• Homeowners Choose To Stay Put, Renovate

    As supply remains tight in key regions of the Canadian housing market, a CIBC survey finds that most homeowners say the pandemic has not changed their intentions of staying put, with many choosing to...

  • Retailers Ramping Up Loyalty Programs

    Most retailers are considering launching premium loyalty programs for 2021, says a study by Clarus Commerce. The premium loyalty program provider says the pandemic shifted more than just the retail la...

  • Polycor Sets Carbon Neutral Goals

    Polycor Inc., a global quarrier of natural stone will, in honour of Earth Day, plan to be carbon neutral by the end of 2025. The Quebec City, QC, firm is the first natural stone quarrier to make a fir...

  • Hillman Acquires OZCO

    The Hillman Companies, Inc. has acquired OZCO Building Products. With annual net revenue of approximately $18 million, OZCO manufactures outdoor hardware in the U.S. and Canada. It is best known for o...

  • CRAFTSMAN Outdoor Tools Available For Spring Projects

    CRAFTSMAN has a line of outdoor tools available for spring that include a push mower, trimmer and blower combo kit, pressure washer, and cleaner kit. The V20 2x20 Volt 20-inch Brushless Cordless Push...

  • Magri Joins Sexton Group

    John Magri is director of programs with Sexton Group. He has more than 30 years of experience, most recently as general manager with a building supply dealer in Manitoba.

  • UFP Has Record First Quarter

    UFP Industries, Inc. had net sales of $1.83 billion for the first quarter of 2021, a 77 per cent increase over the first quarter of 2020, and record net earnings of $103 million, a 157 per cent increa...

  • Weak Passwords Make Easy Work For Hackers

    Retail and eCommerce employees use shockingly weak passwords, says research from NordPass. This alarms security experts as weak passwords make it very easy for hackers to access accounts. The top pass...

  • RCC Supports Budget’s Recovery Hiring Program

    A program that helps retailers who are planning on expanding their workforces and increasing hours makes sense during the COVID-19 recovery period, says the Retail Council of Canada (RCC). It identifi...

  • Castle Gains Commercial Member

    Castle Building Centres Group has a new member location within its commercial division. RGS Rascom Greenbuild Services, located in Concord, ON, is, in addition to being a provider to Greater Toronto A...

  • Nowochin Named 2021 Young Retailer

    Tyler Nowochin, dealer-owner of Nowco Home Hardware in Lacombe, AB, has been named one of the independent hardware industry’s ‘2021 Young Retailer of the Year’ honourees by the North...

  • RONA Renews Groupe CH Partnership

    RONA is renewing its partnership with Groupe CH, a Quebec sports and entertainment organization. With this three-year partnership, it will continue leveraging some of Groupe CH’s most significan...

  • Evriholder Products Acquires Kitchenware Company

    Evriholder Products, a California housewares company, has acquired Murray Sales, a Montreal, QC-based company that specializes in designing and creating impulse and kitchenware items under the Joie Br...

  • Whirlpool Launches Washer With Removable Agitator

    Whirlpool has launched a top load washer with a two-in-one removable agitator. This agitator enables consumers to customize any load of laundry by swapping the agitator post in or out. Agitators can t...

  • Houle Named Sollio CEO

    Pascal Houle is CEO of the Sollio Cooperative Group. He takes the position from Gaétan Desroches who is retiring after a 40-year career in the network. Houle has been COO at Sollio since Februa...

  • EOT Potential Explored

    The federal government will explore options to unlock the potential of employee ownership trusts (EOTs) as part of Canada's economic recovery, says Social Capital Partners. Announced in...

  • U.S. Renovation Spending Forecast To Rise

    Growth in improvement and repair expenditures to owner-occupied homes is expected to remain solid throughout the year and into 2022 in the U.S., says the ‘Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activit...

  • 2020 Retail Sales Decrease From 2019

    The COVID-19 pandemic presented a series of challenges to the economic landscape of the retail sector across Canada in 2020, resulting in a transformation of consumer shopping habits and retailer busi...

  • IKEA Invests In Electric Delivery Trucks

    In an effort to fulfill its commitment of 100 per cent zero-emission deliveries by 2025, IKEA Canada has partnered with technology-enabled logistics and last mile delivery provider Second Closet, who...

  • Increasing Population Driving Shower Glass Door Market

    As a result of increasing population in urban areas and investments in residential and commercial infrastructure, North American shower glass door market revenue is predicted to rise from US$3,493.4 m...

  • Kapro Tools Launches Pipe Level

    Kapro Tools’ 350 Pipe Level Set consists of round, clamping-style pipe levels that clip directly onto the pipe, allowing the user to continue the job hands-free. The 350 is available as a set of...

  • Building Materials Lead Wholesale Trade Decrease

    A decline in building material and supplies wholesale products sales lead the way as wholesale trade volumes fell $68.8 billion in February, the second decline in three months. Despite the drop, Stati...

  • Fraud Rampant In Construction Industry

    The United Brotherhood of Carpenters wants to educate people about construction industry tax fraud. According to Statistics Canada, the underground economy accounted for $61.2 billion in economic acti...

