New Tool Control Products are Designed for Military Applications


Cleveland, OH: May 31, 2006 - Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE:AIT) has announced a comprehensive line of tool control products that include storage and organization solutions from several industry leaders. Military applications often demand unique requirements for rugged and portable tool containment systems. Applied offers durable tool chests from Craftsman and Armstrong in a wide range of sizes and configurations.

Applied also offers innovative polyethylene foam inserts for easy and safe storage and transportation of tools and components. Dual colored materials make for quick identification of missing tools. The foam is cleanable and highly durable. A complete library of design configurations is available for thousands of tool shapes.

Thinking outside the box, Applied has several different lines of pegboards, hooks, bins, carts and swing panels that provide easy access and organization of maintenance items for tool rooms and shops. Patented clip and hook designs keep tools securely in place on DuraBoard(TM), a polypropylene pegboard with three times greater holding power than traditional pegboard.

Applied has produced a brochure that describes many different options for effective tool storage and organization. The company is an authorized distributor for Craftsman, Armstrong, UFP Technologies, Triton, and several other industrial tool manufacturers. GSA Contract pricing is available from Applied through the GSA Advantage web site and the company's service centers across the country.

About Applied Industrial Technologies

With more than 440 facilities and 4,500 employee-associates across North America, Applied Industrial Technologies is an industrial distributor that offers more than 2 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 $1.72 billion. Applied can be visited on the Internet at www.applied.com.

For further information contact Julie Kho, Public Relations Manager, Applied Industrial Technologies, at 216-426-4483 or jkho@applied.com.

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