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A History of
Commitment, Leadership

When Sid Jacobson began selling cutting tools from the trunk of his car in 1941, he operated with integrity, respect and a commitment to each customer. He was a leader whose values and passion for excellence are the foundation of what has become MSC Industrial Supply Co. From being the first to use technology in distribution to expanding from one category into 40 to offering critical expertise beyond the product, our company has grown into a $3.2 billion business. With 80 years of rapid growth and change, we remain committed to delivering the pioneering products and services that help our customers run even better businesses.

MSC History

Every major milestone in our history has been based on servicing the needs of our customers. Take a look at some of the highlights below and join us as we look forward to the achievements yet to come.

Sid's Tool Co.
1941

Sid Jacobson founded Sid Tool Co. in New York

1946

Sid Tool Co., Inc., was incorporated on September 6, 1946


Sid's Tool Catalogs
1964

Published its first catalog, The Big Book.

Moved operations from New York City to Ames Court in Plainview, Long Island - MSC's first Customer Fulfillment Center


Computerizing Inventory Management
1969

Entered into computerized inventory management and order processing, one of the first distributors to do so

1978

Established a fully integrated Quality Assurance Department, one of the first distributors to do so


Mitchell Jacobson
1982

Sid Jacobson's son, Mitchell Jacobson, became President of MSC

1988

Offered UPS 1- to 2-day delivery

Opened its first branch in Pawtucket, RI

1989

Introduced Total Quality Management

1990

Opened a second Customer Fulfillment Center in Atlanta, GA

1991

Started the industry's first Same Day Shipping Guarantee

1994

Began major product expansion into MRO-type product categories


1995

Began trading on the NYSE (ticker symbol MSM)

1996

Opened a third Customer Fulfillment Center in Elkhart, IN

1997

Relocated its Plainview, NY, Customer Fulfillment Center to Harrisburg, PA

1998

Moved its Customer Support Center/Corporate Headquarters to Melville, NY

1999

Opened a fourth Customer Fulfillment Center in Reno, NV

2000

"Big Book" items offered on the Internet

2002

Awarded GSA Contract #GS-06F-0010N

2003

Awarded USPS MRO Contract #2CMROS-03-B-4457

2004

Started the West Coast expansion by opening our first sales office in Southern California (the Los Angeles sales office)


David Sandler
2005

David Sandler promoted to CEO.

Launched new Keyword Search on mscdirect.com.

2006

MSC acquires J&L Industrial


2007

Successfully merged J&L's systems to MSC's computer systems. Completed the integration of the J&L distribution centers, positioning MSC to begin working on full integration and offering customers the best of both worlds.


Next Day
2008

MSC launched its "Get It Next Day... at no additional cost" program with a standard national ordering cut-off time of 8:00PM ET.

MSC fully integrated J&L and launched a new brand, "MSC/J&L Metalworking," focused on offering technical information and assistance, products and services targeted towards our metalworking customers


2009

MSC completed the final phase of the brand transition and MSC/J&L Metalworking became MSC Industrial Supply - Metalworking's Best Choice. The focus continues to be on metalworking - offering customers best-in-class service and technical assistance.


2011

MSC continues West Coast expansion with the acquisition of Rutland Tool. MSC also acquires American Tool Supply (ATS). MSC achieves $2 billion in annual sales!

2012

MSC acquires ATS Industrial Supply (Salt Lake City, UT and Phoenix, AZ). Launches new "Best in Class" MSCDirect.com web experience.


Davidson Office and
2013

MSC acquires Barnes Distribution North America to expand its industry leading inventory management solutions and its footprint in Canada

MSC opens new customer support center in Davidson, N.C., to support growth

MSC earns ISO 9001-2008 Registration, a global recognition of our commitment to high quality and continuous improvement

Sid Jacobson's grandson, Erik Gershwind, became President and CEO

2014

MSC ranks #40 on Internet Retailer's Top 500 Guide® and achieves a digital milestone by conducting half of its business online, reflecting changing customer demands

MSC opens its most advanced Customer Fulfillment Center in Columbus, Ohio

2017

MSC acquires DECO Tool Supply Co., an industrial supply distributor based in Davenport, Iowa, to expand its footprint in the region.

2018

MSC acquires All Integrated Solutions, a value-added distributor of industrial fasteners and components, MRO supplies and assembly tools based in Franksville, Wisconsin, to expand its inventory management solutions portfolio.


TAC Global Solutions building
2019

MSC completes a transaction with TAC Global Solutions, a Mexican industrial distribution company, to expand into Mexico.


2021

MSC acquires Wm. F. Hurst Co., LLC, a Wichita, Kansas-based distributor of metalworking tools and supplies with deep expertise in the aerospace industry.