W.W. Grainger, Inc. operates as a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating products. The company offers maintenance, repair and operating supplies and other related products and services through local branches, catalogs and the Internet. It offers a combination of product breadth, local availability, speed of delivery, detailed product information and competitively priced products and services. The products offered include material handling equipment, safety and security supplies, lighting and electrical products, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing supplies, cleaning and maintenance supplies, forestry and agriculture equipment, building and home inspection supplies, vehicle and fleet components and many other items primarily focused on the facilities maintenance market. It also provides inventory management and energy efficiency solutions. The company was founded by William Wallace Grainger in 1927 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, IL.