  • Lowe’s Canada Adds EGO Brand Power Tools

    Lowe’s Canada is expanding its outdoor power equipment portfolio as it partners with EGO battery-powered outdoor power equipment brand. Nearly exclusively offered nationwide at Lowe’s, RON...

  • Screw Anchor Has Washer-head Profile

    Simpson Strong-Tie now offers the Titen HD Screw Head with a washer-head profile. The washer head provides builders and contractors with a design ideal for situations when a minimal head profile is ne...

  • Brezine Joins Loewen

    Dan Brezine is vice-president of market development at Loewen Windows and Doors. Previously, he was director of sales, dealer channel at Kichler Lighting.

  • Strong Digital Growth For BB&B

    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BB&B) had net sales of $2.6 billion for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of 16 per cent over net sales in the fourth quarter of 2019. Comparable sales growth in t...

  • BLANCO Releases Farmhouse Sink Collection

    BLANCO has launched the VINTERA farmhouse sink collection – a clean, contemporary version of the apron front sink style with more installation capabilities. Farmhouse sinks are typically fitted...

  • Courtin Joins Tecsys

    Guy Courtin is vice-president and industry principal for retail at Tecsys Inc., a supply chain management software company. Previously, he held leadership roles at 6 River Systems (a Shopify company),...

  • AEP Has Strong Fourth Quarter

    Atlas Engineered Products (AEP), a holding company for Canadian truss and engineered wood product companies, had revenue of $11.06 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, up 22 per cent compared to re...

  • BB&B Launches ‘Home, Happier’ Brand Campaign

    As it heads into its 50th anniversary, Bed Bath & Beyond is launching a brand campaign called ‘Home, Happier.’ The purpose of the campaign is to inspire customers and make it easy for...

  • Loyalty Solutions Company Gets Growth Funding

    Exchange Solutions, a personalized loyalty solutions provider, has completed a recapitalization and growth round led by Clipper Ship Ventures. The growth capital will be used to expand sales and marke...

  • Rayonier Divests Lumber, Newsprint Businesses

    Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc., a manufacturer of products for lumber, paper, and packaging markets, will sell its lumber and newsprint facilities and related assets in Ontario and Quebec to GreenFi...

  • February Manufacturing Sales Slide

    Following the largest increase observed in seven months in January (+3.4 per cent), manufacturing sales fell 1.6 per cent to $55.4 billion in February on lower sales of transportation equipment, says...

  • March Home Sales Set All-time Record

    Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS Systems climbed 5.2 per cent between February and March 2021 to set another new all-time record, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). In the face of...

  • Canadians Feel Priced Out Of Home Market

    Planning to move on or move in? Canadians are split between giving up on ever buying a home or putting away money to save for one, says the ‘RBC Spring Housing Poll.’ It shows nearly two-i...

  • Business Owners Fear Tax Hikes

    Nearly nine in 10 small business owners hope the upcoming federal budget does not bring new tax increases or additional costs, as they lose ground on economic recovery amid growing uncertainty and a t...

  • UFP Subsidiary Closes Spartanburg Acquisition

    UFP Industries, Inc. subsidiary Sunbelt Forest Products Corporation has closed on its agreement to purchase the net operating assets of Spartanburg Forest Products, Inc., a wood treating operation in...

  • Royal Building Products Launches Virtual Experience

    Royal Building Products, a manufacturer of exterior building products, has launched ‘In The Lab,’ a video series of 20 videos for industry leaders to experience products in a 360 degree, v...

  • Cleaner Has 100 Per Cent Eco-friendly Ingredients

    Pacific Northwest Green Cleaning Products and Wash Safe Canada are launching Clean All, the newest addition to its family of environmentally-friendly cleaning products. This product is made in Canada...

  • Former Pier 1 CEO Joins Dollar Tree

    Alasdair James is executive vice-president, merchandising and supply chain, at Dollar Tree, Inc. He has many years of retail executive experience, most recently as chief executive officer at Pier 1 Im...

  • Retail Sales Have First Decrease Since May

    Retail sales reached $43.2 billion in December, a decrease of 1.1 per cent compared with the same month a year prior, says Statistics Canada. This marked the first year-over-year decline in sales for...

  • Quebec Growth Continues For Castle

    Growth in Quebec continues as Deschenes & Compagnie Inc. has joined the Castle Building Centres Group. Situated at the gates of the Gaspésie region in Price, QC, the business was founded al...

  • Matériaux Appalaches Joins TIMBER MART

    Building material dealer, Matériaux Appalaches Inc. in Lévis, QC, is the third Quebec dealer to join TIMBER MART this year. Owners Éric Mercier Lessard and Éric Fournier bo...

  • Half Of Homeowners Planning To Upgrade

    Almost half of Americans that don’t plan to sell their homes say they will be (or consider) upgrading or remodeling their homes this year, says a survey by Bio Bidet, a developer of kitchen and...

  • Pella To Use Cilio Software

    Pella Corporation has partnered with Cilio Technologies, LLC, a developer of order management and field service software for home improvement manufacturers, retailers, and installers, to enhance visib...

  • Drywall Repair Tool Replace Special Tools

    Putty King is the all-in-one drywall repair tool that reduces the need for a selection of special tools. It features a self-feeding trowel for applying and evening the putty out, a sanding pad for smo...

