Facility maintenance products supplier Grainger has opened its first facility in China.

The master branch, located in the Shanghai suburb of Minhang, will initially stock approximately 20,000 products.

Grainger recently published a Chinese language catalog featuring products carried at the branch, and has launched a Web site for customers in China to order what they need. The Web site can be found atwww.grainger.com.cn.

“Grainger is honored to be a part of the rapidly expanding economy in China,” said Richard L. Keyser, chairman and CEO of Grainger. “As global and local businesses grow in this country, they need suppliers they can rely on to provide them with a broad range of quality products when and where they are needed. Grainger has industry-leading experience in helping its customers in North America get more efficient by consolidating their purchases of maintenance and repair supplies. We look forward to serving businesses in China, giving them no reason to turn to anyone but Grainger for all their facility maintenance needs.”

Grainger also has a customer service center located in central Shanghai that offers sales consulting.