• Building Construction Investments Went Down In July

    Investment in building construction was down 1.7 per cent to $18.1 billion in July, says Statistics Canada. Also, residential construction investment was down 2.6 per cent, a third consecutive monthly...

  • August U.S. Retail Sales Rise Despite Challenges

    U.S. retail sales increased during August as consumer demand outweighed the pandemic, supply chain disruptions, and other factors affecting spending, says the National Retail Federation. “Retail...

  • Stanley Black & Decker Launches Training Grants

    Stanley Black & Decker is launching a five-year, up to $25 million commitment to fund vocational skills training and re-skilling programs in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Beginning O...

  • Wholesale Sales Decline

    Wholesale sales fell 2.1 per cent in July, the largest decline since April 2020, says Statistics Canada. Quebec led the declines, accounting for over three-quarters of the drop in national wholesale s...

  • Housing Starts Trend Lower

    Housing starts in August stood at 283,971 units, down from 286,076 units in July 2021, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). In August, both single-detached and multi-family seasona...

  • Consumer Habits Have Changed

    Consumer habits have forever changed since the pandemic began, says Eric Morris, managing director and head of retail at Google Canada, at the ‘RCC STORE Conference 2021.’ Just under 13 pe...

  • JRTech Solutions Provides ESLs

    JRTech Solutions is now the exclusive provider of electronic shelf label solutions (ESLs) for Castle Building Centres Group. “Based on our past experience, we expect over 150 Castle members to b...

  • Stanley Black & Decker To Acquire Excel Industries

    Stanley Black & Decker plans to acquire Excel Industries, a designer and manufacturer of commercial and residential turf care equipment under the brands of Hustler Turf Equipment and BigDog Mower...

  • DEWALT Discontinuing 18V NiCad Battery

    DEWALT is encouraging current 18V NiCad battery platform users to make the switch to its 20V MAX system as remaining 18V NiCad batteries will be phased out of the DEWALT portfolio. Supply of DEWALT 18...

  • Housing Market Faces Uncertainty

    Record levels of international immigration, low interest rates, and an increasingly middle-aged Millennial cohort have together fuelled a strong household formation and housing demand in Canada, says...

  • Employee Wellbeing Beyond Health Benefits

    Employee wellbeing has evolved from solely about health benefits and absence of illness to optimizing the health of all employees physically, in their career, socially, financially, in their community...

  • Spectrum To Sell Home Improvement Segment

    Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. plans to sell its hardware and home improvement segment (HHI) segment to ASSA ABLOY. The transaction will simplify the Spectrum Brands business around three business uni...

  • Kevin Guest Joins TIMBER MART

    Kevin Guest is regional director of member services for Atlantic Canada at TIMBER MART, effective September 27. He has over 35 years of experience in sales, marketing, and operations within the buildi...

  • Manufacturing Sales Drop

    Following a 3.6 per cent increase in June, manufacturing sales fell 1.5 per cent in July to $59.6 billion, says Statistics Canada. Sales fell for the wood product (down 21.8 per cent), aerospace produ...

  • Home Improvement Industry Wins Big

    Several retailers in the home improvement industry were recognized for their excellence by the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) at the ‘2021 Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala’ (ERA). RCC s...

  • Retail Technology Continues To Grow

    The adaption to new technology in retail to adjust to customers needs has never been more important, says Amber Mac, president of AmberMac Media Inc. at the ‘Relentless Adaptation: 4 Retail Tech...

  • Natural Shades Headline 2022 Colours Of The Year

    Natural shades that evoke warmth, calm, and comfort make up Valspar’s ‘2022 Colours of the Year.’ With this palette, the paint manufacturer seeks to empower consumers to think positi...

  • Taiga Appoints Braswell as VP

    Doug Braswell is vice-president of electrification operations at Taiga Motors Corporation. Previously, he led EV product development for Case Construction at CNH Industries. He also held several globa...

  • July Building Construction Investments Down

    Investment in building construction was down 1.7 per cent to $18.1 billion in July, says Statistics Canada. Residential construction investment was down 2.6 per cent, the third consecutive monthly dec...

  • Fenplast Acquires Atis Plants

    Quebec-based Fenplast Windows and Doors has acquired Atis Group. These assets will, among other things, allow Fenplast to increase its production capacity. Among the assets included are the former Laf...

  • Ace Hardware To Open California Distribution Center

    Ace Hardware Corporation plans to open a retail support centre (RSC) in Visalia, CA. The facility will occupy more than a million square feet and is estimated to bring more than 400 jobs to the region...

  • Air Return Vent Blends Into Wall

    Envisivent is a mud-in, flush mounted air return vent that aesthetically blends into walls and ceilings for a contemporary look. It is designed to be installed during the drywall stage and the cover e...

  • Steady Growth Forecast For Home Improvement Products

    Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for home improvement products estimated at US$807.5 billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of $989.7 billion by 2026, growing at a c...

  • Chaleur Opens As BMR Pro Store

    Chaleur Building Supplies has officially launched as a BMR Pro hardware store. The business, located in Beresford, NB, has been operating under the BMR Pro banner for almost a year. Last November, the...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Invests In Hundegger USA

    Simpson Strong-Tie and Hundegger, a manufacturer of CNC-controlled joinery technology, have joined forces to invest in the North America Hundegger equipment sales and service representative partner, H...

  • Canadians Lack Confidence In Economic Recovery

    Consumer confidence across Canada has gone down, with the weekly Bloomberg Nanos Canadian confidence index registering at 61.57 for the week ending September 3, says a study from Bloomberg and Nanos R...

  • Home Sales Drop In Quebec City

    The number of transactions concluded in the Quebec City, QC, census metropolitan area (CMA) fell to 589 sales in August, a decrease of 29 per cent over August 2020 and the third consecutive month of d...

  • Lenova Launches Bathroom Vanities

    Lenova has launched a line of bathroom vanities with two distinctive models, the Manhattan and the Classic. The Manhattan has a clean, modern design with straight lines and mitred details on the modif...

  • Baker Joins Home Hardware

    Laura Baker is vice-president, marketing, with Home Hardware Stores Limited, effective September 20. Prior to joining Home Hardware, Baker held a variety of marketing and executive roles at Edward Jon...

  • Product Ban Affects Dollarama Sales

    Dollarama Inc. had sales of $1.03 billion for the second quarter of its 2022 fiscal year, an increase of 1.6 per cent over sales of $1.01 billion in the second quarter of its 2021 year. Comparable sto...

  • Canadians Continue To Spend On Home Improvement

    Canadians continued to spend on home improvement in the month of June, with sales of hardware, tools, renovation, and lawn and garden products increasing 5.9 per cent year-over-year, says Statistics C...

  • Montreal Home Sales Continue Decrease

    There were a total of 3,372 residential sales transactions in the Montreal, QC, census metropolitan area (CMA) in August, a 30 per cent decrease compared to August 2020, says the Quebec Professional A...

  • Home Hardware Teams With Tim Hortons

    Home Hardware Stores Limited have partnered with Tim Hortons on its ‘Roll Up To Win’ contest. Tim Hortons guests will have the chance to win one of 1,000 Home Hardware eGift Cards valued a...

  • Payments Canada Launches High-value Payment System

    Payments Canada has launched the first release of Lynx, a high-value payment system. Lynx is replacing the Large Value Transfer System (LVTS), which has served as Canada’s high-value payment sys...

  • Miller Has New Role

    Cory Miller is executive vice-president and chief financial officer at Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. He was promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer on an interim basis earlier this...

  • Renovation Interest Continues

    Sixteen months after the pandemic emerged, interest in renovations remains strong with more than 30 per cent of Canadian homeowners planning to renovate their kitchen or bathroom in the next 12 months...

