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June 25, 2008 > Grainger announces expansion of East Bay business operations

Grainger announces expansion of East Bay business operations

Submitted By Sara Boyne-Granack

Grainger, a local distributor of facilities maintenance products, announced that the company is expanding its operations throughout the East Bay to better serve customers. As part of this expansion, Grainger is opening one new facility, relocating two others, and expanding and enhancing two existing facilities in the East Bay area. The company marked the announcement on June 18 with a grand opening celebration at its newly relocated facility at 444 Doolittle Dr. in San Leandro and the presentation of a $5,000 donation to the Peralta Colleges Foundation to fund scholarships for students attending Laney College.

"Grainger has been a part of the East Bay community for more than 50 years," said Rick Haley, District Branch Services Manager, Grainger. "Our expansion is all about listening and responding to the needs of our local customers. With the improvements we're making, it will be even easier for customers like contractors and facilities maintenance professionals to quickly get in, get what they need, and get back on the job."

Grainger currently operates four locations in the East Bay, and through the expansion will increase its overall local square footage by more than 70 percent. Additionally, the company will add nearly 40 percent more locally tailored inventory to meet the needs of customers. These products include things like heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, safety and cleaning supplies, as well as hand and power tools and other essential equipment.

Business customers have already begun to realize the benefits of the local expansion with new enhancements at the company's facilities in Concord and Hayward. Grainger's expansion activities will continue to unfold in the East Bay through the fall of this year.

In addition to the investments Grainger is making to better serve its customers, the company is committed to the East Bay community. During the festivities, the company presented a $5,000 donation to the Peralta Colleges Foundation. The donation will be used to provide scholarships to students enrolled in Laney College's Career and Technical Education Program in areas of study such as machine technology.

"There is a need in today's workplace for more skilled tradespeople, and experts predict that shortage will only continue to grow," said Haley. "With these scholarships, Grainger is proud to show our support for local students pursuing technical careers."

"We appreciate Grainger's generosity," said Dean Peter Crabtree of Laney College. "These scholarships will go a long way in helping our students as they pursue careers in critical technical fields."

Grainger's East Bay investments are part of the company's multi-year expansion in the larger Bay Area market, through which the company is adding, relocating and expanding its local facilities; adding more sales and branch employees; and making thousands more products available locally for same-day pick up. Grainger's 13 Bay Area locations serve local business customers such as contractors, healthcare facilities, manufacturers and government institutions.

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