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Acquisition Announcement: Applied Industrial Controls, Inc. (“AIC”) & Engineered Systems Group, LLC (“ESG”)

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Zelienople, PA – November 1, 2023 — Motion & Control Enterprises (“MCE”) announced today that it has acquired Buford, GA-based Applied Industrial Controls, Inc. (“AIC”) and Engineered Systems Group, LLC (“ESG”).

AIC is a distributor of motors, drives, and controls for industrial and municipal customers in the states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida. ESG is a systems integrator and panel shop providing engineering, programming, and systems integration services.

“We are very excited to welcome the talented associates of AIC and ESG to the MCE team,” said Charles Hale, Chairman & CEO of MCE. Hale noted that “these businesses will provide entry into new, growing industrial & water/wastewater markets in the southeastern U.S., expand our offering of automation solutions, while adding to our integration capabilities.”

Mike Bruce, AIC and ESG’s former CEO and co-owner, commented “we are extremely excited about the new partnership with MCE as it provides our team with many new resources to service our customer base. The MCE culture closely aligns with ours and offers both our employees and customers tremendous opportunities for future growth.”

About Motion & Control Enterprises
Founded in 1951, MCE is a supplier of technical fluid power, automation, flow control, compressed air, process pumps, products, service, and repair solutions. The Company serves more than 25,000 OEM and end-user customers from 44 facilities located in 14 states. For more information, please visit

About Frontenac
Frontenac is a Chicago-based private equity firm. The firm focuses on investing in lower middle market buyout transactions in the consumer, industrial, and services industries. Frontenac works in partnership with established operating leaders, through an executive-centric approach called CEO1ST, which seeks to identify, acquire, and build market-leading companies through transformational acquisitions and operational excellence. Over the last 50+ years, Frontenac has built a franchise working with over 300 owners of mid-sized businesses as they address complex transition issues of liquidity, management enhancement, and growth planning. For more information, please visit

About Applied Industrial Controls, Inc.
AIC is an automation, controls, and drives distributor for industrial, OEM, and municipal customers throughout the southeast. For more information, please visit

About Engineered Systems Group
ESG is a systems integrator and panel shop providing engineering, programming, and systems integration services. For more information, please visit
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