Ohio Transmission Corporation acquires Louisville, Ky., company

Acquisition of Tape Industrial Sales, Inc.,
enhances industrial finishing and sealant/adhesive capabilities

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Oct. 2, 2018 — Ohio Transmission Corporation, an industrial equipment service provider and distributor headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, announces the acquisition of Tape Industrial Sales, Inc. The Louisville, Ky.- based company specializes in industrial finishing and sealant/adhesive applications.

Founded in 1975, Tape Industrial Sales, Inc., represents leading product lines in the fluid management industry. One of only three Graco-certified sealant and adhesive division technology centers, the company specializes in supplying the industry with paint, powder and sealant and adhesive application; and fluid management equipment, including fluid pumping, transferring, dispensing, metering and spraying equipment for paints, resins, adhesives, sealants, solvents, lubricants, inks, chemicals, foods and sanitary products. Tape Industrial Sales, Inc.’s corporate offices include a sealant/adhesive demonstration lab, warehouse parts department and complete repair service facility. The company serves customers in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

“I’ve known of Tape Industrial Sales, Inc., for more than 30 years,” said Philip Derrow, president and CEO of Ohio Transmission Corporation. “Tape has continued to be a strong competitor through the years with their exceptional service to customers. The addition of this strong team to the OTC family will provide even greater capabilities for all of our customers.”

The company will become a division of OTP Industrial Solutions, which provides technical sales and service for industrial automation, motion control, fluid power, pumps, spray finishing, sealant and adhesive application and power transmission systems and products. Tape Industrial Sales, Inc., will continue to operate under the same name and with current local management, including Ryan Tape, CEO, who will remain in a consulting role, and Ralph Ciolek, president, who will lead the team.

“Tape will become an important part of our rapidly growing finishing and dispense business,” said Rob Webb, president of OTP Industrial Solutions. “I know that our shared commitment to providing our customers with exceptional customer service, innovative solutions, products and service will make for a successful partnership.”

Becoming part of OTP Industrial Solutions will provide continued stability for Tape Industrial Sales employees, customers and suppliers, according to Ciolek.

“Tape has always been a value-added distributor, and we pride ourselves on service, support and training,” Ciolek said. “We also know these are similar core values to OTP, which made this a good match. Being part of OTP will also provide Tape with additional resources that will allow our sales force to offer a complete package to our customers.”

With this acquisition, Ohio Transmission Corporation now has 34 locations throughout the South, Southeast, Midwest and Northeast regions, along with 16 service shops. The addition of Tape Industrial Sales, Inc.’s associates, including a team of sales engineers, expands Ohio Transmission Corporation’s existing workforce of more than 900 employees.

“With this acquisition, Tape Industrial Sales, Inc., gains the strength of an industry leader like OTP, and our leadership team and employees will remain and keep their responsibilities,” said Ryan Tape. “The fit between OTP and TIS could not have been a better one, and I am excited and look forward to watching TIS continue to grow and succeed with the new opportunities this relationship will bring.”

To learn more about Tape Industrial Solutions, visit the company website: http://tapeindustrial.com.

Ohio Transmission Corporation acquires South Carolina company

Crimson Electric, electrical apparatus services and sales company, enhances electric motor repair product portfolio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — June 6, 2018 — Ohio Transmission Corporation, an industrial equipment service provider and distributor headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, announces the acquisition of Crimson Electric, Inc., a company located in South Carolina.

Founded in 1954, Crimson Electric is one of the leading electrical apparatus service centers in the Carolinas. The company specializes in the repair and testing of AC/DC motors, servo motors, pumps and gear reducers. Headquartered in Duncan, S.C., between Greenville and Spartanburg, the company’s facility includes state-of-the-art equipment for the comprehensive repair, engineering and testing of equipment.

