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Medline consolidating operations in Lincolnton with Mebane distribution center

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Medline Industries has announced that it will consolidate operations at its facility in Lincolnton with its distribution center in Mebane.

Medline, a medical supply distributor, also filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (i.e., a WARN notice) with the state Department of Commerce on April 30, stating that 220 employees would be affected by the closure of the distribution facility in Lincolnton.  Federal law requires companies with at least 100 full-time employees to provide 60 days’ notice of any planned closure that will result in mass layoffs.

According to the company’s statement, all employees at the distribution center in Lincolnton will be eligible to apply for open positions at the Mebane location.  Lincolnton is located about 137 miles southwest of Mebane and about 37 miles northwest of Charlotte.

The Lincolnton facility was the company’s first distribution center in North Carolina, opening in 2015, according to multiple news reports.

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In 2021, Medline opened its second facility in the state, a 1.2-million square-foot distribution center on 175 acres at 5511 West Ten Road in Mebane, on the Orange County side of the city.  Medline executives were joined by city of Mebane and Orange County officials in late October 2023 for a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony that had been delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Medline currently has approximately 260 employees at its facility in Mebane and has reached hiring benchmarks outlined under a multi-jurisdictional incentives package that Medline was offered around late 2019 in order to lure the company to build in Mebane, company representatives told The Alamance News last fall.

Medline was offered an estimated $4.3 million in state and local incentives in exchange for investing $65 million to build its distribution center in Mebane, according to the state Department of Commerce.

The city of Mebane agreed to provide $803,000 in cash and other incentives; Orange County agreed to provide $1.8 million in performance-based cash incentives, contingent upon the company meeting job creation targets; and the state agreed to provide $1.7 million in grant funding, training support, and road improvements.

For its part, Medline promised to create up to 600 jobs at its distribution center in Mebane over 10 years, as part of the incentives agreement that Orange County commissioners approved in the fall of 2019.  The state commerce department had estimated that annual pay for all new positions at the Mebane location would average $34,468.

Earlier this year, Medline was ranked at number 225, among U.S. companies with 500 or more employees, on Forbes “America’s Best Large Employers” list, according to the company.

Medline filed the WARN notice with the state commerce department on April 30, though it stated that the closure of the facility in Lincolnton took effect on March 25.

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