Acklands-Grainger Hosts "The Works" Canada's Largest MRO And Safety Product Expo

Company celebrates its 125-year history of keeping Canadian businesses running and their employees safe

TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - Acklands-Grainger, Canada's leading distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, is hosting "The Works," Canada's largest maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and safety show, at the Toronto Congress Centre. As part of the event, Acklands-Grainger, founded in 1889, is celebrating its 125th year of operations.

"The Works" brings together more than 3,000 members of the Canadian business community, manufacturers of MRO products and Acklands-Grainger team members to discuss industry trends, safety and strategies for reducing operating costs and enhancing productivity.

"We've been committed to helping Canadian businesses keep their operations running and their employees safe for 125 years," said Eric Nowlin, President of Acklands-Grainger. "Our goal is to serve as a trusted partner to local businesses by providing access to more than 350,000 products, related solutions and support through events like this to help them be successful."

A defining feature of this year's show, now in its eighth year, is a 9,000 sq. ft. factory-themed pavilion that showcases nearly 500 different products and illustrates how businesses across the country can leverage eCommerce capabilities and inventory management solutions to save time and money in buying and managing their MRO purchases.

In addition to the factory-themed pavilion and product expo, the company will host a variety of seminars to provide information and industry best practices in areas related to effectively managing MRO costs, creating a world-class safety culture and how sustainability efforts can help drive business performance.

"Canadian businesses are the lifeblood of our economy," said Nowlin. "We're excited to work together with our supplier partners to support our customers' success both today and well into the future."

About Acklands-Grainger Inc.

Founded in 1889, Acklands-Grainger is Canada's largest distributor of industrial, safety, and fastener products, with over 350,000 products available from 171 branches and six distribution centres coast to coast to coast. For more information about Acklands-Grainger, please visit acklandsgrainger.com/info

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 www.grainger.com.

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