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Prattville to Welcome Medline Distribution Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 6, 2010

Prattville Mayor Jim Byard, Jr., and Baptist Health President and CEO, Russell Tyner, announces that Prattville will become home of Medline Industries, Inc.’s first Alabama distribution center. Phase one consists of the construction of a 350,000 square-foot distribution center at Prattville South Industrial Park, located along Autauga County Road 4. Construction is set to begin soon and should be completed within a year of groundbreaking. Once open, Medline is expected to employ 35 to 40 people.

“I am pleased that this nationally recognized medical supply provider has chosen Prattville,” said Mayor Byard. “Medline will not only employ our citizens, but also become an integral partner to local healthcare providers. The Medline family will be a great addition to our business community,” he continued.

“Medline is very excited to become a part of the Prattville community through the construction of our new distribution center. The new facility will allow us to provide outstanding customer service to Baptist Health and other healthcare facilities within Alabama, eastern Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle,” said Sidney Hobbs, Medline Vice President of National Accounts.

“On behalf of Baptist Health, we’re excited to have partnered with the City of Prattville to welcome Medline to the River Region,” said Russell Tyner. “Medline’s proximity will allow for additional supply chain efficiencies for Baptist Health and other healthcare providers.”

Medline, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, manufactures and distributes more than 100,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies. Headquartered in Mundelein, IL, Medline has more than 900 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.

Over the past five years, Medline has been the fastest growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in the U.S., serving as the primary distributor to over 450 major hospitals and health care systems. As a leading distributor, Medline offers a comprehensive array of consulting and management services encompassing the supply chain and logistics, utilization and standardization, business tools and enhanced reporting capabilities, and on-staff clinicians.

A formal groundbreaking ceremony will be scheduled on site in the coming weeks.

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