Grainger to expand distribution, operations in NYC region

Grainger will revamp its distribution facilities in the New York/New Jersey area as part of a major expansion of its distribution network. The plan, company officials said, is to expand some facilities in the region and open or relocate others. “We’re doing exactly what our customers asked us to do,” said Mike Hade, regional branch services vice president for Grainger.
By Staff April 15, 2007

Grainger will revamp its distribution facilities in the New York/New Jersey area as part of a major expansion of its distribution network. The plan, company officials said, is to expand some facilities in the region and open or relocate others.

“We’re doing exactly what our customers asked us to do,” said Mike Hade, regional branch services vice president for Grainger. “Our customers told us they wanted more of the products they need to maintain, repair and operate their facilities, positioned closer to them, and we listened. For our business customers, time is money and it’s our job to ensure they get the products they need, when and where they need them, so they can get the job done.”

Grainger said it will increase its current 23 regional distribution locations by 25%, increase its workforce by between 10% and 20% and expects to grow its distribution network by 40% as a result of the expansion effort.

Overall, Grainger is investing between $50 million and $80 million to expand markets in most major metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Cincinnati/Dayton, Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia.