A New Medline Distribution Center Is Coming to St. Tammany Parish

Medline Industries Inc. will build an 800,000-square-foot distribution center in St. Tammany Parish close to Covington announced Governer John Bel Edwards. The new $53 million project will replace the existing Medline distribution center located between Covington and Goodbee. The new location will be built on the north side of Interstate 12 at La. 21.

Medline is a family owned business and one of the largest healthcare companies in the country. They work directly with hospitals, surgical centers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospices and physician offices to provide healthcare programs and products. The company distributes everything from exam and surgical gloves, face masks, isolation gowns, reusable textiles, incontinence products, electrosurgical products, housekeeping supplies to durable medical equipment, monitors and other medical equipment.

The fourth-generation owned company is the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor in the country for medical supplies. In fact, Medline made the Forbes largest private companies ranking at number 32. Medline manufactures, distributes and provides solutions for the overall operating performance of health care. The company headquarters is located in Northfield, Illinois and has over 24,000 employees across the world. Medline has business ties to over 90 countries and operates 60 distribution centers worldwide.

Currently the smaller Medline distribution center has 36 jobs which will be retained. The new building will also add 464 new direct jobs along with 611 new indirect jobs totaling more than 1,070 new jobs for the parish and Southeast Louisiana. The company also plans to create an additional 170 new jobs within the the first two years of opening its doors.

Medline chose the location because it is well positioned in both the country and the state. CEO Chris Masingill of St. Tammany Corporation, the economic development organization for St. Tammany Parish, is happy such a well-respected, global company chose St. Tammany Parish.

“With excellent infrastructure on Interstate 12, and ready access to Interstates 10, 55 and 59, St. Tammany Parish is extraordinarily well-positioned to provide state-of-the-art logistics along the Gulf Coast and into the interior U.S.,” Gov. Edwards said. “We’re delighted that the largest privately held provider of medical supplies recognizes the value proposition that Louisiana delivers in logistics, workforce and business climate. This project will be a game-changer for St. Tammany Parish, with new opportunities for our people and economic diversification for our state.”

The new project will house storage, warehousing, shipping and associated management office space in the 800,000 square feet facility. There will be another 200,000 square feet for future expansion to the 70-acre site. It is predicted that when fully developed close to 700 jobs will be available to the community.

“As a member of the Louisiana community for more than a decade, we are very pleased to continue to grow as an employer and investor in the state,” said Bill Abington, executive vice president of global operations for Medline. “With health care growing so rapidly in the region, the location is ideal for easy access to health care providers while also letting us maintain and grow our current team. We are grateful to the state, Louisiana Economic Development and officials in St. Tammany Parish who have recognized the potential of the project and worked to bring it to fruition.”

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