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Applied Industrial Technologies Named to Selling Power Magazine’s 2009 "50 Best Companies to Sell For" List


CLEVELAND, OH (December 3, 2009) – Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) has been named to Selling Power magazine’s annual list of “The 50 Best Companies to Sell For” in the U.S. Their top 50 is split into two lists: “The 25 Best Manufacturing Companies to Sell For” and “The 25 Best Service Companies to Sell For.” Applied, the highest ranked distribution company on the list, maintained its number three ranking in the service company category after making its debut within the standings in 2008.

Companies featured completed an extensive survey requesting key data important to prospective employees looking to enter the sales profession. The Selling Power research team compiled, analyzed and scored the data with a concentration on three key categories: compensation, training and career mobility. Each company was given an overall score and a comparison rating to other selected companies. Applied received 76 out of a total of 77 possible points on both the 2008 and 2009 lists. This prestigious ranking is primarily focused on large companies with sales organizations of 500 or more salespeople.

“This is a great compliment to our company in a year that has been exceptionally challenging to so many sale organizations,” said Ben Mondics, President & Chief Operating Officer for Applied. “Ours is still a people business, built on the relationships, knowledge and talents our sales people put forth every day to maintain a high level of customer service. We recognize that it takes an investment in training and technology to maintain this status.”

With approximately 460 facilities and 4,700 employee associates across North America, Applied Industrial Technologies is an industrial distributor that offers more than 3 million parts critical to the operations of MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry. In addition, 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. For its fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, Applied posted sales of $1.9 billion. Applied can be visited on the Internet at

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