Mayor unveils plan for new Prattville business bringing 40 jobs

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - 40 new jobs are coming to Prattville.  A medical supplies distribution center will open there soon.

"That's exciting!" says David Melling.

Melling is thrilled someone new is coming to town.  As the owner of a Prattville bed and breakfast, more jobs are good for his bottom-line.

"It'll be great for the city just being able to attract new visitors, new folks visiting the area," adds Melling.

That new business is Medline, the nation's largest medical supply distributor--building a 350,000 sq. ft. distribution center on an empty lot in Prattville's South Industrial Park.

Mayor Jim Byard kept the details of the announcement quiet until the city council meeting--unveiling a sketch of the new building.

"Seeing a brand new building going up in today's economy, psychologically will be very good for our citizens. And having the opportunity to vie for those good paying jobs...that's a big deal for our city," says Byard.

Medline's partnering with Baptist Health and will supply other local healthcare providers.

It's their first Alabama location.

But Mayor Byard says this is the first of many economic announcements for Prattville.

When asked if he would elaborate on the announcements he said "I wish I could but I'm bound by confidentiality agreement."

Melling says that agreement is not a bad thing.

"To be able to have several things they can't talk about is really cool."

Byard says those other announcements will come soon.

For now, he says construction on Medline's $13-million dollar building should begin within the next few weeks.

No word yet on when the company will start hiring.

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