  • Unit Sales Drive Fastenal Growth

    Fastenal Company had net sales of $1,417 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 3.7 per cent over net sales of $1,367 million in the first quarter of 2020. This growth was largely due t...

  • Spending To Eclipse Earnings As Vaccinations Increase

    Canadian household spending will eclipse earnings in the coming months as vaccinations increase and uncertainty from the pandemic recedes, says the Bank of Canada. It says the gap between spending and...

  • Orgill Continues Distribution Network Investment

    Orgill plans to continue its ongoing investment in improving, expanding, and modernizing its distribution and logistics network. With its new distribution centre in Rome, NY, currently receiving produ...

  • Quebec Manufacturer Joins TORBSA

    Locusi, a manufacturer in the modular construction market, has joined TORBSA as a shareholder member. Located in Saint-Narcisse, QC, the company joined the buying group to have greater success in its...

  • Quebecers Giving Up Home Ownership Dreams

    While Quebecers have the highest intention of buying a home in the next few years amongst Canadians polled, many say they have given up on the dream of home ownership. The ‘RBC Spring Housing Po...

  • Schluter-Systems Adds Shelf Designs

    Schluter-Systems has launched three additional designs in brushed stainless steel for its popular Schluter-SHELF for tiled showers, bringing the total number of designs to five. These designs match wi...

  • Lowe’s Canada’s President To Speak At RCC Event

    Tony Hurst, president of Lowe’s Canada, will be the guest on Retail Council of Canada’s ‘In Conversation with Retail Leaders in Canada’ on May 18. Hurst is responsible for the...

  • Strong Residential Sector Leads Construction Investment

    Total investment in building construction increased 4.2 per cent to $16.8 billion in February, posting a record high for the second consecutive month because of continued strength in the residential s...

  • Ontario Dealer Joins BMR Group

    Kemptville, ON-based Kemptville Building Centre has joined BMR Group. This second generation family business offers a retail space of 63,000 square feet and has several specialized departments includi...

  • CHHMA To Undergo Rebranding

    Members of the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Manufacturers Association (CHHMA) have voted to change the name of the organization to the Canadian Home Products Trade Association (CHPTA) and its Fr...

  • Renovations Beat Out Home Sales

    After a year of the pandemic, Canadian homeowners are more likely to plan renovations than buy and sell their current property or purchase an investment home, despite an active housing market, says a...

  • Consumers Turning To Smart Kitchen Appliances

    The global artificial intelligence (AI) enabled kitchen appliances market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25.8 per cent from 2021 to 2027, says research by Brandessence Market...

  • Internal Growth Drives Richelieu Sales

    For the quarter ended February 28, Richelieu Hardware saw its consolidated sales reach $297.6 million, compared with $249.4 million for the corresponding quarter of 2020, an increase of 19.3 per cent,...

  • Personalized Marketing Key To Post-COVID Consumer

    Although consumers are confident in the safety, effectiveness, and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines and have a desire to return to 'normalcy' after being vaccinated, different rules, pers...

  • Richelieu Hardware Acquires TASK TOOLS

    Richelieu Hardware has acquired TASK TOOLS. TASK distributes power tool accessories and related products to retailers in Canada and the U.S. from two centres in British Columbia and Ontario. Richard L...

  • Canadians Started On Outdoor Projects

    While February was all about bathrooms for Canadian homeowners, March was all about outside projects. HomeStars’ March survey shows homeowners have already started their outdoor renovations, wit...

  • Cortina Acquires NIICO

    Kitchen designer and manufacturer Cortina has acquired NIICO Millwork Group of Woodbridge, ON. NIICO is a designer and manufacturer of custom kitchens, vanities, and wardrobe systems with three showro...

  • Beauti-Tone Paint Launches Whites Collection

    Beauti-Tone Paint has launched its Essential Whites Collection, a curation of 42 white, grey, greige, and complex cream paints inspired by the natural and bright outdoors. “Creating calming and...

  • WD-40 Net Sales Increase

    WD-40 Company had total net sales of $111.9 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 12 per cent compared to net sales in the second quarter of 2020. Net sales in the Americas decreased...

  • Ontario Declares Third Provincial Emergency

    The Ontario government has declared a third province-wide emergency to take action against the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission and the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants...

  • Quebec Cities See Strong Condo, Plex Sales

    Residential sales in the Montreal, QC, census metropolitan area (CMA) were up eight per cent in March despite a seven per cent decrease in single-family home, says the Quebec Professional Association...

  • Lowe’s Canada To Host Hiring Event

    Lowe’s Canada will host a hiring event April 17 to fill roughly 100 seasonal and permanent positions at its distribution centre in Boucherville, QC. Positions range from order pickers, shipping...

  • Merchants Should Prepare For Digital Wallet Use

    The number of unique digital wallet users will exceed 4.4 billion globally in 2025, rising from 2.6 billion in 2020, says a study from Juniper Research. The study says that mobile wallets are leading...

  • Wilsonart Adds To Solid Surface Collection

    Wilsonart has added the Crafted Collection to its Solid Surface Collection. The collection combines natures beauty with cutting-edge design to offer 11 selections of marble engineered surfaces. It fea...

