CLEVELAND, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) has been recognized as one of Northeast Ohio's best places to work for the 12th year. Each year 99 Northeast Ohio organizations are awarded a NorthCoast 99 award by the Employers Resource Council (ERC) for building and maintaining a great workplace. "We are honored to have earned – and maintained – the recognition of being a NorthCoast 99 winner for so many years due to our dedication to teamwork, clear communications, professional training and career development," said Barb Emery, Vice President – Human Resources, for Applied®. "We have great pride in our associates and their achievements that are earned through enthusiasm and hard work. As we approach our 90-year anniversary, we are strengthened by their commitment to build upon our strong past and to help us realize our future growth potential." Since 1999, the NorthCoast 99 award program has recognized organizations for their ability to maintain great workplaces that support the attraction, retention, and motivation of top performers. Companies are surveyed in the areas of recruiting and selection; compensation, benefits, and rewards; training and development; and culture, leadership, and innovation. ERC is Northeast Ohio's leading and largest professional organization dedicated to HR practices, programs and services. With approximately 500 facilities and 4,900 employee associates, Applied Industrial Technologies is a leading industrial distributor that offers more than four million parts to serve the needs 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. Applied also offers maintenance training and inventory management solutions that provide added value to its customers. Applied can be visited on the Internet at www.applied.com. To learn about career opportunities at Applied, visit www.applied.com/careers.