“The southeastern United States is a rapidly growing industrial market, and Crimson Electric’s service focus provides a great opportunity to expand OTC’s geographic and product areas to better serve all of our customers,” said Phil Derrow, president and CEO of Ohio Transmission Corporation. “We have wanted to include electric motor repair in our product portfolio for many years and are excited to be able to do so with such a great company that has a long history of providing top-notch service to help their customers achieve success.”

Crimson Electric will continue to operate under the same name and with current local management. The company will become a division of OTP Industrial Solutions, which provides technical sales and service for industrial automation, motion control, fluid power, pumps, spray finishing, sealant and adhesive application, and power transmission systems and products. Crimson Electric owner, Charles Wilson, and his wife, Debbie, will continue to stay with the company through the transition of ownership.

With this acquisition, Ohio Transmission Corporation now has 33 locations throughout the South, Southeast, Midwest and  Northeast regions, along with 14 service shops. The addition of Crimson Electric’s associates will expand Ohio Transmission Corporation’s existing workforce of more than 900 employees.

“The addition of Crimson Electric provides a great advantage to the OTP family as we expand our capabilities in electro-mechanical apparatus repair and service,” said Rob Webb, president of OTP Industrial Products. “Crimson Electric’s associates are highly trained and accustomed to working in a focused, customer-driven climate. Our customers continue to look to us for full-service solutions,  and Crimson Electric can take care of everything from electrical apparatus repair to machine work, and they have an extensive product inventory of motors, parts, gear reducers and controls.”

As a division of OTP Industrial Solutions, Crimson Electric will have access to OTC’s vast product and service offerings and support resources. The acquisition provides significant growth opportunities for the associates of all of the companies and will provide customers with a more comprehensive set of technical solutions.

“As part of the OTP family, Crimson Electric will offer more resources, products and services to our customers,” said Charles Wilson. “Our team, which is staying on, brings a wealth of knowledge to the motor repair industry by reducing interruption of operations for our customers, reducing downtime and providing value-added services and products.”

About Crimson Electric

Crimson Electric, founded in 1954 in Duncan, S.C., and grew to become one of the leading electrical apparatus service centers in the Carolinas. Charles and Debbie Wilson purchased the company in 1994 and continued to lead the company in growth and development of highly trained associates. From its beginning, Crimson Electric has focused on the repair and service of electric motors. The company has a complete in-house machine shop with trained technicians who can perform precision dynamic balancing, vibration analysis and factory authorized modifications. The company’s facility also houses an extensive product inventory of motors, parts, gear reducers and controls. For more information, visit www.crimsonelec.com.

Ohio Transmission Corporation acquires PK Controls, Inc.

Recent acquisition enhances OTC’s capabilities in complex automation solutions

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nov. 9, 2017 — Ohio Transmission Corporation, an industrial equipment service provider and distributor headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, announces the acquisition of PK Controls, Inc.

PK Controls, Inc., located in Plain City, Ohio, is a leading engineering and services company that specializes in factory automation and controls. PK Controls’ extensive full-service, technical experience in customizing automation solutions for customers from start to finish made the company a good match for Ohio Transmission Corporation.

“PK Controls’ team of 74 associates — including 10 engineers, 47 field technicians, as well as shop and installation technicians — significantly enhances Ohio Transmission Corporation’s capabilities across our entire product portfolio,” said Phil Derrow, president and CEO of Ohio Transmission Corporation. “Our customers continue to favor supplier-partners with the resources to help them improve their processes and solve problems rather than merely supplying parts, and PK Controls can handle everything from simple control panel design-build to complex automation and field service solutions.”

Matt Patel, the owner of PK Controls, will continue to stay with the company and lead the team. PK Controls will continue to operate under the same name but as a division of OTP Industrial Solutions, which provides technical sales and service for industrial automation, motion control, fluid power, pumps, spray finishing, sealant and adhesive application, and power transmission systems and products.

PK Controls provides all elements of the automation industry with a large array of highly-skilled, technical services to a wide variety of industrial clients. Some of these services include the engineering, design and installation of process systems; control panel fabrication; plant equipment; and systems installation and industrial maintenance.

