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MSC Industrial Supply could expand Lebanon County operations

MSC Industrial Supply Co., a national distributor of industrial tools, is considering expanding its Lebanon County operations with a $10 million building project.

Director of Engineering Darin Russell confirmed the Union Township facility is one of a handful of company locations under consideration for the project.

The expansion would add 250,000 square feet to the facility. Russell said the project also is under consideration for the Atlanta and Elkhart, Ind., facilities and possibly others.

The location could depend on what kind of incentive or tax abatement programs are offered. On Thursday, the Lebanon County Board of Commissioners approved a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance — known as LERTA — abatement plan for the project if it happens in Lebanon County.

LERTA forgives taxes on property improvements on a sliding scale for a period of up to 10 years, depending on the local agreements. There is no abatement of the current property tax rate, only the improvements.

The three local taxing bodies — the municipality, the county and the school district — are all asked to approve a LERTA designation.

Union Township and the Northern Lebanon School District have not yet approved LERTA designation. The three taxing bodies do not have to agree on the LERTA, and separate taxing bodies can apply LERTA designation without the others.

New York-based MSC Industrial Supply operates a call center and customer fulfillment center in the township that employs between 350 and 400 people, Russell said. Nationwide, it has about 4,000 employees.

Michael Sadowski

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