  • Vancouver Home Supplies Decline

    Vancouver, BC, home supplies have declined steadily since June, says the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). Residential home sales totalled 3,152 in August, a 3.4 per cent increase from 3...

  • IKO Acquires Ross Roof Group

    IKO Industries has acquired New Zealand-based Ross Roof Group (RRG), a manufacturer and exporter of stone coated metal roof tiles. RRG will join IKO's global operations under the RoofTile Group (R...

  • Gallant Joins Wolseley Canada

    Mark Gallant is vice-president, supply chain, at Wolseley Canada. He spent the last 12 years at the Home Depot and prior to that, he spent 11 years at Accenture, a global consulting firm, as senior ma...

  • GTA Housing Demand Remains Strong

    Greater Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) housing demand remains high, with the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) reporting the third-best sales result on record for the month of August. However, the s...

  • GreenFirst Acquires Rayonier Mills

    GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. has closed its purchase of a portfolio of forest and paper product assets from Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. subsidiaries Rayonier A.M. Canada G.P., Rayonier A.M. Ca...

  • Ace Hardware Has Record Quarter

    Ace Hardware Corporation had a record second quarter, with revenues at $2.5 billion, an increase of $187.8 million (up 8.2 per cent) from the second quarter of 2020. Additionally, the company had a se...

  • Building Permits Down After Strong June

    The total value of building permits decreased 3.9 per cent to $9.9 billion in July with all provinces posting lower values except British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, says Statistics Canada...

  • IKO Plans For New Granule Facility

    IKO Industries, a manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products, plans to build a quarry and granule production facility near Ironton, MO. Once in full operation, it will be the third of...

  • RIDGID Introduces RP 351 Tool

    RIDGID’s RP 351 is an in-line standard press tool that operates with an advanced brushless motor, requiring no scheduled maintenance. The tool includes a SlimGrip handle for enhanced balance and...

  • Companies Struggle To Find Digitally Skilled Employees

    Nearly 70 per cent of Canadian businesses are struggling to find skilled talent and 80 per cent say they need more workers with digital skills, says a study by KPMG LLP. Additionally, 79 per cent say...

  • Ontario Chamber Of Commerce Supports Vaccine Passports

    Implementing a proof-of-immunization program will encourage more Ontarians to get vaccinated, says Rocco Rossi, president and chief executive officer of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), in respo...

  • U.S. Pending Home Sales Drop

    Pending home sales in the U.S. dipped in July, says the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Compared to June, only the west region saw a month-over-month gain in contract activity, while the other...

  • Robitaille Joins TORBSA

    Emmanuel Robitaille is vice-president, business development at TORBSA Limited. Most recently, he was vice-president with a large restoration services business in Quebec.

  • KBIS Registration Now Open

    The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has opened registration for the ‘2022 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show’ (KBIS) entitled ‘Where the Future is Defined.’ The an...

  • Majority Of Small Businesses In Large Debt

    Small businesses have not made a dent in the COVID-related debt they’ve taken on, owing an average of nearly $170,000, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). It estimates t...

  • July GTA New Home Sales Slow

    The Greater Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) new home market was quiet in July, as is typical for the month, says the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). Total July new home sales, with...

  • Walmart Launches U.S. Delivery Service

    Walmart has launched ‘Walmart GoLocal,’ a delivery business which extends its offering of delivering goods to U.S. customers and businesses of all sizes. The service is built on its delive...

  • Lowe's Canada Heroes Campaign Is Back

    Lowe's Canada is bringing back its Lowe's Canada Heroes campaign. The campaign will last over the month of September and will allow customers at participating stores to make donations at the c...

  • Masood Oversees BB&B Brand

    Rafeh Masood is interim chief brand officer at Bed Bath & Beyond. He is currently executive vice-president and chief digital officer and will also maintain this role.

  • Women Major Driver Of Economic Growth

    An increase of the economic participation of women has been identified as a major driver for economic growth, leading to increased interest in the support of entrepreneurial activities for women, says...

  • Orgill Successfully Completes Buying Event

    Orgill successfully completed its ‘2021 Fall Online Buying Event,’ despite challenges in the supply chain. Boyden Moore, president and chief executive officer of Orgill, says these events...

  • McKinney Named IWPA Executive Director

    Bradley McKinney is executive director of the International Wood Products Association (IWPA), effective September 13. Most recently, he served as vice-president of economic security and operations for...

  • Businesses Expect Profitability To Drop

    Over 27 per cent of all businesses expect their profitability to decrease over the next three months while 13.7 per cent of businesses expect their profit to increase, says Statistics Canada. Over hal...

  • Walmart Canada Builds Atlantic Distribution Centre

    Walmart Canada has broken ground on its first distribution centre in Atlantic Canada, a 223,000-square-foot facility in Moncton, NB, which is slated to open in fall 2022. The distribution centre will...

  • Roseburg Invests In Automation Technology

    Roseburg is investing in technology at its western U.S. manufacturing operations, following an extensive analysis of the strategic business opportunities in the west. As part of the restructuring, the...

  • Studio Shed Launches Virtual Showroom

    Studio Shed, a manufacturer of prefabricated outdoor structures, has launched a virtual showroom for its accessory dwelling unit (ADU) products. The technology was developed in partnership with SPINE,...

  • Retail Sales Getting Back To Pre-pandemic Times

    The latest data from StatsCan show a big recovery in Canadian retail sales. In the second quarter of 2021, total overall sales were up 25.4 per cent year-over-year, says Ed Strapagiel, a retail consul...

  • Retailers Should Not Rely Solely On AI Technology

    Retailers should not rely purely on software driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning for sales models, says Douglas Bennett, of A&G Real Estate Partners. Bennett says tech firm...

  • PVC Is Preferred By Majority

    PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) piping is a preferred material for water infrastructure pipe projects amongst engineers, municipal managers, and contractors, says a survey by Accountability Information Manag...

  • Whirlpool Promotes Two

    Joseph T. Liotine will be president and chief operating officer at Whirlpool Corporation, effective September 1. He joined the company in 2004 and currently serves as executive vice-president and pres...

  • Smart Homes Narrowing Digital Divide

    Smart home technologies are narrowing the digital divide for older, less tech-savvy consumers, says a study by LG Electronics (LG). The ‘2021 LG ThinQ Smart Home Report’ reveals that smart...

  • Conifex Curtails Lumber Production

    Conifex Timber Inc. will temporarily curtail lumber production at its Mackenzie, BC, sawmill for two weeks. The company says the decision is based on a combination of record high delivered log costs a...

  • Renoworks Has Record Revenue

    Renoworks Software Inc, a visualization platform for the home remodeling and new home construction industry, had record second quarter revenue of $1.48 million, an 11 per cent increase from the second...

  • Fragmentation To Affect DIY Retailing Market

    The do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement retailing market is poised to grow by US$154.76 billion during 2021 to 2025, progressing at a compound annual growth rate of almost five per cent during the f...

  • Ontario Chamber Releases Vaccination Framework

    The Ontario Chamber of Commerce, with guidance from legal experts at McCarthy Tétrault, has released a proof-of-vaccination framework to support reopening plans for Ontario private sector busin...

  • Canfor Reduces Operating Schedules

    Canfor Corporation will implement reduced operating schedules at its British Columbia sawmills, with the exception of WynnWood, starting the week of August 30. As a result, Canfor’s BC mills are...

  • Onex Completes Sale Of Remaining Jeld-Wen Shares

    Onex Corporation, the Onex Partners III fund, and other co-investors have completed the sale of their 14.9 million shares of Jeld-Wen Holding Inc., a distributor of interior and exterior doors, wood,...

