• February Retail Sales Grow

    Retail sales reached $48 billion in February, an increase of 7.3 per cent compared with the same month a year earlier, says Statistics Canada’s ‘Retail Commodity Survey.’ Higher sale...

  • Toronto Plans Mass Timber Pilot Program

    The city of Toronto, ON, has announced a mass timber pilot program for affordable rental housing. This 100-home project – the first of its kind in Toronto – will take a new climate action...

  • Lowe’s Canada Seeks To Fill 500 Positions

    Lowe's Canada is looking for 500 people to fill positions in its RONA and Réno-Dépôt stores in Québec. In addition to in-store positions, the retailer is recruiting for...

  • Users Stand Up To Use Quick Drive Tool

    Simpson Strong-Tie’s Quik Drive PROHSD Wood-to-Steel solution is a quick drive tool that has an extension for stand-up use, eliminating the strain of working on hands and knees. It also features...

  • Castle Makes Changes

    Bruce Holman is retiring from Castle Building Centres Group after nearly two decades of service. He has played an integral role in the success of Castle over the years and has helped nurture and grow...

  • CTC Has Strong First Quarter

    Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (CTC) had retail sales of $3,421.4 million for the first quarter of 2022, up 9.7 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2021; consolidated comparable sales (exclu...

  • Non-residential Drives Down Building Permits

    The total value of building permits in Canada decreased 9.3 per cent in March to $11.7 billion, mainly due to the non-residential sector (-29.5 per cent to $3.7 billion), says Statistics Canada, as tw...

  • Distribution Rioux Joins Castle

    Castle Building Centres Group has added another member in the province of Québec. Located in Temiscouata, Distribution Rioux in Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! was founded in 2015. It has two locations...

  • CME Wants Bold Action For Manufacturers

    The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is calling on the federal government to provide temporary financial relief to companies impacted by supply chain disruptions and work to resolve &lsquo...

  • Lawson Products Changes Name

    Lawson Products, Inc. has changed its name to Distribution Solutions Group, Inc. (DSG). The distribution company will include operating companies Lawson Products, TestEquity, and Gexpro Services. The...

  • Blower Capable Of Commercial Power

    The WORX Nitro 80V Brushless Backpack Leaf Blower enables homeowners with larger lawns, and commercial landscapers managing medium-sized properties to remove leaves and other yard debris with cordless...

  • Roles Change At Walmart Canada

    Nabeela Ixtabalan is chief operations officer for Walmart Canada. She joined the retailer in 2020 as executive vice-president, people and corporate affairs, following an extensive career in retail wor...

  • AUP Drives Masonite Sales

    Masonite International Corporation had consolidated net sales of $726 million in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 12 per cent from net sales of $646 million in the first quarter of 2021. The...

  • CFIB Wants Workers’ Compensation Surplus Returned

    The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on workers' compensation boards (WCBs) across Canada to rebate surplus funds back to small business owners. The organization&rsquo...

  • Residential Construction Costs Rise

    Residential building construction costs increased 5.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2022, the highest increase since the second quarter of 2021, says Statistics Canada. Non-residential building con...

  • Armstrong Flooring Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Armstrong Flooring, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of flooring solutions, has filed for voluntary protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In a continuation of its ongoing sale process, the compa...

  • Home Hardware Named A Best Managed Company

    For the 10th consecutive year, Home Hardware Stores Limited has been recognized with a ‘Canada's Best Managed Companies’ designation, retaining its Platinum Club status. This award rec...

  • Giant Tiger CEO Honoured By RCC

    Paul Wood, president and CEO of Giant Tiger, has been named ‘2022 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year’ by the Retail Council of Canada (RCC). This award recognizes a retail leader...

  • Drain Grates Now In Matte Black

    Schluter-Systems is expanding its family of matte black products by introducing two grates that are available for its KERDI-LINE linear drain. The SOLID and SQUARE grates are now available in matte bl...

  • Pandemic Has Positive Impact On Taiga Earnings

    Consolidated net sales for Taiga Building Products Ltd. were $612.7 million for the three months ended March 31, compared to $535.9 million over the same period last year. The increase in sales by $76...

  • Sustainability Priority For Retail

    A maturity survey from BCG and the World Retail Congress finds that sustainability is now a strategic priority for many retail companies. However, the sector as a whole has some way to go before it ca...

  • New Liskeard Dealer Joins Castle

    Castle Building Centres Group has added another location to the Ontario map, this time New Liskeard. North Wood Homes was founded in 2016 by Jared Fleming with the initial goal of building and renovat...

  • Government Invests In First Nations Home Retrofits

    The Canadian government’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change will invest $2.8 million in SaskPower from the Low Carbon Economy Fund to support its Northern First Nations Home Retrofit Pr...

  • LP Tracks Climate Risks

    LP Building Solutions (LP) has released its first ‘Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Index.’ The index communicates how it evaluates and manages climate change ris...

  • Centra Acquires Supreme Windows

    British Columbia-based Centra Windows now has a presence in Alberta with the acquisition of Calgary-based Supreme Windows. Supreme Windows is a family-owned and -operated business founded 55 years ago...

  • Favourable Pricing Drives Resolute Income

    Resolute Forest Products had net income of $210 million for the first quarter of 2022, up from net income of $87 million in the first quarter of 2021. Sales were $945 million in the quarter, an increa...

  • Millennials Turning To Digital Payment Technologies

    Millennial consumers, along with their counterparts from Generation Z, have increasingly begun to turn to digital-first technologies to meet their banking and payment needs, with mobile methods being...

  • Small Businesses Still Suffering From Pandemic

    The current state of small business is, sadly, on a decline in many industries, largely because of growing inflation, a still-broken supply chain, an ongoing labour shortage, and rising rents, says a...

  • Steady Growth Forecast For Hand Tools

    The global hand tools market was valued at $21.3 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach $31.8 billion by 2030, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2 per cent over the forecast per...

  • In-store Shopping Leads April U.S. Retail Sales

    Total U.S. retail sales (excluding auto) for April increased 7.2 per cent year-over-year (YOY) and 15.3 per cent compared to pre-pandemic spending in April 2019 (not adjusted for inflation). The Maste...

  • Thermally Fused Laminate Offers Cost Savings

    Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) offers greater material and labour cost savings when compared to alternative wood-based decorative surface materials, says a value engineering study by EGGER Wood Produc...

  • OSB Leads LP Sales

    Louisiana-Pacific Corporation had net sales of $1,337 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 31 per cent compared to net sales in the first quarter of 2020. Siding solutions net sales i...

  • Kitchen Renovations Have Best Value

    A kitchen renovation is the most worthwhile home improvement project, says a Royal LePage survey of real estate professionals across the country. They say that, on average, a kitchen renovation has th...

  • Vancouver Home Sales Reach Traditional Pace

    Home sales in the Vancouver, BC, area fell in April and returned to more historically typical levels for the month, says the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). However, sales figures in t...

  • Lowe’s Canada Fundraising Honoured

    Lowe’s Canada was named ‘Canadian Corporate Partner of the Year’ by Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) for 2021. This award recognizes Lowe’s Canada’s innovative appr...

  • Woodgrain Completes Huttig Acquisition

    Woodgrain, a millwork manufacturer, has completed the purchase of Huttig Building Products, a domestic distributor of millwork, building materials, and wood products. This acquisition increases Woodgr...

  • Interfor Acquires GreenFirst Shares

    Interfor Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary, Interfor East Ltd. has acquired a total of 28.7 million common shares in the capital of GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. from Rayonier A.M. Ca...

