Fortune magazine has named Grainger the “most admired” company among diversified wholesalers in the publication’s annual listing of the world’s most admired companies. The recognition appears in the March 22 issue of Fortune. Grainger is the leading broad-line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions.

"This honor belongs to our outstanding employees,” said Grainger chairman, president and chief executive officer James T. Ryan. “It is their passion for serving professionals who keep workplaces safe, efficient and functioning that sets us apart in the marketplace.”

Fortune characterizes its “World’s Most Admired Companies” list as the “definitive report card on corporate reputations”, ranking companies on nine criteria including innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products and services, and global competitiveness. Grainger has been a perennial member of Fortune’s Most Admired companies and this year ranked No. 1 in eight of the nine categories.

“Superior people, products, service and an unwavering commitment to communities differentiates Grainger,” added Ryan. “For more than 83 years, the company has worked to earn the respect and admiration of its customers, suppliers, business partners, investors and the community.”

About Grainger
W.W. Grainger Inc., with 2009 sales of $6.2 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada and Mexico with an expanding presence in Japan, India, China and Panama.