RIPLEY, W.Va. — A new medical supply distribution facility will be located in Jackson County, a project valued at $10 million.
Concordance Healthcare Solutions has broken ground on the 180,000-square-foot facility on 12 acres of land at the Jackson County Maritime and Industrial Center.
Concordance, formerly Seneca Medical, employs about 90 people in Jackson County and anticipates expanding the workforce when the facility is complete, the company said.
“We have excellent employees in our West Virginia operation, and we are very proud of our accomplishments,” CEO Roger Benz said. “We will be able to offer a larger array of services and products, be more competitive in the marketplace and have a much larger national presence. Jackson County is centrally located to provide service and product to our existing and future customers.”
Before the merger, Seneca Medical worked with county and state development officials as it considered long-term options for expansion, including facilities outside West Virginia. But Benz and Steve Edwards, vice president of global operations for the company, remained committed to West Virginia and Jackson County.
“This is a great day for Jackson County,” Jackson County Commission President Dick Waybright said. “This sizable investment is a testament to Jackson County’s workforce and Concordance’s management team.”
The company is positioned to capitalize on the growing health care industry, Delegate Steve Westfall of Jackson County said.
“We are very proud that Concordance decided to expand and reinvest right here in the Mountain State,” said Secretary of Commerce Keith Burdette, who participated in the groundbreaking.
“Corporate officials recognized early on that we strive to make West Virginia the best place to do business and that we have a world-class workforce and a central location that gives us easy access to large markets in eastern United States which is really key in this business,” Burdette said.
Mark Whitley, executive director of the Jackson County Development Authority, said the investment will create a world-class distribution center. The center will provide product distribution and logistics to Concordance’s new and existing customers.
Concordance Healthcare Solutions LLC is a newly formed merger of three regional medical supply distributors: Seneca Medical of Tiffin, Ohio; Kreisers Inc., of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and MMS of Earth City, Mo. The combined company will have approximately 1,000 employees, 19 distribution centers and $1.1 billion in annual sales.
Concordance’s existing 100,000-square-foot facility off Interstate 77 will become available when the project is complete. Whitley said he plans to work with the West Virginia Development Office to attract a new business to the site, which would be suited as a warehouse or distribution or manufacturing facility.