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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 chief executive officer of Underground Vaults & Storage, checks out geological information stored on digital tapes on behalf of an oil company. Companies often choose underground storage for such records because of the site's security, consistent temperate and humidity, and relatively low cost.

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