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Feb. 15, 2008: Grainger Announces Major Product Expansion

February 15, 2008

CHICAGO - Grainger, a leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, has announced the release of its 2008 catalog featuring more than 183,000 facilities maintenance products. The new catalog includes an increase of 44,000 items over last year’s offering.

“Our customers count on us to be the one-stop shop for all their facilities maintenance supplies and we bolstered our offering this year in several key categories including power transmission, raw material, and fleet maintenance products to help ensure that when they have a need, we are ready to offer solutions," said Y.C. Chen, president, Grainger Industrial Supply. “By providing easy access to a broad array of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products, Grainger helps customers be more productive in maintaining facilities.”

Customer feedback drove the addition of more than: 4,000 power transmission products such as bearings, couplings, linear motion products, and belts; 9,000 raw materials products such as metal, plastic, rubber, and felt; 4,200 fleet maintenance products such as lift equipment, battery chargers, and accessories; as well as 30,000 gap fill products across all major product categories including plumbing, electrical, tools, and material handling.

In addition, the company launched Tough Guy™, a private label professional cleaning supplies brand designed to offer customers a single-source facilities cleaning solution. The product category includes products such as degreasers, disinfectants, foam and lotion soaps and dispensers, and polyethylene trash containers.

Grainger’s expanded product offering is featured in the company’s new 2008 catalog and on the company Website at www.grainger.com/news. With more than 3,900 pages of product and technical information, this year’s catalog offers enhanced search and selection tools to help customers quickly find the products they need. The product line expansion is part of a multi-year program to create a comprehensive offering across MRO categories.

Publication date: 02/11/2008