Acklands-Grainger to Help Ensure "Safety First" at the 2010 Winter Games

    Canada's largest industrial distributor named Official Supplier of
    Industrial Safety and Material Handling Equipment for the Vancouver 2010
    Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - As the eyes of the world turn to the Vancouver
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, few will see the thousands of hours
required to deliver an incredible event while ensuring the safety of everyone
- from volunteers, officials and members of the Games workforce to spectators
and athletes. To support this important goal, the Vancouver Organizing
Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today
announced that Acklands-Grainger Inc. has been named Official Supplier of
Industrial Safety and Material Handling Equipment. Acklands-Grainger receives
sponsorship rights in the Industrial Safety and Material Handling Equipment
Product category for the 2010 Winter Games and for the Canadian Olympic team
through to 2012.
    As part of its sponsorship, Acklands-Grainger will provide safety
supplies, such as hard hats, safety vests, emergency blankets and traffic
cones, together with welding equipment, industrial shelving and lockers,
pallet jacks, platform trucks and hand trucks. This equipment will be used
both in the preparation and support of venue and logistical operations during
the 2010 Winter Games.
    "The thousands of people behind the scenes making sure everything is
ready and safely delivered for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games are the real unsung heroes," said Acklands-Grainger president,
Court Carruthers. "It's our job to help keep them safe by providing the
material-handling and safety products that VANOC needs. Our employees in
Vancouver and across the country are committed to doing their part to help
VANOC deliver a spectacular event that will make all Canadians proud."
    "With more than 120 years operating in Canada, Acklands-Grainger will
provide us with a broad range of supplies, which will help us create a safe
environment and an experience of a lifetime at the 2010 Winter Games for
spectators, athletes, officials and workforce," said Terry Wright, executive
vice president, Services and Games Operations at VANOC.
    Recognized by Imagine Canada as part of its Caring Company program,
Acklands-Grainger has an impressive track record in supporting the communities
where its 2,200 Canadian employees live and work. The company serves as a
national partner to the United Way and Scott Firefit Championships, and is a
local supporter to the Canadian Hockey League, as well as numerous community
groups across the country.

    About Acklands-Grainger Inc.

    Acklands-Grainger Inc. is Canada's largest distributor of industrial and
safety supplies, with over 100,000 in-stock products available from 155
branches and five distribution centres from coast to coast.
    Its parent company, W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2007 sales of $6.4 billion,
is the leading supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses
and institutions in Canada, China, Mexico and the United States. Through a
highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 18 distribution
centres and multiple websites, Acklands-Grainger employees help customers get
the job done. Visit for more information about the company.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit
    VANOC's marketing program is focused on securing mutually rewarding
partnerships with shared values to generate sufficient revenue to host
successful Winter Games in 2010 and to leave a financial legacy for sport.
VANOC's Worldwide TOP Partners include Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald's,
Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa. VANOC's National Partners are Bell Canada,
Hbc, RBC Financial Group, GM Canada, Petro-Canada and RONA.
    VANOC's Official Supporters include Air Canada, BC Hydro, Bombardier
Inc., the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Canadian Pacific, the
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Jet Set Sports, Ricoh Canada Inc.,
the Royal Canadian Mint and Teck Cominco Limited. VANOC's Official Suppliers
are 3M, Acklands-Grainger, Aggreko, Aquilini Investment Group, Birks, Britco,
Canada Post, Canwest Publishing Inc., Dow Canada, EPCOR, Garrett Metal
Detectors, General Mills, Hain Celestial Canada, Haworth Canada, Millennium
Development Corporation, Nortel, Purolator, Saputo, Sleep Country Canada, Sun
Microsystems of Canada, The Globe and Mail,, TransCanada,
Vancouver Airport Authority, Vincor Canada, Weston Bakeries, Workopolis and
Wrigley Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: Acklands Grainger, Inc., Leslie Murray, (905)
707-2976,; VANOC, Katie Green, (778) 328-6473,

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