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March 21, 2019

Stock Option Rules Changing

The federal budget proposes limiting the benefit of the employee stock option deduction for high-income individuals employed at large, long-established, mature firms, says McCarthy Tétrault’s ‘2019 Canadian Federal Budget Commentary. – Tax Initiatives.’ In explaining the rationale for the favourable tax treatment afforded to employee stock options under the current rules, Budget 2019 says “Many smaller, growing companies, such as start-ups, do not have significant profits and may have challenges with cash flow, limiting their ability to provide adequate salaries to hire talented employees. Employee stock options can help such companies attract and retain talented employees by allowing them to provide a form of remuneration linked to the future success of the company.” However, a disproportionate share of the tax benefits arising from the current employee stock option provisions accrues to a very small number of very high income option holders. For example, in 2017, six per cent of stock option claimants – each with a total annual income including stock option benefits of over $1 million – accounted for over $1.3 billion of benefits from the 50 per cent deduction or almost two-thirds of the benefit derived from the 50 per cent deduction. The changes are intended to make the employee stock option tax regime fairer and more equitable for Canadians and to ensure that start-ups and emerging Canadian businesses that are creating jobs can continue to grow and expand. In light of the proposed stock option changes, in circumstances in which the new rules will likely apply, consideration may be given to the viability of making significant grants of stock options prior to legislative proposals being announced. Budget 2019 also says the government will work with farmers, fishers and other business owners throughout 2019 to develop new proposals to better accommodate intergenerational transfers of businesses while protecting the integrity and fairness of the tax system.

Canada’s Economy Slows

The Canadian economy is expected to grow by just 1.4 per cent in 2019, says the Conference Board of Canada, and the federal budget is unlikely to affect the economic outlook. "The weak growth that was evident at the end of 2018 is expected to persist into the first half of 2019. Despite this weak growth, there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic," says Matthew Stewart, its director of economics. "Job gains and wage growth were strong at the beginning of the year. In addition, the anticipated impact on investment from the measures contained in the federal government's fall economic statement have yet to materialize." The ‘Canadian Outlook: Spring 2019 Report’ says consumer spending slowed sharply at the end of last year, but household income growth is expected to pick up substantially this year, thanks to robust job gains and an acceleration in wage growth. However, the housing market will continue to cool this year with a decline forecast in residential investment and falling business confidence as well as weakening global and domestic demand which have held back investment spending recently. Still, business investment is set to improve outside of the resource and residential sector this year. One of the main factors supporting this turnaround is the accelerated depreciation measures, announced in the federal government's last fall fiscal update, which will allow business to write off 100 per cent of some capital expenditures in a single fiscal year. Improving domestic demand will also help support strong non-energy investment. What will support GDP growth this year is the trade sector. Despite a pullback in energy exports, total exports are expected to gain two per cent this year. With imports remaining essentially flat, the trade sector will support real GDP growth of 1.4 per cent this year. The outlook for next year is much brighter with investment spending forecast to help the economy post growth of two per cent. Given the economic slowdown, it says the Bank of Canada will remain on the sidelines this year with rate hikes not expected until 2020 under the assumption that the economy improves as expected over the second half of this year.

CFIB Disappointed In Federal Budget

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is disappointed that the 2019 federal budget provides little relief for small businesses facing a barrage of new and higher taxes. Small firms are facing seven years of Canada Pension Plan (CPP) premium hikes, higher taxes for many family businesses, and those with passive investments. Plus, the new and rising federal carbon backstop is about to hit firms in four provinces. The new Canada Training Benefit is an expensive program that will increase the cost of the Employment Insurance (EI) system by over $300 million per year with no guarantee of any link to the needs of employers, says CFIB. Dan Kelly, president of CFIB, says the concern is small businesses could be required to hold open a position if an employee has always wanted to take a paid leave from work in order to study Latin or interpretive dance. He says the needs of employers must be considered before launching any EI benefits or job protection requirements. CFIB is also troubled that the 2019 budget provides no plan to get the federal budget back into balance. “Not only are today's deficits tomorrow's taxes, they sap Canada's ability to respond to future economic challenges or recessions,” says Kelly. CFIB calls on government to ensure the EI Small Business Premium Rebate is significant and permanent, in addition to reversing course on the small business tax changes and the federal carbon backstop.

