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Grainger Named a Top Workplace by Chicago Tribune.

Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, was named to the Chicago Tribune’s 2013 Top Workplaces list for the fourth consecutive year. The company ranked as the 11th best large employer in the Chicago area, based on feedback from employees who described Grainger as having a “challenging and rewarding culture” that helps them “continuously learn and develop new skills.”

“As a distributor we know our customers can buy much of what we sell from others,” said Grainger’s Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer Joseph High. “What differentiates us is the service our people provide by building strong customer relationships. Attracting, developing and retaining people who are focused on exceptional service is critical to our success. To drive engagement we employ multiple strategies such as competitive pay and benefits, which includes a unique Profit Sharing Trust plan, rewards and recognition, mentoring and volunteer programs, and stretch assignments, all in a flexible and an inclusive workplace. Most importantly, our team members feel they are part of something meaningful as they help customers keep their facilities running and the people in them safe.”

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The 100 Top Workplaces are determined solely on employee feedback, based on a comprehensive survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. The list recognizes 100 companies annually for their workplace culture and divides the winner into three categories - large, medium and small, based on revenue. WorkplaceDynamics surveyed 70,000 employees at hundreds of Chicago-area companies to come up with the 100 best. More than 550 Chicago-area Grainger team members provided feedback on Grainger’s workplace environment, including positive ratings on pay and benefits.

Last year, Grainger was also named one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Of the more than 22,000 team members that work for Grainger, nearly 4,000 are in the Chicago area. Average team member tenure in the U.S. is nine years, more than double compared to other public companies.

About Grainger
W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2012 sales of $9 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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