With this acquisition, Ohio Transmission Corporation now has 30 locations throughout the South and the Midwest and Northeast regions, along with 14 service shops. The addition of PK Controls’ 74 associates brings Ohio Transmission Corporation’s existing workforce to almost 900 employees.

“The addition of PK Controls to the OTP family is a great fit, as we continue to expand our electrical and automation capabilities,” said Rob Webb, president of OTP Industrial Products. “PK engineers, installation and service technicians and all of their leadership and support associates are highly trained and experienced with a history and continuing commitment to delivering expert solutions to customers on time and on budget. Their emphasis on customer service and high quality are a perfect fit to help OTP deliver what matters most to our customers.”

As a division of OTP Industrial Solutions, PK Controls will have access to OTC’s vast product and service offerings and support resources. The acquisition provides significant growth opportunities for the associates of all of the companies and will provide customers with a more comprehensive set of technical solutions.

“This acquisition allows PK Controls and its employees to continue to be part of a family-oriented company while also providing expanded opportunities for additional training and development for our employees and growth for PK Controls outside of our present geographical location,” said Patel, owner and co-founder of PK Controls. “Because our entire team is staying on, our customers will continue to see the same management and same quality they have come to expect from PK Controls.”

OTP feature vendor saves time and money with VLT drive

Danfoss Drive and Industrial Control

Since 1968, Danfoss — a featured vendor of OTP Industrial Solutions — has been dedicated to developing VLT® variable frequency drives to control speed, torque, acceleration, synchronization, positioning and overall performance of AC motors. The reliable and innovative VLT drive is designed to support any automation application and provide energy savings.

From pressure transmitter and temperature switch to solenoid valve and motor control gear, Danfoss offers a complete line of industrial control solutions to improve productivity and lower costs.

A Danfoss VLT drive success

The Danfoss North America (NAM) sales team has delivered the first VLT® FlexConcept® solution for a leading North American beverage company. The company has begun producing a new milk protein drink in a dairy production facility owned and operated in Michigan.

Danfoss NAM has supplied a VLT® FlexConcept® solution for three packaging lines at the facility. Each line uses about 60 pieces of the VLT® OneGearDrive® and the VLT® Decentral Drive FCD 302 respectively.

The project is the first VLT® OneGearDrive® installation within the beverage company’s bottling. The company is so impressed with the Danfoss VLT® FlexConcept® solution, that Danfoss NAM has also been awarded a new can line for the beverage company’s plant in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Savings in installation process

To secure these packaging lines, Danfoss NAM utilized a Danfoss Food & Beverage PUSH/PULL strategy, providing savings to both the equipment builder Descon Integrated Conveying Solutions, and the end user, the owners and operators of the dairy production facility.

Said Jeff Philpott of Descon, “The VLT® Decentral Drive FCD 302 has saved Descon time and money, for we can utilize the I/O connection of the FCD 302 and reduce analogue I/O block,” said Jeff. “Node connectivity is very expensive. Any additional Ethernet switches and I/O blocks add so much more cost, more wiring and more time to install.”

Streamlined hygienic design

The dairy production facility’s maintenance manager was highly impressed with the clean, hygienic design of the VLT® FlexConcept® solution: “The VLT® OneGearDrive® has no fan or bleeder valve, which is ideal for our dairy plant.”

OTP represents a team of product experts and engineers who bring innovative solutions to our customers. By offering one of the broadest ranges of quality equipment and systems from the industry’s most respected manufacturers, OTP is your one industrial solutions supplier for the products and services you need and the value you demand.

To learn more about Danfoss products, contact an OTP expert today!

Read the full Danfoss success story here.

When food safety is your concern, EDT bearings are your best choice

EDT Bearings

At OTP, we understand your food or beverage plant needs to have very little downtime for maintenance. For more than 35 years, EDT Corp. has designed and manufactured mounted and unmounted bearings for virtually all areas of the food processing floor.

