Grainger names Carruthers president of Acklands-Grainger

By Plant Engineering Staff October 24, 2006

North American industrial distributor Grainger announced Thursday that Court Carruthers has been named president of its Canadian subsidiary, Acklands-Grainger, Inc. Carruthers’ new responsibilities include growing and improving Grainger’s business operations in Canada, which had sales of $428 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2006.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to improve our branch network and supply chain network so that we enhance service to customers across the provinces,” said Y.C. Chen, Grainger’s group president in charge of Mexico and Canada. “I look forward to working with Court and his management team to ensure that we help our customers save time and money as they purchase their industrial, fleet and safety products.”

Carruthers joined Acklands-Grainger in 2002 as vice president, national accounts and sales, where he has been responsible for the company’s sales strategy and operations. Prior to joining Grainger, Carruthers served in increasingly responsible roles at Dynamex, Inc., Veredex Logistics, Inc. and Purolator Courier, Ltd. He holds a bachelor of commerce degree with distinction from University of Alberta in Edmonton, a master of business administration degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and he is a certified management accountant.