MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc., one of the largest direct marketers and distributors of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations products, has announced it will build a 400,000-square-foot distribution facility in the Columbus area, reportedly near Bolton Field.

MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc., one of the largest direct marketers and distributors of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations products, has announced it will build a 400,000-square-foot distribution facility in the Columbus area, reportedly near Bolton Field.

The $55 million investment is expected to create 250 jobs in the region by the end of 2016, with a total of 300 jobs expected by the end of 2017, according to a July 30 press release from Columbus2020.

"We are pleased to announce our plans for our fifth domestic customer fulfillment center in Columbus, Ohio," Doug Jones, MSC's executive vice president of global supply-chain operations, said in the press release. "Our current success and growth plan requires us to add a new CFC to support our world-class service model as we continue to grow. After conducting a thorough review, Columbus provided the most compelling opportunity to expand our distribution network in the most cost-effective manner, in a region that fits well with our existing network and provides easy access to key markets and resources, as well as a rich pool of local talent."

The Melville, New York-based, company, which employs about 160 people in supply and branch locations within Ohio, worked with various economic development entities in the Columbus region, ranging from JobsOhio at the state level, Columbus2020 and Franklin County at the regional level and the city of Columbus locally, to make its move to central Ohio a reality, the press release stated, according to the Columbus2020 press release. Most state and local incentives were reviewed and approved today (July 30).

A formal announcement is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, at JP's Catering, 2000 Norton Road, Columbus.