Medline eyes Northfield HQ?
Could Mundelein-based Medline Industries be moving its longtime headquarters to Northfield?
The medical supply company has eyed Lincolnshire and other locations, according to Daily Herald reports. But Crain's Chicago Business reports today that Northfield is the likely spot.
Medline could be moving into the former site of Kraft Heinz, which will be vacated when it moves to downtown Chicago in early 2016, said Crain's, citing unnamed sources.
Medline officials declined to comment on the relocation. "We are still in the early planning stages. We have no additional details to share at this time," said Medline spokeswoman Stacy Rubenstein.
Northfield Community Development Director Steve Gutierrez said he was unaware of Medline seeking to move into Northfield, and added "it's a great company and we would like to have them come into Northfield."
Ned Franke, the Cushman & Wakefield broker handling the Kraft Heinz property, did not immediately call back.
Medline moved to Mundelein in the mid-1980s. Village officials there have not been made aware of a possible move.
"They have been a strong corporate citizen and a positive influence on our local economy. We trust that when Medline makes a decision about the Mundelein facility, we would be one of the first to know," said Mundelein Village Administrator John A. Labaito. "Over the years, the mayor and board of trustees have cultivated a mutually beneficial relationship and we anticipate this to continue," he added.
In February, the Daily Herald reported Medline was looking at Lincolnshire and it had purchased the former Aon Hewitt campus west of the Tri-State and north of Route 22. The 38-acre site has 269,000 square feet of office space in three buildings. Aon Hewitt is expected to continue to operate a data center there. Medline also is considering demolishing one of the buildings and remodeling at least one of the others with occupancy expected later this year, according to the Daily Herald report.
Medline, reaching more than $7 billion in sales in 2014, has expanded three time, most recently in 2011. The privately held company also has received about $17.5 million in state tax credits to retain jobs here.
• Daily Herald Business Writer Anna Marie Kukec contributed to this report.