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Ohio Transmission Corporation Acquires Tennessee-Based IDG Compressor

Ohio Transmission Corporation, an industrial equipment service provider and distributor headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, announces the acquisition of Tennessee-based IDG Compressor. 

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IDG Compressor, with locations in the Tennessee cities of Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville and remote operations in parts of Kentucky and Georgia, is a full-service distributor of high-quality Quincy Compressor products and repair services and has served the Tennessee and surrounding markets for several decades. Until this acquisition, IDG Compressor had been a part of what is now the Sonepar/Vallen Distribution network since 2001.

The company will become a division of Air Technologies®, a compressed air system equipment and service provider that is part of the OTC family of companies. Air Technologies® pioneered DirectAIR®, the fourth-utility concept of compressed air and is the largest independent compressor distributor in North America.

“IDG is an outstanding addition to the Air Technologies® and OTC family,” said Philip Derrow, president and CEO of Ohio Transmission Corporation. “The associates of IDG are committed to continuing to build the presence of the Quincy brand throughout their markets and Quincy is an important partner for OTC. Together we will deliver even better service to our customers.”

“We are excited and committed to achieving sustained success with the IDG Compressor team,” said Kurt Lang, president of Air Technologies®. “This team has a long and rich history in these markets, and we will work diligently to keep creating an outstanding work culture, providing customers with an excellent experience and becoming firmly dominant in our new Tennessee markets. In addition, we are grateful to be working with Quincy Compressor. Our experience with the Quincy team has been terrific — they have consistently provided us a great customer experience over time coupled with a superior product portfolio.”

IDG Compressor will continue to operate under the same name and with current local management, including Tim Huber, region manager, to lead the team.

“We valued our Vallen relationship and had been operating within an MRO supply company for around 50 years,” said Tim Huber, region manager for IDG Compressor. “We are all so very excited to be part of a market-leading compressor sales and service organization like Air Technologies® and look forward to the transition and the future.”

“We are excited by the growth opportunities for the associates of IDG as well as for our Air Technologies® group,” said Matt Piatt, COO/CFO of Ohio Transmission Corporation.

With this acquisition, Ohio Transmission Corporation now has 47 locations throughout the South and the Midwest and Northeast regions, along with 14 service shops. The addition of IDG Compressor’s 16 associates brings Ohio Transmission Corporation’s existing workforce to about 1,100 employees.

“This acquisition is an important part of our rapidly growing compressed air footprint in the South,” said Joe Beyer, vice president of sales and operations at Air Technologies®. “Our goal is to earn the customer preference in all compressed air business channels in these new markets.”

As a division of Air Technologies®, IDG Compressor will have access to Air Technologies® unique compressed air utility service group offerings as well as OTC’s vast product and service offerings and support resources.

“IDG Compressor has been a great portfolio company for IDG and later Vallen for years,” said Mark Doheny, senior vice president/finance for Vallen. “While we are sad to see the team go, we are pleased they will be joining a strong, well-established company like Air Technologies®, which specializes in the compressor distribution market.”


About Ohio Transmission Corporation

Established in 1963, Ohio Transmission Corporation is one of the largest industrial distributors and service providers in the United States. Its divisions include OTP Industrial Solutions, a provider of expert solutions for industrial motion control, factory automation, fluid power, pumping systems, spray finishing, and power transmission, and Air Technologies®, a compressed air system equipment and service provider and the largest distributor of Atlas Copco compressed air equipment in North America. Ohio Transmission Corporation maintains locations throughout the South, Midwest and Northeast regions. Ohio Transmission Corporation’s approximately 1,100 associates share its founding vision of delivering excellent value through work with integrity. For more information, please visit

About Air Technologies®

Air Technologies®, a division of Ohio Transmission Corporation, is a team of compressed air experts and one of the world’s largest independent air compressor distributors and service provider as well as North America’s largest Atlas Copco distributor. Air Technologies® supports a full line of innovative Atlas Copco and Quincy Compressor products and provides expert installation services on everything from air compressors, compressed air dryers and filtration systems to industrial vacuum and blower systems, oil and water separators, receiver tanks, and mineral and synthetic lubricants. In addition, the company offers compressed air piping, nitrogen generation, cooling systems and air compressor rentals. Air Technologies® aftermarket support services include a wireless service center, an expert parts team and customer service agreements. The company’s unique Utility Services Group allows businesses to purchase commercial compressed air like a utility, manage and control air compressor systems, and lower overall compressed air costs. For more information, visit