CANTON, OH (March 4, 2010) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation and DeHoff Family Foundation have secured the first company for Mills Business Park. Medline Industries, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of medical products to hospitals, nursing homes and surgery centers, has purchased 19 acres in the park, and plans to construct a 300,000 sq. ft. facility. The new Medline facility will create 30-35 new jobs with competitive salary and benefit packages within the first three years of operation. In addition, construction of the facility will lead to many more project-based construction jobs. The company and its employees expect to spend an estimated $500,000 annually with area establishments and qualified service providers. Project investment is estimated at between $12 and $14 million including land, building construction and new machinery and equipment. Construction on the project is slated to begin in the spring of 2010. There was an aggressive incentive package offered by the City of Canton, led by Mayor William J. Healy II, and development director Robert Torres, Canton Township Trustees, Canton Local School Board, Stark County Commissioners, the State of Ohio and Stark Development Board. The Employment Source has also offered to help the company with recruiting potential employees. This was a successful team approach that demonstrates Canton offers a competitive business climate. “Securing Medline Industries at the Mills Business Park is a clear result of public/private collaboration. This investment by Medline will have a far reaching impact on the greater Canton community because nothing raises the standard of living like a good paying job,” said Robert J. DeHoff, DeHoff Development Company. “This is a great story for this community and a great addition to our business landscape,” said Dennis P. Saunier, president and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. “By investing in Mills Business Park, Medline is leading the charge for even greater growth for Canton/Stark County.” Medline is America's largest privately-held national manufacturer and distributor of health care supplies and services. Medline manufactures and distributes more than 100,000 medical products, encompassing medical-surgical items and one of the largest textile lines in the industry, and has sales of more than $3 billion annually. With seven manufacturing facilities in North America and over 25 joint venture manufacturing plants worldwide, Medline manufactures many of the 100,000 products it sells and delivers direct to the marketplace. Through its 700 person sales force and 29 distribution centers, Medline sells in every state and in more than 20 countries. Medline’s primary mission is to provide quality products and cost containment solutions to health care providers while enhancing the quality of patient care. About Mills Business Park Mills Business Park is a 141-acre Class A Business Park located in the City of Canton, only one mile from Interstate 77. Mills Business Park is owned by two 501(c)3 foundations: the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the DeHoff Family Foundation. The park is suited for high-tech research and design firms, distribution companies and businesses that specialize in light fabrication. Those interested in developing industry at the site should contact Steven J. Katz, vice president of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce at (330) 458-2062 or Robert J. DeHoff, president and CEO of DeHoff Realtors at (330) 499-8153.