  • RPM Has Strong Sales Despite Supply Chain Issues

    RPM International Inc. had sales of $1.27 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of 8.1 per cent over sales of $1.17 billion in the third quarter of 2020. The company says sales were...

  • Renovation Decisions Still Based On Pandemic Living

    More than half of Canadians renovated their home last year for personal/non-return on investment (ROI) purposes, says a report by RE/MAX Canada. The ‘RE/MAX 2021 Renovation Investment Report&rsq...

  • Home Hardware 2021 Virtual Spring Market Successful

    Home Hardware Stores Ltd. says its ‘2021 Virtual Spring Market,’ which ran from March 22 to 29, was a successful eight-day event that united Home Hardware dealers from across Canada with h...

  • Lowe’s Canada Adds Pickup Lockers

    Lowe’s Canada is implementing contactless pick-up lockers at select stores in Canada. In total, 48 stores will offer this option by the end of April. Installed near the entrance of select stores...

  • APA Releases 2021 Panel & Wood Yearbook

    APA – The Engineered Wood Association has released its ‘2021 Structural Panel & Engineered Wood Yearbook.’ The book includes an analysis of U.S., Canadian, and global economies,...

  • Saint-Gobain Launches Project Assistance Website

    Saint-Gobain has added a service to its revamped website called ‘La Maison Saint-Gobain’ where its French-speaking customers with renovation projects can get inspiration and advice. The in...

  • Well Made Here Launches Three Projects

    Well Made Here, a not-for-profit organization that shares information to do-it-yourselfers and contractors to find out about Canadian products, is heading up three projects concurrently with the hope...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Launches National Pergola Contest

    Simpson Strong-Tie is searching for the best pergola design in the country. The manufacturer of engineered structural connectors and building solutions has launched its ‘Design Your Perfect Perg...

  • Tresco Lighting Redesigns Website

    Tresco Lighting has redesigned its website to feature a streamlined, user-friendly design and improved functionality to aid customers in making informed LED lighting decisions. The site has product ca...

  • Beacon Adds General Counsel

    Christine Stroh Reddy is executive vice-president, general counsel, and corporate secretary with Beacon. Previously, she served 15 years as vice-president, deputy general counsel, and deputy corporate...

  • February Building Permits Break $10 Billion Mark

    The total value of building permits issued in February broke the $10 billion mark for the first time, as a jump in the non-residential sector more than offset the decline in the residential sector, sa...

  • Attack Hits Home Hardware

    Home Hardware Stores Ltd. was hit by a ransomware attack in February. A report by ITWorldCanada.com says an unauthorized third-party was able to access parts of its corporate data and threatened...

  • CFIB Calls For Lockdown Alternatives

    The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on provincial governments across Canada for lockdown alternatives and increased financial support for small businesses as provinces an...

  • Castle Adds Ontario Dealer

    Castle Building Centres has strengthened its Ontario footprint with the addition of a new member. Located in Brampton, ON, BDC Lighting and All Trade Supply is all set to open its doors as a Castle lo...

  • Gatineau Dealer Joins TIMBER MART

    Specialty building material dealer, Distribution Méga Aluminium, located in Gatineau, QC, is joining TIMBER MART for better buying power and purchasing opportunities to support the business. Ma...

  • TORBSA Gains Brampton Shareholder Member

    RB Building Supply, located in Brampton, ON, has joined TORBSA as a shareholder member of the buying group. Since 2018, RB Building Supply has built a successful distribution business throughout the B...

  • West Fraser Georgia Lumber Mill Construction On Track

    With progress on West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.’s new lumber manufacturing complex in Dudley, GA, on track to be operational by the end of the second quarter of 2021, the company will wind down ope...

  • Buffamonti Leads Dynabrade

    Michael Buffamonti is president of industrial abrasive power tool manufacturer Dynabrade Inc. He has been with the company for 25 years, most recently as chief financial officer.

  • 2019 Wholesale Revenues Rise

    The operating revenue of Canadian wholesalers rose two per cent in 2019, reaching an all-time high of $1.1 trillion, says Statistics Canada. Seven of the nine wholesale subsectors saw increases in rev...

  • RPM Acquires Flooring Systems Manufacturer

    RPM International Inc.’s Fibergrate Composite Structures Inc. business has acquired Bison Innovative Products, a manufacturer of raised flooring systems. Bison flooring systems consist of adjust...

  • Taiga Adds FastPlank To Portfolio

    Taiga now carries the FastPlank Extruded Aluminum Plank Siding System. FastPlank is a 4” or 6” V-NOTCH aluminum plank siding that is ideal for residential, renovation, commercial, or insti...

  • New Roles To Accelerate BB&B Online Business

    Jill Pavlovich is senior vice-president, digital commerce, with Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. She has more than 15 years of experience in omnichannel merchandising, most recently as general manager and h...

  • Lockdowns Affect Dollarama Sales

    Dollarama Inc. had sales of $1,103.7 million in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2021 year, an increase of 3.6 per cent compared to sales of $1,065.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. Sale...

  • Homeowners Planning Spring Home Improvement Projects

    Over three quarters of households across the U.S. and Canada are planning at least one home improvement project this spring, says a survey from Flipp, the go-to free shopping and savings app. Even wit...

