Applied Industrial Technologies

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Applied Industrial Technologies
Type Public company
Traded as NYSEAIT
Founded 1923[1]
Founders Joseph M. Bruening
Headquarters Cleveland, Ohio
Number of locations More than 500 facilities[1]
Area served United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand
Key people Neil Schrimsher, President and CEO
Products Bearings
Power Transmission
Fluid Power
Industrial Rubber
General Maintenance

Applied Industrial Technologies is an industrial distributor that offers more than five million parts to serve the needs of MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry. Applied provides engineering, design and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber and fluid power shop services. Applied also offers maintenance training and inventory management solutions.


Applied Industrial Technologies supports Maintenance Repair Operations (MRO) and select Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) markets throughout North America.[2]

Customers represent industries including industrial machinery, forest products, food and beverage, primary metals, aggregate, mining, high tech, and government. Applied supports government customers at the federal, state and local levels.


Applied Industrial Technologies offers more than 5 million items.[3] Major product categories include:

  • Adhesives and sealants
  • Bearings
  • General industrial products
  • Hand, power and analytical tools
  • Hydraulic products
  • Industrial chemicals and coatings
  • Industrial hose and fittings
  • Janitorial products
  • Linear Motion Components
  • Lubrication products and equipment
  • Material handling
  • Motors and controls
  • Pneumatic products
  • Power transmission components
  • Safety products
  • Seals and O-rings
  • Welding supplies

Applied Industrial Technologies is an authorized distributor for more than 4,000 manufacturers. Manufacturer-partners include 3M, Craftsman (tools), Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Baldor, SKF, Martin Sprocket & Gear, Timken Company, Ingersoll-Rand, Loctite, Parker Hannifin, Eaton Corporation, Sherwin Williams, Renold Jeffrey, GOJO, Rust-Oleum, DeWALT, Falk Corporation, LPS, Enerpac, Armstrong, NSK Ltd., THK, Dow Corning, CRC, Emerson Industrial Automation, Rexnord, U.S. Motors, PowerFlare, Thomson and Sumitomo.


Hose shops Applied Industrial Technologies has been named a Star distributor by Goodyear Engineered Products.[4] Goodyear’s Star program establishes standardized hose, coupling and crimping protocols for industrial hose. Under the Star program, Applied operations at nine hose shops have been validated for using consistent products, techniques and processes.

Hose shop services include industrial and hydraulic hose cutting, crimping, coupling, assembly, banding, clamping, tagging, kitting and testing.

Rubber services Applied supplies conveyor belting, and offers bucket installation, cleat work (hot and cold bond), hole punching, lacing, rubber and ceramic pulley lagging, sheet rubber cutting, skirtboard fabrication, slitting, v-guiding (hot and cold bond) and vulcanizing.[5]

Repair services

Applied Industrial Technologies offers from minor repair to full rebuild.[6] Areas of repair work include:

  • Ball screw repair
  • Bearing repair
  • Circuit board repair
  • Conveyor belt installation and repair
  • Cylinder repair
  • Electric motor repair
  • Electrical component repair
  • Gear reducer repair
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic part repair
  • Live Center repair
  • Mechanical part repair
  • Reducer repair
  • Servo motor repair
  • Slide repair
  • Spindle repair
  • U-joint and coupling shaft

Fluid power shop services

Through a network of fluid power subsidiary locations (see below), Applied Industrial Technologies offers these services:[7]

  • Repair hydraulic pumps, motors, valves and cylinders
  • HVOF system – A thermal spray chroming process for hydraulic cylinder rods
  • Custom design and manufacture of hydraulic power units, electro-hydraulic and electro-pneumatic control packages, and test stands
  • Custom hydraulic manifolds
  • Custom filtration systems
  • Integration of fluid power systems with electronic controls and automation applications
  • Fluid sampling and analysis
  • Hydraulic systems retrofits
  • Clean room capabilities
  • Lube oil systems
  • Many locations are Eaton Certified Warranty Centers and/or Vickers QA Centers and Warranty Stations