App Connects With Home Service Experts

HeyBryan, an app that connects pre-qualified, insured home service providers to homeowners has officially launched. Backed by Canadian HGTV personality Bryan Baeumler (House of Bryan, Bryan Inc, Leave it to Bryan, and Island of Bryan), the app enables users to find vetted, qualified, and insured home service experts in their area. It features real customer ratings and reviews of trusted experts offering services such as electrical, plumbing, painting, mounting and installation, and general handyman services. It shows availability and rates of local providers and payments are processed directly through the platform, making transactions seamless and saving users time and energy. All the service providers are subjected to background and identity checks. Lance Montgomery, president, CEO, and founder of HeyBryan Inc., calls it the “Uber of home services – you can use your phone to quickly and easily find the right people to take care of things around the house, from small repairs and cleaning to professional trades such as electrical and plumbing work.” It is available for Android and iPhone.

BB&B Launches Private Label Furniture Brand

Bed Bath & Beyond has launched its first-ever private label whole home brand, Bee & Willow Home in Canada and U.S. stores and online. Bee & Willow Home offers pieces for every room in the home in an eclectic mix of rustic and modern styles. The collection includes dining tables and chairs, sofas, side tables, upholstered beds, canopies, and dressers. It also offers a wide range of decorative accents including rugs, art, pillows, throws, and décor accessories as well as quilts, throws, pillows, and kitchen accessories. The line will be the first of six whole home collection launches by Bed Bath & Beyond, allowing for the ability to mix and match the different design collections based on customers’ individual and unique style.

Click-and-collect Boosts In-store Sales

Click-and-collect is not only increasing in popularity, but consumers that use the service spend more than those who don’t, says a survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Over 50 per cent of U.S. adult shoppers use ‘buy online, pick up in-store’ (BOPIS) services and, of those, 61 per cent use it frequently – at least once per month. Almost half of users say they use the method more now than they did a year ago. On top of that, click-and-collect demonstrates that having an online store augments in-store sales, with 67 per cent of users buying additional items from that retailer when picking up their original order. The primary reasons for utilizing click-and-collect are no delivery fees (49 per cent), receiving purchased items more quickly (40 per cent), and assurance that items will be available when shopping in-store (33 per cent). Once consumers use click-and-collect, they are loyal to it as the most (96 per cent) of consumers who utilize click-and-collect continue to use it. During the click-and-collect process, shoppers care about receiving the correct product (57 per cent), receiving product status notifications (53 per cent), and picking up the items quickly (50 per cent).

MgO Adds To Development Team

Patricia Josephs has joined the global business development team with MgO Systems, a manufacturer of prefabricated construction technologies. She has experience in both technical and business development roles with high-growth technology companies. John Selby has joined the company in a senior business development capacity. He has experience with instrumentation firms.

March 20, 2019

Budget Proposes Help For First-time Buyers

The Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) hopes that measures announced in Federal Budget 2019 will help ease Canada's growing housing affordability crisis. The budget includes a new first-time home buyer incentive, increases to the home buyers' plan, expansion of the rental construction financing initiative, and measures to address the housing supply shortage. It also makes reference to monitoring the effects of the mortgage stress test and adjusting it if economic conditions warrant. The first-time home buyer incentive introduces shared equity mortgages for qualified first-time buyers. The government suggests it could help 100,000 Canadians achieve home ownership in the next three years. That impact would be similar to what CHBA's proposed reintroduction of 30-year insured mortgages for first-time home buyers would achieve. The CHBA has recommended a shared appreciation mortgage approach as a tool for helping those who can't get into homeownership, but have the means to pay rent. An initiative in the budget to extend this to essentially all first-time homebuyers seeking entry-level housing takes the concept to a much broader level, it says. Increased limits for the home buyers' plan would allow up to $35,000 of RRSP savings to be put toward the purchase of a first home. This is welcome, says the CBHA, but should be coupled with changes to the stress test. Since the introduction of the stress test in January 2018, CHBA estimates that some 147,000 potential home buyers have been locked out of the market.

