W.W. Grainger, Inc., a broad-line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, will expand its presence downtown Chicago’s Citigroup Center, with plans to hire approximately 300 IT and eCommerce professionals over the next several years. With the opening of its office in the Citigroup Center last year, Grainger hired nearly 100 new IT and eCommerce employees.
“With the rapid pace of business today, technology plays an ever-increasing role in our customers’ ability to succeed,” said Grainger Chairman, President and CEO Jim Ryan. “We are developing world-class eCommerce solutions that are part of our multi channel approach, which includes our sales team, inventory management programs, branch network and service centers. Through this model, we provide our customers the products and services they need, when they need them. Expanding our Chicago office enables us to attract the best talent to build upon and enhance our eCommerce platform.”
“I welcome Grainger’s growth in Chicago and look forward to watching the company flourish,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “By creating jobs for Chicagoans and making an investment to the city by developing a larger office, Grainger is providing a great example of the kind of company we are dedicated to backing in Chicago. These positions are in the key industries of information technology and eCommerce – two critical areas of growth as our economy evolves in the 21st century.”