Grainger Acquires E&R Industrial Sales, Inc.

                 Grainger Acquires E&R Industrial Sales, Inc.

Adds Key Metalworking Expertise to Better Serve Manufacturing Customers

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Aug. 26, 2013

CHICAGO, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad
line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses
and institutions, today acquired E&R Industrial Sales, Inc., a distributor of
metalworking, production supplies and MRO materials to manufacturers and
industrial customers across the Midwest and Eastern United States, and its
subsidiaries. With this acquisition, Grainger adds an industry-leading team of
metalworking experts and extends its capabilities for serving customers in the
manufacturing space. The acquisition is effective immediately.

The deal is expected to be neutral to earnings in 2013 and accretive in 2014,
including integration costs. Additional terms were not disclosed.

"E&R Industrial's technical expertise and strong metalworking capabilities,
along with Grainger's supply chain excellence, broad product offering and
inventory management acumen, will enable customers to save time and money by
consolidating their MRO purchases with Grainger," said Court Carruthers,
Senior Vice President and President, Grainger U.S.

Founded in 1969 and based in Sterling Heights, Mich., E&R Industrial provides
more than 100,000 products to 4,000 customers across the aerospace, automotive
and general industrial sectors. The company employs more than 350 team
members, including metalworking specialists in field sales, inside sales and
product management who provide an in-depth and unique technical expertise.
E&R Industrial reported 2012 sales of approximately $180 million.

"We are excited to join Grainger," said E&R Industrial President Jerry
Pizzimenti. "This allows us to better serve manufacturing customers by
combining Grainger's scale and capabilities with E&R's technical expertise and
products.I look forward to bringing these two great companies together for a
very successful future."

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. Visit for more
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SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.

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