  • Benjamin Moore Enhances AURA Paint

    Benjamin Moore has enhanced its ultra-premium AURA interior paint with a new acrylic resin and formula. The formula now offers a smoother application across all sheens and provides superior hide acros...

  • Peterson Leads Newell Brands

    Chris Peterson is president and chief financial officer at Newell Brands Inc. Previously, he was chief financial officer and president, business operations. He joined the company in 2018.

  • Lumber Earnings Boost Canfor Income

    Canfor Corporation had operating income of $741.9 million for the first quarter of 2022, up from an operating loss of $602.6 million in the first quarter of 2021. The increase reflects a significant i...

  • Inflation, Supply Chain Top Growth Challenges

    Inflation and supply chain concerns are the top two challenges to the growth of the Canadian economy cited by business leaders, says a survey for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA...

  • GTA Housing Market Adjusts

    The Greater Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) housing market continued its adjustment to higher borrowing costs, with the number of transactions down on a monthly and annual basis, says the Toronto Regional Rea...

  • BMO Offers Sustainable Finance Solutions

    BMO Financial Group (BMO) and Export Development Canada (EDC) are bringing sustainable finance solutions to medium- and large-sized Canadian exporting businesses to help them transition from carbon-in...

  • Square Launches Small Business Loans

    Square offering small businesses in Canada “quick and simple access to funds and eliminating another major pain point associated with running a business.” By using transaction data, Square...

  • Lead Generation Software Rates Increased

    Renoworks Software Inc., an end-to-end visualization and lead generating platform for the home renovation and new home construction industry, has had significant lead generation results with a buildin...

  • Pin Nailer Tough Enough For Oak

    DEWALT, a Stanley Black & Decker brand, has launched its Atomic Compact Series 20V MAX Brushless Cordless 23-gauge Pin Nailer. With its high-output brushless motor, the pin nailer is capable of dr...

  • Acquisitions Lead Doman Revenues

    Doman Building Materials Group Ltd. had consolidated revenues of $851.3 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 63.7 per cent compared to consolidated revenues of $519.9 million in the f...

  • Small Business Owners Struggling Post Pandemic

    After two years of rolling lockdowns and business restrictions, the pandemic has had a significant impact on small business owners. Half (50 per cent) report difficulty coping with mental health chall...

  • Ideal Roofing Builds Moncton Facility

    Ideal Roofing Company Limited, an Ottawa, ON-based manufacturer of steel roofing and siding materials, is building a multimillion-dollar manufacturing plant in Moncton,. The facility will occupy 80,00...

  • Fortune Brands To Spin Off Cabinets Business

    Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. wants to separate into two companies. It plans to spin off its cabinets business into a standalone publicly traded company. A potential separation is subject t...

  • Home Depot Ventures Into Technology

    The Home Depot has launched Home Depot Ventures, a venture capital fund created to identify, fund, and partner with early-stage companies to accelerate emerging technologies that aim to improve the cu...

  • Residential Sector Boosts West Fraser Earnings

    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. had first quarter sales of $3.11 billion and earnings of $1.09 billion. This compares to sales of $2.04 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021 and earnings in that quarter o...

  • Home Improvement Spending Forecast To Stabilize

    Spending on home improvement will increase 2.8 per cent in 2023 to $382.5 billion, forecasts the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI), a market research company in the home and building products...

  • Home Hardware Most Trusted

    Home Hardware Stores Limited has been recognized as ‘Canada's Most Trusted Home Retailer’ in the ‘2022 Gustavson Brand Trust Index’ (GBTI). The retailer placed first in the...

  • NKBA Partners With Home Technology Association

    The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has entered into a strategic partnership with the Home Technology Association (HTA). HTA helps home design and building professionals find qualified...

  • Core Sales Strong At Newell Brands

    Newell Brands has net sales of $2.4 billion for the first quarter of 2022, a 4.4 per cent increase compared to net sales of $2.29 billion in the first quarter of 2021. Core sales grew 6.9 per cent yea...

  • Homeowners Turn To Remodeling

    Building material prices were up 23 per cent over the last year, in part due to a surge in U.S. remodeling activity driven by three primary conditions: high home equity, few ‘trade-up’ hom...

  • Aesthetics Top Reason To Change Siding

    Aesthetics is the top reason Canadians change the siding on their homes, says a survey by Gentek. It found 38 per cent replaced their siding to improve the curb appeal of their home while 26 per cent...

  • IKO Opens Maryland Facility

    IKO has opened a production facility in Hagerstown, MD, with the official grand opening to be held May 12. The 460,000-square-foot production and warehouse facility marks IKO's first manufacturing...

  • Demand For Sustainable Packaging Grows

    Consumer demand for eco-friendly and sustainable product packaging has proven remarkably stable and robust throughout the societal changes that have occurred in the last several years, says a report f...

  • All Business Sectors Showing Short-Term Confidence

    Short-term confidence has been improving in all business sectors, including those that have been significantly affected by the pandemic, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) &ls...

  • Gillfor Distribution Acquires AFA Forest Products

    Gillfor Distribution Inc., parent company to OWL Distribution, McIlveen Lumber Industries, Brunswick Valley Distribution, and Brown & Rutherford Co., has acquired AFA Forest Products Inc. AFA is a...

  • Canfor Implements Net-zero Plan

    Building on its sustainability strategy announced in October 2021, Canfor Corporation will implement a comprehensive plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To do so, it has developed near...

  • Allegion Acquires Stanley Access Technologies

    Allegion plc, a global security products and solutions provider, plans to acquire Stanley Access Technologies LLC and assets related to the automatic entrance solutions business from Stanley Black &am...

  • Giant Tiger Partners With Instacart

    Giant Tiger Stores Limited has partnered with Instacart to launch same-day delivery from more than 180 of its stores across Canada. Available now in serviceable stores, customers can shop an assortmen...

  • Deflector Screw Provides Support For Walls

    Simpson Strong-Tie’s Strong-Drive SDPW Deflector screw is a structural fastening solution that provides support for non-load bearing, full-height partition walls and helps manage wall deflection...

  • Grainger Has Strong First Quarter

    Grainger had sales of $3,647 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 18 per cent over sales of $3,084 million in the first quarter of 2021. On a daily basis, sales increased 16.4 per cen...

  • Business Owners Still Working To Get Back On Track

    A BDC report tracking the state of Canadian business owners' mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic has found that two-thirds say they have things under control when it comes to continuing to...

  • Remodelling Spend Will Increase Before Slowing

    Expenditures for improvements and repairs to the owner-occupied U.S. housing stock are expected to grow throughout 2022 and into early next year, but at a decelerating pace, says the ‘Leading In...

  • Owens Corning To Acquire WearDeck

    Owens Corning plans to acquire WearDeck from JR Plastics Corporation. WearDeck is a North American producer of composite weather-resistant decking for commercial and residential applications. Using pr...

  • Home Hardware Launches Kids Sports Grant Program

    Home Hardware has teamed up with FlipGive, a North American shopping rewards app for teams, to launch the ‘Play More Matching Grant.’ Designed to provide support to young athletes across t...

  • Demand Remains Healthy For Masco

    Masco sales increased 12 per cent to $2,201 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the net sales of $1,970 million in the first quarter of 2021. In local currency, sales increased 13 per cen...

  • Paper Makes Recommendations To Fight GHG Emissions

    The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) is calling on the provincial government to create a new green home renovation tax credit, introduce on-bill financing (OBF) for building envelope improvement...

  • Home Improvement Retailers Nominated For Excellence

    Canadian Tire Corporation, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), Lee Valley Tools Ltd., Lowe's Canada, Peavy Industries LP, and Walmart Canada are among the finalists for the Retail Council of Ca...

