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Medical Distribution Facility Locates in Maumelle

Tuesday February 13, 2007

MAUMELLE, AR – Harmon, one of the principal developers of a new building in Maumelle, Arkansas, is pleased to announce its previously undisclosed tenant for the distribution center under construction in the Burkhalter Business Park in Maumelle. 

This state-of-the-art facility will serve as a regional distribution center for Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the world's largest, integrated provider of products and services for individuals with chronic kidney failure, a condition that affects more than 1,400,000 individuals worldwide. Through its network of approximately 2,085 dialysis clinics in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, Fresenius Medical Care provides dialysis treatment to approximately 161,433 patients around the globe. Fresenius Medical Care is also the world's largest provider of dialysis products, such as hemodialysis machines, dialyzers and related disposable products. The company’s North American headquarters is located in Waltham, MA, a suburb of Boston .

The new Maumelle location reflects a key strategic addition to the company’s integrated distribution network within the .  According to Kevin King, FMCNA’s Senior Director of Distribution Operations, the decision to relocate was driven primarily by location.  He added, “The Little Rock area is closer to the geographic center of our customer base in this region and represents the most effective way to insure they are best served.”

Ed Harmon represents both the builder and developer of the building, which is the first building in the Maumelle business park, located at just off I-40 near Rt.385 .  “This is a growing area, and we may develop additional buildings in the region,” says Harmon.  “The work force has been tremendous and the local agencies have been straightforward to work with.”

“We are pleased that Fresenius selected Maumelle and Arkansas for its new distribution center,” said Maumelle Mayor Mike Watson. “We believe they will be an asset to our community and will fit in well with our existing industries.”

When complete the Burkhalter Business Park will feature up to 20 buildings on 100 acres, primarily distribution centers and light manufacturing.  Mr. Burkhalter’s vision for the park has always been in quality, especially in roads, utilities and landscaping and is enthusiastic about FMCNA as the park’s first tenant, “Ed Harmon’s group is erecting a building with great appearance and landscaping.  This company has set the bar for others to match.”

Chairman Bill Hegeman of the Metro Little Rock Alliance, an 11-county regional economic development coalition in Central Arkansas , indicates that that this announcement is proof positive that regionalism is working in the area.

“Our regional economic development efforts, in partnership with the state, the City of Maumelle , the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and others, were vital in locating Fresenius Medical Care North America in Maumelle,” Hegeman said. “Our regional economic development strategic plan identifies the healthcare industry as one to target for expansion and recruitment. Today’s announcement – along with the October 2005 announcement that Cardinal Health was locating in Sherwood – is evidence that we’re following the plan and that plan is working. Economic Development is a team sport, and today our team won one for the region.”

Construction began in November 2006 and is expected to be completed in May 2007.  When complete, FMCNA expects to employ approximately 30 people at the facility.  Qualified individuals interested in pursuing employment opportunities should submit resumes by e-mail to distop@fmc-na.com.

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