OTP Industrial Solutions Acquires Advanced Industrial Products, Inc.

COLUMBUS, Ohio—March 10, 2014—OTP Industrial Solutions, a large industrial equipment distributor and service provider for pump, fluid power, power transmission, fluid handling, pneumatic and electrical applications, announces the acquisition of Advanced Industrial Products, Inc. (AIP), headquartered in Lexington, Ky., with office locations in Tennessee, West Virginia and Mississippi. AIP will become a division of OTP and continue to operate under the name Advanced Industrial Products.

“Our new relationship with OTP has opened the door to great growth opportunities for AIP and our staff,” said Dennis Stephens, head of the AIP division at OTP and former AIP owner. “The OTP team has warmly welcomed us, and our company is looking forward to a bright future working side-by-side with OTP to provide a more comprehensive set of advanced technical solutions to our customers.”
With the acquisition, OTP Industrial Solutions strengthens its ability to offer customers engineered automation system solutions provided by AIP’s highly trained associates. Combining OTP and AIP enables manufacturers to reduce their supplier base with product support for world-leading manufacturers of industrial automation, robotics and MRO components. With its technical engineering support, AIP can help customers design, engineer, install and start up new projects and make improvements to existing systems. AIP also provides hands-on training classes to customers taught by its own factory trained engineers.

“AIP is a very successful and well-respected industrial automation distributor. By combining the strength of OTP with the strength of AIP, we have the ability to better serve our customers with leading-edge industrial products and solutions provided by knowledgeable associates. Our new partnership provides great opportunities for the customers, associates and suppliers of both companies,” said Rob Webb, president of OTP Industrial Solutions. “We are pleased to have the former owners of AIP, Dennis and Lisa Stephens, remain with us as an integral part of our management team, overseeing the AIP division.”

AIP joins OTP’s more than 15 locations spread across the Midwest and in San Antonio, Texas. Under parent company Ohio Transmission Corporation, OTP Industrial Solutions has greatly expanded its operation by bringing together forward-thinking industrial distributors and service providers that represent the company’s core values and enhance OTP’s key supplier relationships, broad product support and expert technical services, which it provides to a fast-growing customer base.

“With its more than 30 dedicated technical associates and world-class product lines, AIP is an excellent addition to the OTP family. Working together will allow both companies to grow and continually improve the value delivered to customers, suppliers and associates. AIP strengthens our industrial automation business and is a terrific complement to our fluid power, power transmission and pump businesses,” said Ohio Transmission Corporation President and CEO Phil Derrow. “We recognize AIP as an industry leader committed to outstanding customer service, engineering and technical support, and we are proud to commence our partnership with AIP—a company that we can grow with into the future.”

About OTP Industrial Solutions
OTP Industrial Solutions is one of the largest industrial equipment distributors and service providers in the United States. Providing expert technical solutions for industrial motion control, fluid power, power transmission, electrical, mechanical and pumping systems, OTP Industrial Solutions takes pride in bringing together the right combination of knowledgeable people and broad product support to customers representing a broad range of industries. OTP Industrial Solutions maintains locations throughout the Midwest and in Texas with more than 500 associates who share the company’s founding vision of delivering excellent value through work with integrity. Established in 1963, parent company Ohio Transmission Corporation, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. To learn more about OTP Industrial Solutions, please visit https://www.otpnet.com/.

About Advanced Industrial Products, Inc. (AIP)
Advanced Industrial Products, Inc. (AIP) supports its customers’ needs for world leading components, engineering support, programming expertise and project design and implementation with locations in Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee and a growing presence in Alabama and the south. AIP has valued customers across 42 states. Its highly-trained electrical engineers, technical sales staff, project managers and industry professionals set the company apart and allow it to serve an expanding base of customers in industrial automation, robotics and MRO components. To learn more about AIP, please visit http://www.aip-usa.com/.


