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Grainger Acquires Safety Services Provider

Chicago-based Grainger (NYSE: GWW), broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products and No. 3 on MDM's list of the  top 40 industrial distributors, has acquired SafetyCertified, Inc. The acquisition supports the distributor's strategy of service expansion.

"As North America's largest distributor of safety products, we are committed to helping businesses and institutions manage and operate safe and healthy workplaces," said Mike Pulick, president of Grainger's U.S. Business. "As our customers are asked to do more with less, they are looking for a provider who can meet both product and service needs. By integrating new service capabilities like SafetyCertified into our U.S. business, we will be able to offer solutions that we expect will help our customers maintain regulatory compliance, reduce accident and injury rates and decrease operating costs."

The SafetyCertified business is a safety and risk-management business that offers an online program to assist organizations in their efforts to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, with program features around OSHA analysis, compliance, training and research. Grainger will offer this fee-based online service to complement its extensive safety product line and focus on comprehensive safety solutions.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. had 2009 sales of $6.2 billion.

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