Acklands-Grainger Among Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2012

Acklands-Grainger Among Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2012 
Customer-centric Performance Drivers Help Drive Industry-Best Culture 
RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Acklands-Grainger, Canada's 
largest distributor of industrial, safety, and fastener products, was recently 
recognized as having one of the most admired corporate cultures in Canada in a 
study administered by Waterstone Human Capital. Waterstone recognizes 
companies with this three year distinction annually. Acklands-Grainger first 
earned this award in 2009 and is the only company in the maintenance, repair 
and operations (MRO) industry to be recognized. 
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"Our 123 year history is one of remarkable business success propelled by the 
best team and a unique culture rooted in service to customers and 
communities," said Eric Nowlin, President, Acklands-Grainger. "We are 
delivering double digit profitable growth while increasing team member 
engagement, customer satisfaction and charitable contributions to record 
levels. And the best part is we feel that we are just getting started." 
Acklands-Grainger's more than 2600 team members are passionate about helping 
customers keep their people safe and businesses operating efficiently in 
industries such as mining, oil and gas, forestry, government, construction and 
manufacturing. The company culture is centered around five "Performance 
Drivers" including "Wow" the Customer, Have a Winning Attitude, Drive for the 
Best Results, Make the Team Better and Lead The Way, which are key to how team 
members operate. 
"We integrate our Performance Drivers into all our people processes – from 
hiring, performance excellence and succession planning, to training and 
rewards and recognition – to ensure that we continue to attract, promote, 
develop and retain exceptional talent who model the elements of our culture," 
said Donna Pascal, Vice President, Human Resources, Acklands-Grainger. 
"Congratulations to Acklands-Grainger for being one of Canada's 10 of 2012," 
said Marty Parker, Chairman and CEO of Waterstone Human Capital and the chair 
of the Canada's 10 program. "This organization has strong cultural alignment 
and has done an excellent job of integrating culture into their recruiting and 
people processes.  Leadership has a clear vision and their employees 
play-to-win in an innovative environment. Combine all of this with the strong 
business performance of this organization, and it's easy to see why the 
Canada's 10 board was so impressed with Acklands-Grainger's submission." 
On Monday, February 4th, 2013, winning organizations will be recognized at the 
Canada's 10 Corporate Culture Summit and Awards Gala, to be held at the 
Fairmont Royal York, in Toronto. 
About Acklands–Grainger 
Founded in 1889, Acklands-Grainger is Canada's largest distributor of 
industrial, safety and fastener products, with over 120,000 in-stock products 
available from 175 branches and six distribution centres coast to coast. For 
more information about Acklands-Grainger, please visit 
www.acklandsgrainger.com. 
Its parent company, W.W. Grainger, Inc., (NYSE: GWW),  with 2011 sales of $8.1 
billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair 
and operating products, with expanding global operations. For more information 
about the company, visit invest.grainger.com. 
About Canada's 10 
Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures is founded and presented by 
Waterstone Human Capital, a leading retained executive search firm 
specializing in recruiting for fit. This national program now in its eighth 
year annually recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having a 
culture that has helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive 
advantage. In 2012, ten organizations were recognized as national winners in 
each of the following four categories: 


    --  Enterprise (revenues above $500 million)
    --  Mid-Market (revenues over $100 million to $500 million)
    --  Growth & Small Cap (revenues under $100 million), and
    --  Broader Public Sector

About Waterstone Human Capital

As one of Canada's leading retained executive search firms specializing in 
recruiting for fit and in cultural assessment, Waterstone's search partners 
are experts at assessing and articulating organizational culture. Helping 
clients find and keep great people is what Waterstone does best – great 
people that 'fit' the culture, and who ultimately drive organizational 
performance. www.waterstonehc.com Follow us at @waterstonehc

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