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Grainger's Shareholders Elect 12 Directors and Other Meeting Highlights

CHICAGO, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --At the Grainger (NYSE: GWW) annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, Illinois, today, Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan provided an update on the state of the business and offered a recap of 2011 full year and 2012 first quarter performance. For a copy of his speech, go to

Shareholders re-elected the following 12 directors:

Brian P. Anderson

Neil S. Novich

Wilbur H. Gantz

Michael J. Roberts

V. Ann Hailey

Gary L. Rogers

William K. Hall

James T. Ryan

Stuart L. Levenick

E. Scott Santi

John W. McCarter, Jr.

James D. Slavik

In addition, the shareholders ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as independent auditor for the year 2012. Relative to Say on Pay, shareholders voted in favor of the advisory resolution on executive compensation.

About Grainger

W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 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

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