COLUMBUS, OHIO—OTP Industrial Solutions has merged with and hired the associates of R.J. Knoepfler Company, a finishing and fluid handling distributor based in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a result of the merger, OTP now offers R.J. Knoepfler customers an extensive finishing and fluid handling inventory, as well as industrial solutions and support for bearings, fluid power, pumps, mechanical and electrical products. R.J. Knoepfler Company will take on the name OTP Industrial Solutions as their employees join nearby OTP branch locations.

OTP Industrial Solutions welcomes R.J. Knoepfler Company’s rich history, expertise and product solutions. Founded in 1952 by Bob Knoepfler, R.J. Knoepfler Company began as a finishing distributor selling to manufacturing companies and wood finishing businesses in Ohio and Indiana. Bob served as the company’s president for 21 years until his passing in 1974. At that time his wife Dorothy Knoepfler and Ed Burns took over, expanding the company’s sales coverage into Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. In 2005 Jeff Burns became president and added additional finishing and fluid handling products to the company’s list of manufacturers that it represented and technically supported, along with its complete turnkey systems and solutions.

For more information about the R.J. Knoepfler Company merger, please contact OTP Industrial Solutions.

About OTP Industrial Solutions

OTP Industrial Solutions is one of the largest industrial distributors and service providers in the United States. Established in 1963, the corporation recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Its divisions include OTP Industrial Solutions, a provider of expert solutions for industrial motion control, fluid power, power transmission and pumping systems, and Air Technologies®, a compressed air system equipment and service provider and the largest distributor of Atlas Copco compressed air equipment in North America. Ohio Transmission Corporation maintains locations throughout the Midwest and in Texas. Ohio Transmission Corporation’s more than 500 associates share its founding vision of delivering excellent value through work with integrity. For more information, please visit www.otpnet.com and www.aircompressors.com.

OTP 2013 Annual Open House/Tailgate

OTP Industrial Solutions Celebrates 50 Years!

2013 Annual Open House/Tailgate
Friday, September 27th beginning at 11 a.m.
at 1900 Jetway Blvd., Columbus OH 43219

Photo of past OTP Tailgate Party

Please join OTP in celebrating our 50th anniversary. We will have our Annual Open House/Tailgate on Friday, September 27th beginning at 11:00 a.m. and going until food and prizes are gone (est. 3:00 p.m.).

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30+ Vendors, Great Food, Games and Prizes

We will once again be joined by over 30 vendors with product information for you. There will be great food, games, and many prizes to be won! Please send your RSVP to your account manager or Sara Mathisen. We look forward to seeing you there!

Supported by our suppliers:

  • AC Tech
  • AEP-Kema
  • Atlas Copco
  • Bonfiglioli
  • Danfoss
  • Eaton
  • Emotron
  • EPT
  • Exel
  • Flowserve
  • Flowserve Seal
  • GPM
  • Graco
  • Grundfos
  • Hub City
  • Leeson/Grove
  • Martin Sprocket&Gear
  • NSK
  • NTN
  • Omron
  • Rexnord
  • PBC Linear
  • Rittal
  • SMC
  • Sumitomo
  • Thomson
  • Transair
  • 80/20
  • UST
  • Vogelsang Pumps
  • Warner/Boston/TB Woods
  • Yates

Ohio Transmission Corporation acquires Industrial Process Equipment Group

COLUMBUS, OHIO—Ohio Transmission Corporation has acquired Industrial Process Equipment Group (IPEG), a pump and process equipment company that will broaden the geographical reach of Ohio Transmission Corporation’s industrial product and service offerings and grow the corporation’s expert technical staff. With the acquisition, Ohio Transmission Corporation will add all three IPEG office locations in St. Louis, Missouri; Decatur, Illinois; and Calvert City, Kentucky to its syndicate of 18 locations in six Midwest states and Texas. Ohio Transmission Corporation brought on 52 employees from IPEG at the beginning of the new year, increasing its workforce to 468 employees.

IPEG will become a subsidiary of Ohio Transmission Corporation and benefit from access to additional resources that will enhance the growth of its highly respected pump and process equipment business. The move to acquire IPEG will allow Ohio Transmission Corporation, more commonly known in the marketplace as OTP Industrial Solutions and Air Technologies®, to serve a larger number of customers with a diverse set of industrial equipment and service needs.

