Underground Vaults & Storage specializes in secure records and asset storage and management. UV&S serves national and international clients representing numerous industries including healthcare, legal, financial, insurance, cultural, oil/gas, entertainment, and government.
With over a half-century of established business practice, Underground Vaults & Storage has grown from our flagship salt mine facility in Kansas to multiple facilities in four states. With a mix of underground and above ground facilities, a wholly owned fleet of transportation vehicles, and well-proven procedures and technology, we stand ready to meet your needs. UV&S was officially incorporated on June 11, 1959. A group of Wichita, Kansas businessmen conceived the idea of underground records storage for security purposes at the height of the Cold War era. A search for the ideal site ended in neighboring Hutchinson, Kansas when a lease was struck with the Carey Salt Mine. The idea became a reality. UV&S is a Kansas corporation held closely by the original families that began the business. The first offices were located in Wichita and a small staff worked underground in records storage. All offices moved into the salt mine at Hutchinson in 1964. In 1984-85 a large dock/receiving building was built adjacent to the Hutchinson Salt building containing the shaft and elevator into the mine. All the sales and administrative staff moved out of the mine and into offices “topside”. In 1987 the administrative, sales, and support staff moved into our corporate office near the mine. To better serve our clients and prospective customers, UV&S opened records centers in the following locations:
- 1985 Topeka, Kansas
- 1986 Kansas City, Missouri
- 1987 Wichita, Kansas
- 2001 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- 2003 Louisville, Kentucky
The Kansas City and Louisville facilities are located underground in limestone mines with drift entrances. In addition to paper and digital media storage, the Kansas City location specializes in refrigerated storage for the movie industry. UV&S continues to be a service-oriented records storage company. We provide all services required when using offsite storage. We strive to accommodate every client’s need for specialized procedures in their records storage program with UV&S.