Low-maintenance plane bearings with reusable components

EDT’s signature plane bearings (including Poly-Round® Solution® bearings) retrofit industry standard bearings and are:

  • USDA-accepted
  • Grease-free and rust-free
  • Chemically resistant
  • Unaffected by process moisture
  • Contain no rolling elements, eliminating catastrophic failure

Poly-Round® bearings can also be rotated 180 degrees and re-inserted after they’ve been worn in one direction. This effectively doubles their useful life. And because wear can be measured and monitored with all EDT plane bearings, change-outs can be scheduled.

Reduced risk of food contamination

EDT’s new Metal Detectable Poly-Round® decreases the chance of costly food contamination incidents. Its material is designed to be detected in three ways: metal, x-ray and optically detectable.

EDT’s stainless ball bearings use either food-grade grease or food-grade solid lubrication.  They’re available in shaft sizes from 1/2 to 3 inches (12 mm to 70 mm), including sizes not available elsewhere. Stainless ball bearings are preferable for applications where plane bearings don’t perform as well, such as high speed and high tension environments.

Reusable bearing housings to decrease operating expenses

EDT housings are available in all styles and in three types of materials: machined stainless, production stainless and polymer (including optically detectable blue housings).  Both the machined stainless and polymer materials are USDA-accepted, and all are designed to maximize clean-ability. All housings are available in QuiKlean® design, featuring an integral standoff, 5/8 inch above the base, further improving sanitation and clean-ability. Finally, all EDT housings can be reused, reducing operating expenses.

Whatever your applications throughout the process floor, EDT has the right bearing for the job. For more information on EDT bearings, contact an OTP expert today!

Ohio Transmission Corporation acquires assets of Tri-Power MPT

Acquisition strengthens industrial distribution presence in Akron

COLUMBUS, Ohio — April 26, 2017 — Ohio Transmission Corporation, an industrial equipment distributor and service provider headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, announces the acquisition of the assets of Tri-Power MPT, Inc., which has a single location headquartered in Akron, Ohio.

Tri-Power MPT, Inc., distributes automation, electrical, power transmission, motion control and safety products, primarily in the northern Ohio industrial markets. Founded in 1954, the company has received recognition by Industrial Distribution as one of the Top 50 small distributors in North America. Tri-Power MPT is one of the principal independent distributors for many of the core product lines that it represents.

Tri-Power MPT maintains a diverse customer base in a variety of industries, including food processing, automotive, Amish manufacturing, glass, medical, packaging, plastics, stamping, steel, tire and rubber.

“Like OTC, a key differentiator for Tri-Power is to be considered experts in the products they represent, a responsibility their 14 associates take to heart,” said Phil Derrow, president and CEO of Ohio Transmission Corporation. “Most importantly with all of our acquisitions, we welcome the addition of new associates to our team. OTC is a people-focused business with product and service experts who know how to help customers find the right solutions. Our 14 new associates in Akron are excited to join our fast-growing company and we’re excited to work with them.”

With this acquisition, Ohio Transmission Corporation now has 29 locations throughout the South and the Midwest and Northeast regions, along with 12 service shops. The addition of Tri-Power MPT’s 14 associates brings Ohio Transmission Corp.’s total employment to 800 employees.

“Tri-Power is an excellent strategic fit that further enhances our ability to provide value and technical expertise to our customers in northern Ohio,” said Matt Piatt, COO and CFO of Ohio Transmission Corporation. “We are pleased to welcome the Tri-Power associates to the OTC family.”

“While OTP has offices in northeastern Ohio and Pittsburgh, the addition of Tri-Power MPT provides us with a dedicated team in the Akron market and strengthens our presence in that area,” said Rob Webb, president of OTP Industrial Solutions. “Our customers value the expertise of our associates and the professionalism we bring to every relationship. The associates of Tri-Power MPT will be an excellent addition to help us deliver outstanding service and products to northern Ohio.”

