Monday, September 27, 2010

National Public Radio visits the Stamp Caves

Susan Wilson, host and producer of the weekly public affairs program, "KC Currents," recently visited the Postal Service's Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) Center in Kansas City, MO.
The SFS Center is located 150 feet below the surface, inside a massive underground business park called the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis. Because the limestone caverns maintain a year-round temperature of about 70 degrees, Fahrenheit, and low humidity, it's a great place to house the Postal Service's Stamp Fulfillment operations.
SFS Manager Khalid Hussain and members of his staff provided Wilson a tour of the facility, which includes more than 326,000 square-feet of workroom floor and storage space -- and millions of dollars worth of commemorative and definitive postage stamps. Wilson learned about the work of the SFS's 178 career USPS employees, who fill stamp orders from collectors located around the country and around the globe.
To listen to the program, go to or click here.
Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) Manager Khalid Hussain
explains the inner -- and underground --
workings of the SFS to KCUR-FM's Susan Wilson.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've visited the cave once. It was extremely interesting and worth the time. However, it was a little unnerving. The walls are solid rock and even though the ceiling is pretty high you could still get a little claustrophobic. One of the more interesting facts: customers can send in an envelop with original artwork (a one of kind piece) and get a first day of issue stamp applied. That makes a very personal and collectible piece.