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Applied Industrial Technologies Among Selling Power Magazine’s 2010 "Best Companies to Sell For"


CLEVELAND, OH (December 20, 2010) – 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. Out of the 25 “Service” companies on the list, Applied again was the highest ranked distribution company on the list and ranked third overall in the service category for the third consecutive year.

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 for years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

“We’re proud to be recognized again by Selling Power as a top ranked sales organization,” said Ben Mondics, President & Chief Operating Officer for Applied. “We train our sales people to know our products and their application and to also understand the process of selling. We’re not just in the sales business, we’re in the business of providing solutions.”

This prestigious ranking, now in its tenth year, is primarily focused on large companies with sales organizations of 500 or more salespeople. As the Selling Power editors note, “anyone entering the sales field should begin his or her efforts by taking a good look at these top companies to sell for.”

With approximately 470 facilities and 4,600 employee associates across North America, Applied Industrial Technologies is an industrial distributor that offers more than 4 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. Applied also offers maintenance training, plus solutions to meet inventory and storeroom management needs that help provide enhanced value to its customers. For its fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, Applied posted sales of $1.89 billion. Applied can be visited on the Internet at


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