Clay County Adds Company to Global Animal Health Corridor
Clay County witnessed a major step in solidifying its position in the “Animal Health Corridor” with a recent move by one of the top 10 animal health companies in the world.
French pharmaceutical company Virbac S.A. has announced that it will open a 150,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility in Hunt Midwest's SubTropolis.
Centered on Kansas City and stretching from Columbia to Manhattan, the Midwest Animal Health Corridor is estimated to employ more than 20,000 people and represent over $7 billion in annual revenue. With U.S. headquarters in Fort Worth, Tex., Virbac boasted revenue of more than $934 million in 2016.
The new Clay County location will coordinate with Virbac's manufacturing and R&D center near St. Louis. In an April 19 article in the Kansas City Business Journal, Virbac officials said they selected the Clay County site because of the region’s central location, concentration of other animal health companies and positive environment for the industry. The corridor is estimated to represent up to half of the world’s leading animal health business.
Virbac’s move will initially create 19 new jobs with an average wage of $37,058. Capital investment will top $2.5 million. Subscribers to the Kansas City Business Journal can read more here: https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2017/04/19/virbac-kcadc-kc-epicenter-animal-health.html. An in-depth release by Hunt Midwest is also available here http://huntmidwest.com/blog/2017/04/18/virbac-selects-subtropolis-for-north-american-distribution-center/.