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Medline Hammond

Distribution Center

Project 

About medline

Medline is a fourth generation family-owned and family-run healthcare company. We’ve been part of the Northshore community for more than a decade with locations in Hammond and Covington. As healthcare has grown and evolved in Louisiana, so too has Medline. To meet the needs of healthcare, Medline proposes to construct a new, state-of-the-art, energy efficient distribution center that will add hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars of economic development in Tangipahoa Parish and nearby communities. This page is meant to provide information and give you answers to frequently asked questions.

What we do

Medline is a healthcare company: a manufacturer, distributor, and solutions provider focused on improving the overall operating performance of healthcare.

 

From our home in Louisiana's Northshore, we serve hospitals and nursing homes across the state and the southern United States. 

Why hammond

Medline is a healthcare company: a manufacturer, distributor, and solutions provider focused on improving the overall operating performance of healthcare.

From our home in Louisiana's Northshore, we serve hospitals and nursing homes across the state and the southern United States. 

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

650,000 square foot distribution center

Medline currently operates a 200,000 square foot distribution center in Covington and a 150,000 square foot distribution center in Hammond. We are seeking to consolidate our operations into a new, state-of-the-art, medical grade distribution center in Hammond just northeast of the airport. 

LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The proposed $45 million investment in Hammond will add 150 jobs in the first three years and 450 jobs when operating at full capacity. The project is expected to create 350 construction jobs

​​Medline supports small businesses and we plan to spend approximately $1.5 million  annually with local vendors on facility upkeep.

Why THIS

SITE?

When searching for a site, Medline needed at least 40 acres to develop a distribution center in an industrial area with access to interstate and state roads. This site next to the Hammond Airport is part of the city's Master Plan calling for a more "diversified and stable" local economy. 

 

About medline

Medline is a fourth generation family-owned and family-run healthcare company. We’ve been part of the Northshore community for more than a decade with locations in Hammond and Covington. As healthcare has grown and evolved in Louisiana, so too has Medline. To meet the needs of healthcare, Medline proposes to construct a new, state-of-the-art, energy efficient distribution center that will add hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in economic development in Tangipahoa Parish and nearby communities. 

What we do

Medline is a healthcare company: a manufacturer, distributor, and solutions provider focused on improving the overall operating performance of healthcare.

 

From our home in Louisiana's Northshore, we serve hospitals and nursing homes across the state and the southern United States. 

Why hammond

Medline is rooted in Louisiana's Northshore and we want to continue to grow while being in close proximity to our customers in healthcare. Moreover, we are dedicated to our hardworking team members, most of whom live in Tangipahoa Parish, which would allow them to grow with the company.

 

FAQ

Why did Medline choose this site?

  • Medline has been operating in Tangipahoa Parish and St. Tammany Parish for years already and it is our preference to build a new home here because we are committed to our current team members and customers.

  • After an exhaustive search looking at a variety of options in Tangipahoa Parish and beyond, we feel this proposed site is preferable for a variety of reasons:

    • Lot size – this parcel can accommodate a 650,000 square foot medical grade distribution center.
    • Regulatory – We perform extensive due diligence to ensure we will pass all the civil and environmental standards. We’re located next to the airport and the parish’s masterplan calls for this exact parcel to be developed as light industrial. Whether Medline develops this site or not, the current landowner will be seeking a zoning change to this property to meet the long term vision of the parish.

    • Constructability – this is one of the few parcels NOT located in a wetland and we can build with the proper setbacks from Industrial and Vineyard Roads.

    • Access – other distribution centers are located in Hammond because of the terrific access to I-12 and I-55 to reach our customers

Will this project create drainage problems?

  • We understand how important it is for Hammond residents to protect their property from floods.

  • That is why we are proposing to improve this property above the 100 year flood protection standard to a 500-year flood protection standard.

  • Our flood mitigation plan will actually benefit area homeowners by taking water away from their properties

  • Medline plans to install piping to remove storm water away from adjacent homes into Medline's retention pond

How is Medline going to address truck traffic
impacting residential roads?

  • We have distribution centers across the United States and it is very common for us to require truck traffic to avoid residential or high-traffic areas.

  • We will NOT have trucks lined up on parish or city streets. Delivery vehicles will enter and exit Medline from Industrial Park Road. We intend to use Industrial Park Road as the main thoroughfare. We will have a far enough setback from the street as to accommodate all vehicle traffic within our proposed facility and will not have any vehicles staged on public roads. 

  • What’s more is that any kind of alternative business or housing development for this site would surely be adding much more traffic to the area than our proposed facility.

  • Keep in mind that as a distribution facility, we operate at non-peak times so impacts to residential traffic will be minimal.

How is Medline going to keep noise from distributing the nearby communities?

  • Operations from inside our facilities don’t generate noise outside. We use all electric robotics and forklifts that are quiet. And again, we have wonderful relations with neighbors across the country.

  • With 100' setbacks around nearly all of our proposed facility, there is ample buffer between Medline's proposed distribution center and the community. 

  • We plan to add 8' berms around our facility to further dampen whatever noise that could come from our distribution center.

  • There is already existing background noise from the airport and industrial facilities already operating. We are not going to be significant contributors to the current level of background noise that exists.

What kind of jobs will Medline be creating?

  • Let’s be clear, the jobs at Medline’s distribution center offer competitive pay that can support a middle-class family.

  • We plan on having a diversity of positions that call for a variety of skills and experience levels with starting salaries ranging from $15-$30/hr, with full benefits, and $60,000 for salaried employees.

  • It’s also our priority to hire from the community. We have great partners here like Tangipahoa Parish Workforce Development, the Hammond Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Louisiana University to help develop a pipeline to employment from this community.

Will Medline be doing any kind of manufacturing at this site? 

  • No, this site will only be used as a distribution center. 

How will Medline's distribution center impact nearby property values?
  • There is already an airport, multiple distribution centers and multiple industrial facilities immediately to the north and the west of our proposed site. Our facility fits right with the existing area and will not impact home values nearby.

  • We’re also going to have the proper setbacks, berming, architectural and landscape design to make our facility a welcome addition to this part of Hammond.

  • Furthermore, this parcel is currently vacant and not producing any meaningful taxes for the residents of Hammond. Our proposed building will add substantial tax revenues to the local community for things like schools, public safety and infrastructure. 

 
 

Site Plan

Incorporating Community Input into the Site Plan

Since the introduction of our proposed project, Medline has engaged homeowners, elected officials and other community stakeholders to understand their concerns and suggestions of how to improve our project.

We've listened carefully and taken those suggestions to include in our updated site plan. Highlights of our new plan based upon community feedback include: 

  • Increase fence height from 8' to 14'

  • Use vinyl screening on our fencing to fully shield the view into our distribution center

  • Increase the perimeter berm from 5' to 8' 

  • Upgrade landscaping around the facility including trees, bushes, etc. 

  • Increase the retention pond to protect against a 500 year storm versus a 200 year storm

  • Maintain the trees and foliage on the southern end of the development for drainage overflow

  • Install overflow piping to carry stormwater to Medline's property from residential neighbors located to the east and south of the development

  • Keep intact the maximum number of existing trees along the parcel permiter

  • Install a 10' pedestrian path on the west side of Industrial Road running the length of Medline's facility

  • Direct a minimum  $500,000 of state grant money towards a roundabout on 190 and Industrial Road

 

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