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Acklands-Grainger unveils largest product expansion in company history

Richmond Hill, ON - Acklands-Grainger, a distributor of industrial, MRO, safety and fastener products, is in the midst of its largest-ever product expansion, adding 200,000 new products to its online offering over the next several...


Richmond Hill, ON – Acklands-Grainger, a distributor of industrial, MRO, safety and fastener products, is in the midst of its largest-ever product expansion, adding 200,000 new products to its online offering over the next several months. With this expansion, the company will offer more than 300,000 products to help keep businesses across Canada safe and productive.

“Our customers count on us to be a single source for all of their industrial, safety and fastener products,” said Acklands-Grainger president Eric Nowlin. “We enhanced our selection in several key categories to help ensure that when customers have a need, we are ready to offer solutions. By providing easy access to a broad array of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, Acklands-Grainger helps each customer be more productive in operating its business.

“The number of products now available online has already been doubled in size, which can help customers lower the total cost associated with maintaining, repairing or operating their facilities by consolidating vendors,” Nolan added.

The expansion crosses all existing product categories with an emphasis on safety, electrical, tools, material handling, plumbing and HVAC, and much of this product expansion comes from the company’s private brands, such as Westward, Profast’ners, Condor and Tough Guy. The company continues to leverage products available through its US network to provide customers with even more options. (Acklands-Grainger is a subsidiary of the Chicago-based W.W. Grainger Inc.)

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“For more than 120 years, we have been strengthening our supply chain network so that when customers have an MRO need, we are ready to address it quickly and accurately with the right product and solution,” said Nowlin.

This product expansion complements the Acklands-Grainger 2013 catalogue, which was introduced in February and offers 116,000 products in 11 categories, including 16,000 new items and 40 new suppliers.

“We are focused on serving customers in the most convenient way through a multi-channel approach, whether it be through our network of branches (stores), … catalogue or website,” said Nowlin.

Founded in 1889, Acklands-Grainger is Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, with more than 300,000 products to be available from 175 branches and six distribution centres coast to coast. For more information, visit www.acklandsgrainger.com.

Its parent company, 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 this company, visit www.grainger.com.