MSC Industrial Direct Co. Releases 2011 Catalog of Norton Abrasive Products for Metalworking Applications

Melville, New York, March 30, 2011 - MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. has announced the release of its 2011 Norton/Merit Abrasive Products Catalog. A premier brand of Saint-Gobain, Norton is the world's leading supplier of bonded adhesives, offering over 250,000 types and sizes of products.

At 64-pages, the 2011 catalog has doubled in size compared to last year's catalog. The increase includes a significant expansion of the product categories offered. In addition to the product mix included in the 2010 Right Angle Grinding Abrasives catalog, the new catalog also provides:

o Surface grinding wheels
o Centerless and cylindrical grinding wheels
o Flap wheels
o Coated abrasive specialties
o Non-woven products
o Flexible diamond products

The full-color catalog includes extensive product information and safety features for products, providing customers with a valuable reference guide.

"MSC has an extremely productive working relationship with Norton/Merit," says Matt Lukasiewicz, Business Manager, Metalworking at MSC. "We work together to provide customers with the abrasives products that will allow them to maintain tighter tolerances, increase surface finish and boost productivity. The sizable expansion of our 2011 catalog is representative of the growth in demand we see from our customers seeking to maximize their competitive advantage."

To view a virtual copy of MSC's 2011 Norton/Merit Abrasives Catalog, visit and select the Resource tab.

About MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.
MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. is one of the largest direct marketers and premier distributors of Metalworking and Maintenance, Repair and Operations ("MRO") supplies to industrial customers throughout the United States. MSC employs one of the industry's largest sales forces and distributes approximately 600,000 industrial products from approximately 3,000 suppliers to approximately 317,000 customers. In-stock availability is approximately 99%, with next day standard delivery to the contiguous United States on qualifying orders up until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. MSC reaches its customers through a combination of approximately 22 million direct-mail catalogs, 96 branch sales offices, 986 sales people, the Internet and associations with some of the world's most prominent B2B eCommerce portals. For more information, visit the Company's website at

Chuck Bates, dgs
Tel: 317.813.2230

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