  • Canfor Invests In Arkansas Facility

    Canfor Corporation will invest approximately US$130 million to significantly upgrade and expand its sawmill and planer facility located in Union County, AR. The investment will capitalize on the abund...

  • NC Roofing Facility Gets Upgrade

    Saint-Gobain, through its building products subsidiary CertainTeed LLC, will invest US$118.8 million over the next five years to expand its CertainTeed roofing shingle manufacturing facility in Oxford...

  • Amazon Invests To Spur Supply Chain Innovation

    Amazon is investing $1 billion to spur supply chain, fulfillment, and logistics innovation and further improve the customer and employee experience. The online retailer is creating a venture investmen...

  • Architectural Segment Leads Armstrong Sales

    Armstrong World Industries, Inc. had net sales of $282.6 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 12.2 per cent over net sales of $251.9 million in the first quarter of 2021. Operating in...

  • ESG Importance In Retail Grows

    Retail executives believe that ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance) factors will matter more than ever in 2022, says Deloitte’s ‘2022 Canadian Retail Outlook.’ Most...

  • Home Sales To Moderate

    In 2022, the level of home sales will remain elevated compared to long run averages, but will moderate from their 2021 peaks, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). And over the 2023...

  • Lowe’s Canada Ranked Green

    Lowe’s Canada has been ranked among Canada’s greenest employers for a second consecutive year. This celebrates the achievements of employers who are sustainability leaders and proactively...

  • Lumber Prices Drop Slightly

    For the moment, it seems the North American construction framing dimension softwood lumber market has found a supply-demand balance, as the benchmark price dropped slightly but many others remain flat...

  • Falmec Range Hoods Available In North America

    Falmec, an Italian appliance manufacturer bringing more than 40 years of experience to the ventilation category, has launched a collection of outdoor range hoods in North America. Built with stainless...

  • Fredericton Home Show Changes Location

    After two years of hiatus, the Fredericton Home Show will return, but to a different location this year – the Aitken University Centre. Known as central New Brunswick's home improvement even...

  • Retail Sales Edge Up Again

    Retail sales edged up 0.1 per cent to $59.9 billion in February, says Statistics Canada. This was the fourth increase in the last five months. Higher sales at clothing and clothing accessories stores...

  • BC Garden Centres Fitted With Fire Information Hubs

    FireSmart BC, an organization that helps build wildfire resiliency and reduce the negative impacts of fire for British Columbia residents, has launched a virtual FireSmart landscaping hub and plant pr...

  • Foxquilt Launches eCommerce Insurance Product

    Foxquilt, an insurance technology company with a focus on small business, has launched an eCommerce insurance product. The product is designed to help new and existing eCommerce business owners quickl...

  • Walmart Canada Joins Stingray Retail Media Network

    Walmart Canada has joined the Stingray Retail Media Network. Stingray, a music, media, and technology company, will be responsible for exclusive sales representation, in partnership with the Walmart C...

  • LED Lighting System Has 25-Year Lifespan

    Häfele, a manufacturer of hardware and fitting systems, is now offering Loox5, a plug-and-play LED lighting system compiled of linear and point lighting products that offer flexible lighting solu...

  • Pope Leads Epicor

    Lisa Pope is president of Epicor, an industry-specific enterprise software company. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise resource planning industry, including leadership roles...

  • Renoworks Has Strong Fourth Quarter

    Renoworks Software Inc. had fourth quarter revenue of $1.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021. Annual revenues were $5.6 million, up eight per cent over the prior year. Doug Vickerso...

  • Debt Impedes Recovery For Small Business

    Small businesses are facing a long and challenging road to recovery, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)'s ‘Small Business Recovery Dashboard.’ In fact, only 40...

  • Costs Still Running High For eCommerce Returns

    Online retailers face significant logistical and financial challenges due to the high cost and increasing number of eCommerce returns, says a report from a Pitney Bowes’ BOXpoll survey. The surv...

  • CVC Capital To Invest In Neolith Group

    CVC Capital Partners VIII, a global private equity platform, will invest in the Neolith Group, a sintered stone company that has been controlled by Investindustrial and its founders, the Esteve family...

  • Wyze Lock Bolt Now In Canada

    Wyze Lock Bolt is now available in Canada. The new product uses Lockin's advanced security technology. It is the third co-branding co-operation between the two companies. It features more secure f...

  • Ryan Named CEO

    Heather Ryan is chief executive officer at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), effective May 9. She joined the company in 2013 and currently serves as vice-president, supply chain.

  • Growth To Continue, But Uncertainties Persist

    The Conference Board of Canada’s two-year economic outlook forecasts real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of four per cent this year, easing to 3.3 per cent in 2023. “Although restrict...

  • BMR Pro Gets Digital Labels

    Danavation Technologies Corp., a Canadian-based internet of things (IoT) technology company and provider of micro ePaper displays, is installing its Digital Smart Labels into a BMR Pro branded locatio...

  • Amazon Opens Hamilton Fulfillment Centre

    Amazon Canada has opened its newest advanced robotics facility fulfillment centre. Located in Hamilton, ON, its robotics technology helps extend the reach and capability of its team by making tasks ea...

  • Formica Canada Looks For Ecological Solutions

    With laminate samples being discarded after just one use and considering the dust and paper residues generated by the manufacture of its products, Formica Canada is working with the Université...

  • Panasonic Launches Air Purification System

    Panasonic has launched its WhisperAir Repair Spot Air Purifier in Canada. The unit features nanoe X technology, which helps purify the air, eliminate odours, and reduce airborne pollutants and allergy...

  • Home Depot Makes Changes

    Matt Carey is executive vice-president of customer experience at the Home Depot. He has been with the company for 14 years. Fahim Siddiqui is executive vice-president and chief information officer (CI...

  • Home Sale Activity Back To Fall Levels

    Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS Systems fell back 5.4 per cent between February and March 2022. The decline puts activity back in line with where it had been since last fall, says the Canadian R...

  • Operating Revenue Declined In 2020

    Retail customers spent $669.6 billion at Canadian store and non-store retailers in 2020, leading to a slight decline of 0.1 per cent in operating revenue compared with the previous year, says Statisti...

  • Porcelain To Dominate Ceramic Tile Market

    The global ceramic tiles market is projected to grow from US$207.7 billion in 2020 to $285.1 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5 per cent during the forecast period, says a...

  • Tropical Hardwoods Are Sustainable

    Tropical Forest Products is now offering a Black Label brand of curated, certified sustainable collection of tropical hardwoods. The brand’s lumber portfolio consists of a selection of Ipe, Cuma...

  • Ontario Invests In Wawa OSB Mill

    The Ontario government is providing a grant of up to $15 million over four years to Wawa OSB Inc. through the Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program to support a new state-of-the-art plant th...

  • KNIPEX Tools Launches Tweezer Line

    KNIPEX Tools has launched a full line of tweezers that includes 86 individual tweezers and five sets. The four main categories of tweezers include positioning, stripping, cutting, and gripping. The tw...

  • Wholesale Sales Slip

    Wholesale sales fell 0.4 per cent in February to $78.8 billion, the first decline since July 2021, says Statistics Canada. Lower sales were posted in the personal and household goods, building materia...

  • Hidden Bracket Can Hold 375 Pounds

    Federal Brace’s Freedom Hidden Countertop Bracket is an L-shaped bracket designed to hold countertop overhangs, creating a floating counter appearance. Each bracket can hold up to 375 pounds whe...

  • Rainey Named Walmart CFO

    John Rainey will be executive vice-president and chief financial officer (CFO) at Walmart Inc., effective June 6. Currently he serves as CFO and executive vice-president, global customer operations of...

