By Sian Lazell
French animal health firm Virbac has established its North American distribution facility in Kansas City.
Virbac has made the move by consolidating its North American product warehousing and distribution in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor (KCAHC). The corridor plays host to a wealth of established animal health companies and start-ups looking for investment and business expertise.
Virbac's distribution center will be located at a facility in Hunt Midwest SubTropolis – the world's largest underground business complex, in Kansas City, Missouri – measuring approximately 150,000 square feet.
The firm said it selected Hunt Midwest SubTropolis due to its central location, transportation access and unique underground environment. It added that SubTropolis offers operational cost savings with its constant temperatures that meet climate-controlled requirements that are critical to Virbac's business.
Virbac expects to begin occupying its new facility in April and be fully operational before the end of 2017.
The Kansas City Area Development Council worked with various partners in attracting Virbac to the region, including: the Missouri Department of Economic Development; the County Economic Development Council; KCP&L; Block Real Estate Services; Hunt Midwest; and the KCAHC.
Kimberly Young, president of the KCAHC, said: "Virbac represents one of the most respected names in the global animal health industry and we are honored to grow its presence in the KC Animal Health Corridor."
The new facility will be Virbac's second site in Missouri – its manufacturing operations are located in Bridgeton. The plant was previously hit by a warning from the US FDA but this was subsequently lifted in December 2016 meaning the site recovered its good manufacturing practice status.
Paul Hays, chief executive and president of Virbac, said: "By bringing processes and people together at this Kansas City facility, we will be able to boost collaboration and efficiency within our manufacturing operations. By choosing this Midwest location, we're better aligning ourselves within the animal health industry, and we're excited to continue building a strong partnership with the KC Animal Health Corridor."
Michael Albo, vice president of communications and customer service at Virbac, added: "The SubTropolis location presents an exciting opportunity for Virbac Corporation; it will allow us to be more responsive than ever and therefore provide better service to our customers, while also being able to accommodate the expected growth in our product lines." Reprinted with permission of Animal Pharm News