Our story begins with one man, nuns and the famous Chicago stockyards.
Back in 1910, A.L. Mills founded Northwest Garment Factory and began making aprons for workers in the Chicago stockyards. Soon his aprons found their way to a group of nuns who were doing double duty as seamstresses at a nearby hospital. The nuns asked A.L if he could make hospital garments – surgeons’ gowns and nursing uniforms – so they could stop sewing and spend more time caring for patients. He said yes and the business was transformed.
Almost two decades later, A.L.’s son, Irving, took over. When World War II broke out, he added general medical supplies to his garment offerings, and the business transformed again, becoming Mills Hospital Supply Company.
Today, Medline Industries, Inc. is a fourth generation, family-owned, $14 billion dollar company and the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies in the US. And, we’re still happily headquartered in the Chicagoland area.
Our story continues with you.
You’ve probably seen – and used – dozens of Medline products when you were in the hospital, emergency room, urgent care clinic or doctor’s office. Our products – including gowns and scrubs – are found in thousands of care setting all around the globe. But now we’re excited and humbled to be entering one of the most exclusive care settings of all – your home.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you.
We make healthcare run better.
And now we’re proud to make it run better for you.