  • Truro Home Show Returns To Live Event

    The Truro, NS, ‘Home & Outdoor Show’ returns to the Rath Eastlink Community Centre from April 22 to April 24. Previously known as the ‘Colchester County Home Show,’ the eve...

  • Wood Product Sales Continue Upward Trend

    Manufacturing sales increased for the fifth consecutive month, up 4.2 per cent to $67.7 billion in February on higher sales in 14 of 21 industries, led by the motor vehicle (+25 per cent), says Statis...

  • Walmart Canada Opens BC Distribution Facility

    Walmart Canada has officially opened the doors of its most advanced grocery distribution centre, a state-of-the-art facility with leading-edge technology features and a focus on sustainability in Surr...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Acquires ETANCO Group

    Simpson Strong-Tie has completed its acquisition of the ETANCO Group, a designer and manufacturer of fixing and fastening solutions for the European building construction market. With ETANCO Group&rsq...

  • Nova USA Launches Hidden Fasteners

    Nova USA Wood Products, Inc., a supplier of hardwood products and accessories, has launched a line of ExoDek QuickClip hidden fasteners. The ExoDek QuickClips expand and contract with the natural swel...

  • Sink Named CFO

    Brandon Sink is executive vice-president, chief financial officer, with Lowe’s Companies, Inc., effective April 30. Currently, he is senior vice-president, retail finance.

  • Divestitures Bite Into BB&B Sales

    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. had net sales of $2,051 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, a decline of 22 per cent compared to net sales of $2,619 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The decline w...

  • Strong Construction Gains Nationwide

    Investment in building construction increased four per cent in February, reaching $20 billion for the first time, says Statistics Canada. Most provinces reported gains, with Quebec accounting for over...

  • Rapid Growth Forecast For Roofing Products

    Among residential roofing products, metal roofing, solar roofing, and roofing tile will see the healthiest sales through 2025, says research from Freedonia Group. Suppliers of metal roofing and roofin...

  • IKEA Canada Launches Kitchener Planning Studio

    IKEA Canada will expand its plan and order point network with a location in Kitchener, ON. The plan and order point concept, previously called a planning studio, focuses on inspiring and supporting cu...

  • BLACK+DECKER Launches Home Skills Handbook

    BLACK+DECKER has launched its Essential Home Skills Handbook, written in partnership with Chris Peterson, an expert in DIY home improvement and maintenance. The book is designed to empower beginners l...

  • Elemental Adds Exotic Kempas Flooring

    Elemental Hardwoods has added solid Kempas, a hard and durable orange-brown hardwood that caramelizes in colour as it ages to its premium line of exotic hardwood flooring products. Sometimes called As...

  • Friemoth Leads Customer Service

    Lisa Friemoth is director of customer service and order fulfillment at Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC. She joined the company in 2006.

  • Improved Business Activity Impacts Fastenal Sales

    Fastenal Company had net sales of $1.7 billion for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 20.3 per cent compared to net sales of $1.42 billion in the first quarter of 2021. Daily sales increased 24...

  • Online Retail Still Not Meeting Customer Expectations

    Many retailers still struggle to deliver the relevant online shopping experiences their customers expect, says a report from Coveo Solutions Inc., an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered relevance pla...

  • Supply And Demand Behind High Lumber Prices

    Full-year 2021 data for Canada and the U.S. demonstrates why lumber prices have been higher the past two years: basic supply and demand, says Madison’s Lumber Reporter. For a lot of 2021, many s...

  • Trex Launches Deck Build Support Site

    Trex Company has launched Trex Academy – an online multimedia content hub dedicated to supporting DIYers to build their decks. The tool is housed within the Trex website and includes a mix of re...

  • Jenik Modular Rebrands As ATHOM

    Jenik Modular has changed its brand image and is now ‘ATHOM.’ The change is to demonstrate the increasing focus on the manufacturing of mini-homes and mini-cabins from manufacturing a vari...

  • Walmart Canada Deploys Wearable Technology

    Walmart Canada is investing in wearable technology with more than 1,500 ring scanners delivered to 130 stores. This is the first wearable technology the retailer has ever deployed in Canada. The ring...

  • Drill/Drivers Offer Compact Design

    DEWALT, a Stanley Black & Decker brand, has launched the 20V MAX XR brushless ½-inch drill/driver and 20V MAX XR brushless ½-inch hammer drill/driver. Each drill has a high-output br...

  • WD-40 Sales Rise

    WD-40 Company had total net sales of $130 million for the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 16 per cent over net sales in the second quarter of 2021. Net income for the quarter was $19.5 million,...

  • Boyce Joins Lawson Products

    Matt Boyce is senior vice-president of corporate development at Lawson Products, Inc. Previously, he was director of corporate development at Carlisle Companies Incorporated.  

  • Saint John Home Show Returns To TD Station

    The Saint John Home Show, previously known as the Atlantic National Home Show, is returning to TD Station, in Saint John, NB. This year marks the 43rd edition of the annual event and it will once agai...

  • Homeowners Renovating, Not Selling

    With home prices skyrocketing, many homeowners have put a hold on house buying aspirations. Instead, they are making investments to be comfortable in their current homes, says research from Nationwide...

  • Store Brands Have Increase In Sales

    Store brands gained 6.5 per cent in dollar sales, while national brands increased 5.2 per in the first quarter of 2022, says a survey by the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA). The survey...

  • Furniture Orders Continue Gains

    January new furniture orders were down 12 per cent from January 2021, but comparisons are unreliable as the changes in level of the pandemic and number of people affected by the virus continued to cha...

  • ‘Ebony’ 2022 Exterior Colour Of The Year

    BeautiTone, the Home Hardware retail paint brand, has revealed its first ever exterior colour of the year. ‘Ebony’ is a rich black with a subtle, spirited undertone of indigo that breathes...

  • Rabuano Named CSO

    David Rabuano will be senior vice-president and chief sustainability officer with Owens Corning, effective May 1. He joined Owens Corning in 1988 and has held a variety of leadership roles in supply c...

  • Costco Has Strong March Sales

    Sales in March rose 18.7 per cent to $21.61 billion, from $18.21 billion in the year-ago period for Costco Wholesale Corp. Comparable-store sales rose 17.2 per cent, including a 19.1 per cent increase...

  • Government Budget Tackles Housing Crisis

    The government of Canada plans to tackle the housing crisis in its 2022 budget by building more homes and making housing more affordable for first time buyers across the country. The Tax-Free First Ho...

  • Allen Group Acquires Salmon Arm RONA

    The Allen Group, which owns RONA stores in north Vancouver and Powell River, BC, has acquired RONA Salmon Arm Building Supply located in Salmon Arm, BC. The location dates back at least six decades to...

  • Home Hardware Reputation Honoured

    Home Hardware Stores Limited was named one of Canada’s most reputable companies in Leger’s 25th annual reputation study. It was ranked in the top 40 of the 285 companies analyzed. Companie...

  • Hardwoods Specialty Products Rebrands

    Hardwoods Specialty Products has rebranded and shared its updated logo and brand identity and with an improved website. The branding pays homage to the company’s 90-year heritage while lighting...

  • Home Projects Remain Strong For 2022

    The demand for home renovations is strong, with 89 per cent of U.S. homeowners either planning or working on home projects, says a survey by Angi, a U.S. home services company that connects homeowners...

  • RPM International Has Strong Quarter

    RPM International Inc. had sales of $1.43 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2022, up 13 per cent over sales of $1.27 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2021. Net income for the quarter was $...

  • Lanuza Leads Lawson

    Cesar Lanuza is president and chief executive officer of Lawson Products Inc.’s operating company. Previously, he was chief executive officer of Jon-Don LLC.

