Knapheide Manufacturing Company purchased 23 acres in the Hunt Midwest Business Center, tripling its footprint in the surface business park and supplementing its existing after-market operations in SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex.
This newest expansion in the Hunt Midwest Business Center will allow for staging of up to 2,600 Ford F-150 trucks and transit commercial vans for custom vehicle modifications at Knapheide’s 100,000-square-foot underground facility. Groundbreaking is set for spring 2016 with completion expected in summer 2016.
Knapheide also has future plans to build a 100,000-square-foot building on the site. The underground and surface operations are directly connected via Derrough Drive.
Combined with Ford’s existing NAVLOS facility (North American Vehicle Logistics Outbound Shipping), Knapheide’s expansion will enable Automotive Alley to stage more than 9,600 vehicles.
Knapheide is one of 10 auto industry upfitters and suppliers that have chosen to locate in Automotive Alley.
With this expansion, the Hunt Midwest footprint dedicated to the automotive industry will grow to more than 122 acres of developed land and close to 500,000 square feet of leased space.
Knapheide installs interior racking shelving systems and wall liner packages, exterior ladder racks and decals, as well as mobile offices for Ford’s Transit commercial van.