DETROIT – Cardinal Health, Detroit Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health System Wednesday announced a unique collaborative effort to spur urban renewal and bring jobs to the city of Detroit.
As part of the economic recovery effort, DMC and HFHS have agreed to long-term distribution agreements with Cardinal Health, enabling the company to relocate a medical products distribution center to the midtown area from its current Romulus locations. The transfer will bring 140 jobs to the city of Detroit.
Cardinal Health has construction plans for a 273,520 square foot distribution center. The company has filed an application with the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and is awaiting a number of City Council approvals before details can be finalized. The company advises that its relocation to the site within city limits is dependent upon those approvals and a robust package of local, state, and federal economic development incentives.
Pending approvals, Cardinal Health could begin construction by the end of 2012. Construction would be complete in approximately 12 months.
“This new facility will fulfill Cardinal Health’s commitment to relocate its Michigan based distribution operations within the city of Detroit, which was part of the negotiation of the DMC agreement. We are excited our 20 year partnership will continue,” said Donald P. Groth, corporate vice president, DMC Materials Resource Management.
“Henry Ford Health System is deeply committed to the revitalization of the midtown area and is pleased to be collaborating on what we envision as the first step in a major redevelopment effort,” said Nancy Schlichting, HFHS CEO. “[We] expect that this project will lead to further development not only in the areas of warehousing and office space but also in retail and residential space.”
“We’re pleased … that, as a result of our mutual long-term commitments, we’re able to collaborate with these organizations in support of their commitment to the city of Detroit and its revitalization,” said Steve Inacker, president, Medical Channel Management at Cardinal Health.
Cardinal Health will also serve surrounding areas in the state of Michigan as well as northern Ohio and northern Indiana from its new location.