Eleven Directors Slated For Grainger's Board To Be Voted On At The Company's Annual Meeting On April 24, 2013

 Eleven Directors Slated For Grainger's Board To Be Voted On At The Company's
                       Annual Meeting On April 24, 2013

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 20, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of W.W.
Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today selected a slate of nominees to serve for the
2013 – 2014 period. The eleven candidates, all current board members, to be
voted on at the annual meeting are:

  oBrian P. Anderson
  oV. Ann Hailey
  oWilliam K. Hall
  oStuart L. Levenick
  oJohn W. McCarter, Jr.
  oNeil S. Novich
  oMichael J. Roberts
  oGary L. Rogers
  oJames T. Ryan
  oE. Scott Santi
  oJames D. Slavik

Wilbur H. Gantz will not stand for re-election. Mr. Gantz has been a board
member of Grainger since 1985 and served as a member of the Audit Committee
and the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee. 

Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan said, "On
behalf of The Board of Directors, I would like to thank Bill Gantz for his
dedication, insight and valuable contributions to Grainger over the past 28
years."

W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2012 sales of $9 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
www.grainger.com/investor.

SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Website: http://www.grainger.com
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Investors, Laura Brown, Senior Vice President, Communications and Investor
Relations, O: 847-535-0409, M: 847-804-1383 or William Chapman, Senior
Director, Investor Relations, O: 847-535-0881, M: 847-456-8647
 
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