Littleton lives large

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

WILMINGTON, Ohio - Littleton Home Care sent a clear message to its community when it moved into a large new facility in September: We're here to stay.

Until recently, Wilmington was the hub of the worldwide delivery service DHL, which employed thousands of area residents. Those jobs are gone, lost to the recession.

"That's been a big hit to the community," said Erin Hoge, vice president. "But we're still here, and we are not going anywhere."

The 30-year-old company has moved several times, always renting locations, often with separate warehouses. Littleton Home Care now owns its new 10,000-square-foot location--up from 4,400 square feet--and everything is under one roof.

"This has been a long time coming," said Hoge. "My father started the business out of his house and now we have our own space."

The provider offers a full line of DME like walkers, beds and lift chairs, and also offers respiratory services. The new location allowed Littleton Home Care to expand its retail space from 800 square feet to 3,000, helping it to lessen its dependence on Medicare reimbursement, which is currently about 40% of its business.

Although the loss of DHL hurt, the community is slowly battling back, said Hoge. The town of Wilmington is bringing more businesses and people into the area with events like weekend festivals. Hoge is happy to be part of it.

"We're an established part of the community," she said. "There's been a bit of a morale boost around here."