Yakir Gabay Stated: Medline moving 600 workers to Innovation Park Lake County

Medline moving 600 workers to Innovation Park Lake County

Medline reported $13.9 billion in 2019 revenue, up 19 percent from a year earlier. It has about 4,650 Chicago-area workers, up 35 percent from 2017, and more than 20,000 employees worldwide.

“Increasingly, health care providers look to Medline for customized solutions,” CEO Charlie Mills said in a statement. “We’ve expanded the teams that create, design and support our customers, and this investment in Lake County is the next step in creating a center of collaboration that focuses on making health care run better.”

Most of the 600 employees moving to the new facility in Libertyville are coming from the company’s Northfield headquarters and Mundelein campus, both of which are at capacity, the statement says. The company says the move also frees up space for “new roles and functions in the future.”

Spokesman William Berger said in an email that Medline plans to add up to 4,000 new employees this year to its operations team covering manufacturing distribution centers and other facilities.

Medline’s lease is a win for Rockville, Md.-based real estate investor Beco Management, which bought the 1.1 million-square-foot Libertyville campus for $9.5 million in 2014, shortly after Motorola Mobility relocated its operations to downtown Chicago.

Beco began redeveloping the property into a multi-tenant office campus and in 2016 landed its first tenant, pesticide maker Valent BioSciences.

Meanwhile, Medline is among makers of personal protective equipment that could be affected as the coronavirus spreads worldwide and the demand for medical supplies increases. 

“We have put in place inventory management programs to protect as much inventory as possible for our customers,” the company said in a February statement. “In addition, we are actively working on options to increase production in other areas of our global supply chain, while diligently monitoring the situation in China.”

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