  • Product Market Fails Improve Long-term Success

    Failures while conducting a product launch improve the long-term success of a product on the market. By failing, information can be gathered and used as valuable data, says Tara Scott, vice-president...

  • March Consumer Confidence Shows Strength

    The Conference Board of Canada’s Index of Consumer Confidence rose 14.1 points to 105.2 in March, its largest monthly increase since last June. The index now sits at 87 per cent of its pre-pande...

  • Bunzl Safety Upgrades Website

    Bunzl Safety, a Bunzl Canada specialist division that is comprised of the former McCordick Glove and Safety, AMFAS, and Western Safety, has launched its upgraded website as the first phase in the spec...

  • No Sign Of Renovations Slowing Down

    Almost three quarters (74 per cent) of Canadian homeowners are planning to improve their homes in 2021, says a survey by HomeStars. "Despite the pandemic, last year was incredibly busy for renova...

  • February GTA New Home Sales Remain Strong

    Greater Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) new home sales continued strong in February, though below the record-setting pre-pandemic performance of February 2020, says the Building Industry and Land Development...

  • Orgill Boosts Hybrid Buying Events

    With record sales increases in the home improvement industry showing no signs of slowing and retailers focused on helping their communities and running their operations, Orgill is releasing more detai...

  • Smart Fixtures To Triple Share Of Lighting Market

    While just a fraction of the general purpose lighting market in 2019, smart lighting fixtures are expected to triple their share of demand through 2024, when sales are expected to approach $600 millio...

  • Medallia Acquires Decibel

    Experience management company Medallia has acquired Decibel, a digital analytics tool that uses AI technology to track and score online customer experience to provide insight into activity on a compan...

  • Online Home Improvement Spend Double In-store Spend

    Spend per trip for home improvement categories is approximately double for online purchases than it is in-store, says research from Numerator, a data and tech company. Its ‘Home Improvement Trac...

  • Quebec Invests In Business To Spur Economic Growth

    The Quebec government, in its ‘Budget 2021-2022,’ is investing $5 billion over the next five years to spur business investment and boost productivity in all of Quebec's regions, with t...

  • Palssons Acquire Third Home Improvement Centre

    Lori and Marc Palsson have acquired a home improvement centre Dryden, ON, which will operate under the RONA banner The store has served the Dryden community 40 years and will receive a face lift in th...

  • eBay Canada To Sell Refurbished Products

    eBay Canada is launching a business that features ‘Certified Refurbished’ products. The shop will showcase popular brands at up to 40 per cent less than buying new, but with all the same a...

  • ToughBuilt Has Triple-digit Revenue Increase

    ToughBuilt Industries, Inc. had revenues of $39.4 million for the full year ended December 31, 2020. This is an increase of 106 per cent compared to revenues of $19 million in fiscal 2019. Gross profi...

  • Retail Sales Growth Respectable Versus Last Year

    Total Canadian retail sales growth has cooled off somewhat, after hitting some high rates late last year, says Ed Strapagiel, a retail consultant. Nevertheless, there was still a respectable increase...

  • Carbon Tax Bad News For Small Business

    A ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada upholding the federal carbon tax is deeply disappointing for small businesses in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, says the Canadian Federation of I...

  • Kent Building Supplies To Launch Loyalty Program

    Kent Building Supplies, a J.D. Irving Limited company, has partnered with Exchange Solutions to optimize consumer engagement and loyalty program opportunities. Kent will be taking advantage of Exchang...

  • February U.S. Home Sales Fall

    Sales of newly built homes in the U.S. fell more than expected in February, as builders faced higher costs and persistent delays and, consequently, raised their prices, says the U.S. Census Bureau. Ta...

  • LG WashTower Comes To Canada

    LG Electronics Canada (LG) is bringing the LG WashTower to the Canadian market. Launching nationwide, the unit requires half the footprint that is required by traditional side-by-side laundry units. I...

  • Strong Growth Forecast For Smart Glass Market

    The global smart glass market size is expected to reach US$7.5 billion by 2028, says a report by Grand View Research, Inc. It is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8 per c...

  • Luxury, Versatility Top Design Trends

    Luxury and versatility are the key trends in kitchen and bath design for 2021, says a survey of interior designers by Fixr.com, a company that helps homeowners connect with contractors. Homeowners are...

  • DIY Drives U.S. Home Improvement Spend

    While the U.S. economy shrank by 3.5 per cent in 2020, spending on home improvements and repairs grew more than three per cent, to nearly $420 billion, as households modified living spaces for work, s...

  • February U.S. Home Sales Decline

    Sales of previously owned U.S. homes declined in February to a six-month low, reflecting a record annual decline in the number of available properties, says the National Association of Realtors. Contr...

  • Masonite To Create Smart Doors

    Masonite, a manufacturer and distributor of interior and exterior doors, has developed patent-pending technology to integrate power and internet connectivity into residential doors. The company plans...

  • Beacon Launches Online Estimator

    Beacon has partnered with Estimating Edge, a provider of construction measurements of materials and labour, estimating, and project management software. The partnership includes the integration of the...

