CoStar, of the 5. The North of the River submarket welcomed overWatkins Trucking Company Inc Birmingham Al feet of the of 2.

Similar to how Internet giants want to be near shipping companies, automotive suppliers and Alley Supply Company want to be near Ford Motor Co. Roughly five years ago, Ford made the decision to transition its Econoline van model to the Transit van model, and locate that manufacturing operation in Kansas City. The new Transit vans can be upfitted to serve as contractor vehicles, shuttle buses or even ambulances, Mothers Brewing Company every one is manufactured in Kansas City.

Companies relocating facilities in Kansas City to become part of the automotive fabric include many manufacturers, suppliers and upfitters. Hunt Midwest developed the park, which contains 6 million square feet of leased space and the ability to expand by another 8 million square feet.

In addition to Ford, tenants catering to automotive industry that lease space in SubTropolis include Knapheide Manufacturing Co. A data center opened in is bringing the industrial market full circle by attracting e-commerce users. Bell notes that for e-commerce companies to survive they need both the logistics of being near shipping companies like FedEx and UPS and also bandwidth and connectivity, both amenities SubTropolis can provide.

LightEdge Solutions, a cloud service provider, colocation and consulting company, was the first tenant at the ,square-foot SubTropolis Technology Center and employees people in the underground, hightech labyrinth.

Professionals immersed in the Kansas City industrial market agree about one thing — the market is booming. But for how long?

Jensen believes that all of this activity may be a new baseline, though the industry should prepare for the regular ups and downs within this framework. Larger users are finding Kansas City attractive and want to be here for various reasons, but without a doubt the feeding frenzy will slow at some point, and people will call an end to that cycle.

But having said that, I think the industrial market — the user market — is healthy. Ford is keeping the line moving in Kansas City. When people think about Kansas City, chances are they think about barbecue, jazz, the Kansas City Chiefs and of course, our World Series-winning Royals.

Ryan Tompkins is manager of sales and leasing for Hunt Midwest. Reach Ryan at rtompkins huntmidwest. The Hunt Midwest Business Center now can accommodate as much as 2 million square feet of new Class A warehouse and distribution space, the firm said in a release.

The availability of multiple fiber carriers and diverse sources of power also make this a great location for data centers. One of the buildings, includingsquare feet, will be built on a speculative basis, meaning before tenants are lined up. Go to KCBJ. Data Center STCkc. Self-Storage StorTropolis.