Posted April 10, 2019

OTC acquired by Genstar Capital

Genstar Capital announced the acquisition of Ohio Transmission Corporation (OTC), an industrial automation equipment distributor and technical service provider.

OTC is a technical distributor of products including motion control, pumps, finishing products, robotics, motors and air compressors. OTC serves over 13,000 customers across diverse end-markets, providing technical sales consultation and aftermarket repair and services. Key end markets include transportation, industrial machinery, metals, chemicals, and food & beverage among others. Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, OTC’s geographic footprint includes 38 branch locations in 17 states.

“OTC operates at a pivotal point in the manufacturing sector, benefiting suppliers looking to partner with distributors with broader product and service capabilities and customers who are increasingly relying on distributors with strong technical resources," said Rob Rutledge, managing director at Genstar. "The company provides a leading brand portfolio of highly technical products, value added services and specialized solutions with a proven track record of adding new product categories. We look forward to supporting management’s strategy of product and geographic expansion organically as well as through strategic acquisitions to better serve OTC’s customers.”

Philip Derrow, CEO of OTC, said, “My father founded a company that for nearly 60 years has operated with an established culture and values rooted in integrity, achievement, and growth. Genstar has direct experience working with industrial technology companies like ours and we look forward to working with their investment and operating partners to capitalize on numerous growth opportunities to broaden our geographic reach and enhance our technical solutions offerings to better serve our customers and suppliers and create opportunities for our associates.”

OTC has completed 16 acquisitions since 2010.

Genstar Capital is a private equity firm focused on investments in targeted segments of the industrial technology, healthcare, software, and financial services industries.