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Grainger Investor Relations Team and Senior Director, Investor Relations William D. Chapman Honored by Institutional Investor

   Grainger Investor Relations Team and Senior Director, Investor Relations
        William D. Chapman Honored by Institutional Investor Magazine

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, March 7, 2013

CHICAGO, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Investor Relations Team and William
D. Chapman, Senior Director of Investor Relations for W.W. Grainger, Inc.
(NYSE: GWW), were honored this week by Institutional Investor magazine as
America's top Investor Relations Company and top Investor Relations
professional in 2013.  In voting by sell-side financial analysts in the
magazine's 2013 Annual Survey, Grainger was recognized as the Best Investor
Relations Company, while Chapman was ranked as IR Professional of the Year in
the Capital Goods Industry.

"On behalf of Grainger, I am pleased to congratulate our Investor Relations
team led by Laura Brown and specifically recognize Bill Chapman for this
well-deserved recognition," said Jim Ryan, Grainger Chairman, President and
Chief Executive Officer.  "We engage with our shareholders on a regular basis,
and Laura and Bill and their team do a great job of leading the process."

For more than 30 years, Institutional Investor has recognized people and firms
across the corporate, investor and financial services communities for
professional excellence based on its research and rankings.  To determine the
members of the 2013 All-America Executive Team, Institutional Investor
surveyed buy-side analysts, portfolio managers, and sell-side analysts at
financial institutions to name the best chief executive officers, chief
financial officers, investor relations professionals, and companies with the
best investor relations programs in their domains.  Survey results reflect the
opinions of nearly 1,350 money managers and investment professionals at more
than 600 buy-side firms and over 830 sell-side analysts from about 150

About Grainger
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

SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Contact: Joe Micucci, Director, Media Relations, +1-847-535-0879
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