  • WORX Debuts 5-inch Pruning Saw

    WORX’ 20V Power Share 5-inch Pruning Saw has the cutting power and efficiency of a chainsaw in an ultra-compact and portable design. The cordless pruning saw also features an offset bar and chai...

  • Intertape Polymer Group Has Strong Organic Growth

    Intertape Polymer Group Inc. had revenue of $367.7 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 40.7 per cent compared to revenue in the second quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily du...

  • Businesses Worry About Vaccine Enforcements

    More than three quarters (77 per cent) of business owners support and encourage their employees to get vaccinated, says a survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). However, sma...

  • Cornerstone Completes Cascade Windows Acquisition

    Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Cascade Windows. Cascade is an independent manufacturer of energy-efficient vinyl windows and doors serving the residential new const...

  • Masonite Appoints Chief Sustainability Officer

    Clare Doyle is senior vice-president and chief sustainability officer with Masonite International Corporation. She joined Masonite in 2016 and has served as senior vice-president, general manager, Eur...

  • Customer Demand Impacts BuildDirect Revenue

    BuildDirect.com Technologies Inc. had revenue of $23.4 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 79 per cent compared to revenue of $13.1 million in the second quarter of 2020. The increa...

  • Retail Sales Show Strength In June

    Retail sales went up 4.2 per cent to $56.2 billion in June, sales led majority by clothing and clothing accessories stores, says Statistics Canada. This is attributed to eased public health restrictio...

  • Canadian Tire Teams With Ashcroft

    Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) has signed an investment agreement with Ashcroft Terminal Ltd., British Columbia’s largest inland port, in which CTC will attain a 25 per cent equity interest in...

  • Homeowners Want Roofers With Good Reputation

    Most homeowners (92 per cent), when hiring a company to repair or replace a roof, are more likely to choose a roofing company with an outstanding reputation or reliable track record over one that does...

  • ASSA ABLOY Invests In U.S. RFID Company

    ASSA ABLOY has acquired Omni-ID, a manufacturer of RFID tags and industrial IoT hardware devices for passive and active tagging, tracking, monitoring, and alerting applications. Based in Rochester, NY...

  • BLANCO Sees Record Sales

    Despite sales declines from COVID-19 lockdowns in the first two quarters, BLANCO had record sales of $408 million in 2020 (up 3.1 per cent), says the company. Following a successful year of sales, the...

  • Businesses Support Mandatory Vaccinations

    Sixty-two per cent of Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses are making or plan to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for their employees, says a survey by KPMG in Canada. Also, the majority (8...

  • Single-Detached Housing Supply Declines

    A decline in the supply of single-detached housing in the GTA (Greater Toronto, ON, Area) and mortgage rates hovering well-below three per cent, accelerated demand from first-time homebuyers, says a r...

  • Tested Fixtures Meet Consumer Needs

    Consumers want plumbing fixtures that are safe and function well. They want to be certain a shower tray won’t leak, taps won’t corrode, and toilets will flush properly. The only way manufa...

  • Scotts Miracle-Gro Acquires Nutrients Business

    The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has acquired Rhizoflora’s leading nutrients business including its Terpinator and Purpinator brands, further bolstering the Hawthorne Gardening Company product por...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Adds Hanger Sizes

    Simpson Strong-Tie now offers its patent-pending LSSR rafter hanger in 2x lumber sizes that can install with both mitre-cut and square-cut joists for plated truss. The three new models – LSSR26Z...

  • Labour Costs Affect Ace Hardware Income

    Ace Hardware Corporation had revenues of $2.5 billion for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 8.2 per cent compared to revenues in the second quarter of 2020. Total wholesale revenues increased...

  • Doman Has Strong Quarter

    Doman Building Materials Group Ltd. (formerly CanWel Building Materials) had consolidated revenues of $756.8 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 83.3 per cent compared to consolidat...

  • Renovations Rise Despite Challenges

    Home renovations have increased since the start of 2021, with over half (55 per cent) of homeowners completing substantial improvements that boost home values, says a survey by Selective Insurance. Th...

  • COVID Surge Slows Supply Chain Recovery

    The recent COVID-19 surge both in the U.S. and globally has slowed supply chain recovery efforts as manufacturers, shippers, and ports manage through absenteeism due to increases in cases, says Boyden...

  • Tight Supply Chain Affects U.S. Retail Sales

    U.S. retail sales slowed during July as retailers continued to face supply chain disruptions and increased COVID-19 vaccinations allowed consumers to shift some spending from goods to activities despi...

  • Stanley Black & Decker To Acquire MTD Holdings

    Stanley Black & Decker will acquire the remaining 80 per cent ownership stake in MTD Holdings Inc. (MTD), a privately held global manufacturer of outdoor power equipment. Stanley Black & Decke...

  • Cornerstone Unveils ResinDek Shelving System

    Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products has launched its ResinDek Shelving System which is engineered to store and organize case goods, paper records, or other items in industrial pallet rack or storage s...

  • Noble To Lead Cloverdale Paint

    Darrin Noble will be president and chief operating officer of Cloverdale Paint Inc., effective January 1, 2022. Currently, he is vice-president, store operations and Burford Paint and Home Products, a...

  • Pro Business Drives Lowe’s Growth

    Lowe's Companies, Inc. had net earnings of $3.0 billion for the second quarter of 2021, up from net earnings of $2.8 billion in the second quarter of 2020. Total sales for the quarter were $27.6 b...

  • Commodity Pricing Benefits Taiga Sales

    Taiga Building Products Ltd. had sales of $786.7 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 120 per cent over sales of $356.9 million in the second quarter of 2020. The increase was largel...

  • Housing Starts Drop

    Housing starts in Canada lowered in July to 286,620 from 293,085 in June, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). In July, higher single-detached, seasonally adjusted annual rates (SA...

  • Castle Adds Newfoundland Location

    Castle Building Centres has added a member in Fortune, NL. Peninsula Castle is the third Castle location for business owners Derek and Nicole Fudge. The store is a full-service lumber, building materi...

  • Hudson’s Bay Accelerates Digitally

    Hudson’s Bay will separate its store fleet and eCommerce business into two, separate businesses, accelerating its digital-first transformation. Going forward, the eCommerce business will operate...

  • Sundholm Has New Role

    Drew Sundholm is vice-president, supply chain with Fortress Building Products. He joined the company as director, railing and lighting category, in 2020. Prior to that, he spent over 15 years developi...

  • Home Depot Hits Milestone

    The Home Depot had sales of 41.1 billion in the second quarter of 2021, an increase of $3.1 billion (8.1 per cent) from the second quarter of 2020. Comparable sales for the quarter increased 4.5 per c...

  • AZEK Shows Strong Third Quarter

    The AZEK Company, a manufacturer of environmentally sustainable outdoor living products, saw third quarter consolidated net sales increase 46.4 per cent year-over-year to $327.5 million. Additionally,...

  • June Wholesale Sales Decline

    Wholesale sales fell 0.8 per cent in June to $71.5 billion, ending three consecutive monthly increases, says Statistics Canada. The sales reflect declines in the building material and supplies, machin...

  • Canadian Home Sales Continue To Normalize

    Canadian home sales continued to normalize in July, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), showing a decline of 3.5 per cent month-over-month in July. This was the smallest of four consecut...

  • Garage Door Replacements Ruled Most Popular

    Garage door replacement projects are considered the top project with the highest recovery value for homeowners, says the ‘2021 Cost Versus Value Study.’ Homeowners can recover an average o...

