Saskatoon, SK — Applied Industrial Technologies Ltd. (AIT) has appointed Ron Sowinski as president & chief operating officer, effective June 1, 2006. Sowinsk will replace Gerry Rein, a 25-year veteran who will retire from the company on May 31.
“As Applied Industrial Technologies Ltd. positions itself for continued growth throughout Canada, it is critical that its leader possess the proper experience in order to manage the complex demands of our business,” said Todd A. Barlett, Applied’s vice-president – acquisitions and global business development. “I am confident that Ron will build on our past success and create enhanced value for our customers.”
Sowinskii, 44, brings 19 years experience to the position, previously serving as senior vice-president and chief administrative officer of Applied Industrial Technologies Ltd. Prior to that, he served as vice-president – finance and controller, as well as assistant controller.
He received his bachelor of commerce degree in accounting from the University of Saskatchewan, followed by the designation of Chartered Accountant. He and his wife, Estelle, reside in Saskatoon.
AIT is the Canadian-operated subsidiary of Applied Industrial Technologies Inc. Headquartered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, AIT does business as Bearing & Transmission, B & T Rubber, HyPOWER, PV Hydraulique, Pro Hydraulique and Groupe GLM.
AIT operates 51 locations in five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec. Together, these locations have 610 employees.
With more than 440 facilities and 4,500 employee-associates across North America, Applied Industrial Technologies Inc. is an industrial distributor that offers more than two million parts critical to the operations of MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry.
In addition, Applied provides engineering, design and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber and fluid power shop services. For its fiscal year ended June 30, 2005, Applied posted sales of C$2.16 billion.
For more information, visit www.applied.com.