Motion For No Recess

This company takes its name seriously

Motion Industries really has that shark mentality. And that doesn’t mean shark in a business sense, necessarily—more so that it embodies its own name. The company has been in constant play this month, as if settling down would stop it dead in the water. MI has appointed Hal Midkiff as product sales manager of its Process Pumps and Equipment division; closed on its acquisition of Hydraulic Supply Co. (HSC); and seen one of its executives, Ellen Holladay, earn an esteemed award from PTDA.

Mr. Midkiff has 27 years of experience in the process pumping industry, including knowledge of pumps and process equipment in industrial, municipalities, mining, and quarries as well as food processing. Motion said in a press release last week that Midkiff’s role will be to “help to grow its process pumps market share by identifying opportunities and working with pump suppliers, Mi specialists, and the Mi sales force to develop strategies, create the optimum product mix, support training and development, and provide customers quality solution offerings.” Midkiff previously worked at Hydra.

Jim Williams, Motion Industries Vice President of Purchasing, said, “We are very happy to have someone of Hal’s experience to lead our efforts in the Process Pumps and related equipment area of our business. This is a very important growth area for Motion Industries, and Hal is uniquely qualified to lead the growth.”

Mi Process Pumps & Equipment has quickly grown since its launch in 2007, by offering a variety of services to support Motion Industries customers’ liquid transfer requirements – with the objective of providing the most cost-effective and long-lasting solutions for their process applications.

Meanwhile, Motion acquired a company October 23 that could well bolster its presence in the HVAC and pumps industries. Founded in 1947, Hydraulic Supply Co., headquartered near Miami, is a full-service distributor with over 30 locations in the U.S. and an international office in Monterrey, Mexico. The company’s offerings span more than 8,000 hydraulic, pneumatic, and industrial products. Its team of experienced technicians provide a wide variety of services, including hydraulic repair, hose assembly and kitting, tube bending and flaring, and manual valve assembly.  “HSC has a strong reputation in the market for being a solutions provider for customers in a wide range of industries, from agriculture to mining to transportation,” ACHRNews said.

Nowhere near least in prominence (but most recently announced) was Motion senior VP and CIO Ellen Holladay’s honor received from PTDA Foundation November 4. Holladay won the 2018 Wendy McDonald Award.

“To encourage more women to enter the power transmission/motion control distribution industry, the Wendy B. McDonald Award celebrates the women who not only excel at what they do but also bring innovation to their companies and the industry,” said Ann Arnott, executive director of the PTDA Foundation. “We are thrilled to recognize Ms. Holladay’s work as a trailblazing woman in this male-dominated field.”

Holladay joined Motion Industries in 1990 as manager of systems planning, and has since led the development of Motion’s supply chain capabilities. This includes a comprehensive integration platform designed to address the complex requirements associated with business-to-business transactions among North American manufacturers and
suppliers. In addition to CIO responsibilities, Holladay leads the eBusiness and operational excellence groups within Motion.

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