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Motion Industries makes EIS its ‘Electrical Specialties Group’

Motion Industries has officially enlisted the services of its favorite cousin.

The Birmingham, Ala.-based distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts is one of four prized subsidiaries of Genuine Parts Company (based in Atlanta). Motion has operated GPC’s industrial arm since 1976, alongside NAPA (automotive), S.P. Richards (office), and EIS (electrical). The four pillars are part of a behemoth that influences a ton of industry across the globe.

So it was big news Tuesday when a press release revealed that EIS—which was operating independently and reporting directly to GPC—has “become the Electrical Specialties Group of Motion Industries, effective January 2, 2018.” The retroactive date is assumed to be due to confirmation of the deal.

“We have been working directly with Motion Industries for many years, as EIS’s products and services complement Motion’s offerings in many ways,” said Larry Griffin, President of EIS. “Combining our resources into one offering to the industrial marketplace makes a lot of sense with our similar markets, goals and culture.”

EIS currently operates 39 branches and six fabrication facilities located across North America, supplying process materials, production supplies, specialty wire and cable, and value-added fabricated parts to electrical OEMs, motor repair shops and various assembly markets. Based in Atlanta, the company focuses on three main areas: Electrical & Electronic, Cable & Connectivity and Fabrication & Coating. EIS’s annual revenues were approximately $800 million in the previous year.

Tim Breen, Motion Industries’ President and CEO, said, “This move creates operational synergies and new growth strategies that will make both companies stronger than ever in customer service and in the competitive market. Together, we are leveraging our assets of people, facilities, size, strength, and expertise to provide even greater customer and shareholder value.”

With annual sales of $5 billion, Motion 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. MI, which made significant organizational promotions in January, has over 550 branch locations, 40 service centers and 14 distribution centers throughout North America serving 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.

…but that’s not all from Motion, which is having a big week. the company also announced the opening of a new distribution center near Seattle on Thursday. The new Auburn, Wash., location will open in the late spring of 2018. Aimed to enhance the company’s logistical network, the new distribution center will serve 24 area branch locations daily, as well as its entire North American footprint as needed, the company said in Thursday’s press release. Covering just over 62,000 square feet, the new facility plans to stock and ship a broad range of industrial parts and supplies including bearings, power transmission products, fluid power components, electrical parts, safety supplies, and more.

“The opening of this DC is a strategic initiative to amplify our service and commitment to our customers in the Pacific Northwest,” said Joe Limbaugh, Motion Industries VP of Operations/Distribution/Properties. Tim Breen, Motion Industries President and CEO, said, “Speed to market is important to customers, and it is important to us. This distribution center’s location will be key to getting customers the parts and supplies they need even faster than before.”

The new facility will complement Motion’s existing, primary North American distribution centers in Birmingham, AL; Tracy, CA; Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD; Dallas, TX; Edmonton, AB; and Lachine, QC.

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