  • Budget Disappoints CFIB

    The federal budget was a missed opportunity to help small firms now facing massive cost increases on virtually every line of their own budgets, including payroll and carbon taxes, says the Canadian Fe...

  • Peninsula Canada Expands Service Area

    Peninsula Canada, a human resource (HR) and health and safety advisory, has expanded its service area to include Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The organization already offers its services in Alberta, Bri...

  • PG Flooring Installs Sorting Robots

    PG Flooring has completed the installation of the six sorting robots and a pallet maker at its production plant in Saint-Édouard-de-Lotbinière, QC. The installation has created an increa...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces Structural Wood Screw

    Simpson Strong-Tie has added a two-inch structural wood screw to its expanding line of Outdoor Accents Essentials decorative hardware. The screw features a black double-barrier coating for corrosion p...

  • Richelieu Sales Grow In Canada

    In Canada, Richelieu Hardware recorded sales of $230.5 million, an increase of $37.3 million or 19.3 per cent over the first quarter of 2021. Of this, 13.2 per cent...

  • Hoyt Named COO

    Bryan Hoyt is chief operating officer (COO) at UCS Forest Group. He joined the company in 2007 and was, most recently, chief strategy officer.

  • Economy Resilient Amidst Continued Challenges

    Consumers and organizations face continued challenges from rising inflation and interest rates, geopolitical risks, and supply chain distributions to commodity price fluctuations, but the economy cont...

  • Lowe’s Canada Named Sustainable

    Lowe’s Canada was named ‘2021 Leader in Sustainability’ for the fourth year in a row by Call2Recycle Inc., an organization that operates Canada’s largest battery collection and...

  • RONA Val-des-Monts Acquires Two Stores

    RONA Val-des-Monts has acquired two stores formerly operated by Matériaux Bonhomme. The stores, located in Papineauville and Buckingham, QC, join the Val-des-Monts, QC, store to form RONA Outao...

  • Smart Shower Saves Water And Energy

    RainStick Shower is a Canadian clean technology company that manufactures Rainstick, a WiFi-enabled circular shower that saves 80 per cent water and up to 80 per cent energy while maintaining almost t...

  • Plante Retires From King Marketing

    Roger Plante is retiring from King Marketing. He started his career working as a district manager for Merchants Consolidated before joining King Marketing in January 1989. His first role at King was a...

  • High Prices Not Hindering Kitchen, Bath Product Sales

    Escalating prices have had little impact on consumer demand for core kitchen and bath improvement products through much of the pandemic, says an NPD Group survey. In 2021, the average selling price of...

  • Winchester BMR Store Changes Ownership

    After over 10 years as a member of BMR Group, Ken Boje, owner of the Winchester, ON-based BMR store, has sold his company assets to the Drevniok family. The new owners do not plan to make any major ch...

  • Sansin Expands Internationally

    The Sansin Corporation, a wood protection company, is expanding operations in Europe and the U.S. The company, which is family owned and headquartered in Ontario, has opened a facility in the Netherla...

  • Pelletier Joins Masonite

    James ‘Jim’ Pelletier is senior vice-president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Masonite International Corporation. Previously, he was with Barnes Group Inc., where he served a...

  • Ontario Store Joins BMR Group

    A home improvement store in Elmvale, ON, has joined the BMR Group network. Established over 75 years ago, the central Ontario store decided to join the group for the attention it pays to contractors a...

  • FCL Signs Plastics Pact

    Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), on behalf of 160 local Co-ops across western Canada, has signed the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), is committing to reducing problematic plastics throughout its sup...

  • Consumers Want Deals This Spring

    As supply chain issues continue and economic uncertainty remains, consumers are looking for deals as they shop for products they need this spring, says the ‘2022 Spring Trends Survey’ by I...

  • Renoworks Launches Solution For Lead Generating

    Renoworks Software Inc. has launched a data science and analytics solution engineered for the building product industry. With building product manufacturers looking to data to grow consumer demand, ex...

  • Retail Sales Grow

    Retail sales reached $48.1 billion in January, an increase of 11.1 per cent compared to the same month a year earlier, says Statistics Canada. The largest came from sales of automotive and household f...

  • Kamloops Home Hardware Wins Retail Orion Award

    Kamloops Home Hardware Building Centre dealer-owner Rick Kurzac and his team are recipients of a ‘2021 Retail Orion Award’ from the Building Supply Industry Association (BSIA) of British C...

  • Regal ideas Wins NADRA Deck Awards

    Regal ideas Inc., a manufacturer of aluminum and glass railing systems, joined forces with its top DeckStars – Simcoe Decks, Baxter Construction, Wood Bully, and Dr. Decks – to create some...

  • Software Enables Micro-fulfillment Functions

    Tecsys Inc., a supply chain management and omnichannel commerce software company, has increased its Omni solution suite's capacity to enable micro-fulfillment functionality with its new store-as-w...

  • Chat Strengthens Customer Experience

    Almost all customer service executives (99 per cent) recognize benefits to using chat with customers to bolster customer experience and drive revenue and growth for their businesses, says a report fro...

  • Home Hardware Recognized As Top Fleet Employer

    Home Hardware Stores Limited has been named a ‘Top Fleet Employer’ by Trucking HR Canada for the ninth consecutive year, with ‘Distinction’ status for the fifth consecutive yea...

  • Supply Chain Crisis Impacts Canfor Operations

    Canfor Corporation will implement reduced operating schedules at its western Canadian sawmills effective April 4 due to the cumulative effects of the unprecedented global supply chain crisis that has...

  • Quebec Co-op Installs ESL Platform

    The Fédération des Coopératives du Nouveau-Québec (Ilagiisaq-FCNQ) has chosen JRTech Solutions to install its Pricer electronic shelf label (ESL) platform for all 17 member...

  • DEWALT Launches Cordless Dry Hand Vacuum

    The DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Dry Hand Vacuum is a jobsite cleaning solution that provides users with 46 cubic feet per minute of power to pick up common jobsite debris ranging from drywall dust to smal...

  • Schlage Will Showcase Home Designs At IDS Show

    Schlage, a brand of Allegion, will showcase the latest in designer inspired door handle sets, levers, knobs, and tech-driven locks during the contract portion of the Interior Design Show (IDS), This y...

  • CFIB Calls On Federal Government To Use Budget 2022

    Small business owners need the federal government to use Budget 2022 to lay a clear roadmap to small business recovery, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). This includes keepi...

  • Vancouver Port Trade Steady Despite Challenges

    Cargo volumes in 2021 through the Port of Vancouver, BC, increased by one per cent over 2020 from 145 to 146 million metric tonnes (MMT), says the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. This increase was de...

  • Saint-Gobain To Install Heat Recovery Technology

    Saint-Gobain, through its building products subsidiary CertainTeed Canada Inc., will install heat recovery technology at its gypsum wallboard plant in Vancouver, BC, reducing the plant’s carbon...

  • Dollarama Has Sales Increase

    Dollarama Inc. had a sales increase of 11 per cent ($1,224.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. Additionally, comparable store sales grew 5.7 per cent, its...

  • Zeyl Oversees Legal Team

    William Zeyl is chief legal officer at Home Hardware Stores Limited, effective April 11. In this role, he will oversee its legal and compliance team and be responsible for company-wide legal, corporat...

  • Consumer Economic Confidence Drops

    Canadian consumer sentiment fell to its lowest level in more than a year as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and surging inflation cloud the economic outlook, says the Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confi...

  • U.S. Consumers Still Investing In Homes

    U.S. consumers are decreasing their overall spending, yet they continue to invest in home and self-care purchases, says the ‘Q1 Consumer Trends Report’ by Jungle Scout, an eCommerce sellin...

