News Article | 1/20/2006

Medical Supply Firm Plans 405,000-SF Warehouse at Hillwood Project

SAN BERNARDINO, CA-Medical supply firm Medline Industries has contracted with Texas-based Hillwood for a 404,560-sf distribution center on 20 acres at Hillwood’s AllianceCalifornia development. Construction already is under way on the building, which will be located at 1199 E. Mill St. in the Gateway section of AllianceCalifornia and is scheduled to be completed in September.

The new Medline facility will aid the company in its expansion plans, according to Bill Abington, president of Medline Operations. He says that it will help to enable the company to deliver medical supplies with same or next day service, a capability that he says “can be critical” in the medical supply business.

Mundelein, IL-based already operates 29 distribution and service centers and is one of the country’s largest privately held providers of medical supplies, with service to more than 95% of the US population. The company manufactures and distributes more than 100,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies and other markets.

Medline is the fourth company from either the Fortune 500 or the Forbes List of Top Private Firms to open a new facility at AllianceCalifornia since December 2000, when Dallas-based Hillwood became the project’s master developer. The others at the project include a 600,000-sf Kohl’s distribution building, a 1.2-million-sf Mattel facility and a Stater Bros. distribution facility totaling 1.8 million sf.

AllianceCalifornia is Hillwood’s 2,000-acre business park on land that formerly was the Norton Air Force Base. Plans for AllianceCalifornia call for the development of approximately 14 million sf of industrial space and logistics buildings.