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November 17, 2010
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W.W. Grainger, Inc. Recognized by the Chicago Tribune on its “Top Workplaces 2010” List
-- Grainger ranks 6th in the large companies category
CHICAGO – The Chicago Tribune has ranked W. W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) 6th among large companies on its Top Workplaces 2010 list which was published today in a special supplement of the newspaper. The Tribune recognized 100 companies in the Chicago area as top places to work based on employee feedback. Grainger is the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions.
"We are honored to be named among the top places to work in Chicago,” said Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, James T. Ryan. “The people who work at Grainger are focused everyday on providing the best service to our customers and we are committed to maintaining a workplace that attracts, develops and retains the best talent.”
The Grainger ranking was based on a workplace survey conducted by the Chicago Tribune and Workplace Dynamics that gathered feedback from a sampling of Grainger employees in the Chicago area earlier this year. The survey asked respondents to rank Grainger on many dimensions including the opportunities, tools, resources, recognition, benefits and support the company offered them.
Grainger was founded in 1927 in Chicago and has 24 locations – including its headquarters, a distribution center and several branches – in the Chicago area. Of the company’s 18,000 employees, almost 3,500 are located here.
“For more than 85 years we have fostered a workplace culture that provides a rewarding environment to engage our team members in Grainger’s long term success. It is great that we are recognized as a top workplace in the city where we began our operations. By focusing on common goals and working across the business to best serve customers and each other, we have a great place to work – not just in Chicago but across the globe,” said Ryan.
For more information about the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces 2010 list visit. For more information about Grainger visit
W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2009 sales of $6.2 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada and Mexico with an expanding presence in Japan, India, China and Panama.
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