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Industrial distributor named an Official Supplier for 2010 Olympic games

Vancouver, BC As the eyes of the world turn to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, few will s...

Vancouver, BC As the eyes of the world turn to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, few will see the thousands of hours required to deliver an incredible event while ensuring the safety of everyone from volunteers, officials and members of the Games workforce to spectators and athletes. To support this important goal, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) has announced that Acklands-Grainger Inc. has been named Official Supplier of Industrial Safety and Material Handling Equipment.

Acklands-Grainger has received sponsorship rights in the Industrial Safety and Material Handling Equipment Product category for the 2010 Winter Games and for the Canadian Olympic team through to 2012.

As part of its sponsorship, Acklands-Grainger will provide safety supplies, such as hard hats, safety vests, emergency blankets and traffic cones, together with welding equipment, industrial shelving and lockers, pallet jacks, platform trucks and hand trucks. This equipment will be used both in the preparation and support of venue and logistical operations during the 2010 Winter Games.

“The thousands of people behind the scenes making sure everything is ready and safely delivered for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are the real unsung heroes,” said Acklands-Grainger president, Court Carruthers. “It’s our job to help keep them safe by providing the material-handling and safety products that VANOC needs. Our employees in Vancouver and across the country are committed to doing their part to help VANOC deliver a spectacular event that will make all Canadians proud.”


“With more than 120 years operating in Canada, Acklands-Grainger will provide us with a broad range of supplies, which will help us create a safe environment and an experience of a lifetime at the 2010 Winter Games for spectators, athletes, officials and workforce,” said Terry Wright, executive vice-president, Services and Games Operations at VANOC.

Acklands-Grainger Inc. is Canada’s largest distributor of industrial and safety supplies, with over 100,000 in-stock products available from 155 branches and five distribution centres from coast to coast. Its parent company, W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2007 sales of $6.4 billion, is the leading supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in Canada, China, Mexico and the United States.

The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. For details on the games, visit