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Applied Industrial Technologies Announces National Authorized Distribution Agreement with THK


Cleveland, OH (May 19, 2009) – Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE:AIT) has announced an expansion of its relationship with THK, a market leader in linear motion technologies. Applied now has the ability to distribute nationally all THK linear components including Linear Motion Guides, Ball Screws, Ball Spline, Ball Bushings, Actuators and Systems.

Applied’s entire supply chain network will have access to THK products for quick distribution to its customers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. In addition, Applied sales associates will be able to tap into THK technical support and grow a broad and efficient knowledge base on THK product capabilities.

“THK has a very strong line of linear technologies that will expand our product offering and allow us to further strengthen our relationship with key customers,” said Jeff Ramras, Vice President – Supply Chain Management for Applied. “With the new agreement, Applied will offer market-leading technology backed with the knowledge and expertise to help our customers maintain their facilities,” added Ramras.

“Applied Industrial Technologies has a proven track record in serving MRO and OEM customers with linear products,” said David Whyman, North American Distribution Manager at THK America. “Our expansive line of products together with Applied’s dedicated sales force will bring added growth to both organizations,” Whyman added.

About Applied Industrial Technologies
With approximately 470 facilities and 5,000 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, 2008, Applied posted sales of $2.1 billion. Applied can be visited on the Internet at

About THK
THK’s creative ideas and unique technology made the company worldwide pioneers in the development of the Linear Motion (LM) Guide mechanism. Today, the THK LM Guide devices are an indispensable component of mechanical and electronic systems in a wide variety of industries. THK America has seven regional offices that serve all of the United States and Canada.


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