MSC began in 1941, when Sid Jacobson began selling cutting tools from the trunk of his car in New York, USA.
In 1969, MSC was one of the first distributors to enter into computerised inventory management and order processing.
Quick expansion across more than 40 categories and rapid organic and acquisition growth followed, making MSC the multi-national $3.2 billion business it is today.
Regardless of the changes MSC has gone through, the values of our founder, Sid Jacobson, are still at the heart of the company and our success: Advice, Excellence, and Innovation. By concentrating on product quality, choice, expert advice and availability, MSC associates deliver our mission of Built to Make You Better.
We know that financial stability is important to our customers, if a supplier fails it can impact your bottom line. While suppliers can be replaced, it can take time which causes disruption and additional costs.
That’s why you need a supplier you can trust and that is financially secure. At MSC, we take great care in applying robust financial controls, and managing costs and cash flow, which is why we have enjoyed over 20 years of successful trading in the UK.
To ensure that you can rely on us, even in the most difficult times, we have clear and detailed plans that include a contingency, so we can supply you with the products you need when you need them. We have taken measures including: