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Motion Industries continues acquistions

Motion Industries, Inc. has bought belt and hosing supplier Apache, Inc.


November 10, 2017
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Birmingham, Ala. – Motion Industries, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has completed its acquisition of Apache, Inc., headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Founded in 1963, Apache offers over 50 years of experience in the industrial hose and belting business. Apache has grown to one of the largest belting companies in North America and is widely recognized across the country for the variety and quality of their hose, belting, custom fabrications, on-site belting services, and consumer products. Apache serves both the industrial and agricultural market from seven sales and production locations in the US through an established distribution network and will continue to do so going forward.

Tom Pientok, Apache’s president and CEO, commented about the acquisition: “We have had a great relationship with the Motion team for many years and this step is really a continuation of our growth strategy. We will preserve and build on the long-standing reputation of the Apache name and we’ll now have access to greater capabilities for accelerated growth. Becoming part of Motion will also assure that our employees will be well-cared for in the future and that we will have the ability to continue to service our customers and represent our supplier partners in the way which they are accustomed.”

Tony Cefalu, senior vice-president of shops and services for Motion Industries noted that, “The addition of Apache further enhances our value-added offering in our belting and hose business. We have known Tom and his team for a long time and we couldn’t ask for a better or more talented group to partner with.”

“The acquisition of Apache continues to build upon and complement our growth strategy in the area of hose, belting and material handling. Apache will be operated as part of Motion’s belting group which includes several other acquisitions made over the past few years,” said Tim Breen, president and CEO of Motion Industries.

“We are happy to welcome all Apache employees to the Motion family, and we look forward to the contributions they will make to our Company in upcoming years.”

With annual sales of $4.6 billion, Motion Industries is a leading industrial parts distributor of bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical and industrial automation, hydraulic and industrial hose, hydraulic and pneumatic components, industrial products, safety products, and material handling. The company has over 500 locations, including 13 distribution centres throughout North America and serves more than 300,000 customers from the food and beverage, pulp and paper, iron and steel, chemical, mining and aggregate, petrochemical, automotive, wood and lumber, and pharmaceutical industries.