Medical supply company says it’s closing its Oregon operation and plans to move operations to Arizona
Medical supply chain management company Merkley Supply Group is ending operations in Oregon, citing low demand for its products and the state’s limited supply of the specialty products it sells.
Merkley’s Oregon operation, based in Bend, has been in business for more than 40 years.
It was originally established in the state by former Oregon Gov.
Frank Schulte in the 1970s and was one of the first supply companies to export medical supplies.
Merchants say demand for their products has grown in recent years, however, and they are now in the process of shutting down their Oregon operations.
The company said in a statement that it expects to be able to find a new location in Arizona, where its operations are located.
In a statement to Business Insider, Merkleys president, Jim Riddle, said that Merklyn Supply Group, based at Portland, Oregon, “has been the leader in the medical supply industry in Oregon for decades and we believe our success lies in our ability to provide our customers with quality, timely, and reliable products.”
Riddle said the company had invested $10 million to start its Oregon operations, and was focused on building up the state supply chain and providing its customers with the best products available.
He said that although Merkly had had some difficulties, its quality and value of supply was “thousands of times higher than competitors and it is a great fit for our business.”
Merklyn, a nonprofit company, has a network of about 4,000 suppliers across the U.S.
The company said that while Merkyns products were “the highest quality available in the market today, we are also able to offer a greater selection of specialty products and better quality services,” and that it planned to continue its Oregon footprint and expand the Oregon supply chain.
Riddle declined to say what the company plans to do with its remaining stores.
“We are focused on our business, and we will be investing in our Oregon and Arizona locations in the near future,” he said.
“Our focus is on expanding our footprint and we look forward to opening more Oregon stores in the future.”
Merkley’s announcement comes as Oregon’s governor has announced a plan to expand the state health care system to provide more options for patients and reduce costs for consumers.
State lawmakers have approved a $5 billion expansion of Medicaid, which covers low-income Oregonians, and the Oregon Health Authority is currently evaluating how it can expand the health care program.