MSC Industrial Direct was founded in 1941 by Sidney Jackson as Sid Tool, Inc. Originally, the company sold cutting tools and accessories to machine shops in New York City.
Today MSC Industrial Direct is one of the largest distributors of industrial products in the United States, stocking 850,000 products from 3,000 suppliers. The company’s master catalog is several thousand pages long and, along with mailings, brochures, telemarketing, and the internet, are how small and mid-sized firms buy the products offered.
MSC Industrial Direct trades publicly on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MSM, is a member of the S&P 400, is #846 in the Fortune 1000, has 6,500 employees, and had $2.84 billion in revenue in 2014.