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Medline Opens State-of-The-Art Distribution Center in Middletown, NY

500,000 square-foot-facility built with latest energy efficiency technology

Thursday, January 07, 2010
Medline Industries, Inc., the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, announced today the opening of a new state-of-the-art 500,000 square-foot distribution facility in Middletown, NY. Located 84 miles from New York City, the new facility is expected to employ 60 people on two shifts and serve hospitals, nursing homes, surgery centers and home care agencies in Upstate New York, New York City, Long Island and western Connecticut.
 
The environmentally friendly building is currently undergoing The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification review for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED uses a rating system that measures a building's performance in energy efficiency, CO2 emission reduction and improved indoor environmental quality both during construction as well as the daily operation of the building.

Some of the main cost efficient technologies employed at the facility include:

  • Motion sensors are combined with advanced high-output, energy-saving lighting to keep lights off in aisles when not in use.
  • Daylight sensors are used in the light fixtures to take advantage of the natural daylight introduced to the building through 280 skylights.  As long as the skylights bring in sufficient light, the light fixtures stay off.
  • High-output T5 light fixtures (more energy efficient) and on/off sensors – there are no actual on/off switches in the warehouse – they are controlled with the motion and daylight sensors.
  • Super-sized fans to reduce dependence on electricity for air conditioning and heating.
  • Tankless hot water heaters – reduces energy when heating up water. 
  • Recycling programs, including all corrugated boxes, office paper and fluorescent bulbs.

 "Our customers in the northeast will benefit greatly from our new state-of-the art distribution center and the significant depth of inventory that we carry," said Bill Abington, Medline's President of Operations. "The building design and construction not only demonstrate Medline's commitment to our environment, but incorporates world-wide best practices in layout, technology, and distribution methods – as well as an outstanding team of professionals - to deliver our products to our customers where and when they need them."
  
The new facility is more than twice the size of the previous distribution center in Middletown and is designed and built to the latest building standards and distribution logistics.  It features a flow-through layout (incoming deliveries are delivered at one end of the building and outgoing shipments on the other end) with 39 receiving dock doors and 31 shipping dock doors and narrow-aisle configuration, maximizing the efficiency of the facility.

The opening gives Medline a total of 34 distribution centers in the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

About Medline

As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care and surgical products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 350,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care providers and agencies, and retailers. Recently named one of the nation’s "Best and Brightest Companies to Work for,” Medline is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.

Over the past five years, Medline has been the fastest-growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in the U.S., serving as the primary distributor to over 450 major hospitals and healthcare systems. As a leading distributor, Medline offers a comprehensive array of consulting and management services encompassing the supply chain and logistics, utilization and standardization, business tools and enhanced reporting capabilities and on-staff clinicians.

Medline has a growing network of 50 manufacturing and distribution centers worldwide, as well as an expanding, dedicated transportation fleet with over 200 vehicles in a variety of sizes to fit customers' specific delivery needs. The fleet is equipped with the latest navigation devices for enhanced order tracking and communication.


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