  • RPM Makes Executive Changes

    Bill Spaulding will be consumer group president with RPM International Inc., effective September 1. Currently, he is president of Rust-Oleum Corporation, an RPM brand. Jeff Ackerberg will be president...

  • Home Improvement Leads Spectrum Gains

    Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. had net sales of $1,162.8 million for the third quarter of its fiscal 2021 year, an increase of 18.1 per cent compared to net sales of $984.3 million in the third quarte...

  • Leon’s Has Record Revenue

    Leon’s Furniture Limited had a record revenue of $588.5 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $416.7 million, year-over-year. This is a 41.2 per cent increase and came despite half o...

  • CFIB Calls For Stay-Open Strategies

    To prevent further business closures in the event of resurgences of COVID-19, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on provincial governments to adopt stay-open strategies...

  • Majority Of Construction Projects Late And Over Budget

    Most construction projects are delivered late (77 per cent) and significantly over budget (75 per cent) compared to their original plan, says a survey by IDC with Procore Technologies, Inc. On average...

  • Bathtub Market To Maintain Steady Growth

    The global bathtub industry generated $7.6 billion in 2019 and is estimated to reach $8.9 billion by 2027, witnessing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3 per cent from 2021 to 2027, says a rep...

  • Tool Uses X-ray Vision To See Into Walls

    Vayyar Imaging’s Walabot DIY 2 is an upgraded version of the company’s original visual stud finder. It is a Wi-Fi enabled scanner that pairs with smartphones providing 4D imaging radar &nd...

  • Strong Construction Market Benefits HDI

    Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (HDI) had sales of $338 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 58.5 per cent compared to sales of $124.7 million in the second quarter of 2020. Gross profit...

  • Residential And Non-Residential Construction Drops

    Investments for both residential and non-residential building construction decreased 4.5 per cent to $18.4 billion in June, says Statistics Canada. Following a three per cent decrease in May, resident...

  • British Columbia Offers Screening Program

    British Columbia businesses can now enrol in the ‘Safe Screen BC’ program offered by the BC Ministry of Health, in partnership with the provincial health services authority and the Busines...

  • Wooster Products Recognized For Longevity

    Wooster Products celebrated its 100th anniversary with a visit from a U.S. congressman, Anthony Gonzales. He presented Wooster with a ‘Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition’ hon...

  • Interac Launches Real-time Payment Service

    Interac Corp., along with 13 Canadian financial institutions, is launching Interac e-Transfer for Business, a solution that builds on the widespread adoption of the Interac e-Transfer service. The sol...

  • 2021 Connectors Catalogue Now Available

    Simpson Strong-Tie has released its ‘2021 Wood Construction Connectors’ catalogue. The undated version includes several new products including the complete outdoor accents decorative hardw...

  • eCommerce Leads Canadian Tire Sales

    Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited consolidated retail sales increased $506.9 million, or 11.6 per cent in the second quarter over the same period in 2020. Excluding petroleum, consolidated retail sal...

  • Furniture Orders Back On Track

    Residential furniture manufacturers and distributors continue to see strength in their businesses with orders up 47 per cent in May compared to May 2020, says the ‘Monthly Furniture Insights Rep...

  • Ottawa’s July Home Sales Decrease

    In Ottawa, ON, 1,724 residential properties were sold in July, down 21 per cent compared to 2,183 sales in July 2020, says the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB). July’s sales included 1,312 in the...

  • Financeit Launches Alternative Credit Program

    Financeit, a financing provider in the home improvement industry, has launched its ‘Second-Look Advantage’ program for applicants who do not qualify for standard credit or extended credit...

  • Lightspeed Changes Name

    Lightspeed POS Inc. has changed its name to Lightspeed Commerce Inc. “We evaluated our company name in light of the full scope of solutions we offer today. Lightspeed is no longer simply a point...

  • All Product Categories Gain At Beacon

    Beacon had net sales of $1.87 billion for the third quarter of its 2021 fiscal year, an increase of 20.8 per cent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Third quarter sales increased across all...

  • Backyard Upgrade Remains Top Project

    In the last year, 17 per cent of Canadians improved their home space through renovations, with the most popular renovation being backyard changes, says a survey by Aviva Canada. Canadian homeowners wh...

  • Canadian Tire Named Most Respected Retailer

    Canadian Tire Retail (CTR) was chosen as ‘Canada's Most Respected General Merchandise Retailer’ in a study for the DART Insight and Communications (DART I&C) ‘Most Respected...

  • Quebec City July Home Sales, Listings Decline

    A total of 539 residential sales transactions were concluded in the Quebec City, QC, census metropolitan area (CMA) in July, a 40 per cent decrease compared to July of last year, says the Quebec Profe...

  • Princess Auto Open 50th Store

    Princess Auto has opened a store in Lévis, QC. The store is the company’s 50th location overall and fourth location in Quebec and will cater to tradespeople, hobbyists, home mechanics, an...

  • Wolseley Teams With Kohler Canada

    Wolseley Canada, a local distributor of plumbing, HVAC, refrigeration, waterworks, and industrial products, has partnered with Kohler Canada, a distributor of kitchen and bathroom brands. "Canada...

  • JELD-WEN Revenues Up 25 Per Cent

    JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. had net revenue of $1,245.8 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 25.5 per cent over net revenue of $992.3 million in the second quarter of 2020. The increase w...

  • Renovation Supplies Lead Sector Retail Sales

    May retail sales reached $58 billion, an increase of 22 per cent compared with May 2020, with sales of hardware, tools, and renovation and lawn and garden products up 17 per cent year-over-year, the p...

  • Kitchener-Waterloo Home Sales Slow

    A total of 611 residential homes sold in the Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, region last month through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS System), says the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS (KWAR). Th...

  • Lowe’s Supports Community Through Sustainability

    Lowe's Canada made changes to its environmental impact in 2020 by reducing GHG emissions by more than six tons from 2016. The company recycled more than two tons of used paint in 2020 and offered more...

  • RIDGID Tour Goes Global

    RIDGID has taken its ‘RP 350 Press Tool Tour’ global, making stops in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, and the UK. As part of the tour, plumbers are testing the R...

  • LP Has Triple-digit Sales Increase

    Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) had net sales of $1.3 billion for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 142 per cent over net sales in the second quarter of 2020. The increase was partly due t...

  • High Market Prices Benefit Stella-Jones Sales

    Stella-Jones Inc. had sales of $903 million for the second quarter of 2021, up $135 million compared to sales of $768 million in the second quarter of 2020. Excluding the negative impact of the curren...

  • AQMAT Lobbies For Sunday Closures

    The Quebec Hardware and Building Supply Association (AQMAT) is trying to support hardware dealers by lobbying the Quebec government to allow home improvement retailers and building supply dealers to c...

  • GTA Sees Strong Home Ownership Demand

    With almost 9,400 sales reported in July, demand for ownership housing in the Greater, Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) region remained well-above average for the time of year despite being below the record Ju...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Publishes Updated Design Guide

    Simpson Strong-Tie has published its updated Strong-Rod Design Guide to help engineers, architects, and builders achieve continuous load paths in multistory and mid-rise light-frame wood buildings. Th...

  • Masco Sees Sales Increase

    Sales increased 24 per cent to $2,179 million, for Masco Corporation, in the second quarter of 2021. Operating profit increased 29 percent to $437 million, while operating margin increased 90 basis po...

  • Residential Sales Contribute To Trex Revenue Growth

    Trex Company, Inc. had consolidated net sales of $312 million for the second quarter of 2021, a 41 per cent increase over net sales of $221 million for the second quarter of 2020. The gains were refle...

  • Home Improvement Projects Show Strength

    The desire for home improvement projects is strong, says a report by Jobber, a job tracking home service. Annual growth in home renovation and repair expenditure reached 6.1 per cent year-over-year in...

