Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE: B), an international aerospace and industrial manufacturing and service provider, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Barnes Distribution North America business (“BDNA”) to MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. for $550 million, subject to certain adjustments. The transaction, which is subject to various conditions, including customary closing conditions and approvals, is expected to close in late March, or early in the second quarter of 2013. Barnes Distribution North America is an industry leader in logistical support by providing inventory management, technical sales, and supply chain solutions for maintenance, repair, operating and production supplies. With advanced e-commerce capabilities and other technology-based solutions, BDNA offers a diverse range of service options and innovative solutions to meet customers’ individual needs and improve their overall profitability. BDNA, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, has approximately 1,400 employees and had 2012 revenues of approximately $300 million. MSC Industrial Direct is one of the nation's largest distributors of Metalworking and Maintenance, Repair and Operations (“MRO”) supplies to industrial customers throughout the United States. “We’re very pleased to announce the sale of BDNA to MSC Industrial Direct as this is a highly positive transaction for both parties,” said Gregory F. Milzcik, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnes Group Inc. “MSC is gaining an established leader in vendor managed inventory distribution, and Barnes Group is advancing its strategic focus on differentiated manufacturing and related aftermarket services. Additionally, joining forces with MSC is an excellent opportunity for BDNA and its employees to further develop their potential as part of a company whose sole focus is distribution.” Barnes Group expects to report BDNA as Discontinued Operations beginning with the first quarter of 2013. After-tax proceeds from the transaction are anticipated to be approximately $400 million. Barnes Group expects to utilize a portion of the proceeds to reduce debt, buyback common shares, invest in profitable growth initiatives including acquisitions, and general corporate purposes.