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Applied Industrial Technologies Acquires Advanced Control Solutions

Applied Industrial Technology's latest addition will help expand the company’s automation offering as well as its geographic reach in the Southeast U.S.
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Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT), Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday announced it has acquired Advanced Control Solutions, a Marietta, Georgia-based provider of automation products, services and engineered solutions. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The addition of ACS extends and enhances our automation offering by providing next generation automation solutions through emerging technologies and specialized engineering services,” said Neil Schrimsher, president and CEO of Applied. “Their strong Southeast presence brings established customer relationships and supplier partnerships, plus an experienced team with valuable capabilities including state-of-the-art automation training and machine vision engineering expertise.”

Founded in 1998, ACS and its team of 43 associates serve customers throughout Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee from four locations – Marietta, Georgia; Spring Hill (Nashville), Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Birmingham, Alabama.

ACS is focused on machine vision equipment and software, mobile and collaborative robotic solutions, intelligent sensors, logic controllers and other related equipment. The company participates in a variety of end markets common to Applied, including life sciences, packaging and logistics, industrial manufacturing, and automotive.

Schrimsher added, “As we’ve previously stated, automation is an expanding vertical for Applied that is further differentiating our value proposition, diversifying our end-market mix, and enhancing our growth profile. ACS represents the next step in this strategic opportunity following our August 2019 acquisition of Olympus Controls. We expect their combined capabilities and supplier alignment to drive near-term sales synergies, as well as cross-selling opportunities tied to our leading technical industry position and embedded customer relationships across industrial end markets. We welcome ACS into our company and look forward to leveraging their innovative technology and capabilities to further accelerate growth and value creation for Applied’s stakeholders.”

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