  • Government Seeks Consultation On Transaction Fees

    The federal department of finance has launched consultations with the aim of lowering the cost of doing business by reducing credit card transaction fees. These savings would allow small- and medium-s...

  • Vancouver Housing Market Looks Moderate

    The metro Vancouver, BC, housing market saw more moderate sales and listings trends in July compared to heightened activity throughout most of the pandemic, says the Real Estate Board of Greater Vanco...

  • EBSU Takes On Brampton Furniture Manufacturer

    Residential cabinet manufacturer EBSU Ltd. has acquired Woodlore International Inc., a furniture manufacturer in Brampton, ON. This transaction allows Quebec-based EBSU to accelerate its growth plan a...

  • Owens Corning Launches Next Generation Pink Insulation

    Owens Corning has launched its updated insulation product, PINK Next Gen Fiberglas insulation. The product features advanced fibre technology which enables up to 23 per cent faster installation compar...

  • Griffon Has Steady Quarter

    Griffon Corporation had consolidated revenue of $646.8 million for the third quarter of its fiscal 2021 year, a two per cent increase compared to prior-year quarter revenue of $632.1 million. Net inco...

  • Ontario Leads June Building Permit Gains

    The total value of building permits rose 6.9 per cent to $10.3 billion in June, says Statistics Canada. Seven provinces contributed to the gain, led by Ontario, which jumped 22.7 per cent, while Quebe...

  • Small Businesses Still Suffering

    More than 80 per cent of small businesses have not fully recovered from the pandemic, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). A study by the organization says fewer than one in fi...

  • Guillevin Acquires Atlantic Electrical Company

    Guillevin, a distributor of electrical equipment in Canada, has acquired McLoughlan Supplies Limited, a distributor of electrical, lighting, automation, and safety equipment in Atlantic Canada. Founde...

  • Formica Corporation Pledges Sustainability

    Formica Corporation wants to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2030. Additionally, its sustainability initiatives show the company is aiming for a midpoint benchmark of a 25 per cent reduction of CO2 e...

  • Kapro Tools Launches Tape Measure Series

    Kapro Tools has launched its 510 Optivision tape measure series. The series comes in 10 inches, 16 inches, and 26 inches with a dual scale of imperial and metric measurements. The tapes have a double-...

  • Lee Named Cornerstone CEO

    Rose Lee will be president and chief executive officer of Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc., effective September 6. Currently, she is president of Dupont’s Water & Protection business.

  • Canfor Has Record High Lumber Sales

    Canfor Corporation had operating income of $1.04 billion for the second quarter of 2021, up from operating income of $603.6 million in the first quarter of 2021. The increase reflects record high lumb...

  • Government Extends Emergency Wage Subsidy

    The federal government has proposed to further extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until October 23 and to hold the maximum subsidy rate at 40 per cent during the period between August 29...

  • Orgill Welcomes Many At New York Opening

    Orgill welcomed hundreds of customers, vendors, and local dignitaries to celebrate the opening of its distribution facility centre in Rome, NY. The 780,000-square-foot facility was open to tours, a re...

  • Hardwoods Distribution Completes Acquisition Of Novo

    Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (HDI) has completed the acquisition of Novo Building Products Holdings, LLC. The acquisition broadens its addressable market by providing turnkey access into the home centr...

  • Trex Launches Website

    Trex Company has launched its professionally focused website. The site targets landscape and building architects, designers, engineers, and commercial contractors and offers a digital resource hub wit...

  • DEWALT Launches Durable Tool Line

    DEWALT is launching TOUGHSERIES, a line of hand tools designed for heavy-duty use. The portfolio will launch with tapes this summer followed by hammers and screwdrivers in the fall. The tapes are desi...

  • Sales Rise At Grainger

    Grainger had sales of $3.2 billion for the second quarter of 2021, up 13.1 per cent and up 15 per cent on an organic, daily, constant currency basis compared to the second quarter 2020. Gross margin f...

  • Lumber Costs Affect Construction Prices

    Residential building construction prices rose 7.5 per cent in the second quarter, the largest increase since the series began in 2017, accelerating from a 4.9 per cent increase in the first quarter, s...

  • Wood Product Market Expected To Grow

    The North American wood products market is predicted to reach over $229 billion by 2025, says a report by Research and Markets. Factors such as growing population, escalating new residential construct...

  • RPM Acquires Indoor Air Quality Services Business

    RPM International Inc. subsidiary Tremco Construction Products Group has acquired Pure Air Control Services, Inc., a provider of indoor air quality solutions. Headquartered in Clearwater, FL, Pure Air...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Releases Wood Connectors Catalogue

    Simpson Strong-Tie, a manufacturer of engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has released the Simpson Strong-Tie 2021–2022 Wood Construction Connectors catalogue, a guide to th...

  • Morrow To Supervise Retail Payments

    Ron Morrow is executive director – retail payments supervision at the Bank of Canada, effective August 9. This executive-level position has been created to support the bank’s new mandate t...

  • West Fraser Has Strong Quarter

    Second quarter sales for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. increased 61 per cent to $3.779 billion compared to the first quarter of 2021. Earnings increased to $1,488 million from $665 million, and the earn...

  • Retailers Reinventing Post COVID Business Models

    In the last 16 months, forward-thinking retailers have reinvented their business models and unearthed opportunities in response to the rapidly changing behaviours of Canadian consumers, says PwC in it...

  • Home Depot Reduces Carbon Emissions

    The Home Depot reduced its direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 127,000 metric tons in 2020, a 22 per cent reduction in carbon intensity, while at the same time growing the business near...

  • Cornerstone To Divest Roll-up Sheet Door Business

    Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. plans to sell its roll-up sheet door business to Janus International Group, Inc. The transaction includes products sold under the DBCI brand and is expected to close...

  • New Composite Wood Regulations Coming Into Force

    The final ‘Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations’ under CEPA 1999 which prohibit the import, sale, or offer for sale of composite wood products that emit formalde...

  • Building Product Demand Drives Huttig Sales

    Huttig Building Products, Inc. had net sales of $247.4 million for the second quarter of 2021, up 28.9 per cent over net sales in the second quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily attributable to...

  • Sales Recovery Illusory

    The latest retail sales statistics indicate a big recovery in Canadian retail sales, says Ed Strapagiel, a retail consultant. “Total retail sales spiked and increased by a nose-bleed 34.9 per ce...

  • Retailers Will Change Their In-Store Models

    Older models don’t work anymore for retailers, said Brian Field, senior director of retail consulting practice at Sensomatic Solutions, at the ‘Omnichannel & Shopping Centers: Tenant &...

  • Global Blinds And Shades Market To Continue Growth

    The global market for blinds and shades was estimated at US$10.4 billion in 2020, says a report by Research and Markets. The market is predicted to reach $12.4 billion by 2027, up a compound annual gr...

  • Carruthers Joins Afterpay

    Ryann Carruthers is general manager of Canada with Afterpay, a provider of ‘buy now, pay later’ payments. Previously, she led the Canadian national field sales team at Amazon.

  • Armstrong Sales Increase

    Armstrong World Industries, Inc. had consolidated net sales of $280 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 37.8 per cent over net sales of $203.2 million in the second quarter of 2020....

  • GTA June Home Sales Active

    The Greater Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) new home market had another active month in June, bringing the total number of new home sales in the first six months of the year to 25 per cent above the 10-year a...

  • Wilsonart Introduces Landscapes Collection

    Wilsonart, a manufacturer of engineered surfaces, has introduced the Wilsonart Quartz Dramatic Landscapes Collection. Featuring six new quartz countertop designs, including its first two quartzite-ins...

