SALISBURY – Medline Industries, LP. will permanently close a manufacturing facility in Rowan County and will soon lay off its workers at that location, according to a required legal notice filed with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

In total, 97 employees are expected to be affected by the closure of the manufacturing plant along Main Street in Salisbury, N.C., according to the notice, which WRAL TechWire obtained from the Department of Commerce upon request.

The layoffs will begin on September 2 or within two weeks of that date, according to a notice sent by the company to the Department of Commerce under the requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

According to the letter, signed by the company’s senior director of human resources, the layoff period will conclude on November 18, or within two weeks of that day.

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Rationale for the closure

The company did not provide any rationale within its letter for the facility closure.  Medline Industries is headquartered in Chicago, and the company announced a new distribution facility in Mebane in September of 2019.

At the time, the company expected to hire at least 250 jobs, and then to grow the workforce to more than 700 by 2029.

The company is hiring for 17 positions in the Mebane facility and 34 total positions based in North Carolina, according to its careers webpage, as of 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday.  Some job boards or job board aggregators still list open roles for the Salisbury facility.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story from WRAL TechWire.

Earlier this week, WRAL TechWire reported that Hitachi Metals would close a manufacturing facility in China Grove and lay off its workforce.

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