Grainger Promotes Sean O'Brien to President, Acklands-Grainger


    CHICAGO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ -- Grainger (NYSE:   GWW), a leading industrial
distributor, today announced that Sean O'Brien, 42, has been named to the
position of President, Acklands-Grainger Inc., Grainger's Canadian subsidiary.
O'Brien's new responsibilities include oversight of the Canadian business
operations which had revenues of $728 million (C$773 million) in 2008. 
O'Brien succeeds and reports to Court D. Carruthers who became Senior Vice
President and President, Grainger International, in March of this year.

    "Sean's energy and experience will help drive continued success in the
Canadian maintenance, repair and operating supplies (MRO) market," said
Carruthers.  "We have worked closely together over the past two years and
during that time Sean has developed a broad understanding of the unique
capabilities of Acklands-Grainger - providing great service and unmatched MRO
product breadth and depth to customers who maintain, repair and operate

    O'Brien joined Acklands-Grainger as Vice President, Sales, in November
2007 and has led several key initiatives in business services, inventory
solutions, training, and sales effectiveness. Earlier this year, O'Brien took
on additional responsibilities for E-Business and Marketing.

    "I look forward to building upon our momentum in Canada and leveraging
our scale in industrial, safety and fastener products to continue our lead
within the Canadian MRO market," said O'Brien. "Getting our customers the
products they need while saving them time and money, especially during this
global economic slowdown, is essential to how we add value."

    Prior to joining Grainger, O'Brien was Country Manager, Recall Canada
Inc., a leading document management company, with responsibility for all
facets of the Canadian business. Prior to his role at Recall, O'Brien was
Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Group 4 Securicor,
Canada's largest armoured car and security company, where he was responsible
for sales, marketing, corporate development, and government relations. He has
also held senior sales leadership roles in the transportation and logistics
sectors. O'Brien holds a B.A. from Bishop's University, in Quebec. He and his
family live in Oakville, Ontario.

    Acklands-Grainger Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chicago-based
Grainger, is Canada's largest distributor of industrial, safety, and fastener
products with 2008 revenues of $728 million (C$773 million), 159 branches, 5
distribution centers, and 2,300 employees.

    W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:   GWW), with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion, is the
leading broad- line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving
businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India
and Panama. Through a highly integrated network including nearly 600 branches,
18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help
customers get the job done, saving them time and money by having the right
products to keep their facilities running.


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