Walmart Celebrates 25 Years In Canada

This year, Walmart Canada celebrates its 25th anniversary operating in the country. The retailer opened its first Canadian stores after acquiring the 122-store Woolco division of Woolworth Canada in 1994. Since then, the retailer has built a network of 410 stores, employing more than 85,000 associates and serving more than 1.2 million customers across the country, every day. In 2006, the company introduced groceries to its product lineup and in 2011, it launched its online store, which is visited by more than 750,000 customers daily. Aside from its dedication to customers, the retailer says it is also dedicated to communities and boasts a philanthropy program focused on supporting Canadian families in need. As part of this program, it has formed partnerships with non-profit organizations including the Breakfast Club of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, the Children's Miracle Network, and Food Banks Canada. The retailer also works on waste reduction through recycling, reusing, and composting where possible.

Giant Tiger Opens 250th Store

Giant Tiger has opened its 250th store in Canada. Located in Atholville, NB, the 20,534-square-foot store will be stocked with home and family fashions, brand-name groceries, and everyday necessities.

IHA Show Rebrands For 2020

The just-concluded ‘2019 International Home + Housewares Show’ was the last show to be called such as the International Housewares Association (IHA) is renaming the event in 2020 to ‘The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s Global Home + Housewares Market.’ The 2019 event was sold-out with 2,205 exhibitors from 43 countries and featured a focus on influencers/bloggers, smart/connected products, and the specialty beverage movement. The focus on smart and connected products continued to grow with expansion of the IHA Smart Home Pavilion; three days of educational programming at the Smart Talks stage; and the addition of a display by b8ta, a ‘retail-as-a-service’ model designed to bring emerging technologies to market by making physical retail accessible to everyone. In addition, IHA says several product categories seem ready to explode based on the number of companies introducing their versions of these products at this year’s show. They include products to improve home air quality (air purifiers, aroma diffusers, and humidifiers), countertop multi-cookers, and air fryers. Next year, the event takes place March 14 to 17 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. For more information, visit The Inspired Home Show

3M Restructures Business Units

3M has realigned its core businesses from five to four business segments. It says the new alignment will enable it to better serve global customers and markets. The new structure will be comprised of four business segments: safety and industrial, transportation and electronics, healthcare, and consumer. The safety and industrial segment includes businesses that serve the global industrial, electrical, and safety markets and will consist of personal safety, adhesives and tapes, abrasives, closure, and masking systems, electrical markets, automotive aftermarket, and roofing granules. The transportation and electronics segment includes businesses that serve global transportation and electronic original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers. The healthcare segment serves the global healthcare industry including medical solutions, drug delivery systems, and food safety. The consumer segment serves global consumers and consists of home improvement, stationery and office supplies, home care, and consumer healthcare.

U.S. Housing Market Drives Global Roofing Sales

Bituminous products (including asphalt shingles and corrugated panels, as well as low-slope products) were the most popular roofing material in 2017, accounting for 34 per cent of global roofing sales in area terms, says a study by the Freedonia Group. The study, ‘Global Roofing,’ shows bituminous roofing product demand is forecast to rise two per cent per year through 2022 to 4.8 billion square metres, valued at $38.5 billion. Bituminous product sales in North America, the largest market for these products, will benefit from healthy housing markets in the U.S., as well as rising reroofing activity, particularly in the U.S. where weather-related damage is an ongoing concern. Concrete and clay tile were the second most commonly used, representing 30 per cent of global roofing demand in area terms, followed by metal (11 per cent), fibre cement (six per cent), rubber (four per cent), and plastic (five per cent), with other types accounting for the remainder (less than 10 per cent in the aggregate). In dollar terms, tile roofing represented a larger share of world roofing sales than bituminous materials due to the higher average price for these products. Through 2022, global demand for all types of roofing products is forecast to rise 2.4 per cent per annum to 14.4 billion square meters valued at $120 billion.

March 19, 2019

Manufacturing Sales Turn Around

Manufacturing sales increased one per cent to $57.1 billion in January, following three consecutive monthly decreases, says Statistics Canada. Sales rose in 15 of 21 industries, representing 55.9 per cent of total manufacturing sales. Higher sales in the food as well as the electrical equipment, appliance, and component industries were the main contributors to the gains in January. In volume terms, manufacturing sales rose 1.4 per cent. The wood product industry also had an increase at 3.4 per cent. Sales were up in eight provinces, led by Ontario, New Brunswick, and Alberta. Increases in these three provinces were largely responsible for the total national gain. Sales were down in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador. Inventory levels rose for the second consecutive month, up 1.2 per cent to $85.7 billion. Inventories were up in 16 of 21 industries.

