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Motion Industries announces agreement to acquire OBBCO & Supply

July 20, 2016 | By Rehana Begg

Birmingham, Ala. – Effective today, Motion Industries, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has entered into a definitive agreement whereby Motion Industries has agreed to acquire OBBCO Safety & Supply, LLC. Transaction closing is expected to occur August 1, 2016.

Based in Chesapeake, Va., OBBCO Safety & Supply is an industrial safety distributor, which provides product from over 100 safety supply manufacturers. Their offerings include a wide range of personal protective equipment, as well as other essentials such as hazardous storage units, first aid supplies, and gas detection equipment.

In business since 1985, OBBCO serves a variety of customers and end markets from small businesses to large national corporations. OBBCO will continue operations under its existing management team.

“OBBCO Safety looks forward to the opportunities that Motion Industries will bring to our employees and our customers,” said OBBCO owner Mike Bryant. “This will provide OBBCO with the ability to expand our footprint in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, combining over 30 years of safety solution expertise with the national distribution footprint of Motion Industries.”


Tim Breen, Motion’s President and CEO, said, “We welcome all OBBCO employees to the Motion family. With its experienced staff and history of success, this specialized industrial safety company will enhance our efforts to help customers create a safe working environment and to grow this segment of Motion’s business.”

With annual sales of $4.6 billion, Motion Industries 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. Motion Industries has over 550 operations including 15 distribution centers throughout North America and serves more than 150,000 customers from the food and beverage, pulp and paper, iron and steel, chemical, mining and aggregate, petrochemical, automotive, wood and lumber, and pharmaceutical industries.

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