W.W. Grainger, Chicago, presented 28 top-performing suppliers with its Partners in Performance Supplier Award for 2005 at its annual supplier conference on March 9. “Our Partners in Performance awards ceremony gives us the opportunity to recognize suppliers who have demonstrated superior performance and are true role models within their industry,” said Michael Pulick, Grainger's vice president of product management.

Grainger's Partners in Performance Award recognizes suppliers who achieve excellence in several categories, including responsiveness, information integrity, on-time shipping and order fulfillment. These metrics help measure the ability of suppliers to ensure product is available. Winners included Advance Transformer Co., Brady Corp., Bradley Corp., ITW Red Head, Loctite Industrial Group, Motorola Inc., Reelcraft Industries Inc., Schneider Electric and Wiremold Legrand.