Applied Industrial Technologies Celebrates 95 Years In Industrial Distribution

Applied, which recently announced it will acquire FCX Performance, is celebrating 95 years of success and leadership in industrial distribution since its 1923 founding.

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CLEVELAND, OH — Applied Industrial Technologies is celebrating 95 years of success and leadership in industrial distribution, specializing in providing bearings, power transmission products, engineered fluid power solutions, and other industrial supplies to MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry. Since its beginning in 1923, Applied has focused on being a value-added distributor of high-quality products from world-class manufacturers. Holding steadfast to this business model, Applied has grown to become a FORTUNE 1000 company with annual revenues of $2.6 billion and the world’s largest fluid power distributor.

Applied — No. 12 on Industrial Distribution's Big 50 List — attributes its growth and numerous achievements to an unwavering commitment to providing critical products and services that reduce downtime, increase uptime, and positively impact customers’ owning and operating costs. The company also puts emphasis on its strategic partnership with leading manufacturers who share in the organization’s progress and success.

Acquisitions continue to play an important role in Applied’s overall growth and pursuit of realizing its full potential. A disciplined and strategic acquirer, Applied is committed to pursuing opportunities that extend its business reach and enhance its capabilities. The Company has increased the overall pace of acquisitions in recent years to a total of 37 since 2000, with 20 completed since 2012. Most recently, Applied announced a definitive agreement to acquire FCX Performance, Inc., a  distributor of specialty process flow control products and services. FCX is No. 30 on Industrial Distribution's Big 50.

“Applied’s rich heritage is built on a strong foundation of dedicated associates committed to serving our customers, partnering with leading manufacturers to provide innovative solutions, and living our Core Values every day,” says Neil A. Schrimsher, President & CEO. “We are excited to continue our momentum, achieving our next level of growth and generating benefits for all stakeholders."

The company operates more than 550 facilities internationally with dedicated, highly trained associates. Applied is an authorized distribution partner for more than 4,000 product manufacturers and stocks more than 6.5 million SKUs at 12 distribution centers. Choice, convenience and expertise are emphasized in the company’s multiple channels to market, including 430+ service centers, 70+ fluid power locations, digital and printed catalog, Maintenance Supplies & Solutions vendor managed inventory specialists, and enhanced e-commerce site.

Applied is headquartered in Cleveland, OH and employs more than 5,500 employee associates. The company consistently receives awards for its commitment to quality customer support and value-added services, supplier partnerships, and employee training and development initiatives.

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