Innovative Automation Acquires Omron Service Centers

Acquisition creates strong customer-focused repair facility, field service provider and automation and control parts distributor.

New name is Innovative-IDM.

Carrollton, Texas – Innovative Automation, one of Texas’ leading distributors of factory automation and controls parts and a three-time INC 5,000 Award recipient, announced today it has purchased Omron Service Centers (OSC) of Houston, formerly known as IDM (Industrial Drive Maintenance). The seller was Omron Electronics LLC of Schaumburg, Ill.

Innovative Automation will combine with OSC to form Innovative-IDM with an Internet URL of

“Opportunities like this merger only come along once in a lifetime,” said Gene Gray, who as president of Innovative Automation spearheaded the acquisition. Gray also will lead Innovative-IDM. “These two groups combine some of the top talent in the business for controls, automation, repairs and field service. The real winner will be our combined customers.”

Innovative Automation brings with it a blue chip product lineup that includes Omron, Parker, SMC, Wago, Yaskawa and many other leading brands. OSC brings nearly four decades of expertise in field service and component repairs and is an undisputed authority on everything related to AC and DC Drives.

“Moving forward, we’ll keep doing — and get back to doing — what’s made Innovative Automation and IDM the awesome customer-centric organizations they’ve been known for,” said Gray. “After all, we are known as the home of legendary customer service. We have a lot to live up to.”

Innovative Automation is headquartered in Carrollton, Texas. Prior to acquiring OSC, Innovative had 37 employees spread between locations in Carrollton (Texas), Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Omron Service Center is headquartered in Houston.  Prior to its merger with Innovative Automation, OSC had 49 employees in Houston, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Memphis, Los Angeles and Mobile, Ala.

Omron Electronics LLC is the US-based division of Omron Corporation’s Industrial Automation business, a world-class manufacturer of industrial automation products.

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