Acklands-Grainger Announces Largest Product Expansion In Company History

Acklands-Grainger Announces Largest Product Expansion In Company History 
Company now offers more than 300,000 products to keep Canadian businesses and 
workers safe and on the job 
TORONTO, April 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Acklands-Grainger, Canada's largest 
distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, today announced its 
largest ever product expansion, adding 200,000 new products to its online 
offering over the next several months.  With this expansion, the company will 
offer more than 300,000 products to help keep businesses across Canada safe 
and productive. 
"Our customers count on us to be a single source for all of their industrial, 
safety and fastener products.  We enhanced our selection in several key 
categories to help ensure that when customers have a need, we are ready to 
offer solutions," said Acklands-Grainger President Eric Nowlin.  "By providing 
easy access to a broad array of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) 
products, Acklands-Grainger helps each customer be more productive in 
operating its business." 
The number of products now available online has doubled in size, which can 
help customers lower the total cost associated with maintaining, repairing or 
operating their facilities by consolidating vendors. The expansion crosses all 
existing product categories with an emphasis on safety, electrical, tools, 
material handling, plumbing and HVAC, and much of this product expansion comes 
from the company's private brands, such as Westward, Profast'ners, Condor and 
Tough Guy.  The company continues to leverage products available through its 
U.S. network to provide customers with even more options. 
"For more than 120 years we have been strengthening our supply chain network 
so that when customers have an MRO need, we are ready to address it quickly 
and accurately with the right product and solution," said Nowlin. 
This product expansion complements the Acklands-Grainger 2013 catalogue, which 
launched in February and offers the industry's broadest selection of 116,000 
products in 11 categories, including 16,000 new items and 40 new suppliers. 
"We are focused on serving customers in the most convenient way through a 
multi-channel approach, whether it be through our network of branches 
(stores), industry leading catalogue, or website," said Nowlin.  "We will 
continue to add products to our assortment and encourage customers to visit to review the most up-to-date offer." 
Media interested in obtaining an image of the catalogue or learning more about 
Acklands-Grainger's product expansion should contact Kelly France, 
Communications Manager at 847-204-1354 or 
About Acklands–Grainger 
Founded in 1889, Acklands-Grainger is Canada's largest distributor of 
industrial, safety and fastener products with more than 300,000 products 
available from 175 branches and six distribution centres coast to coast. For 
more information about Acklands-Grainger, please visit 
Its parent company, W.W. Grainger, Inc., (NYSE: GWW), 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 
Kelly France, 847-204-1354, 
SOURCE: Acklands-Grainger 
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