  • Strong Growth Forecast For Smart Locks

    The global smart lock market is expected to reach US$4.31 billion in 2022 and projected to surpass $19 billion by the end of 2032, says a survey by Fact.MR. As smart locks assist in enhancing home sec...

  • Sansin Expands Globally

    The Sansin Corporation, a manufacturer of wood protection, is expanding operations in Europe and the U.S. The company, which is family-owned and headquartered in Ontario, has opened a facility in the...

  • DEWALT Launches Brushless Oscillating Tool

    DEWALT’s XTREME 12V MAX Brushless Oscillating Tool is made compact with a brushless motor that delivers up to 18,000 OPM with a 3.2-degree oscillation angle. Also, for visibility, the tool is eq...

  • National Codes Respond To Climate Change

    The 2020 National Model Codes will provide an updated set of construction codes that will make Canadian homes and buildings safer and more accessible, while responding to climate change. The new codes...

  • Retail Sales Anticipated To Grow

    The National Retail Federation (NRF) anticipates that retail sales will grow between six per cent and eight per cent (at least $4.86 trillion) in 2022. This excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stati...

  • U-tec Partners With Samsung

    Smart home brand U-tec has partnered with Samsung's SmartThings platform, enabling U-tec's Ultraloq smart locks to be integrated with Samsung’s smart home systems. With the integration,...

  • Novik Introduces Black Tone

    Novik, a brand of Derby Building Products, has added Onyx, a deep black tone, to its NovikStone Dry Stack Stone and Premium Hand-Cut lines of stone siding. It features the texture of hand-chiseled sto...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces Outdoor Design Solutions

    Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced its collection of Outdoor Accents decorative hardware and a suite of Outdoor Living Solutions design apps. The new additions to the collection as well as the design a...

  • Embassy Makes Changes

    Manon Lecomte is business development manager for Embassy Ceilings, Inc. Previously, she was national marketing manager at PPG Architectural Coatings. Mario Cloutier is marketing manager. Previously,...

  • Canadian Retail Sales See Mixed Trends

    How good or how bad things are in Canadian retail depends on what you're selling, says Ed Strapagiel, a retail consultant. At the total level, sales were up 8.5 per cent year-over-year for the thr...

  • Lowe’s Canada Finalist In Mercuriades Awards

    Lowe’s Canada is a finalist in the Les Mercuriades 2022 business awards. The company says this nomination emphasizes the results of its energy efficiency strategy, representing a total investmen...

  • Cryptocurrency Option For Supply Chain Payments

    Today’s supply chains are frequently paper-based operations subject to human error and delay. Therefore, some companies are beginning to invest in digital infrastructure, including blockchain to...

  • Woodgrain Acquires Huttig Building Products

    Woodgrain Inc. will purchase Huttig Building Products, Inc. The acquisition is expected to significantly increase Woodgrain’s distribution network, its product offering, and its value-added serv...

  • Asphalt Shingle Reprocessing Facility Comes To Calgary

    Northstar Clean Technologies Inc. has chosen Calgary, AB, as the location for its expanded capacity asphalt shingle reprocessing scale up facility (the Calgary Empower Facility). This facility will be...

  • McMillan Has New Role

    Home Hardware has appointed Keri McMillan as director, sales, and service marketing. McMillan has been serving as manager of marketing operations since 2020 and will now be responsible for Beaver Home...

  • Cornerstone Has Strong Fourth Quarter

    Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. had net sales of $1,471.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, an increase compared to net sales of $1,191.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Net income for...

  • Spring Cleaning More Important Due To Pandemic

    Fifty-nine per cent of Canadian households engage in spring cleaning every year, and as many as one-in-four (26 per cent) are doing so more vigorously in response to the pandemic, says a survey by Lib...

  • TORBSA Buying Group Hosts Virtual Vendor Expo

    TORBSA Limited will host a virtual vendor expo in addition to its in-person events, which take place later this year. The ‘Second Annual Virtual Vendor Expo’ will run from May 16 through 2...

  • AQMAT Recognizes Lowe’s Canada Stores

    Members of the Lowe’s Canada network gathered six awards at the ‘10th Annual Gala Reconnaissance’ hosted by the Association québécoise de la quincaillerie et des mat&ea...

  • Daich Coatings Introduces New DIY Countertops

    Daich Coatings has introduced LuxROCK Solid Surface Granite Countertop Kits, a smooth polished finish compared to and the company’s original SpreadStone Countertop Kit. Surfaces for both counter...

  • Small Businesses Are Optimistic About Financial Health

    Despite the struggles of small businesses in recent months, most feel optimistic about the next six months when it comes to the financial health of their business, says a survey from ‘Driven, by...

  • Québec Home Hardware Dealers Honoured

    Home Hardware Stores Limited dealer-owners were recognized at the ‘10th Annual Gala Reconnaissance’ hosted by the Association québécoise de la quincaillerie et des maté...

  • FENIX Goes Carbon Neutral

    Formica Canada’s Fenix line of products are now carbon neutral. Becoming carbon neutral means that, based on the total quantity of products sold monthly, FENIX will contribute to the reduction o...

  • Deck Tape Prevents Moisture Penetration

    Altenloh, Brinck & Co. U.S., Inc. has launched SPAX Deck Joint & Beam Tape as part of its SPAX Deck Solution Center category of products and accessories. The tape is designed to maximize the l...

  • Construction Sector Faces Continued Labour Challenges

    Labour market challenges could be an ongoing preoccupation across Ontario as unemployment rates return to pre-pandemic lows and construction demand in the residential and non-residential sectors is su...

  • Walmart Canada Invests In High-Tech Fulfillment Centre

    Walmart Canada is building a high-tech sortable fulfillment centre in Rocky View County, AB. It says this is part of its effort to make the online and in-store shopping experience simpler, faster, and...

  • Location Still Counts

    Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of Canadians say they are likely to purchase a home in the next two years, says a survey by RBC Royal Bank. Additionally, almost three-in-five respondents (59 per cent)...

  • Rubbermaid Enters Baking Category

    Rubbermaid Incorporated has taken its first step into the baking category with the launch of Rubbermaid DuraLite Bakeware, a line of baking dishes that combines glass and ceramic bakeware into one. Th...

  • Manufacturing Sales Increase

    Manufacturing sales rose for the fourth consecutive month, up 0.6 per cent (to $64.8 billion) in January, says Statistics Canada. The sales growth was led by the petroleum and coal which rose 6.8 per...

  • Credit Card Fees Overwhelming Businesses

    Over three-quarters (78 per cent) of business owners say that credit card processing fees are unaffordable for their business, and this has been made worse by the pandemic-driven shift to digital paym...

  • MoistureShield Launches Project Hub

    MoistureShield, a division of Oldcastle APG, a CRH Company, has launched its Outdoor Project Hub to help homeowners design and build deck projects with step-by-step planning and checklist features all...

  • LL Flooring Unveils Flooring Collections

    LL Flooring has unveiled a collection of floors including Duravana hybrid resilient flooring. Duravana is an eco-friendly flooring that features wear-and-dent resistance and water protection. It combi...

  • Hamill Oversee Siding Manufacturing

    Tony Hamill is vice-president, siding manufacturing, with LP Building Solutions. He joined the company in 2013 and was previously vice-president, engineering.

  • Retail Sales Grow

    Retail sales increased 3.2 per cent to $58.9 billion in January while retail eCommerce sales went up 8.3 per cent, says Statistics Canada. Higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers (up 5.3 per c...

