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Fortune 500 Company expands in Waterloo

by John Wilmer

WATERLOO(KWWL) --  A Fortune 500 Company has expanded it's business in the Cedar Valley. Grainger, an industrial distributor, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon to kick-off the company's new 24-hour service center in Waterloo.

The 41,000 square-foot facility will be the new home for more than 200 local Grainger employees. The Grainger call center use to operate out of tower park, but now this company has invested millions of dollars to make sure employees have a place of their own for years to come.       

"We've been in the local community for 18 years and we've leased a facility, the old tower park facility and Grainger made a commitment to the employees to build and own a facility so we're here for the long term," said Service Center Manager, Tim Cuvelier.

The new facility is located in Waterloo's industrial park, right off of the new Ansborough Avenue interchange, which was one of the city's selling points to get Grainger to stay.

"It gives us 200 jobs, taxes, more residents feeds into the school so any kind of an investment like this is always important to any city and I'm just proud that they are here," said Mayor Tim Hurley.

Grainger currently has more than 400 branches in the United States and last year company sales were more than $6.9 billion, a winning combination for this company and city of Waterloo.

"We put an emphasis on superior customer service and that's a reflection of what we have built here," said Cuvelier.

When it was being constructed this new facility was also built keeping the environment in mind by using a water use reduction system, efficient lighting, and a sustainable site design.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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