  • Méndez-Andino Has New Role

    José Méndez-Andino will be executive vice-president and chief research and development officer with Owens Corning, effective April 1. He joined the company in 2012 and most recently serv...

  • Customer, Employee Experience Key Advantage

    A combination of enhanced customer experience (CX) and employee experience (EX) has become a key competitive advantage in creating brand awareness and maintaining customer loyalty, says a Frost &...

  • ML Lumber Joins Castle

    ML Lumber & Building Supplies in Toronto, ON, is the newest Castle Building Centre location. A full-service lumber and building materials hub for local contractors and DIY consumers, it is owned b...

  • BMR Partners With RénoAssistance

    BMR customers in Montreal and on the North and South Shores in Quebec who consult with the BMR Reno Squad to undertake renovation projects will now have access, free of charge, to an even larger pool...

  • Trex Fire Will Have Minimal Business Impact

    Composite decking manufacturer Trex Company, Inc. had an electrical fire at its Winchester, VA, facility recently, but no-one was injured and impact to its overall business will be minimal, says the c...

  • MASTERS Launches PRO Cement Line

    MASTERS, a part of the Oatey family of brands, has launched its PRO Solvent Cement Line. The line offers solutions for several application conditions which include various temperatures, pressures, hum...

  • Connecting Online Top Focus

    Small business owners say their online presence (51 per cent) and selling online (38 per cent) have been essential to their survival through the pandemic. As a result, connecting with customers online...

  • Wood Product Manufacturing Decreased In 2019

    Total revenue of Canadian manufacturers increased by 1.5 per cent or $11 billion to $749.6 billion in 2019, says Statistics Canada. This is the fourth consecutive annual increase, up 13.9 per cent sin...

  • Peavey Industries To Build Red Deer Location

    Peavey Mart and its parent company Peavey Industries LP has acquired land in Red Deer, AB, where it will open a flagship Peavey Mart store. The location will allow for easy entry and access and loadin...

  • Tando Adds Mariner Blue Colour To Product Lines

    Tando, a Derby Building Products brand, has extended its popular colour, Mariner Blue, across TandShake product lines. Previously available only in Cape Cod Perfection, Mariner Blue will now be offere...

  • Collerone Retires

    Joe Collerone, director of marketing at Sexton Group, will retire March 31. He has been instrumental in the development of member programs and “has worked tirelessly in his commitment to making...

  • Retail Sales Slide For Second Month

    Retail sales fell for the second consecutive month, down 1.1 per cent to $52.5 billion in January, says Statistics Canada. Sales declined in six of 11 subsectors, representing 39.4 per cent of retail...

  • Home Hardware Spring Market Unites Stakeholders

    Home Hardware will host its ‘2021 Virtual Spring Market’ from today to March 29. The market is an opportunity for its community to come together and for dealers and store staff to learn ab...

  • AQMAT Celebrates Industry’s Best

    The Quebec Hardware and Building Supply Association (AQMAT) ‘2021 Gala Reconnaissance’ was presented as a film this year because the organization believes that retailers and suppliers copi...

  • JELD-WEN Launches Television Campaign

    JELD-WEN Canada is launching a television commercial to drive awareness for its national line of window and door products. The commercial spot is part of a larger brand awareness campaign and will air...

  • Clorox Wipes Help Transition To Public Spaces

    Despite Canadians' excitement to re-engage and be out in the world in the months ahead, there are still concerns that high-touch public areas aren't being disinfected properly says a survey by...

  • Shopper Behaviour Continues Changing Through Pandemic

    High-value shoppers make up 60 per cent of total website purchases, so it is imperative that retailers analyze and understand their shopping behaviours – especially as behaviours change through...

  • Canada Leads In Small Business Grants

    Canada tops the ‘Innovation Investment Index’ as the country that has the most government spending on new business, says a report by money.co.uk. The index scores 18 of the world’s m...

  • Small Air Cooler Demand Driving Market

    The market for air coolers in North America is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of eight per cent from 2020 to 2026, says a report from Research and Markets. Rising demand for small...

  • Fiberon Launches Wildwood Composite Cladding

    Fiberon has launched Wildwood composite cladding, which provides the beauty and warmth of wood combined with the durability of high-performance, low-maintenance materials. Wildwood composite cladding...

  • Home Sales Activity Remaining Strong

    The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Systems of Canadian real estate boards and associations. Current tre...

  • Shoppers Want A Mix Of Channels

    Digital shopping isn’t replacing brick-and-mortar, however, it is surpassing it. But most shoppers want a mix, says Bazaarvoice, Inc., a provider of product reviews and user-generated content (U...

  • Steady Growth Forecast For Rotary Hammer Drill Market

    The global rotary hammer drill market size is expected to reach US$1.81 billion by 2025 and projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7 per cent during the forecast period, says...

  • Lampron Named COO

    Daniel Lampron is vice-president and chief operating officer at Patrick Morin Renovation Centres. He previously spent just over seven years managing the family business. Founded in 1960, Patrick Morin...

  • Fenestration Canada Announces Show Dates

    Fenestration Canada will be holding its ‘2021 Spring Conference Online’ May 18 to 20. This event will include education sessions, supplier showcases, social networking events, and exhibito...