CAC Against B.C. Government Decision On Timber

British Columbia’s move to increase height limits for the construction of wood buildings is premature, says the Cement Association of Canada (CAC), It says it is surprised at the announcement by the British Columbia government that it will bypass the ongoing ‘2020 National Building Code of Canada’ (NBCC) processes and allow municipalities to issue building permits for encapsulated mass timber construction (EMTC) up to 12 storeys. Of greatest concern, especially in the context of high seismic zones in B.C., is that there are, as of yet, no approved seismic design specifications for 12-storey cross-laminated timber buildings in the 2020 NBCC. These discussions are currently ongoing and recommendations will not be approved until later this year. CAC claims there is a significant amount of evidence available that refutes wood industry claims about tall wood building safety, earthquake resistance, resilient construction, and environmental performance that needs to be closely examined in a transparent way. It is calling on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to urgently meet with all members of the building materials industry and to put an immediate pause on any regulations for 12-storey encapsulated mass timber buildings.

RH Unveils Outdoor 2019 Collection

Luxury lifestyle retailer RH has released its ‘2019 RH Outdoor Source Book.’ The 400-page catalogue debuts a collection of outdoor furniture, textiles, and garden accents by designers from around the world. Designers represented in the book include Piet Boon of Amsterdam with his Bonaire collection; Mario Ruiz of Barcelona with two lounge and dining collections; Anne Marie Vering of Los Angeles with her European Neoclassical garden furniture collection; Marcel Opstal of Jakarta with latticework; Nicholas and Harrison Condos of Sydney with Bonid; and furniture by Dallas-based David Sutherland.

Continental Buchanan Plant Resumes Operations

Continental Building Products has resumed full capacity operations in its Buchanan, NY, drywall manufacturing plant. The facility underwent repairs and, while down, production was increased at the company’s Kentucky and Florida plants to offset a portion of Buchanan lost volumes.

Mastercard Acquires Ethoca To Reduce Digital Commerce Fraud

Mastercard will acquire Ethoca, a global provider of technology solutions that help merchants and card issuers collaborate in real-time to identify and resolve fraud in digital commerce. The Ethoca network brings together more than 5,000 merchants and 4,000 financial institutions around the world. When a fraudulent transaction is identified, near real-time information is sent to the merchant so they can confirm the transaction, stop delivery, or reverse the transaction to avoid the chargeback process. As a result, both merchants and card issuers benefit from lower operational costs by reducing fraud at the source. Mastercard intends to further scale these capabilities and combine Ethoca with its current security activities, data insights, and artificial intelligence solutions.

3M Makes Appointments

Michael Vale is executive vice-president, safety and industrial business group, with 3M. He currently is executive vice-president, health care business group. Ashish Khandpur is executive vice-president, transportation and electronics business group. He currently is executive vice-president, electronics and energy business group. Mojdeh Poul is executive vice-president, healthcare business group. He currently is executive vice-president, safety and graphics business group. Paul Keel is executive vice-president, consumer business group. He currently is senior vice-president, business development and marketing-sales. Denise Rutherford is senior vice-president, corporate affairs. She currently is vice-president, research and development and commercialization, industrial business group. Stephen Shafer is senior vice-president, business development and marketing-sales. He currently is vice-president greater China area of 3M and managing director of 3M China. All are effective April 1.

Sales Rise At Lumber Liquidators

Lumber Liquidators had net sales of $268.9 million for the fourth quarter of its 2018 fiscal year, an increase of 3.5 per cent over net sales of $259.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Net sales in comparable stores increased 0.4 per cent year-over-year. Gross profit increased 4.2 per cent in the quarter to $96 million from $92.1 million in the comparable period in 2017. Gross margin increased to 35.7 per cent from 35.4 per cent. The company had an operating loss of $54.9 million compared to an operating income of $600,000 million in the year-ago period. Net loss for the quarter was $56.9 million, compared to a net income of $3 million last year.