“IPEG is a very successful and well-respected pump and process equipment company with a rich history and outstanding associates. By adding IPEG to the Ohio Transmission Corporation family of companies, we will strengthen our ability to serve customers and expand opportunities for the employees and customers of both companies,” said Philip Derrow, president of Ohio Transmission Corporation. “The addition of talented and experienced industrial pump experts will strengthen our already strong team of experts. “

About Ohio Transmission Corporation

Ohio Transmission Corporation is one of the largest industrial distributors and service providers in the United States. Established in 1963, the corporation is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Its divisions include OTP Industrial Solutions, a provider of expert solutions for industrial motion control, fluid power, power transmission and pumping systems, and Air Technologies®, a compressed air system equipment and service provider and the largest distributor of Atlas Copco compressed air equipment in North America. Ohio Transmission Corporation is a partially employee-owned company that maintains locations throughout the Midwest and in Texas. Ohio Transmission Corporation’s 468 associates share its founding vision of delivering excellent value through work with integrity. For more information, please visit www.otpnet.com and www.aircompressors.com.

About IPEG

Industrial Process Equipment Group (IPEG) has provided premiere products in fluid pumping and handling equipment to Eastern Missouri, Southern Illinois and Northwestern Kentucky since 1947. IPEG helps customers maintain fluid handling applications through quality products from world-class vendors; equipment service, repair and assembly by factory-trained service technicians; and custom fabrication of parts and equipment. For more information, please visit http://ipegstl.com.

OTP Industrial Solutions President and CEO Phil Derrow Featured in “Smart Business” Magazine

smart-businessPhil Derrow, the President and CEO of OTP Industrial Solutions is featured in the December 2011 “Smart Business Columbus”, both on the cover and in the feature article by Dennis Seeds “Keeping the Faith: How Phil Derrow Invested During the Recession to Set Ohio Transmission Up for Growth.”. The article explains how Derrow used his belief that the recession would bottom out and that the future would improve to take action and put the company back on the growth track.
In the piece, Derrow was quoted as saying, “Continuously invest in yourselves and your company.  I make a big deal about the fact that investment is a continuous and ongoing process, and it is an essential statement of a belief in the future. If you believe based on knowledge that recessions always end, then you continue to invest. It’s no more complicated than that.”
Along with rebranding Ohio Transmission and Pump Co. into OTP Industrial Solutions, creating a new logo and website and investing in employees and a new factory for Air Technologies, Derrow focused on the human factor– managing during a recession.
“We have 360 people now, and you can’t manage through such a challenging period without engaging the people in the organization.  We believe in being open and honest with our people and telling them what’s going on, telling them the company’s position, telling them our strategy and making them part of the process from start to finish.” Derrow explained.
What was the result? The annual revenue for 2011 will finish more than 60% above that of 2008, market share has grown and the company has increased employment by 10% during the same period– 380 associates across eight states.

OTP Expands Finishing Systems Design Capabilities

OTP Industrial Solutions has expanded its finishing and dispensing system design capabilities with the recent hiring of four additional finishing specialists in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

OTP has been a finishing system supplier for more than three decades, including paint and powder applications, precision flow and pressure control systems, paint booths, wash booths, ovens, piping systems, conveyor systems, sheet metal enclosures, design and automation.  “OTP designs, installs and supports a wide range of finishing and fluid dispense applications, especially paints, lubricants, and high viscosity sealants,” states Steve Milhoan, Finishing Specialist.

In concert with the additional engineering resources, OTP expanded its business relationship with the manufacturer of Kremlin, Sames, Johnstone and Rexson finishing products. Kremlin supplies pumps, spray guns and related equipment for the application of powder, paint, sealant and adhesives. Sames offers electrostatic spray guns and rotary atomizer equipment for the application of powder and liquid paint.  Johnstone Pump and Rexson Pump provide pumping, dispensing, and metering equipment for manual, automatic and robotic operation with high viscosity materials.

