Friday, July 23, 2010

The Kansas City "Stamp Cave"

As part of their weekly Cool Jobs in Government series, recently interviewed Khalid Hussain, manager, Stamp Fulfillment Center in Kansas City, MO.

"There is approximately 5 million square feet of underground space here in this facility, and . . . close to 1,500 employees work in this complex. . . . We are three-quarters of a mile inside, as you come into the entrance, and we are 150 feet underground." Khalid says. 

Khalid indicated that the center is under the ground in caves that are about 270 million years old.

As far as working in the cave, Khalid says it has its advantages and disadvantages. When it is 105 degrees outside, it's wonderful in the cave. Usually around 72 degrees. Same in the winter time.

As far as working with collectors from all over the world, "I love what I'm doing and stamps . . . really reflect the greatness of our nation in a miniature art form. Stamp collection is one of the coolest hobbies in the world. People who collect stamps are very unique and distinct, and very patriotic people. So, dealing with them and how they appreciate the aesthetic of the stamp . . . that's amazing."

According to the report, there are about $400 - 600 million worth of stamps stored in the facility at any given time.

Shown above, USPS Stamp Fullfillment Center manager Khalid Hussain at his limestone surrounded desk in the world's largest underground industrial office park.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM