MSC Industrial Direct
Company to build facility near Bolton Field, hire 300
An industrial-supply company that plans to build a distribution center near Bolton Field on Columbus' West Side was one of four companies approved for state tax incentives July 30 from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.
In total, the companies could bring about 550 jobs to the region by 2014.
MSC Industrial Direct of Melville, N.Y., is the company with plans for a $55 million, 400,000-square-foot distribution center near Bolton Field. Its effort could add up to 300 jobs locally by the end of 2017.
The distribution center would be the company's fifth nationally.
The company already has 160 employees at multiple locations in the state.
"We're growing quite nicely," Douglas Jones told members of the tax authority. Jones is the company's executive vice president of global supply-chain operations.
The company provides an assortment of products that can be shipped to all kinds of manufacturers for next-day delivery. The distribution center should begin operations by late 2014.
"Our goal is be a one-stop shop for a typical manufacturer," Jones said.
The additional distribution operation in the Midwest will reduce the pressure on its network of operations, he said.
The center will be built on land that the Columbus Regional Airport Authority sold for $3 million.
The state has pegged the potential value of the tax credits at $989,695.
Another company offered tax credits was Sedgwick Claims Management Services, which could bring 240 jobs to the Columbus area. Central Ohio is in competition for the jobs with the company's operations in Iowa.
The company's claims-management operation, which handles claims ranging from insurance and workers compensation to warranties and products, has won a contract from Walmart to manage the disability claims filed by the retailer's workers and to track employee absences.
"We're thrilled with the opportunity," said Randy Jones, a senior vice president of specialty operations for the company.
Jones said that if the company, based in Memphis, Tenn., decides to put the operation in central Ohio, it likely would be in the suburbs. The company has hundreds of employees working in offices in Dublin, Hilliard and Worthington.
The tax credits are worth up to $589,487. The company said the work for Walmart would start Jan. 1.
Cincinnati-based trucking-brokerage company Total Quality Logistics also was offered tax credits to create 40 jobs in Columbus and retain another 40 jobs here. The tax credits are valued at up to $72,095.
Emergency-medical-equipment company Sarnova received approval for tax credits linked to a project that could bring 20 jobs to its Dublin headquarters. The credits' value is estimated at up to $91,381.