United Stationers Names Blanchard as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Dec 05, 2005, 00:00 ET from United Stationers Inc.

    DES PLAINES, Ill., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Stationers Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   USTR) today announced that Eric A. Blanchard, 49, will join the
 company on January 4, 2006, as senior vice president, general counsel and
 secretary.  He will report directly to Richard W. Gochnauer, president and
 chief executive officer.
     "Eric has an extensive corporate background, and we are pleased to have
 him as a member of our senior management team," Gochnauer said.  "His
 experience in advising and supporting the board of directors, creating
 enhanced corporate governance and ethics programs, and leading company-wide
 Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma initiatives will be particularly valuable to
     Blanchard has 24 years of broad-based legal and management experience.
 Prior to joining United Stationers, he was vice president, general counsel and
 secretary at Tennant Company for three years.  Here, Blanchard was responsible
 for all legal and corporate secretarial matters, as well as mergers and
 acquisitions and strategic planning.  He also had P&L responsibility for more
 than $50 million in international sales.  Prior to that, Blanchard held a
 number of senior management positions with increasing responsibilities during
 his 16 years at Dean Foods Company.  He joined Dean Foods in 1986 as its in-
 house counsel, and was president of the $3.7 billion Dairy Division from 1999
 to 2002.
     Blanchard earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the
 University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard
 Law School in Cambridge, Mass.  He and his family will be relocating from
 Minneapolis to Chicago.
     Company Overview
     United Stationers Inc. is North America's largest broad line wholesale
 distributor of business products, with sales for the trailing 12 months of
 approximately $4.3 billion.  Its integrated computer-based distribution
 systems make more than 40,000 items available to approximately 20,000
 resellers.  United is able to ship products within 24 hours of order placement
 because of its 35 United Stationers Supply Co. distribution centers, 32
 LagasseSweet distribution centers that serve the janitorial, sanitation, and
 foodservice consumables industries, two Azerty distribution centers in Mexico
 that serve computer supply resellers, and two distribution centers that serve
 the Canadian marketplace.  Its focus on fulfillment excellence has given the
 company an average order fill rate of better than 97%, a 99.5% order accuracy
 rate, and a 99% on-time delivery rate.  For more information, visit
     The company's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Stock Market(R) under the
 symbol USTR.

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