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Applied Industrial Technologies Receives a Gold Alliance Supplier of the Year Award from Vulcan Materials

CLEVELAND, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) has received a Gold Alliance Supplier Award from Vulcan Materials Company for its services in 2011. This is the 12th consecutive year Applied® has earned a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Alliance Award from Vulcan.

"We are pleased to recognize Applied for many years of high-quality service and support at our manufacturing facilities across the country," says Pete Roberts, Director of Procurement for Vulcan. "Applied is a strategic partner who strives for excellence, innovation and is a true industry leader."

This award is based on feedback from plant managers at each of Vulcan's facilities, asked to rate suppliers' overall value at their specific location. More than 200 Applied Service Centers provide Vulcan facilities with bearings, power transmission products, MRO items, and systems integration support.

"Vulcan is a valuable partner in our pursuit of continuous improvement for world-class customer service," says Tom Armold, Applied's Vice President –Marketing and Strategic Accounts. "Our associates put forth amazing efforts to ensure the needs of this strategic partner are met on a daily basis, and we appreciate the opportunity to work with such a progressive organization."

Vulcan Materials Company is the nation's foremost producer of construction aggregates and a major producer of other construction materials.

With approximately 480 facilities and 4,700 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, 2011, Applied posted sales of $2.2 billion. Applied can be visited on the Internet at www.applied.com.

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Julie Kho, Applied Industrial Technologies, +1-216-426-4483, jkho@applied.com

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