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State, County and Mebane celebrate successful recruitment of Medline to Orange County


Orange County, the State of North Carolina and the City of Mebane announced Thursday, Sept. 12, the successful recruitment of Medline. The Board officially approved Orange County’s local performance-based incentive offer to Medline in a special Public Hearing on Sept. 10.

“We’re fortunate that Medline chose Orange County and North Carolina for their next business expansion,” said North Carolina Department of Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland in a ceremony at the Whitted Building. “These things don’t happen by accident. County commissioners, mayors and legislators have to spend a lot of capital to invest in education and infrastructure."

Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., Medline is a privately held healthcare business that manufactures and distributes more than 550,000 medical supplies to healthcare providers across the continuum of care, such as hospitals, surgical centers, physicians, critical care clinics, extended care facilities, pharmacies and EMS first responder agencies. Following a competitive site search across central North Carolina and surrounding states, Medline selected a property located within Orange County’s designated Buckhorn Economic Development District along West Ten Road, with plans to establish a regional distribution center.

Over the next five years, the company will invest an estimated $65.3 million to build a state-of-the-art 1.2 million square foot distribution center that will be automated with an intelligent robotic inventory control system and have an extensive array of solar panels installed on the roof. The building will be built to energy efficient LEED standards that meet the guidance of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The facility will initially create 250 new full-time jobs that will provide health, educational and retirement benefits. At full capacity by year 10 and thereafter, Medline anticipates the new Orange County operation will boast as many as 600 jobs.

“We are excited to see Medline Industries select our location, choose to invest here and bring these important new jobs to Orange County,” said Penny Rich, Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. “On behalf of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, I want to thank the company for its commitment to partner with us, and for their confidence in our community as an ideal location in which to live and work. They will add to our excellent quality of life.”
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