History of AIP

AIP History

Explore the history of AIP and discover what makes us the successful and well-respected industrial automation distributor we are today. AIP has become a Tier 1 supplier to major automotive plants, automotive part suppliers, and a wide range of other industries.

1978: AIP is founded in Ohio to serve Plain City and central Ohio with fluid power products and industrial supplies.

1988: AIP expands its territory into Kentucky and the Southeast with a new corporation and owners. AIP headquarters move to Lexington, Kentucky.

1996: The business takes on a new direction with factory automation and robotics, venturing into several major lines of products—including electrical, hydraulics and pneumatics—to serve an expanding base of customers.

1998: AIP adds electrical engineers to the automation sales team. With a technical sales staff, project managers and industry professionals, AIP serves a diverse customer base.

1999, 2003-2005: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Outstanding Business Partner

2000, 2005-2008, 2010: Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia Award of Excellence

2006: Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia Most Improved Supplier

2010: AIP begins to offer turnkey automation solutions using its automation specialists, project managers and industrial professionals.

2011: NGK Spark Plug Supplier of the Year

2014: AIP becomes a division of OTP Industrial Solutions, a large industrial equipment distributor and service provider for pump, fluid power, power transmission, fluid handling, pneumatic and electrical applications. This allows AIP to provide a more comprehensive set of advanced technical solutions to its customers