March 18, 2019

Commodity Sales Strong In 2017

In 2017, Canadian wholesalers sold over $1 trillion worth of commodities. Compared with 2016, sales increased 10.9 per cent, driven primarily by sales of petroleum and petroleum products, says Statistics Canada in its ‘Annual Wholesale Trade Survey.’ The cost of goods sold by wholesalers, which represents the cost of acquiring goods for resale, increased 11.5 per cent to $881.1 billion in 2017. Two-thirds of the commodity subclasses saw their cost of goods sold increase while the rest reported declines. Excluding petroleum and petroleum products, total sales increased 5.8 per cent in 2017 compared with 2016, while cost of goods sold also increased by 5.8 per cent. In dollar terms, the second biggest contributor to sales growth was the lumber, plywood, and millwork subclass, where sales rose $7.8 billion in 2017 to $26.3 billion, while the cost of goods sold increased by $6.4 billion to $22.9 billion.

February Home Sales Drop Sharply

National home sales dropped sharply from January to February, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). National home sales plummeted 9.1 per cent month-over-month in February, while actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 4.4 per cent year-over-year. As well, the number of newly listed homes fell 3.2 per cent in February. This drop in sales is the lowest level since November 2012 and the largest recorded since the B-20 stress test came into effect in January 2018. The number of homes trading hands was down from the previous month in three-quarters of all local markets, including all major cities. Sales were down almost 12 per cent below the 10-year February average. In British Columbia, Alberta, and Newfoundland and Labrador, sales were more than 20 per cent below their 10-year average for the month. With sales down by more than new listings, the national sales-to-new listings ratio eased to 54.1 per cent compared to 57.6 per cent in January. Looking beyond its monthly volatility, this measure of market balance has remained close to the long-term average of 53.5 per cent since early 2018.

Local Businessman Acquires Northern Saskatchewan Ace

Kushal Parikh, a local Air Ronge, SK, businessman, is now the owner of the Ace Canada dealership in the northern Saskatchewan village. Ace Air Ronge is a well-established business that consists of a 14,000-square-foot retail space that has been serving the community for over 25 years. The new management will broaden the product offering which will include products in-store and online. Parikh will also implement updated computer systems to serve customers more efficiently. The Ace Canada dealer network is part of Lowe’s Canada.

AQMAT Honours Home Hardware Stores

Home Hardware had two category award winners and seven category award finalists at the ‘7th Annual AQMAT Gala Reconnaissance’ held in Montreal, QC, in March. Eric Berthiaume, dealer-owner of Centre de Rénovation Home Hardware Marieville, received the ‘Conqueror Award’ which honours a company that is growing its business through acquisitions, marketing strategies, or export activities. Simon Gaignard, dealer-owner of Roberge et Fils Centre de Rénovation Home Hardware, received the ‘Specialty Award,’ which honours a niche store that stands out from its competitors. Finalists included Dominic Limoges, Enterprises Limoges Inc. ‒ Home Hardware, L'Assomption, QC, for the ‘Employee Category ‒ Rising Star Award’; Jocelyn Poirier, Roberge et Fils - Home Hardware, La Sarre, QC, for the ‘Employee Category ‒ Loyalty Award’; Alain Girard, Quincaillerie Gerard Raymond, Pierrefonds, QC, for the ‘Employee Category ‒ Manager Award’; Quincaillerie Home Hardware – Rimouski, Rimouski, QC, for the ‘Store Category ‒ Community Involvement Award’; and Riopel Centre de Rénovation Home Hardware, Sainte-Adèle, QC, for the ‘Store Category ‒ Perspective Award.’

All Weather Windows Achieves Platinum Status As Best Managed

All Weather Windows retains its Platinum Club status for another year as part of ‘Canada’s Best Managed Companies.’ Platinum Club status is for organizations that have been named ‘Best Managed Company’ for seven years or more. All Weather Windows has achieved this status for 11 years in a row. Sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith’s School of Business, and TMX Group, Canada’s Best Managed Companies recognizes excellence in private Canadian-owned companies that demonstrate sustained growth, strong financial and management performance, and overall organizational success. Platinum Club membership is the program’s highest recognition.

