Grainger presented 27 top-performing suppliers with its prestigious Partners in Performance Supplier Award for 2006 in Rosemont, Illinois at its annual supplier conference on March 14th. Grainger presents the award to a select group of suppliers to recognize recipients for an exceptional performance throughout the year.

"Grainger's suppliers play an important role in ensuring our customers have access to a broad product offering," said Bob Cocks, Grainger's Vice President of Product Management. "We strive for new ways to learn and grow with our suppliers so that together, we can help customers save time and money by consolidating their purchases. Our Partners in Performance awards ceremony gives us the opportunity to recognize suppliers who have demonstrated superior performance and who are true role models within their industry."

Grainger's Partners in Performance Award recognizes suppliers who achieve excellence in several categories, including responsiveness, information integrity, on-time shipping, cost control, management commitment and order fulfillment. These metrics help measure the ability of suppliers to ensure product is available across our distribution network. Grainger suppliers receive ratings throughout the year for their performance in each of these categories. Approximately 2 percent of Grainger's 1,200 suppliers receive this award each year.

Partners in Performance award winners for 2006:

Champion, Garner Denver Co.
Dalloz Fall Protection/Miller
Dalloz Safety
ER Wagner Manufacturing Co.
Federal Signal Corp.
Howard Leight
IMI Norgren Actuator
Ingersoll Rand/Security Technology
Klein Tools, Inc.
The M.K. Morse Co.
Motorola Incorporated
North Safety Equipment
Spectrum Brands/Rayovac Division
Tripp Lite
Uvex Safety Inc.
Weiler Corp.
Wells Lamont Industrial

Supplier of the Year: Custom Leathercraft

Best Small Supplier: Royal Basket Trucks

Best New Supplier: W.C. Wood Co. Inc.

Best Large Supplier: Milwaukee Electric

Best Innovative Supplier: Greenheck

Most Improved Supplier: Fluke Corporation

Additional Awards:
Transportation: Land Air Express of New England

Grainger, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico operations): Urrea