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Grainger Named Among Fortune's 2017 World's Most Admired Companies
Company Ranks First on Wholesalers: Diversified List for Fourth Straight Year

CHICAGO, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, is again named to Fortune's annual list of the World's Most Admired Companies for 2017. Among industry competitors in the Wholesalers: Diversified category, Grainger ranks No. 1 for the fourth consecutive year.

"It's an honor to be recognized again as one of Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies for 2017," said Grainger Chief Executive Officer, DG Macpherson. "Our energized, talented team members are the key to maintaining Grainger's reputation with our customers, suppliers, shareholders and industry peers. Thanks to their dedication to anticipating customer needs and delivering great experiences, we continue to be seen as a leader in our industry for helping professionals keep their operations running and their people safe."

Fortune's list of the World's Most Admired Companies is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. To determine the best-regarded companies in 51 industries, Korn Ferry Hay Group asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent.

As a leading business-to-business organization, Grainger offers millions of customers more than 1.5 million products used to maintain, repair or operate facilities. In addition, the company has expertise in key areas, including safety, inventory management and eCommerce, designed to help customers stay safe, increase productivity and decrease expenses. 

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The World's Most Admired Companies list and more information on how the rankings are determined can be found on Fortune's website.

About Grainger
W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2016 sales of $10.1 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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