Medline, the medical supply company that has been in Covington for years, officially broke ground on their new facility in Hammond yesterday.
Hammond and Tangipahoa Parish worked with the company to rezone two parcels adjacent to the Hammond Airport where the company says it will build the massive project.
The move happened after Medline sought to build a similar facility south of Covington that met stiff homeowner resistance and got bogged down in regulatory red tape. At full capacity, the new distribution center will employ 450 people. A Medline spokesman said it will take another four to six months after construction for the Hammond center to be fully operational and for inventory now stored at the St. Tammany location and another in Hammond to be moved. The company has sold its original St. Tammany location and is currently leasing it from the new owner.