HME News: Medline to open $18M distribution center

Medline Industries will open a new, state-of-the-art distribution center in Lincoln County, N.C., in early 2015, the manufacturer/distributor of medical and surgical supplies announced March 3.

Medline expects to begin construction on the $18 million, 400,000-square-foot center this spring. The center will be located in Lincoln County Industrial Park and will create about 40 new jobs.

When the center opens, Medline will have more than 40 distribution centers throughout the United States, along with 19 manufacturing facilities. It has a team of 1,200 sales reps to support its line of 350,000 medical and surgical products.

The center will be constructed using the latest energy efficient technology and undergo LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification review. Features will include motion sensors to keep lights off in aisles when not in use, 200 skylights, and super-sized fans to reduce dependency on air conditioning and heating.

Medline will use the center to service hospitals, nursing homes, surgery centers, home care agencies and other healthcare providers throughout North Carolina and surrounding states. The company serves as the primary distributor to more than 450 major hospitals and healthcare systems in the U.S.

In 2013, Medline’s sales increased 13% to $5.8 billion.

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