HDI Has Strong Sales

Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (HDI) had sales of $275 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of 10.2 per cent over sales of $250 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Sales in Canada were $33.2 million in the quarter, up 3.7 per cent versus $32 million in the year-ago period. The company’s gross profit increased 6.6 per cent to $47.4 million from $44.5 million year-over-year. EBITDA was $10.3 million compared to $11 million, while adjusted EBITDA was $10.1 million, a decrease of $1.5 million from $11.6 million last year. Profit increased 18.9 per cent to $5.9 million.

March 15, 2019

BC Home Sales Slide Further In February

Home sales in British Columbia were down again in February, a slump the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) continues to blame on federal mortgage-lending restrictions. A total of 4,533 residential-unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service last month, a decline of 27 per cent from the same month last year. The association’s deputy chief economist, Brendon Ogmundson, says prospective homebuyers continue to be sidelined by the mortgage stress test. In Metro Vancouver, the number of home sales fell 35.6 per cent compared with February 2018. Meanwhile, the number of homes listed for sale in the province increased 36.5 per cent to 30,891 units compared with the same month last year. Home sales also declined in January by 33.2 per cent from the same month last year. The mortgage-lending restrictions, or B20 stress tests, which were brought in at the start of 2018, require lenders to prove they can make payments at two percentage points higher than the qualifying mortgage rate.

Reno-Depot Launches AIR MILES Program

Lowe’s Canada banner Reno-Depot has launched the AIR MILES Reward Program in all of its stores. Customers can now earn AIR MILES Reward Miles on eligible purchases made in-store and online at the banner’s website. In addition to earning reward miles on eligible purchases, members of the AIR MILES Program will benefit from special offers throughout the year. They will also have the opportunity to multiply their miles by using their AIR MILES card with their Build Up Plan card (retail customers) or commercial credit card (contractors). Reno-Depot will also offer the AIR MILES Cash Reward program, which will allow customers to use their Reward Miles to get a discount on their purchases. The AIR MILES Reward Program is now offered across Lowe’s RONA, Reno-Depot, and Ace store network.

Alternative Payment Mechanisms To Drive Retail Spend

Global retail spend is expected to increase by $6 trillion between 2018 and 2023, taking total spend to $30 trillion, says a study from Juniper Research. The study shows growth will be driven by a combination of alternative payment mechanisms (most notably wallets) and online spend. However, stakeholders face a host of competitive and regulatory challenges if they are to take full advantage of the opportunity. It says reducing friction at checkout remains a key hurdle, with online cart abandonment rates high. Meanwhile, the research highlights that, in many markets, in-store spend will plateau or even decline, increasing the likelihood that major retail chains may be obliged to scale back their physical presence even further. The study argues that cart abandonment rates can be reduced by a combination of measures, including implementation of card-on-file and one-click payment solutions as well as ensuring that both popular local payment currencies and checkout procedures are on offer.

Scandit Recognized For Innovation In Retail Technology

Enterprise technology provider Scandit has received Frost & Sullivan’s ‘2018 European Technology Innovation Award’ for “bridging the gap between online and offline retail.” Each year, this award is presented to a company that has developed a product that is gaining rapid acceptance in the market. Scandit was chosen because of the way in which it is using mobile computer vision and augmented reality to enable retailers to create a digital in-store retail experience, without requiring a large infrastructure investment. Using Scandit, retailers can replace dedicated scanners with smartphones and tablets that can handle customer and employee use cases such as self-checkout, search and find, and shelf management. Augmented reality is used to overlay relevant product information on the items displayed on the screen.

BlueStar Launches Coral Kitchen Suite

Appliance manufacturer BlueStar now offers its full commercial-style kitchen suite in coral, one of 2019’s top colour picks. Launched at the International Builders Show (IBS) in February, the full BlueStar kitchen features a French door refrigerator and 48-inch platinum gas range with interchangeable griddle/charbroiler and complimentary custom ventilation in the orange-pink hybrid hue. BlueStar can also match other custom colours to any hue and apply it across its entire line of pro-style appliances including gas ranges, wall ovens, ventilation, and refrigeration.

Kshetry Water Director At Moen

Nina Kshetry is water director with Moen, a newly-created position. She will work with it to deepen its connections to water organizations across North America. She is a licensed professional engineer.

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