Medline IndustriesMedline announced that it will officially open a new 1.4 million-square-foot Illinois distribution center next week.

The Grayslake, Illinois, distribution center is estimated to be the largest medical-grade distribution center in the U.S., according to a Medline spokesperson, and will service facilities throughout the Midwest.

Medline’s facility is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified, reflecting best construction practices designed to reduce energy and water use, lower operating costs and improve air quality. The ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring company executives and local dignitaries will be held on July 20.

The facility represents a $125 million investment in Grayslake, a village in the Chicago metropolitan area, that will create 350 new jobs and a total of 700 jobs once the facility is operating at full capacity. The payroll for the facility is estimated to be $35 million and will require $2.5 million in maintenance and support from local businesses, while it will contribute approximately $6 million to Illinois and local taxing bodies.

Last year, Medline announced that it completed a three-year, $1.5 billion capital spending campaign. At the time, the company said that, over the next four years, it plans to add more than 10 million square feet in warehouse space. It also plans to complete construction on seven U.S. distribution centers, designed to meet LEED standards, including Grayslake, along with these locations:

  • Hammond, La.
  • Mebane, N.C.
  • Montgomery, N.Y.
  • Richmond Hill, Ga.
  • Southaven, Miss.
  • St. Peters, Mo.

Medline has operated in Lake County, Illinois, for 50 years and currently manages six facilities that house office, manufacturing, and distribution facilities employing 3,000 team members.

Globally, the company operates more than 30 manufacturing sites and more than 75 distribution centers. Medline employs more than 30,000 team members in more than 125 countries. With $20.2 billion in global sales in 2021 Northfield, Illinois-based Medline is one of the largest manufacturers, distributors, and solutions partner to healthcare organizations, including 70% of the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll hospitals.