  • Businesses Still Struggling One Year Later

    Business lockdowns and restrictions first hit Canada a year ago this week. One year in, only 62 per cent of businesses are fully open, 44 per cent are fully staffed, and less than a third are making n...

  • Hiring Mistakes More Costly During Pandemic

    Companies today have more at stake if they make a hiring mistake, says research from global staffing firm Robert Half. More than three in four senior managers surveyed (77 per cent) admit to recruitin...

  • Governments Invest In Green Construction

    The governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing in green infrastructure to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and encourage innovations that help communities be more energy efficient...

  • Trex Launches Plastic Recycling Incentives

    With one billion pounds of recycled post-consumer plastic collected and counting, Trex Company’s NexTrex retail recycling program presents suppliers with an opportunity to be part of one of the...

  • Multi-functional Spaces Lead Home Design Trends

    With homeowners spending more time at home over the last year due to the pandemic, their wants and needs for their homes have changed and they are looking for more flexibility, says a report from the...

  • Yankee Candle Releases 2021 Scent Of The Year

    ‘Discovery’ is the 2021 scent of the year for candles by Yankee Candle. The scent is inspired by humankind’s intrinsic desire to find an authentic connection. This is the company'...

  • Supply Still Impacting Home Sales

    Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS Systems climbed 6.6 per cent between January and February 2021 to set another new all-time record. Seasonally adjusted activity was running at an annualized pace...

  • Wood Products Lead Manufacturing Sales

    Manufacturing sales rose 3.1 per cent to $56.2 billion in January, following a 1.3 per cent gain in December, says Statistics Canada. Sales were up in 16 of 21 industries, driven mainly by the wood pr...

  • Walmart Canada Invests In Store Network

    Walmart Canada is investing over $500 million this year in its store network, with a focus on refurbishing and refreshing stores in communities across the country. This is the largest yearly investmen...

  • Western Forest Completes Non-Core Assets Sale

    Western Forest Products Inc. has completed the sale of certain non-core assets which includes certain properties, and their underlying rights, related to the Orca Quarry located near Port McNeill, BC....

  • RIDGID Celebrates 25 Years In Diagnostic Tools

    RIDGID, part of Emerson’s Professional Tools portfolio, is celebrating a quarter of a century in pipe inspection systems. The company launched its first line of inspection cameras in 1996, allow...

  • Intertape Polymer Group Has Strong Revenue

    Intertape Polymer Group Inc. had revenue of $344.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 18 per cent compared to revenue in the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily due...

  • Industry Veteran Passes Away

    James ‘Keith’ Moffatt, former owner of Moffatt and Powell, a small chain of RONA stores located in and around the London, ON, area, died on March 7. Moffatt had a 50-year career in the ind...

  • Building Materials Lead Wholesale Sales Again

    Sales of wholesale products rose four per cent in January to $69.2 billion, the eighth increase in the past nine months, says Statistics Canada. This jump reflects growth of more than 10 per cent in t...

  • Homeowners Focus On Bathroom Renovations

    Canadian homeowners showed major love to their bathrooms last month with the loo taking the top spot for service requests on HomeStars in February. In fact, when compared year-over-year to February 20...

  • Resolute Sets GHG Emissions Reduction Target

    Resolute Forest Products Inc. has set a target to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent against 2015 levels by 2025. This latest target builds on the company's 83 per cent...

  • Roseburg Offers Certification At Western Plants

    Roseburg has added Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification for select products manufactured at its Oregon and California facilities. Roseburg owns and manages 158,000 acres of SFI certifie...

  • Fourth Quarter Sales Up At PFB Corporation

    PFB Corporation had consolidated sales of $37.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, up $235,000 compared to consolidated sales of $36.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Consolidated net incom...

  • Gender Differences Affect Business Ownership

    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, although women were about half as likely as men to become owners of a private incorporated business, women and men were influenced by similar factors with regard to ent...

  • TORBSA Strengthens Brand With Upgraded Website

    As part of its growth strategy, TORBSA has launched its redesigned website at www.torbsa.com. “We are focused on establishing who TORBSA is within the marketplace and reaffirming our relationshi...

  • Peel Hardware & Supply Joins Castle

    Peel Hardware & Supply is the newest Castle Building Centre member. Located in Caledon, ON, it is a family-owned business boasting a wide selection of building materials, hardware, and home improv...

  • Walmart Invests In ‘Shoppertainment’

    Walmart is increasing investment in ‘shoppertainment’ by bringing more shoppable live stream experiences to its U.S. customers. In December, the retailer partnered with TikTok to bring a s...

  • ROCKWOOL Subsidiary Partners With Design Firm

    Rockfon, part of ROCKWOOL Group, has entered into a design agreement with AKUART, a Danish firm that designs and markets acoustic products to create room acoustics. To strengthen the relationship betw...

  • CanWel Revenue Increases

    CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd. Had revenues of $402 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a 37 per cent increase over revenues of $293.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase is...

  • Demand For Home Improvement Products Remains Strong

    Retail sales totaled $56.8 billion in December, up 4.5 per cent compared with the same month the previous year, says Statistics Canada. This was the sector's seventh consecutive year-over-year inc...

