FAQs

1. Where can I get more information about the company?

The Company Information page contains a variety of links regarding Grainger.

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2. When is the next annual meeting of shareholders?

Shareholders meeting will be held on April 24th, 2019. The next meeting will be in April 2020.

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3. Where does Grainger's stock trade?

The company's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol GWW.

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4. Does Grainger offer a direct stock purchase plan and/or dividend reinvestment plan?

The company does not currently offer either a direct stock purchase plan or a dividend reinvestment plan.

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5. Who do I contact with questions regarding my stock certificates?

Questions regarding stock certificates should be directed to our transfer agent:
Computershare Trust Company, N.A.
PO Box 30170
College Station, TX 77842-3170
Telephone 800.446.2617
http://www.computershare.com

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6. What is the CUSIP number for Grainger's stock?

The CUSIP number for Grainger stock is 384802-10-4.

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7. Has the company stock ever split?

Yes, the stock has split five times:
June 15, 1998 2:1
June 10, 1991 2:1
*June 10, 1985 2:1
*November 22, 1972 2:1
*November 25, 1970 2:1

* in the form of a 100% stock dividend

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8. What is the company Federal Tax ID number?

The Federal Tax ID number is 36-1150-280.

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9. Where can I find information on Grainger's Board of Directors?

Information on the Board of Directors is available in the Corporate Governance section.

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10. Who is Grainger's independent auditor?

Grainger's auditor is Ernst & Young LLP.

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11. What is Grainger’s vision?

Grainger’s vision is to be the leader in the distribution of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and related information to commercial, industrial, contractor and institutional customers.

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12. Where can I find Grainger’s Fact Book?

Click here to view the 2018 Fact Book.

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13. What is the size of the global market in which the company competes?

The global Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) market is estimated at approximately $550 billion as of 12/31/16. The estimated MRO market size where Grainger has operations is approximately $366 billion.

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14. What year was the company founded?

William W. Grainger founded the company in 1927 as a wholesale electric motor sales and distibution business in Chicago. The following year, the business was incorporated in Illinois as W.W. Grainger, Inc.

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15. When were shares of Grainger offered publicly?

Grainger became a public company in 1967, with its stock traded in the over-the-counter market until it was listed on the Midwest Stock Exchange in 1968 with the ticker symbol GWW. In 1971, it was also listed on the American Stock Exchange, and in 1975 Grainger became a New York Stock Exchange Company. The company's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GWW.

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