  • PPG Has Strong Second Quarter

    PPG had net sales of approximately $4.4 billion in the second quarter of 2021, roughly 45 per cent over net sales in the second quarter of 2020. Selling prices increased by 3.5 per cent and sales volu...

  • RPM Makes Changes

    Mark T. Rankin is vice-president – global systems with RPM International Inc. He has been with the company for 18 years in various information technology roles. Michael J. Laroche is vice-presid...

  • Business Openings Decrease

    The number of business openings fell 8.2 per cent in April after two consecutive months of growth, says Statistics Canada. However, in April, levels were comparable to pre-pandemic levels (41,600 on a...

  • Studio Shed Goes Canadian

    Studio Shed, a provider and manufacturer of modern, prefabricated outdoor structures and accessory dwelling units (ADU), is expanding into Canada. During the pandemic, the company saw a significant in...

  • Copithorn Named Outside Sales Representative

    Grant Copithorn is outside sales representative for the Greater Toronto, ON, Area with Liteline Corporation. He brings over 30 years of industry experience with 18 years in sales. He has been with Lit...

  • Construction Products Lead RPM Sales

    RPM International Inc. had net sales of $1.74 billion for the fourth quarter of its 2021 fiscal year, an increase of 19.6 per cent compared to net sales of $1.46 billion in the fourth quarter of fisca...

  • Retail Sales Down From Third Lockdown

    Retail sales declined 2.1 per cent to $53.8 billion in May, says Statistics Canada. The largest declines were for building material, garden equipment, and supply dealers, which decreased 11.3 per cent...

  • Carlisle To Acquire Building Envelope Company

    Carlisle Companies Incorporated, a supplier of building envelope products and energy-efficient solutions, plans to acquire Henry Company, a provider of building envelope systems, from affiliates of Am...

  • Residential Starts Up

    Total residential starts in the United States went up 49 per cent in June from the same month one year ago, when starts were 840,000. Housing starts for June 2021 jumped 6.3 per cent compared to May,...

  • Digital Platforms Help Watsco Sales

    Watsco, Inc., a distribution network for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) products, had sales of $1.85 billion for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 36 per cent compared...

  • Ransomware Evolves To Target Supply Chain

    Ransomware is gradually becoming more refined and targeting supply chains, says Colin Henderson, vice-president of security for One Trust, at its ‘Supply Chain Attacks: The Rise of Ransomware an...

  • ICSC Rebrands

    The International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) has changed its name to the Innovating Commerce Serving Communities (ICSC) as part of the organization’s brand repositioning, reflecting its...

  • BLANCO Collection Wins Two Awards

    The BLANCO VINTERA collection by BLANCO has earned a ‘2021 Red Dot Award’ and ‘2021 iF Design Award’ for product design. The VINTERA farmhouse sink allows for a flush mount ins...

  • Whirlpool Has Increased Sales

    Whirlpool Corporation had net sales of $5,324 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 31.7 per cent over net sales of $4,042 million for the second quarter of 2020. Net earnings were $5...

  • Government To Address Bill Loopholes

    While the government of Canada is committed to facilitating genuine intergenerational share transfers of small businesses, it wants to safeguard against any unintended tax avoidance loopholes that may...

  • Simply Group Founder Named Entrepreneur Of The Year

    Lawrence Krimker, founder and CEO of Simply Group and owner of SNAP Financial, was named the ‘EY Entrepreneur Of The Year,’ 2021 Ontario program. This award recognizes entrepreneurs for th...

  • Home Improvement, Maintenance Spending To Increase

    Annual gains in U.S. homeowner improvement and maintenance spending are to increase in the second half of the year and remain elevated through mid-year 2022, says the Leading Indicator of Remodeling A...

  • UFP Has Strong Second Quarter

    UFP Industries, Inc. had net sales of $2.7 billion for the second quarter of 2021, a 117 per cent increase over the second quarter of 2020. New product sales were $232.1 million, up 61 per cent. Incre...

  • Wholesalers Benefit From High Demand

    Sales of wholesale goods rose 0.5 per cent in May to $72.2 billion, the third consecutive monthly increase. Wholesalers have benefited from the increased demand for building materials, machinery, pers...

  • Brands Starting Holiday Shopping Campaigns Early

    If brands aren’t thinking and planning for the holidays yet, they are running out of time, says Sitecore, a global digital experience management software company. Its research shows that 42 per...

  • BMO Offers Wellness Services To Entrepreneurs

    BMO will provide the wellness services offered to its team members to Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs across Canada to help with stresses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns....

  • Canfor Curtails Production

    Canfor Corporation will curtail approximately 115 million board feet of production capacity at its Canadian sawmills during the third quarter of 2021 due to the significant supply chain challenges and...

  • Manufacturing And Housing Demand Will Lead Economy

    Canada's manufacturing and housing sectors will lead the economy out of a recession, says a report by RSM Canada. Rising consumer expectations coinciding with new manufacturing orders shows great...

  • Quebec Real Estate Sales Breaks Record

    A total of 31,899 residential sales transactions were concluded in the province of Quebec for the second quarter of 2021, a 45 per cent increase compared to the second quarter of 2020, when sales were...

  • Exterior MDF Product Resists Moisture

    Roseburg Forest Products has added Armorite Exterior MDF to its product lines in North America. Armorite is a no-added formaldehyde MDF panel that resists moisture, rot, decay, and insects. The produc...

  • Opening Markets Drive ASSA ABLOY Sales

    ASSA ABLOY had net sales of SEK23,648 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 19 per cent over net sales of SEK19,953 million for the second quarter of 2020. Sales in the Americas were...

  • Housing Starts Remain High

    The trend in housing starts was 293,567 units in June, up from 284,837 units in May, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Additionally, the standalone monthly seasonally adjusted a...

  • U.S. Retail Sales Increase As Recovery Continues

    Retail sales in the U.S. saw solid growth during June, increasing in most categories on a monthly basis and across the board on a yearly basis as the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic continued,...

  • Giant Tiger Opens Ancaster Store

    Giant Tiger has opened a store in Ancaster, ON. The 18,044-square-foot store is stocked with family fashions, brand-name groceries, and everyday essentials. The store has health and safety practices i...

  • Honeywell Teams With Nexii

    Honeywell Building Technologies, a manufacturing and technology company, and Nexii Building solutions will form an alliance to further the development of buildings with a reduced environmental impact....

  • Home Sales Slow Down

    Home sales fell 8.4 per cent month-over month in June 2021, marking the third straight monthly slowdown since activity hit a record back in March, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). &qu...

  • Walmart To Roll Out DC Robots

    Walmart will implement the Symbotic technology system into 25 more of its regional distribution centres (RDCs) across the U.S. The system, which works to sort, store, retrieve, and pack freight onto p...

  • Lowe’s Canada Offers Spyder Tool Accessories

    Lowe’s Canada has partnered with Spyder to expand its offering with tool accessories to its contractor customers. Just introduced in Canada, the Spyder circular saw blades, jig saw blades, hole...

  • Mancine Named CTO

    John Mancine is chief technology officer (CTO) at MaterialsXchange, a digital marketplace for lumber and construction wood products. He has gained many years of experience in software development and...

  • Manufacturing Sales Continue Decline

    Manufacturing sales fell 0.6 per cent to $57.9 billion in May, the second consecutive monthly decline, says Statistics Canada. The decline can be attributed to the machinery, chemical, and fabricated...

  • Businesses Are Optimistic

    While businesses have been forced to adapt to lockdown restrictions and supply chain disruptions, 72 per cent of Canadian businesses are optimistic about their prospects over the next year, says a sur...

