Advantage Rent A Car Selects Preferred Partner for Industrial Supply Purchases

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - August 4, 2008) - Advantage Rent A Car has announced its selection of W.W. Grainger, Inc. as the car rental company's preferred partner for maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) purchases.

Lake Forest, Ill.-based Grainger will provide specific product categories to each of Advantage's more than 80 locations, including: motors, HVAC, electrical and lighting, material handling, janitorial supplies, tools, safety supplies, car wash chemicals, fasteners, metalworking, pumps, pipes, plumbing, pneumatics, and hydraulics.

Many of these products will assist Advantage in moving forward with its commitment to becoming the first major all green car rental company in the United States.

"Our newly formed relationship with Grainger is significant in allowing our locations to purchase 'green products' from a significant single source distributor," said Mick Anselmo, Chief Operating Officer at Advantage. "We look forward to Grainger helping Advantage Rent A Car become America's first major 100% green fleet rental car company."

About Advantage Rent A Car

Advantage Rent A Car is privately held by Denny Hecker Family Ventures, with executive offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and whose principal business location is in San Antonio, Texas. Advantage serves travel and leisure, lifestyle, business, government and insurance replacement rentals in more than 80 U.S. locations and 36 affiliates internationally. Advantage is America's first major car rental company committed to going 100 percent green and providing environmentally conscientious travelers with a fleet of fuel efficient vehicles by the end of 2010. For a complete list of car rentals, locations, franchise opportunities, promotions and other information, please visit

About Grainger

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2007 sales of $6.4 billion, is the leading broad-line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in Canada, China, Mexico and the United States. Through a highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple websites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done.

About Denny Hecker Family Ventures

The Denny Hecker group of companies includes more than 200 companies with operations in automobile dealerships, fleet sales and leasing, daily automobile and motorcycle rental, real estate sales, commercial and residential real estate development, aviation, hospitality, and technology. For more information, please visit


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