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Underground Vaults & Storage

Underground Vaults & Storage isn't your normal warehouse. It's 650 underground, buried beneath the layers of shale and salt that make up the foundation of Hutchinson. The storage area occupies used-up sections of the Hutchinson Salt Co. mine. The storage operation started in 1959, and is valued for its high degree of security — just getting down there requires a ride in a secure elevator — and consistent atmospheric conditions.

Lee Spence, president and chied executive officer of Underground Vaults & Storage, looks over some of the more entertaining contents of his sprawling warehousing operation 650 feet below Hutchinson. The place keeps business records for corporations including Yahoo, Cargill and Koch Industries, but the operation's entertainment holdings — for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Home Box Office and Johnny Carson Productions — tend to grab top billing.

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