  • Nexii Acquires Omicron

    Nexii Building Solutions Inc. has acquired Omicron Canada Ltd. Omicron is a development services, design, and construction firm in western Canada. It will enhance Nexii’s operational capabilitie...

  • New Leaf Adds Matte Grain Finish

    New Leaf Performance Veneers, a Wilsonart company, has added a matte grain finish available on 20 of its veneers. “Our New Leaf matte grain finish was developed to meet the demands of designers...

  • British Columbia Home Sales Continue Well Above Usual

    Total active residential listings were down 23.4 per cent year-over-year in June, reports the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA). However, a total of 11,070 residential unit sales were r...

  • Castle Adds Quebec Member

    Castle Building Centres Group has added a member location in Quincaillerie Shipek, QC. Although the original hardware store of Mingan closed four years prior, General Manager Guy Vigneault has re-open...

  • Trusscore Acquires Alberta Building Materials Developer

    Trusscore, a manufacturer of sustainable alternatives to traditional building materials, has acquired the assets of Calgary, AB-based Westech Building Products, a developer of vinyl building materials...

  • PPE Influences Fastenal Sales

    Fastenal Company had net sales of $1,507.7 million for the second quarter of 2021, a decrease of 0.1 per cent over net sales of $1,509 million in the second quarter of 2020. The quarter was influenced...

  • Investment in Residential Construction Drops

    Residential investment has declined for the first time since April 2020, down 2.7 per cent in May, says Statistics Canada. Investments in single-family homes were down 2.7 per cent to $8.3 billion. Qu...

  • TRREB Raises 2021 Home Sales Forecast

    The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) has revised its 2021 home sales forecast for Toronto, ON, from 105,000 transactions upward to 115,000 transactions due to record first quarter 2021 sales...

  • Home Hardware Teams With FlipGive

    Home Hardware has launched the ‘Home Hardware Return to Sport Matching Grant,’ in partnership with FlipGive, a shopping rewards app for teams. Designed to provide support to youth sports t...

  • Daly Joins IHA

    Sean Daly is vice-president, member and buyer relations, with the International Housewares Association (IHA). He has more than 25 years’ experience in the housewares industry, with an emphasis o...

  • Rising Input Costs Remains A Challenge

    With COVID-19 vaccination rates rising and restrictions on businesses and the public easing, businesses still faced many uncertainties during the second quarter of 2021, says Statistics Canada. Its &l...

  • Masks Optional At British Columbia Retailers

    With the end of mandatory mask requirements in British Columbia on July 1, retailers have taken a variety of approaches. Signs have gone up outside of retail establishments with new instructions about...

  • Matériaux Pont-Masson Joins Groupe BMR

    Matériaux Pont-Masson has joined Groupe BMR. With seven retail locations in Quebec and Ontario, Matériaux Pont-Masson specialized in services for contractors and self-builders and will b...

  • Vancouver Home Sales Begin To Ease

    Home sale and listing activity in metro Vancouver, BC, has eased back from the record-setting pace seen in March and April of this year. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) says residen...

  • Online Sales Remain Strong For ToughBuilt

    ToughBuilt Industries, Inc.’s gross sales through Amazon increased 118 per cent to approximately $5.48 million for the first half of 2021, compared to approximately $2.51 million in the first ha...

  • Retail Sales See Large Increase

    Retail sales reached $54.6 billion in April, an increase of 58.7 per cent compared to the same month a year prior, says Statistics Canada. This marked the largest increase on record for the sector, la...

  • Castle Gets Nova Scotia Member

    Hometown Flooring is the newest Castle Building Centres to open its doors in Nova Scotia. Located in Truro, the specialty flooring retailer will be expanding its business into a full-service building...

  • Sexton Group Partners With Well Made Here

    The Sexton Group has joined Well Made Here, a not-for-profit organization that encourages the purchase of quality hardware and construction materials that are made in Canada and intended for the resid...

  • London Home Sales Remain Steady

    Ontario-based London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS (LSTAR) says 1,194 homes exchanged hands last month, the highest number of home sales recorded via the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) system...

  • Richelieu Has Strong Sales Growth

    Richelieu Hardware's second-quarter consolidated sales reached $371.4 million compared to $248.3 million for the corresponding quarter of 2020, an increase of $123.1 million or 49.6 per cent, of w...

  • Quebec Home Sales Slowed By Increased Prices

    Soaring prices have weakened June sales in the Montreal and Quebec City, QC, residential markets, says the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB). June residential sales fell...

  • Roseburg To Build North Carolina Facility

    Roseburg Forest Products will expand its operations in the southeastern United States with the construction of a high-capacity lumber mill in North Carolina. The 375,000-square-foot facility will be c...

  • DXV Reveals Bathroom Collection

    DXV, a luxury kitchen and bathroom brand, has launched its Belshire bathroom collection in Canada. Inspired by the 'art deco' style of the 1920s, the brand offers a full bathroom suite of fitt...

  • WD-40 Has Strong Third Quarter Sales

    WD-40 Company had total net sales of $136.4 million for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 39 per cent compared to total net sales in the third quarter of 2020. Net sales in Canada increased 24...

  • Saskatchewan Home Sales Continue To Rise

    Home sales in Saskatchewan went up in May 2021, increasing 67 per cent, year-over-year, says a report from the Saskatchewan Realtor Association. New listings were up over 14 per cent. Strong demand co...

  • Bostik Launches Polyurethane Sealants Line

    Bostik has launched a polyurethane sealants line with a focus on the sealing and bonding construction markets. The product line will include a range of products meeting the requirements of technical p...

  • Kandilas Joins Zurn Canada

    Harry Kandilas is national sales manager at Zurn Canada. He brings more than 25 years of experience to the role and has worked at Electrolux, Belanger, American Standard Brands, and Vinylbilt Windows...

  • Adhesives and Sealants Market Is High In Demand

    The demand for adhesives and sealants by end-use industries that includes packaging, electrical and electronics, industrial machinery, and metal and glass processing, is inflating globally, says a stu...

  • Bill Removes Adverse Transfer Tax Consequences

    A private member’s bill which would remove the adverse tax consequences that currently apply when a small business owner sells or transfers their shares in the business to a child or grandchild...

  • Groupe LTM Acquires Marieville Store

    Groupe LTM has acquired its fourth RONA store, RONA Matériaux Marieville in Marieville, QC. The store offers customers a wide range of products in the hardware, paint, tools, and seasonal departments....

  • Home Improvement Retailers Named RCC Award Finalists

    The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has named its ‘2021 Excellence in Retailing (ERA) Awards’ finalists. Included in the list are Canadian Tire Corporation, Federated Co-operatives Limited,...

  • Calgary’s Housing Market Far From Slowing Down

    Calgary’s housing market has no sign of slowing down and it “is taking time for supply to catch up with the demand in the market,” says Ann-Marie Lurie, chief economist for the Calga...

  • Building Permit Activity Declines

    Following four consecutive months of reaching new highs, the total value of building permits dropped a record $1.6 billion to $9.5 billion in May, says Statistics Canada. Every component was...

  • Boomers Expected To Flood The Real Estate Market

    Thirty-two million boomers in Canada are considering a home purchase within the next five years, says a survey by Statistics Canada. With 40 per cent of boomers holding half of net worth in real estat...

  • Berlinger Haus Launches eCommerce Shop

    Berlinger Haus has launched a direct-to-consumer eCommerce shop to showcase the brand's high-end kitchenware at affordable prices. "Our intention is to introduce a truly robust, European-desi...

