Cleveland, OH (April 24, 2007) – Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) has received the 2007 Large Business Contractor of the Year award from the General Services Administration (GSA). The award is given on behalf of the GSA’s Center for Facilities Maintenance and Hardware, Schedule 51V, Hardware Store Program. The GSA presents this honor annually in recognition of a contractor’s growth, value to the federal marketplace, and contribution to the GSA Multiple Award Schedule program.
The award was conferred at the GSA 2007 Industry Day held on March 28 in Kansas City, Missouri. This one-day conference brings contractors together with GSA staff to establish and strengthen partnerships between the GSA and its schedule holders. The event offers valuable lessons for GSA contractors and provides insight into the Center’s business strategies planned for the coming year.
“This award signifies Applied’s success and commitment to growing our government sales business,” said Mike Coticchia, Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President of Government Business for Applied. “As a relatively new contractor, we are extremely honored and pleased to receive this honor.”
With more than 450 facilities and 4,600 employee-associates across North America, Applied Industrial Technologies is an industrial distributor that offers more than 2 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, 2006, Applied posted sales of $1.9 billion. Applied can be visited on the Internet at http://www.applied.com.
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For more information, contact Julie Kho, Applied Industrial Technologies, One Applied Plaza, Cleveland, OH 44115-5020, ph. 216-426-4483, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.