The expanded facility near Atlanta, intended to produce incontinence products and packaging, will add 150 jobs.
Opened just less than a year ago, Medline Industries, Inc.’s new 600,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art adult incontinence products manufacturing facility ( http://www.medline.com/special/atl-media-kit/ ) is expanding due to overwhelming customer demand. Since opening earlier this year, the facility, located in Lithia Springs, Ga., has expanded capacity by 50 percent and just added a fifth machine, bringing the total investment in this facility to well over $100 million.
In addition, Medline has already hired about 120 new employees and plans on adding more positions to support the additional production lines.
“We’ve had tremendous response from our customers to the new adult incontinence products we’re making here,” said Dan Love, president of Medline’s personal care products division. “As the population ages, there is more and more demand for innovative products like our new FitRight brief, which help people manage their incontinence with dignity.”
Medline, the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care supplies in the United States and the leading provider of disposable incontinence products to the long-term care and hospital markets, built the new facility to produce the company’s newest and most innovative adult incontinence brand of products called FitRight™.
Today, more than half of all homebound older persons and more than half of all nursing home residents have some form of incontinence. This problem will become even more profound as the graying of America continues. By 2030, one out of every five Americans will be 65 or older.
Commitment to the Environment
State-of-the-art equipment at the new manufacturing facility enables Medline to make products more energy efficient compared to more traditional machines. Technologically-advanced packaging equipment makes the packaging 20 percent smaller and therefore more “green,” enabling more product to fit in the cases and on the trucks for more efficient and environmentally-friendly shipping and delivery.
The new facility includes a 300,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center where millions of adult briefs are shipped every week from 90 docks to Medline’s 34 distribution centers located around the country.
As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 125,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices and home care dealers. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., Medline has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives to support its broad product line and cost management services.
Over the past five years, Medline has become the fastest-growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in the United States, serving as the primary distributor to more than 450 major hospitals and healthcare systems. As a leading distributor, Medline offers a comprehensive array of consulting and management services encompassing supply chain and logistics, utilization and standardization, business tools and enhanced reporting capabilities.