Motion History
  1. 2018

    • Exceeded $5 Billion in Sales
    • Randall (Randy) P. Breaux was named President — North America
    • "Our customers' needs and the way they want to be served continue to change. We must 'accept the challenge,' finding innovative ways to bring new solutions and increased value to them — better and faster than our competition — to further expand our leadership position."
      — Randy Breaux
    • EIS Joins Motion Industries
    • Motion Industries acquires
      • Axis
      • Hydraulic Supply Company
      • Power Industries
  2. 2017

    • Motion Industries acquires:
      • Numatic Engineering
      • Apache
    • Mi's Jim Williams elected 2018 PTDA President
    • Mi Dallas DC moves to new facility
  3. 2016

    • Motion Industries acquires:
      • Obbco Safety & Supply, LLC
      • Missouri Power Transmission
      • Epperson and Company
      • Braas Company
      • Colmar Belting Company
    • Mi's Pensacola Service Center achieves Timken Bearing Platinum-Level Certification
    • Mi launches Renewable Energy Segment Initiative
    • Mi launches Bearings.com and relaunches The Motor Specialist Website
  4. 2015

    • Effective November 17, 2014, Tim Breen was named President/CEO and Bill Stevens Chairman (and served as Chairman until his retirement in March 2015)
    • …our Motion family. I don't use that word for any other reason than that's how I feel… it's always been a family. Working side-by-side every day, we're making a difference and taking care of customers… I'm proud to be part of this family.
      —Timothy Breen
    • Motion Industries acquires:
      • Miller Bearings, Inc
      • Oil & Gas Supply
      • Moss Rubber and Equipment Corporation
      • Lake Erie Abrasive & Tool (LEA&T)
  5. 2014

    • Motion Industries aqcuires
      • Commercial Solutions, Inc
  6. 2013

    • In September 2013, Tim Breen was named President and COO, while Bill Stevens was named Chairman & CEO
    • Motion Industries opens over 550 Locations in North America
    • Motion Industries aqcuires
      • Paragon Service & Supply, Inc
      • AST
  7. 2012

    • MiHow2 video series launches in 2012
  8. 2011

    • Sales exceed $4 billion
  9. 2009

    • Motion Industries aqcuires:
      • General Tool & Supply Co.
      • BC Bearing Engineers & U.S. Bearings & Things
      • TechCan
      • DP Brown
      • Dayton Supply and Tool
      • Tarrant Hydraulic Services, LLC
  10. 2008

    • Launch of www.motionindustries.com
    • Motion Industries aqcuires:
      • Mill Supply Corporation
      • Monroe Rubber & Plastic Supply
      • Drago Supply
  11. 2007

    • Motion Industries aqcuires:
      • Jonesboro Bearing & Supply
      • Canco Hose & Fittings
      • Gerrish Bearings
      • GBC-PACIFIC
      • Meier Transmission
      • Shuster Corporation
  12. 2006

    • Motion Industries opens over 500 Locations in North America
    • Motion Industreis acquires
      • Don Hills Company
      • Lewis Supply Company
      • Ruston Industrial
      • Hydraulic Depot
  13. 2001

    • Motion Industries launches business group for Industrial Supplies with the acquisition of Voorhies Supply Co., LLC
    • Motion Industreis acquires
      • Staley Supply
      • MBS Bearing Services, Inc
  14. 1997

    • Motion Industries opens 499 locations in North America and first Puerto Rico branch opens
    • www.motionMRO.com launches first transactional website for Mi
    • Michael S. Gaffney named Chairman/CEO & William J. Stevens named President/COO
    • William J. Stevens succeeded Michael S. Gaffney as President/CEO
    • "I think people are the one thing that makes us different… just think we have the best people in the business." — William J Stevens, 1997
  15. 1994

    • Motion Industries expands into Canada with Oliver Industrial Supply
  16. 1993

    • 325 Locations Exceed $1 Billion in sales
    • Motion Industries acquires:
      • Midcap Bearing
      • Power Drives & Bearings
      • Atlantic Tracy
      • Capstan, Inc.
      • Amarillo Bearing
      • Utah & Colorado Bearings
      • Cascade Bearing
      • Hub Supply
      • Blytheville Bearing
      • Premier Industrial Division of UAP, Inc.
      • Bush-Miller, Inc.
      • John M. Forster Company
      • Eastern Bearing Company
      • Lou's Bearing & Transmission, Ltd.
      • B.G.S. Bearings & Equipment Ltd.
      • CHV Hydraulics
      • Berry Bearing Co.
  17. 1988

    • Motion Training opens first training center
    • "Keeping Industry in Motion " adopted as official slogan
  18. 1985

    • Michael S. Gaffney succeeded Mr. Spencer and Mr. Marks as President/CEO
    • "Marks & Spencer had a unique way of bringing good people into the organization, training them well in different areas so they understood the total concept of the company, then placing them in the various divisions. And that's still how we operate."
      — Michael Gaffney, 1985
  19. 1983

    • Motion Industries aqcuires:
      • Power Systems — Fabritek, Inc
    • "Keeping Industry in Motion" adopted as official slogan
    • The Motion Industries issue of The Distributor, a Gates publication
  20. 1976

    • New 30,000 SF Headquarters completed in Irondale, AL
    • Motion Industries becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC)
  21. 1974

    • "In general I would like to say of our growth that it is our desire that it be soundly planned growth and not hastily conceived pithy growth."
      — William Spencer, 1974
    • "Today's bearing distributor must know each customer's business almost as well as his own… It's a big job but it's part of our business and we love it."
      —Caldwell Marks, 1974
  22. 1973

    • Motion Industries aqcuires:
      • Walmsley Bearing
      • Buckeye Bearing Company
      • Hoosier Bearing Company
      • Volunteer Bearings & Transmission Company, Inc
      • Behring's Bearing
      • Bearings & Power Transmission Corp
      • Motion Control
      • Michigan Bearing
      • Bearing Specialty
  23. 1972

    • 25 Locations reach $28 Million in sales
    • Bearings & Transmission Supply (BATS) & Owen-Richards merge to form Motion Industries
  24. 1954

    • Owen-Richards Begins $150,000 Expansion
  25. 1946

    • Owen-Richards Company Purchased by Caldwell Marks & William Spencer in Birmingham, AL.
    • First-Year Sales Exceed $500,000