Blackstone, Carlyle and Hellman & Friedman to buy majority stake in medical supplier Medline


A worker at Medline Industries gathers exam gloves to include into Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits to be shipped out to various health facilities at their warehouse in Mundelein, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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A group of private equity firms, including Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman, is nearing a deal to purchase medical supply manufacturer and distributor Medline Industries, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The sale could value Medline at more than $30 billion, people familiar with the matter told the paper.

Medline Industries, of Northfield, Illinois, makes 550,000 types of medical supplies for specialty medical facilities such as surgery centers, acute care facilities, nursing facilities, hospice care centers and hospital laundries, according to the company’s website. The family-owned company, which was founded in 1910 by A.L. Mills, now distributes to more than 125 countries.

WSJ originally reported on Medline’s interest in a sale in April.

When reached by CNBC, spokespeople from Blackstone and Hellman declined to comment. Representatives from Carlyle and Medline weren’t immediately available.

Read the full report in The Wall Street Journal here.


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