Grainger Opens State of the Art Distribution Centers in California and Canada

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Grainger continues to build on its foundation of scale advantage and superior supply chain execution and move beyond simply delivering product to providing the best customer service at the lowest possible cost.

Grainger is dedicated to providing customers the right products, at the right time and in the right place.

Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America’s leading distributor of products that businesses and institutions need to keep their facilities running, today announced the opening of new distribution centers in Patterson, California and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. These investments in the company’s logistics network enable Grainger to put more products closer to its customers.

“Grainger is dedicated to providing customers the right products, at the right time and in the right place,” said D.G. Macpherson, SVP and President, Global Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy. “We’re continuing to invest in our distribution network so we can provide our customers quick, easy access to the products they need to keep their facilities running efficiently and their employees safe on the job.”

In total, Grainger’s supply chain network includes 28 distribution centers around the world. The company’s new Patterson, Calif., Distribution Center, located southeast of San Francisco, will stock up to 350,000 industrial products and provide next-day service to Grainger’s West Coast customers. The 820,000 square-foot LEED Gold certified building is designed for sustainable energy use and limited environmental impact. It employs about 200 team members.

Acklands-Grainger Inc., Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, also celebrated the grand opening of its new 122,000 square-foot facility in Saskatoon, SK, this week. The facility, which employs 90 team members, includes a 102,000 square-foot warehouse along with a branch showroom and regional support center to service its expanding product lines and customer base. Acklands-Grainger has served businesses in Saskatchewan for more than 70 years.

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