News Article | 1/19/2006

Medline facility to be in San Bernardino

Medline Industries Inc., which sells a line of professional-care treatments for wounds, is the latest company to join the AllianceCalifornia development in San Bernardino.

Medline will occupy a 404,560-square-foot distribution center on a 20-acre site at the former Norton Air Force Base, master developer Hillwood said in a statement. Work has already started and should be completed by September.

The company will move from a smaller warehouse in Fontana, where about 65 people work, said Bill Abington, president of operations. The employees will be given a chance to move to San Bernardino, Abington said.

The company could add employees but it would depend on the demand for its products.

“But we know there is significant growth in that area,” Abington said by phone.

The facility will be one of 27 distribution centers Medline operates nationwide, Abington said. Medline, based in Mundelein, Ill., announced last year it will bring its entire California sales staff under one roof in Ontario.

The distribution center is at 1199 E. Mill St. in the Gateway section of AllianceCalifornia.

Medline ranks No. 163 on Forbes list of the top privately held companies.

Several companies that have committed to AllianceCalifornia in San Bernardino since Dallas-based Hillwood became developer in 2000 are on the Fortune 500 list, including Colton-based Stater Bros. Markets, which ranks No. 493.