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OTC of Columbus acquires South Carolina service center

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

Founded in 1954, Crimson Electric is one of the older 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 advanced machinery for the comprehensive repair, engineering and testing of rotating 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 35 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. Ohio Transmission Corporation was No. 33 on Industrial Distribution‘s 2017 Big 50 List.

“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 Ohio Transmission Corporation

Established in 1963, Ohio Transmission Corporation is one of the largest industrial distributors and service providers in the United States. Its divisions include OTP Industrial Solutions, a provider of expert solutions for industrial motion control, factory automation, fluid power, pumping systems, spray finishing, and power transmission, 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 South and the Midwest and Northeast regions. Ohio Transmission Corporation’s more than 900 associates share its founding vision of delivering excellent value through work with integrity. For more information, please visit http://www.otpnet.com and http://www.aircompressors.com.

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 http://www.crimsonelec.com.

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