Inventory Management

AppliedSTORE is a tracking system that allows customers to scan and track inventory, and enable automatic product replenishment.[8]

Technical Training

Applied Industrial Technologies conducts maintenance training courses, called MaintenancePRO, around the country.[9]


The Applied network encompasses 470 facilities, nine distribution centers, and 40 repair and rebuild shops. The corporate headquarters is located in Cleveland, OH.[10]

The headquarters of Applied Industrial Technologies in Cleveland, Ohio

Canada Headquartered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Applied Industrial Technologies, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Applied Industrial Technologies, operates facilities throughout six Canadian provinces. The company operates under the names Applied Industrial Technologies, HyPOWER Systems, PRO-Hydraulique and PV Hydraulique.

Mexico Applied operates 15 power transmission products service centers, five fluid power service centers, and two hose centers under the names Applied Mexico, S.A. de D.V. and VYCMEX, S.A. de D.V.

Puerto Rico Rafael Benitez Carrillo, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Applied Industrial Technologies, operates several locations throughout Puerto Rico.

Fluid Power Subsidiaries

The following subsidiary locations of Applied provide fluid power components, systems and services such as repair, rebuild and custom design:

  • A & H Fluid Technologies - Alabama, California (northern), Colorado, Florida (western), Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota (western), Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota (western), Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
  • AirDraulics - Tennessee
  • Air-Hydraulic Systems - Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin
  • Bay Advanced Technologies - California, Texas
  • Carolina Fluid Components - Georgia, North Carolina
  • Dees Fluid Power - Maryland, Virginia
  • DTS Fluid Power - Illinois, Michigan
  • Engineered Sales, Inc. - Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri
  • Elect///Air - California
  • FluidTech - Kansas
  • Hydro Air Hughes - Connecticut, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • HyPower - Western Canada
  • Kent Fluid Power - California, Washington
  • Pacific Air Technology - California
  • Power Systems - Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  • PRO-Hydraulique/PV Hydraulique - Eastern Canada
  • Spencer Fluid Power - California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
  • VYCMEX - Mexico


Applied has won awards from suppliers, publications and governmental agencies.[11] Awards include:

Company history[edit]

Joseph M. Bruening founded Applied Industrial Technologies, then called the Ohio Ball Bearing Company, in 1923.[12] First year sales totaled $82,000. Over the next few decades, new branches opened and sales rose steadily.

In 1953, the company was renamed Bearings, Inc. As acquisitions were made (Dixie Bearings, Inc., King Bearing, Inc., Mainline Industrial Distributors, Inc.), the company’s product and service offering grew. Bearings, Inc. became an authorized distributor for bearings, power transmission supplies, fluid power components and industrial rubber products.

In 1995, Bearings, Inc. recorded more than a billion dollars in sales for the first time.[13]

Acquisitions were made in 1996 (Engineered Sales, Inc.) and 1997 (Invetech Company (parent company of Detroit Ball Bearing, American Bearing and Power Transmission, Moore Bearing, Kentucky Bearing Service and Hewitt Transmission)).[14][15]

The company’s name was changed to Applied Industrial Technologies in 1997. [15]

Since 1998, Applied has continued to make acquisitions, expanding further in the U.S. (Minnesota Bearing Company, Cincinnati Transmission) but also increasing its presence in Puerto Rico (Rafael Benitez Carrillo), Mexico (Baleros Industriales, S.A. de C.V., Rodamientos y Bandas de la Laguna, S.A. de C.V., VYCMEX S.A. de C.V., Suministros Industriales Enol, S.A. de C.V.) and Canada (Bearing & Transmission, B & T Rubber, HyPOWER Systems, Industrial Equipment Co. Ltd., Groupe GLM,). Through acquisitions (Spencer Industries, Inc., Bay Advanced Technologies, Carolina Fluid Components, DTS Fluid Power, FluidTech, Hughes HiTech, Hydro Air and Power Systems), Applied has also grown its offering of fluid power products and services.[16]

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