Grainger Raises Awareness of Skilled Trades During Florida Georgia Line Summer Concert Tour

Grainger Raises Awareness of Skilled Trades During Florida Georgia Line Summer
                                 Concert Tour

Launches sweepstakes for chance to win concert tickets

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, June 5, 2013

CHICAGO, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad
line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, today
announced its sponsorship of 20 concerts throughout the Florida Georgia Line
summer tour. During these stops, the duo will celebrate industrial trades
professionals by honoring Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program
recipients. In addition, Grainger recently launched a sweepstakes for a chance
to win Florida Georgia Line tickets for these 20 shows.

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"The story of Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard has
similarities to many of our Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program
recipients," said Deb Oler, vice president and general manager with Grainger.
"Brian and Tyler each learned the lessons of hard work and persistence at a
young age, and as they got older, learned their way around a toolbox by taking
on a variety of jobs during the day as they worked on their music at night.
This sponsorship allows us to celebrate the American worker and raise
awareness of exciting careers in the skilled trades."

The U.S. is experiencing a shortage of trained, skilled laborers in
manufacturing, welding and numerous other trades. These technical jobs are
critical to the health of the economy and partnerships between industry,
community colleges and local communities are needed to support and promote
workforce development. To raise awareness of the opportunities in the trades
and support students pursuing these careers, Grainger, in partnership with the
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), launched the Grainger Tools
for Tomorrow scholarship program in 2006. Designed to help students pursuing
degrees in the industrial skilled trades realize their educational and career
goals, the program awards scholarships to qualified students entering the
final year of their technical education curriculum. Upon graduation, each
student receives a customized tool kit from Grainger to kick-start their
career. Since its inception, the program has offered more than 500
scholarships to 100 community colleges nationwide, with half designated for

"Grainger works with businesses and institutions across virtually every
segment of the economy and we have seen first-hand the impact of the skilled
labor shortage affecting our customers' ability to thrive," said Laura Brown,
Grainger's senior vice president of communications and investor relations.
"We continue to invest in technical education training through the Grainger
Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program and are working to elevate awareness of
the need for skilled workers."

For more information about this partnership, tour dates, Grainger's commitment
to technical education and to enter for a chance to win concert tickets,

The Florida Georgia Line concert sponsorship was packaged by Premiere
Networks, the leading audio network in the U.S.

About Grainger
W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2012 sales of$9 billion, isNorth America's leading
broad line supplier ofmaintenance, repair and operating products, with
expanding global operations.

About Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Linehas skyrocketed since releasing back-to-back, multi-week
#1 smashes in the US and Canada with the PLATINUM-certified "Get Your Shine
On" and TRIPLE PLATINUM "Cruise," which combined with the remix (featuring
Nelly) has sold over 3 million downloads. The record–breaking duo, comprised
ofTyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach,
Florida),is the first in 21 years to top the Country airplay charts with
their first two singles, according toBillboard.The ACMNew Artist of the
YearandNew Vocal Duo or Group of the Yearwinners are currently touring with
Taylor Swift's "THE RED TOUR" and Luke Bryan's "DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR" in
support of their GOLD-certified Republic Nashville debut album,HERE'S TO THE

SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Contact: Kelly France, 847-535-1433,
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