CLEVELAND, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fifth consecutive year, Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) has ranked near the top of Selling Power magazine's list of the "50 Best Companies to Sell For." In the most recent 2012 report, Applied is ranked #3 among service companies and is the highest ranking distribution company on the list. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130118/CL44936LOGO) The corporate research team at Selling Power has developed key evaluation criteria and a comprehensive survey that is distributed to top sales executives, training managers, and human resource managers at companies with sales forces of 500 or more. The study puts emphasis on detailed data supporting compensation, incentives, health benefits, training, employee retention, and career mobility. All data is confidential and the final top 50 ranking includes 25 manufacturing companies and 25 service companies. "We are honored to be recognized for this prestigious award five years in a row because it is a reflection of our commitment to developing a successful sales force that's dedicated to high performance and the principles of word-class customer service," says Ben Mondics, President & Chief Operating Officer for Applied. "Our process to recruit, train and retain the best quality sales associates includes many tools to help them achieve their personal and professional goals, which ultimately benefits all of our stakeholders." With more than 500 facilities and 5,000 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.