  • CFIB Calls On Federal Government To Freeze Carbon Tax

    The price of fuel has become the biggest cost concern for 64 per cent of small businesses, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) ‘Business Barometer.’ Therefore, it i...

  • Ficodis Joins Descours & Cabaud

    Ficodis has joined Descours & Cabaud, a distributor of professional supplies in Europe and North America, to further its presence in North America, says Ficodis. The acquisition allows the Quebec-...

  • Kitchen Faucet Available In Many Colours

    Isenberg’s Velox K.1800 model is the latest addition to its Klassiker Collection of faucets. It brings a modern, industrial vibe to the kitchen with a high-arched spout and two minimalist-inspir...

  • Brass To Lead WD-40

    Steve Brass will be chief executive officer of WD-40 Company, effective September 1. He joined the company in 1991 and served, most recently, as its president and chief operating officer.

  • Small Business Recovers

    Canada is experiencing a resurgence in the growth of small businesses with a year-over-year increase of 62 per cent nationally, says the Equifax Canada’s ‘Market Pulse Small Business Credi...

  • Toronto Picked As Tech Hub

    Walmart Inc. has will locate one of its two new global tech hubs in Toronto, ON. The expansion to Toronto and Atlanta, GA, is due to its growing tech presence.

  • Homeowners Prioritize Purposeful Space Improvements

    Since the pandemic started two years ago, 73 per cent of U.S. homeowners have invested in a home improvement project. This year, however, they are focused on investing in larger projects to make their...

  • BLANCO Offers New Accessories And Finishes

    BLANCO has introduced new accessories and faucet finishes to complete the BLANCO UNIT. The accessories now include the BOTTON II, a sink cabinet organization system, and the Foldable Grid. The new BOT...

  • Hurd Joins Interface

    Laurel M. Hurd is president and chief executive officer, effective April 18, of Interface, Inc., a commercial flooring company 2022. She has 30 years of sales management, product development, and bran...

  • Wholesale Sector Grows

    Sales in the wholesale sector rose 4.2 per cent in January to $79.8 billion, says Statistics Canada. Sales in three subsectors jumped more than $1 billion each in January ‒ building material and suppl...

  • Housing Starts Drop

    The trend in housing starts was 251,579 units in February, down from 253,864 units in January, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). While, the level of housing starts activity in C...

  • Investment Firm Acquires IPG

    Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (IPG) will be acquired by an affiliate of Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., an investment firm. “We believe this transaction is a great next step in the evolution of ou...

  • Furniture Sales Continue Growth

    December new orders of furniture were down six per cent from December 2020, says Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants in its ‘February 2022 Furniture Insights.’ December 2021 new or...

  • Edgson Named CEO

    Kevin Edgson is president and CEO of Canfor Pulp Products Inc., effective April 11. Previously, he was president and CEO of EACOM Timber Corporation.

  • Commerce Prioritizes Supply Chain Recovery

    The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) wants an emergency task force formed to provide recommendations for the recovery of the supply chain. Its ‘Policy Primer: Supply Chain Disruptions and Delay...

  • National Home Sales Jump

    National home sales were up in February 2022, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Up 4.6 per cent month-over-month, the increase was likely due to a rebound in new listings in February f...

  • Encouraging Customers To Discover Product

    In order for customers to discover products, companies need to embrace agility for an optimal customer experience, says Leanne Gibson, head of industry for Meta Canada, at ‘The Power of Discover...

  • Retail To Lead Chatbot Messaging App Growth

    The number of chatbot messaging apps accessed globally will increase from 3.5 billion in 2022 to 9.5 billion by 2026, an increase of 169 per cent driven by the increasing adoption of omnichannel retai...

  • Private Investment Firm To Acquire Cornerstone

    Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. will be acquired by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), a private investment firm, which will make it a private company. CD&R is currently the...

  • Acquisitions Help HDI Sales

    Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (HDI) had consolidated sales of $515.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, an increase of 117.9 per cent compared to consolidated sales of $236.5 million in the fourth...

  • Upgraded Technologies Need Better Networks

    Over the next 12 to 24 months, significant increases are forecast in customer mobile device usage in-store and the number of technology applications used by retailers. A larger percentage of technolog...

  • Building Construction Sees Increase

    Investment in building construction increased 3.4 per cent to $19.1 billion in January 2022 from October 2021, says Statistics Canada. Additionally, residential construction investment rose 4.1 per ce...

  • LP Completes I-Joist Joint Venture Sale

    LP Building Solutions has closed on the previously announced sale of its 50 per cent equity interest in two joint ventures that produce I-joists to Resolute Forest Products Inc. The joint ventures wer...

  • Lower Sales Volumes Hit Stella-Jones

    Stella-Jones Inc. had sales of $545 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, up from sales of $533 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Its residential sales for pressure-treated lumber were $107 mil...

  • Retailers Will Support Staff, Customers

    Retailers will support staff and consumers as mandatory public health requirements unwind, says a survey the Retail Council of Canada (RCC). The survey says that all retailers will support staff if th...

  • Orgill Hybrid Market A Success

    Orgill says its first-ever hybrid show, surpassed all of the company’s previous buying market sales records. Sales at the ‘Spring Dealer Market and Online Buying Event’ were up 33 pe...

  • 2022 Cabinet Sales Off To Robust Start

    Cabinet manufacturers reported an increase in overall cabinet sales of 11.7 per cent for January 2022 compared to the same month in 2021, says the monthly ‘Trend of Business Survey’ by the...

  • BUILDEX Vancouver Returns

    BUILDEX Vancouver will return to a physical show format this year with more than 250 exhibitors, showcases, demonstrations, products, technologies, and services on display. Over 150 industry experts w...

  • GMS Inc. Sees Significant Growth

    Net sales for the third quarter of 2022 for GMS Inc. increased 53.6 per cent from the prior-year quarter, primarily due to inflationary pricing, residential end markets, and performance of products an...

  • Consumers Ready To Cut Costs

    Consumers are ready to cut costs as their financial situations worsen, says the ‘Economic Event Sensitivity Survey’ by ICSC. It shows that inflation is the predominant economic concern amo...

  • Castle Hosts In-person AGM

    Castle Building Centres Group Limited is building anticipation for the return of its annual general meeting (AGM) to be held in April in Bonita Springs, FL. The group expects to host over 400 attendee...

  • Pro-Depot Joins TORBSA

    Lasalle, QC-based Pro-Depot has joined TORBSA Limited as a shareholder member. Founded in 2013, Pro-Depot specializes in both residential and commercial projects, supporting its contracting community...

  • Canadian Tire Corporation Launches Growth Plan

    Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited has launched a strategic growth plan that will invest $3.4 billion over four years to deliver an improved omnichannel customer experience. The plan will impact multi...

  • BLANCO Releases Kitchen Solution UNITs

    BLANCO, a kitchen solution brand, has unveiled three BLANCO UNITs to help streamline the kitchen planning process. The company says a BLANCO UNIT makes it simple to configure an efficient and stylish...

  • Huttig Building Products Has Growth

    Huttig Building Products had net sales of $230.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, an increase of 24.8 per cent over net sales of $184.6 million in the prior-year quarter. Gross margins increased...

  • COVID-19 Changed Canadian Business

    COVID-19 has changed the way Canadian businesses view risk, says an Aviva ‘Canada Risks Insights’ report. It’s amplified cyber security threats, raised the importance of employee and...

  • Supply-Chain Disruptions Cause Mass Loss

    Nine out of 10 Canadian manufacturers are encountering supply chain issues, with over 60 per cent rating the impact of these disruptions as either major or severe, says a report by the Canadian Manufa...

