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$250M contract with URMC prompts firm's move

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Rochester Business Journal
July 21, 2014

Medline Industries Inc.’s plans to put a distribution center in Brockport stem from a contract it inked with the University of Rochester Medical Center, Medline officials said Monday.

As reported last month by the Rochester Business Journal, Illinois-based Medline plans to relocate a 260,000-square-foot distribution center from Pennsylvania to Brockport. A five-year, $250 million contract to become URMC’s prime vendor spurred the relocation.

Medline is a $5.8 billion company. It is a direct supplier to hospitals, nursing homes, medical practice groups and retailers of surgical masks and gowns, scrubs, laboratory equipment, wound dressings, wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment and other medical supplies.
“As our company continues to grow, we’re proud to work with and serve the University of Rochester Medical Center and the entire (region),” said Bill Abington, Medline president of global operations.  
URMC expects its deal with Medline to bring significant savings, said Steven Goldstein, URMC vice president and CEO of UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals.

“We’re excited that Medline made this commitment to the Rochester metropolitan area that will not only provide our facilities vital medical supplies, but create good jobs for the area,” Goldstein said.

Medline plans to initially employ 40 at the Brockport facility, Medline spokesman John Marks said in June. Forty workers employed by the firm’s Pennsylvania facility would be offered the opportunity to relocate to Brockport or a to a Medline distribution center in Maryland.  

The Brockport distribution center is slated to start operations in September and the Pennsylvania facility’s operations would be wound down by October, Marks said in June.
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