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Applied Industrial Technologies Earns a Platinum Alliance Supplier Award from Vulcan Materials Company


CLEVELAND, OH (July 14, 2009) – Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) has earned the prestigious Platinum Alliance Supplier Award from Vulcan Materials Company for its excellent service in 2008. This is the first time Applied has achieved Platinum status, the highest supplier ranking from Vulcan. The award is determined by Vulcan’s annual Plant Managers’ survey on Alliance Partner performance. More than 135 plant managers and leaders from Vulcan’s nine divisions rate suppliers on key operations criteria that include product quality, customer service, technical support, ease of doing business, and overall value added.

Applied achieved Gold Alliance Supplier Award status from Vulcan Materials Company for its services in 2007 and 2006. In total, Applied has received a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Alliance Award from Vulcan every year since 2000.

“Applied is honored to receive this Platinum Alliance Supplier Award because it demonstrates our commitment to providing high levels of support to our customer operations in addition to world-class products,” said Tom Armold, Vice President – Marketing and Strategic Accounts for Applied.

Pete Roberts, Director of Procurement for Vulcan said, “Our success is dependent on relationships with quality vendors, such as Applied, and we sincerely value their dedicated service.”

Vulcan Materials Company, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates and a major producer of other construction materials. More than 200 Applied service centers provide Vulcan facilities with bearings, power transmission products, rubber products, specialty maintenance items, systems integration and technical assistance.

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

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