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Medical supplies company announces Lincoln County facility

ELIZABETH HEFFNER

Staff Writer

The largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies in the United States has announced plans to open a new, state-of-the-art medical supply distribution center in the Lincoln County Industrial Park.

Medline Industries, Inc.  announced its decision to expand to North Carolina today.

Construction is expected to begin this spring on the new 400,000 square-foot facility, which will serve Medline’s customers, including hospitals, nursing homes, surgery centers, home care agencies and other health care providers throughout North Carolina and its surrounding states. The company expects the facility will open in early 2015.

The Lincoln County Economic Development Association (LEDA) has worked with Medline for more than four years as the scope and dynamics of the project changed and evolved into fruition, according to a press release.

The company anticipates employing approximately 40 people initially, with an additional 60 jobs by 2019.

“Announcing Medline’s decision to locate in Lincoln County is certainly a rewarding and successful project for LEDA and Lincoln County; it has been a pleasure to work with the Medline team over the past several years,” LEDA Business Development Manager Crystal Gettys said in the release. “This project was a collaborative effort between our local economic development office and Lincoln County as well as state and regional economic development offices. We are excited that Medline will be among our existing industries and look forward to a continued partnership.”

According to Medline officials, the $18 million distribution center will be constructed with the latest energy efficient technology and undergo Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification review. The LEED program provides third-party verification of green buildings in the area of design, construction and operation.

When the new facility opens, Medline will have more than 40 distribution centers throughout the United States, along with 19 manufacturing facilities and 1,200 sales representatives to supports its broad line of 350,000 medical and surgical products. Formed in 1910 from a small manufacturer of surgical gowns and uniforms, Medline now leads the market in more than a dozen major medical product categories, including exam gloves, plastic patient utensils, skin care, gauze, bathing systems and more.

“As our company continues to grow, we’re proud to work with and serve the Lincoln County community to help bring our products, clinical programs and supply chain services to even more healthcare providers throughout the greater Charlotte area,” Medline’s President of Global Operations Bill Abington said. “The location of our facility is ideal as it’s near major roads and highways that will enable us to deliver our products when and where our customers need them.”

“We are excited to have Medline join the growing and diverse family of companies that call Lincoln County home,” Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Chairman Alex Patton said. “We look forward to a long and successful relationship. I want to thank Medline for their commitment to Lincoln County, and I also want to thank LEDA for their work over a number of years to make this announcement a reality.”

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