Product and application examples are posted on the OTP Industrial Solutions Facebook page – most recently pictures of a custom cross draft spray booth.

Related Story: Nu-Con Automation Joins OTP Industrial Solutions.
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Nu-Con Automation Joins OTP Industrial Solutions

BATTLE CREEK MICHIGAN – OTP Industrial Solutions has acquired the assets and hired the associates of Nu-Con Automation, a leading SMC Pneumatics distributor in southern Michigan since 1977.

Nu-Con Automation and OTP have both been Technical Distributors with SMC Pneumatics for many years. The addition of OTP’s resources and broad range of industrial products will benefit Nu-Con customers by greatly increasing the scope of applications, support and solutions available to customers.

“Technical Knowledge with Broad Product Support,” states Rob Webb, OTP Marketing Manager. “We provide customers with individualized solutions using our wide breadth of products, manufacturers and resources. ”

In conjunction with this acquisition, 80/20 Inc has authorized OTP in all territories that Nu-Con Automation traditionally served.  Nu-Con customers and associates will gain immediate support from the  OTP 80/20 design and assembly team, with experienced CAD operators providing design assistance, expert fabrication and assembly.

OTP fully supports its products through its technical associates and on-line technical support. The “Ask the OTP Experts” feature enables the user to easily find technical information about fluid power products, and to quickly obtain specific answers to their automation and control questions. “Ask the OTP Experts” enables maintenance, purchasing and engineering associates to easily connect with local technical OTP experts in fluid power, pumps, mechanical power transmission, bearings, electrical and automation products.

Related Video: OTP Designs with SMC Pneumatics and 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion – VIDEO

OTP Wins Honda Supplier of the Year Award

OTP Industrial Solutions accepted Honda’s 2010 MRO Supplier of the Year Award for power transmission products, including mechanical and fluid power products, bearings, cylinders, pumps, gearboxes and valves.

At an awards conference encompassing all Honda manufacturing operations in Ohio and Indiana, Honda presented its Supplier of the Year awards for excellence in key performance areas of safety, quality, cost, development and management.  OTP Industrial Solutions was one of only twelve suppliers recognized with an award out of approximately 5000 total MRO suppliers.

“Today, we are acknowledging an outstanding group of suppliers that exemplify Honda’s philosophy of delivering the highest possible value to our customers through their quality products and customer service,” said Jan Gansheimer, who manages purchasing for Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

OTP fully supports manufacturing operations at Honda’s automotive plants in Greensburg Indiana, Marysville Ohio, and East Liberty Ohio, in addition to engine and transmission plants in Ohio.  “We are proud of our Honda team to win Supplier of the Year Award again this year”, stated Bob Korb,  OTP Vice President Sales.  “Honda is very important to our entire team.”

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OTP Product Application Pictures now on Facebook

COLUMBUS, OHIO – OTP Industrial Solutions continues to expand its use of social media by introducing the OTP Facebook Page.

OTP now shares product pictures and application pictures on Facebook.  “Since we support such a broad range of technical products and solutions, application pictures can help our customers see other solutions and understand more of the technical capabilities of our associates,” states Jack Grote, Chief Operating Officer.   “So far, we have created separate photo albums for pumps, pneumatic, power transmission, electrical, pump repair, and finishing products.”

Grote encourages all OTP associates to get involved on social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. “We want our customers and suppliers to be able to independently reach out to our associates.  We appreciate that people want to do business with people they can know and trust – and that social media is one more way to get to know someone,” Grote finished.

In addition to sharing information on social media sites, the OTP website offers the innovative “Ask the OTP Experts” on-line industrial product technical support. This feature enables maintenance, purchasing and engineering personnel to easily connect with technical OTP experts in pumps, fluid power, mechanical power transmission, bearings and electrical products.  This customer support feature combines the strength of the internet with the personal technical capabilities of the OTP experts.

Jack Grote
1900 Jetway Blvd
Columbus Ohio