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Grainger acquires distributor of MRO and metalworking supplies

Aug. 26, 2013

W.W. Grainger Inc., Lake Forest, Ill., has acquired E&R Industrial Sales, Inc., a distributor of metalworking, production supplies and MRO materials to manufacturers and industrial customers across the Midwest and Eastern United States, and its subsidiaries.

Founded in 1969 and based in Sterling Heights, Mich., E&R Industrial provides more than 100,000 products to 4,000 customers across the aerospace, automotive and general industrial sectors. The company employs more than 350 team members, including metalworking specialists in field sales, inside sales and product management who provide an in-depth and unique technical expertise. E&R Industrial reported 2012 sales of approximately $180 million and has 19 locations.

The company lists 559 SKUs in electrical products on its website, including connectors, portable cord, hand tools, test instruments, receptacles and other MRO electrical supplies for the factory floor. Details