  • Centah Offers Online Management Platform

    Centah, a workflow management solutions company owned by Financeit, is now offering a lead creation and management platform, HomePro Marketplace. The platform is a full service, digital lead generatio...

  • CFIB Encourages Shopping At Small Businesses

    Canadians are spending more at big box stores (60 per cent) and less time shopping at small businesses, says a survey by CFIB. This is despite nine in 10 Canadians saying they wish they could do more...

  • Tourism Goes Up As Business Restrictions Go Down

    Tourism has seen an increase alongside the reopening of businesses, up 2.3 per cent this past March, says Statistics Canada. New businesses opening up increased 1.6 per cent, as restrictions have less...

  • Trex Commits To Sustainability

    Trex Company Inc, a provider of composite decking, railing, and outdoor living products has recycled more than 900 million pounds of plastic film and reclaimed wood. As well, its manufacturing process...

  • Growth Expected For LED Lighting

    The global LED lighting market is expected to grow from US$50.8 billion in 2020 to reach US$122.51 billion by 2028, growing at an annual rate of 13.4 per cent during the forecast period of 2...

  • Numbers Indicate Crazy Swings

    The latest numbers from Statistics Canada indicate some crazy swings in Canadian retail sales, says Ed Strapagiel, a retail consultant. For the three months ending April 2021, total retail sales incre...

  • Amazon Plans Robotics Fulfilment Centre In Alberta

    Amazon plans to open its first robotics fulfillment centre in Parkland County, Alberta. The fulfillment centre is set to launch in 2022, is expected to be more than 600,000 square feet, and will be us...

  • Habitat Support Renewed

    Simpson Strong-Tie has renewed its support of Habitat for Humanity International’s ‘Habitat Strong’ program for the sixth consecutive year. It remains the leading sponsor of the prog...

  • Langelier Joins Sexton

    Tristiant L. Langelier is business development manager for Quebec at the Sexton Group. He will be responsible for building relationships and growing the membership in Quebec. He joins the firm with 10...

  • Employers Get Strong Marks For COVID

    Even after a year of unprecedented and continuing disruption to workplaces everywhere, both Canadian and U.S. employees give their employers strong marks for their management during the COVID-19 pande...

  • New Home Sales Fall

    New home sales in the U.S. fell to the lowest pace in a year due to the high costs and uncertain availability of building materials, lots, and labour, says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Dev...

  • Customer Experience Enhanced

    The Home Depot is enhancing the customer experience at its 1,300 rental locations in the U.S. with the launch of ‘Rent Online, Pick-up In Store’ technology. From demolition tools like brea...

  • HDI Purchases Novo

    Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (HDI) will purchase Novo Building Products Holdings, LLC from an affiliate of Blue Wolf Capital Partners. Novo is a U.S. distributor of architectural grade building pr...

  • Palssons Open Third Location

    Lori and Marc Palsson have celebrated the official grand opening of their RONA home improvement centre in Dryden, ON. Since acquiring the store in March 2021, the Palssons have done extensive renovati...

  • Doman Acquires Lumber Pressure Treating Business

    Doman Building Materials Group Ltd.’s wholly owned subsidiary L.A. Lumber Treating, Ltd. has acquired the lumber pressure treating plant, related equipment, and business formerly owned by Fontan...

  • Existing Home Sales Drop

    Sales of existing homes in the U.S. dropped for the fourth straight month in May due to a very low supply of homes on the market. Existing home sales fell 0.9 per cent last month from April to a seaso...

  • Walmart Invests In Drone Delivery

    Walmart is investing in drone delivery after a successful pilot showed encouraging results. The company partnered with DroneUp last year for hundreds of trial deliveries of at-home COVID-19 self-colle...

  • Muskoka Cabinet Adopts First Canadian Line

    Muskoka Cabinet Co., a manufacturer of cabinets, will adopt its first, Canadian, state-of-the-art cabinet panel finishing line, that is predicted to increase its productivity by 50 per cent. The first...

  • Amazon Days Sets New Record

    Online retail sales in the U.S. may have set new records during Amazon’s Prime Day. Amazon says the shopping holiday was the biggest two-day period yet for its third party sellers. Online retail...

  • Customer Experience Enhanced

    The Home Depot is enhancing the customer experience at its 1,300 rental locations in the U.S. with the launch of ‘Rent Online, Pick-up In Store’ technology. From demolition tools like brea...

  • Optimism Surrounds Woodworking Expo

    Organizers are optimistic the ‘Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS)’ will take place November 4 and 5 as planned. "We're encouraged by the reopening step...

  • Retail Sales Drop In April

    Retail sales were down 5.7 per cent to $54.8 billion in April, says Statistics Canada. The decline co-incided with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and was the largest decline in...

  • Entrepreneurship Grows Despite Pandemic

    Despite COVID-19s impact on the economy, entrepreneurship is on the rise, attributed to community support for small businesses and online, says the ‘RBC Small Business Poll.’ More than hal...

  • Digital Tool Helps Businesses Do Contact Tracing

    GroundLevel Insights, a Canadian technology company, is making its contact tracing solution for COVID-19 available to businesses across the country. CANATRACE is a fast, secure, and free digital solut...

  • LMPG Pauses IPO Effort

    LMPG Inc. (previously Lumenpulse Group Inc.), an industrial technology company with a core focus on specification-grade LED lighting solutions, has decided not to pursue its recently announced IPO, ci...

  • Debt Indicates Renovation Boom Slowing

    The Canadian renovation boom is slowing if the debt to finance it is any indication. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows loans for home renovations made a sharp drop in the first quarter of 2021. The...

  • Habitat For Humanity Goes 3D

    Habitat for Humanity is printing its first 3D-printed home. Construction of the home in the U.S. in Tempe, AZ began in May It combines 3D printing using a Build on Demand Printer (BOD 2) from Germany-...

  • BMO Supports Main Street Businesses

    BMO has created a dedicated banking team to provide guidance and advice to help promote the growth of Canada's main street businesses. As the country turns the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, it...

  • Early Registration Strong

    At just under 2,500 registrations, the early bird booking result for EISENWARENMESSE ‒ International Hardware Fair Cologne 2022 is a very strong sign and reflects the positive expectations of the indu...

  • Consumers Adapting To Digital Commerce

    The vast majority of Canadian consumers with Credit Protection Insurance (CPI) say their experience during COVID-19 has made them more comfortable conducting financial transactions online (84 per cent...

  • Global Building Joins Castle

    Global Building Supplies is the newest Castle Building Centres to open its doors in Toronto, ON. This full-service lumber, building materials, and hardware retailer is located in Scarborough and has a...

  • U.S. Construction Costs Rising

    Prices paid for goods used in residential construction in the U.S. increased 22.5 per cent compared to one year ago, with specific material prices advancing nearly 90 per cent, says data from the Bure...

  • Flex Seal Expand Products At Walmart Canada

    The Flex Seal Family of Products has added Flex Paste, Flex Seal Liquid, Flex Seal Spray, Flex Shot, and Flex Tape to Walmart's shelves across Canada. This gives more people access to products in...

  • LBMAO Rejects Ford’s Comments

    The Lumber and Building Materials Association of Ontario (LBMAO) wants Ontario Premier Doug Ford to rescind a statement that “those lumber companies who are jacking up prices need to be held acc...

  • Business Closures Decrease As Restrictions Ease

    The July estimates of business openings and closures show that, with the continued easing of COVID-19 restrictions, there was a large decrease in business closures, says Statistics Canada. In July, 36...

  • Housing Demand To Stay Strong, Then Level Off

    Over the past several years, record levels of international immigration (not including 2020), low interest rates, and an increasingly middle-aged Millennial cohort have combined to fuel very strong ho...