Matco Tools looking to grow locally

Matco Tools, which sells tools for the automotive and other industries, is looking at opening six routes in Baton Rouge and metro New Orleans.

The Ohio-based manufacturer sells its tools out of special trucks, targeting businesses such as auto dealerships and mechanic’s shops. Matco has about 1,500 distributors in the U.S. and Canada.

Julie Jozwik, a franchise marketing manager for Matco, said the company did a survey of new and established businesses and found that Baton Rouge could support three new routes, along with routes in the Westbank, Central Business District and the eastern part of New Orleans.

“This is a nice growth opportunity for us,” she said. “There are some great things happening in the economy.”