  • Home Hardware In-person Fall Market Returning

    Home Hardware Stores Limited will hold its 2022 fall market in-person and in a new location. Home Hardware says they have hosted virtual markets over the past two years and will continue to monitor th...

  • Sika Acquires Mortar Company

    Sika has acquired Pont-Rouge, QC-based Sable Marco Inc, a manufacturer of cementitious materials and mortars. This acquisition will open up opportunities for Sika in the eastern Canada region and will...

  • M-D Building Products Creates Business Units

    M-D Building Products Inc. has formed four brand portfolio strategic business units to create efficiencies and strengthen its customer experience. The family-owned company develops, manufactures, and...

  • Costco Wholesale Sees Net Sales Increase

    Costco Wholesale Corporation had an increase in net sales of 16.1 per cent to $50.94 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to $43.89 billion in the second quarter of 2021. Sales in Can...

  • Retail Workers Don’t Feel Heard

    The majority (68 per cent) of retail workers say feedback is very or extremely important to them, but 37 per cent of workers don't feel heard by their organization, says a report by Nudge, a deskl...

  • TIMBER MART Hosts Virtual Buying Show

    TIMBER MART hosted its ‘2022 Virtual Buying Show’ February 14 to 17 and welcomed over 1,400 dealer and vendor participants. TIMBER MART members were able to take part in live chats, watch...

  • Employee-Owned Economy The Way To Go

    Building an employee-owned economy would be beneficial as Canada’s aging business owners retire, says a report by Social Capital Partners (SCP). The report says that by doing so they would bette...

  • Builders FirstSource Has Strong Quarter

    Builders FirstSource, Inc. had net sales of $4.6 billion for the fourth quarter of 2021, an increase of 23.7 per cent over net sales in the fourth quarter of 2020. Core organic sales increased 11.7 pe...

  • Mathews Joins Apex

    Rich Mathews is chief marketing officer (CMO) with Apex Tool Group. He brings over 30 years of marketing experience from brands including Lenox, Irwin, DeWalt, and Amazon.

  • Halifax Home Show Returns

    The ‘Halifax Home & RV Show,’ formally the ‘Nova Scotia Spring Ideal Home Show,’ will bring together hundreds of Atlantic Canada’s experts in home renovation and new...

  • Home Improvement Sales Drops While Overall Retail Grows

    While retail sales reached $60.6 billion in December, an increase of 8.6 per cent compared with the same month in 2020, hardware, tools, renovation, and lawn and garden products saw the largest declin...

  • PSC Joins TORBSA

    PSC & Apex Construction Specialties have joined TORBSA Limited as a shareholder member. Since 1957, PSC has been a distributor of specialized construction materials. With four locations in Quebec,...

  • Walmart Canada On Route To Zero Emissions

    Walmart Canada now offers carbon-neutral last mile delivery for eCommerce purchases sold and shipped by Walmart, including online grocery. The program will offset an estimated 25,000 tonnes of carbon...

  • Canfor Completes Millar Western Purchase

    Canfor Corporation has completed its purchase of Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.'s solid wood operations. The company says the additional manufacturing capacity in Alberta positions it to meet...

  • Doman Sees Revenue Growth

    Revenues for Doman Building Materials increased by 59.6 per cent to $641.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. Furthermore, the company says it had a gross margin of 13.8 per cent; adjusted earning...

  • Building Permits Drop

    The total value of building permits decreased 8.8 per cent to $10.1 billion in January, says Statistics Canada. The residential sector fell 11.6 per cent to $6.7 billion, while the non-residential sec...

  • Steady Growth Projected For Paints And Coatings

    The global paints and coatings market is forecast to grow from US$184 billion in 2021 to $212 billion in 2026 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.9 per cent during the period, says a report...

  • 3M Completes Floor Products Business Sale

    3M has completed the sale of its floor products business in western Europe, formerly known as Dinac, to Gerflor Group. The business was part of 3M's construction and home improvement markets divis...

  • Mitrex Launches Solar Facade

    Mitrex, a Canadian solar technology manufacturer, is launching Solar Brick, a solar-integrated facade solution designed for use as brick wall cladding that transforms a building into a renewable power...

  • Canfor Has Fourth Quarter Drop

    Canfor Corporation had adjusted operating income of $216 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, down from $416.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The decrease reflects a decline in both the lumb...

  • Quebec Residential Sales Slide

    The Montreal, QC, census metropolitan area (CMA) had a total of 4,399 residential sales in February, a decrease of 12 per cent compared to February 2021, says the Quebec Professional Association of Re...

  • Strong Renovation Demand For 2022

    The demand for home renovations is strong, with 89 per cent of U.S. homeowners planning or working on home projects, says a survey by Angi, a contractor search site. Ninety-one per cent of homeowners...

  • Online Shopping Rules Retail

    Nearly 25 per cent of global retail sales will be made up of eCommerce in 2025, says a study by StockApps. Additionally, mobile devices are becoming essential tools for eCommerce with 70 per cent of v...

  • Demand For Window Coverings To Remain Steady

    U.S. demand for window coverings is forecast to increase 2.4 per cent, per year in nominal terms through 2025, says a report by Freedonia Focus Reports. Also, sales growth will be supported by the lar...

  • Trex Sales Climb

    Trex Company, Inc. had consolidated net sales of $304 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, an increase of 33 per cent over consolidated net sales of $228 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Resi...

  • Online Commerce Growth Will Continue

    eCommerce will make up nearly 25 per cent of the global retail sales in 2025, reaching $7.4 trillion, says a study by StockApps. This means retail sales will have to grow by 50 per cent over the next...

  • Cornwall Store Joins BMR Group

    BMR Cornwall has joined BMR Group. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the family-owned company in Cornwall, ON, will install a BMR banner and facade within the next two months as well as a ne...

  • Home Hardware Joins ‘Roll Up To Win’ Contest

    Home Hardware Stores Limited is again participating in Tim Hortons’ ‘Roll Up To Win’ contest running March 7 to April 3. During the contest, Tim Hortons customers will have the chanc...

  • RCC Launches Gift Card Fraud Campaign

    In 2021, $3.8 million in losses were reported due to gift card losses in Canada. In response, the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has partnered with the Ontario Provincial Police and Canadian Anti-Frau...

  • John Deere Acquires Deere-Hitachi Factories

    John Deere has acquired full ownership of three Deere-Hitachi joint venture factories and has begun new license and supply agreements with Hitachi Construction Machinery, after ending the joint ventur...

  • Masonite Sees Sales Increase

    Masonite International Corporation had net sales of $636 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, a three per cent increase year-over-year. This was the result of a 14 per cent increase in average unit...

  • Kitchen, Bath Industry Remains Optimistic

    The kitchen and bath industry remains optimistic about it future with the sector remaining nimble and creative in order to stay successful in the face of continuing challenges, says a report from the...

  • Home Hardware Leaders Named Top Women

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  • Businesses Struggling To Manage Pricing

    Managing pricing is one of the major challenges retail, manufacturing, and consumers goods companies are facing due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, inflation, and supply chain issues, says a study...

  • Strong Home Improvement Spending Forecast For U.S.

    Expenditures for improvements to the U.S. owner-occupied housing stock are expected to increase at a faster pace in most of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas this year, says the Remodeling...

  • AEP Completes Truss Plant Acquisition

    Atlas Engineered Products (AEP) has completed the acquisition of British Columbia-based Hi-Tec Industries Ltd. Hi-Tec manufactures roof trusses and sells engineered wood products. The acquisition will...

  • Caligiuri Joins Lightspeed

    Crystal Caligiuri is executive vice-president of customers with Lightspeed Commerce Inc. Previously, she was chief customer officer at ShopKeep.