October 1, 2008
Pittsburgh, PA: Lewis-Goetz and Company, Inc. (“Lewis-Goetz”) today announced it has acquired the Rubber Belting and Hose group of companies, including RBH/Mill & Elevator Supply, Inc and RBH/Industrial, Inc. a provider of industrial supplies to the agricultural and industrial markets of the Midwest.

“This acquisition provides Lewis-Goetz access to growing agricultural markets in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, as well as product line expansion.” said Jeff Crane, CEO and President of Lewis-Goetz. “RBH’s track record of organic and acquisition growth, combined with its reputation for service excellence, provides Lewis-Goetz an attractive platform for additional expansion in North American agricultural markets.”

The management team at RBH will remain intact and be instrumental in driving the strategic plan of the organization. Specifically, Mark Dohnalek will continue to manage the expansion of the Grain Business, which provides MRO supplies to the grain harvesting and grain elevator industries. Roger Payne will continue to manage the RBH Industrial business in Kansas City and Wichita. Van Buchanan and Steve McNulty will remain in key executive management roles driving the commercial and operational activities of the company, respectively.

Lewis-Goetz is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA and is one of North America’s largest industrial distributors. Lewis-Goetz recently ranked 28th on Industrial Distribution’s 2008 list of The Big 50 Distributors. You can visit www.lewis-goetz.com for more detailed information.

For information, contact:
Katie Oswald