The acquisition of the assets of Tri-Power MPT will expand OTP’s product line offerings. In turn, Tri-Power MPT, as a branch of OTP Industrial Solutions, will have access to OTC’s vast product and service offerings and support resources. The acquisition provides significant growth opportunities for Tri-Power MPT’s associates and will provide its customers with a more comprehensive set of technical solutions.

“I’ve known OTC for as long as I’ve been in this business, and they share our values of commitment to product expertise and integrity in all they do,” said Ric Wiley, president of Tri-Power MPT, Inc. “They represent the very best opportunity for growth for the associates of Tri-Power MPT to continue to do what they do best every day.”

How to Be Environmentally Friendly with Flowserve Pumps and Seals

Flowserve Pump and Pump Repair

Companies are continuously looking for ways to stay environmentally friendly while still running their plant efficiently and effectively. So, where do you begin? You can start by filling your operation with environmentally responsible solutions, like Flowserve pumps and seals.

Flowserve is a leading manufacturer of flow control products and services for the world’s toughest, most critical applications. As a global company, Flowserve strives to protect its communities and the environment by continuously improving its products and services. Flowserve is the go-to resource for environmentally responsible solutions that solve the toughest challenges of fluid motion control.

Leading a Role in Clean Energy

Flowserve pumps play a leading role in clean energy, greenhouse gas reduction and potable water supply efforts. The company’s products provide customers with unequaled expertise in the successful application of pre-engineered, engineered, and special-purpose pumps and systems.

Providing Environmentally-Friendly Benefits

Flowserve’s collection of mechanical seals provides users with safety and environmental benefits. They have application in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, chemical processing, mineral and ore processing, and general industries, and are proven to help customers improve reliability, make a positive environmental impact and reduce operating costs.

Meeting Vital Safety Standards

Environmental protection, extended service life and safe operation are at the core of every pump and seal that Flowserve manufactures. Flowserve pumps and seals are engineered to meet vital performance and safety standards, and are engineered to perform specific functions for unique flow control environments.

For more information on Flowserve products and how they can help you remain environmentally friendly while exceeding operational goals, contact an OTP expert today.

Choosing the Best Bearing for your Application

Mounting and installation errors are the second-leading cause for bearing failures — accounting for almost 27% — and generally result in production downtime and increased cost. It should come as no surprise that not all bearings are created equal, and choosing the best seal and shaft locking mechanism for your bearing will increase the overall performance and life.

Reduce Downtime

 When selecting your next bearing, determine if the application has:

  • High speed
  • High contamination, or
  • High heat

Each of these conditions requires a specific seal to obtain maximum performance. Most importantly, applying the correct seal will result in a reduction in downtime.

  • Clearance seals: High-temperature and high-speed capabilities; contamination prevention is low
  • Light contact seals: Moderate temperature capability, high-speed capability and good contamination prevention
  • Heavy contact seals: Moderate temperature capability, very low-speed capability; best option to prevent contamination
  • Auxiliary seals: Best option to maximize bearing protection and life when combined with other seals

Increase Performance

When it comes to getting a job done, performance is key. In addition to applying the correct seal, there are several shaft-locking mechanisms to consider:

  • Set screw/set collar: Works great in most applications but may come loose under high load or speed, or if shaft is slightly undersized
  • Eccentric collar: Slightly better than a set screw; tightening direction is critical
  • Concentric clamping: Provides great holding power, does not damage the shaft and reduces vibration
  • Tapered adapter: Provides excellent grip force, the best concentricity, low vibration and the longest life

Choosing the best bearing for your application is just the first of five important tips for successful bearing installation. Learn how to install your bearings correctly the first time by accessing Rexnord’s free, expert-led webinar hosted by Mark Czubak, principal engineer for bearings at Rexnord.

