Medline distribution center now fully operational

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Jim Eveland (center), director of operations for Medline in West Jefferson, cuts a ribbon to celebrate the new facility becoming fully operational. In attendance were state and local dignitaries and Medline associates.

(Posted July 3, 2023)

Medline’s new 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center in West Jefferson recently became fully operational. The healthcare products supplier marked the milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tours on June 20.

“Our West Jefferson distribution center embodies Medline’s operational commitment to take care of not only our customers but also the communities in which we operate,” said Steve Miller, Medline’s executive vice president of supply chain. “At this pivotal moment, where we are now fully operational, it is important to celebrate the more than 500 team members who work hard every day to ensure the success of our customers.”

Since first opening in 2020, the $90 million distribution center has brought more than 500 new jobs to the West Jefferson area and is projected to reach $1 billion in sales by the end of this year. The facility serves healthcare facilities in Ohio and the Great Lakes Region.

“I am thrilled that Medline, a leading provider of medical supplies across the United States, has chosen to expand their national operations in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District,” said Congressman Mike Carey. “Our region’s skilled workforce and centralized location provide an advantage to Medline as it supplies hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices with supplies to meet patient care needs.”

In the short time since the facility opened, it has achieved the 2022 Branch of the Year award. This internal Medline award recognizes select distribution centers in North America for performance in safety and customer service, including quality and on-time shipment preparation and delivery.

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West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin congratulates Medline on its milestone of becoming fully operational and for its positive impact on the community.

The West Jefferson facility also received the 2022 Madison County Chamber of Commerce Industrial Award for positively impacting the central Ohio community through job growth and investment and for showing a commitment to the community through involvement and collaboration with local entities and organizations.

“Medline has been very open and easy to work with, has been a good neighbor ever since opening their distribution center, and has provided well-paying and high-quality jobs for the surrounding community,” said West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin.

The West Jefferson facility is part of Medline’s ongoing healthcare resilience initiative in which the company has invested $2 billion since 2018 in domestic manufacturing, distribution, and IT to strengthen the country’s healthcare supply chain. As part of the initiative, Medline added eight constructed distribution centers, totaling 9.7 million square feet, and expanded manufacturing capabilities during the pandemic to help meet ongoing demands for personal protection equipment.

Medline operates more than 50 distribution centers and 20 manufacturing facilities across North America. The company distributes 300,000 unique medical products, 65,000 of which it manufactures itself.

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