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Our History


Over 100 Years of Growth and Innovation

Since being founded in 1921 by Albert Stagnaro as a belt-making company, CBT has a storied history. The business was bought in 1975 by Jim Stahl, Jr. and has remained family-owned since. The company experienced decades of growth, continuously adding new capabilities and product lines, including the Rockwell Automation line which remains a CBT keystone. Today, CBT features five locations throughout Ohio and Kentucky, six interconnected business units, and over 300 employees.

As the manufacturing world shifts and evolves, so do we. We continuously ask, “How can we help you?” to offer our valued customers the best services and solutions. And for over a century, through the challenges and victories, there has been one constant: our dedication to our customers. To this day, CBT reasserts its commitment to providing a superior customer experience like no other.

Our mission is to be recognized as the best partner to our customers, our suppliers, our CBT family, and the communities we serve.
CBT History 1921

Albert Stagnaro and his family established The Belting Company of Cincinnati.

CBT History 1975

James E. Stahl, Jr. purchased the small distributorship with a handful of employees and a few product lines.

CBT History 1980

CBT started to expand its product offerings by adding mechanical power capabilities.

CBT History 1986

Rockwell Automation appointed CBT distributor rights to Allen Bradley drives.

CBT History 2000

With continued growth, CBT built a new sales and distribution center in Springboro, Ohio.

CBT History 2004

Rockwell Automation named CBT the sole distributor for the Cincinnati and Dayton markets.

CBT History 2016

CBT expanded to the greater Sidney area with the addition of their third location in Sidney, Ohio.

CBT History 2016

After 30 years of growth, CBT built its current, state-of-the-art headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

CBT History 2021

CBT celebrated 100 years of business.

CBT History 2022

Jay Stahl transitioned to President of CBT, along with Keith Harsh to the role of Executive Vice President.

CBT History 2023

CBT expanded south into Kentucky with locations in Louisville and Lexington.

Our branches are strategically located so that we can better serve our customers with the same dedication, commitment, and innovation they've come to know over the last century.