For more information about specific bearing products, contact an OTP expert today!

 

Ohio Transmission Corporation acquires assets of New Jersey branch of Argo International Corp.

Acquisition expands presence in the Northeast region, fits perfectly with OTC’s industrial pump, electrical, and service and repair businesses

COLUMBUS, Ohio — January 30, 2017 — Ohio Transmission Corporation, an industrial equipment distributor and service provider headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, announces the acquisition of the assets of the Somerset, N.J. branch location of Argo International Corporation.

The New Jersey branch of Argo International Corp., is an industrial distributor focused on the industrial markets for pumps, repairs, and electrical products. The Somerset, N.J., branch will operate as a branch location of OTP Industrial Solutions, which provides expert solutions for industrial pumps, electrical, motion control, fluid power, spray finishing, and power transmission systems.

“Argo New Jersey is a strong Flowserve pump and repair distributor that expands our presence in the densely populated Northeast United States and is a perfect fit with our industrial pump, electrical, and service and repair businesses,” said Phil Derrow, president and CEO of Ohio Transmission Corporation. “Most importantly with all of our acquisitions, we welcome the addition of new associates to our team. OTC is a people-focused business with product and service experts who know how to help customers find the right solutions. Our eight new associates in New Jersey are excited to join our fast-growing company and we’re excited to work with them.”

With this acquisition, Ohio Transmission Corporation now has 28 locations throughout the South and the Midwest and Northeast regions, along with 12 service shops. The addition of Argo’s eight associates brings Ohio Transmission Corp.’s total employment to more than 780 employees.

“The addition of Argo in New Jersey reinforces OTP’s commitment to our pump, electrical, and service and repair business and strengthens our presence in the Northeast in conjunction with our Ohlheiser fluid power and automation-focused branch in Newington, Conn.,” said Rob Webb, president of OTP Industrial Solutions. “Our customers value the expertise of our associates and the professionalism we bring to every relationship. The associates of Argo N.J., are a perfect fit to help OTP deliver what matters most to our customers.”

As a branch of OTP Industrial Solutions, Argo N.J., will have access to OTC’s vast product and service offerings and support resources. The acquisition provides significant growth opportunities for Argo’s associates and will provide its customers with a more comprehensive set of technical solutions.

“Joining with OTP is exactly the right choice for our team and I couldn’t think of a better partnership,” said Anne Russell, General Manager of Argo N.J. “I’ve known OTP for more than 20 years when I was national manager for distribution with Flowserve Corp. They have always been a highly professional and customer-focused company, and their commitment to investment and growth will be great for our customers and associates.”

Increase Performance and Sustainability with a Grundfos Pump

Grundfos Pump is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-efficiency centrifugal pump products.

Pumps Designed with You in Mind

No matter your application, an efficient, energy-saving pump solution is required. Grundfos pumps and processing equipment are built with high-performance and sustainability in mind. Grundfos Pump understands that an increase in your pump efficiency can be achieved through a combination of small, innovative design refinements. That’s why you can depend on Grundfos for their high-quality, dependable products.

Reliable Pumps for all Applications

Featuring unique stainless steel construction and the latest in electronics, Grundfos Pump is recognized for reliability and value throughout the world — wherever water moves.
Its full-range pump solutions fulfill a variety of needs, from heating and cooling to simple pressure boosting. From the largest, most complex applications to the smallest, Grundfos uses its in-depth pump knowledge and unrivaled range of intelligent pumping systems.

Check out the Grundfos MGE motors with the Variable Frequency Drive mounted directly on the motor. It’s the world’s most intelligent and energy-efficient motor!

Pump Repair and Maintenance

Need to repair your Grundfos pump? OTP Industrial Solutions can help! When you choose OTP Industrial Solutions as your local pump, gearbox and rotation equipment repair shop, you are guaranteed a quality repair — on time and on budget.

For more information on Grundfos pumps and repairs, contact an OTP expert today.