75 Years of Motion Industries


October 13, 2021

Motion Industries has officially turned 75 this year.

75 years

Motion Industries’ story begins in 1946, the year following the end of World War II, when two friends, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a U.S. Navy veteran, bought the industrial parts supply business Owen-Richards and opened the first location in Birmingham, Alabama. Though the Company started as Owen-Richards in 1946, William Spencer and Caldwell Marks renamed the Company “Motion Industries” in 1972. The name conveyed the purpose of keeping machinery – and industry – in motion.

500 + locations

For 75 years, Motion Industries have been building a team of experts in every corner of the country who know what it takes to battle the most complex challenges. Because of your loyalty and partnership, you’ve helped them grow Motion from one location to over 500 locations.

Millions of products

You’ve recognized Motion Industries as your partner in the trenches over the last 75 years, and they promise to continue to be by your side to bring you more products, faster deliveries, superior customer experience and value-added services.


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