  • China eCommerce To Surpass 50 Per Cent Of Retail Sales

    China will be the first country where the majority of retail sales will transact online, says eMarketer. The market research company forecasts that 52.1 per cent of China’s retail will come from...

  • Pandemic Behind Booming U.S. Home Construction

    A direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, says the National Association of Home Builders’ Home Building Geography Index (HBGI), is single-family construction boomed in U.S. suburbs, exurbs, and...

  • Roofing To Dominate Residential Wood Panel Market

    Roofing accounted for nearly a third of residential wood panel demand in 2019 and is expected to remain the leading application through 2024, says research from the Freedonia Group. An increase in roo...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Releases Updated Catalog

    Simpson Strong-Tie has updated its anchoring, fastening and restoration systems for concrete and masonry catalog. This latest edition features complete lines of the company’s mechanical anchors;...

  • Canadian Spending Still Down

    The majority of Canadians are still spending less nearly a year following Canada declaring a state of emergency due to pandemic, says data from Payments Canada. Canadians also continue to be reluctant...

  • Industry Veteran Passes Away

    Dave Dingwell, TIMBER MART’s regional director of member services in Atlantic Canada, passed away peacefully on March 6. A true industry veteran with over 50 years of experience in building mate...

  • Coboconk Dealer Joins Castle

    Tri-County Building Supplies will open under the Castle Building Centres Group banner. The retail location is in Coboconk, ON, located in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes/Haliburton cottage country. It...

  • Home Hardware Building Centre Opens In Cornwall

    Fines Home Hardware and Building Centre has opened in Cornwall, ON. At 30,000 square feet, the store is well over double the floor space of the previous store, offering a substantial larger selection...

  • Fraser Valley Acquires Another Location

    Fraser Valley Building Supplies has acquired Terrace Builders Centre. The store has been serving the local community since 1981. It will undergo an eight-week interior renovation process and be conver...

  • DEWALT Releases Corded Drywall Sander

    DEWALT has released its Corded Drywall Sander which replaces the legacy PORTER-CABLE Corded Drywall Sander. The DEWALT unit is designed with several upgrades including a wider variable speed range for...

  • Costco Has Strong Sales

    Costco Wholesale Corporation had net sales of $43.89 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of 14.7 per cent compared to net sales of $38.26 billion in the second quarter of 2020....

  • Residential Leads Building Construction Investment

    Total investment in building construction in January reached $16 billion for the first time on record, up 2.8 per cent from the previous month, says Statistics Canada. The continued strength in the re...

  • Home Improvement Remains Hot Spot For U.S. Economy

    While the U.S. economy shrank by 3.5 per cent in 2020, spending on home improvements and repairs grew last year, increasing by more than three per cent, says ‘Improving America's Housing 202...

  • Kapro Tools Launches Cross Laser Level Series

    Kapro Tools’ 842 Prolaser Bambino Cross Laser Level series was designed to be as versatile and reliable as possible for professionals working in confined spaces such as electricians, HVAC techni...

  • Lumber Liquidators Has Increased Sales

    Lumber Liquidators had net sales of 304.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 11.1 per cent compared to net sales in the fourth quarter of 2019. Comparable store sales for the quarte...

  • Lefebvre Named BMR Group CEO

    Alexandre Lefebvre will be chief executive officer of BMR Group and executive vice-president of Sollio Cooperative Group, effective March 15. He is currently president of Lefebvre & Benoît,...

  • Condominiums Lead Home Sale Markets

    Condominiums led February home sale markets in both Montreal and Quebec City, QC, says the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB). In the Montreal census metropolitan area (CM...

  • TORBSA To Host Virtual Vendor Expo

    In lieu of its ‘Annual Vendor Appreciation Event,’ TORBSA Limited will host its inaugural ‘Virtual Vendor Expo,’ May 18 to 21. The event will be hosted online, welcoming dozens...

  • Fraser Valley Has Record Home Sales

    For the sixth consecutive month, the Fraser Valley, BC, real estate market experienced property sales at levels never seen before in the 100-year history of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB)...

  • Headlamp Offers 400 Lumen Lighting

    Klein Tools has expanded its line of headlamps with its rechargeable, 400 lumen, auto-off headlamp. The headlamp uses LED lights and has auto-sensing technology in order to save energy. It has three m...

  • Price Joins MaterialsXchange

    Margaret Price is director of customer success at MaterialsXchange, a B2B eCommerce platform for commodity raw materials. She has more than 20 years of LBM dealer experience, most recently with Ridgef...

  • Taiga Sales Increase Reflects Rising Commodity Prices

    Taiga Building Products Ltd. had net sales of 411.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 38 per cent over net sales of $298.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase was l...

  • Small Business Concerned About EI Changes

    Now is not the time to make permanent changes to the employment insurance (EI) system, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Such changes cannot be done without consulting emplo...

  • Condominium Market Hot In GTA

    Record home sales in the Greater Toronto (ON) Area (GTA) continued in February as buyers remained confident in their employment situations and took advantage of ultra-low borrowing costs, says the Tor...

  • Quebec Home Hardware Dealer Adds Fifth Location

    A Quebec family has added a fifth Home Hardware Building Centre location to its growing network of stores. Hugues Nepveu and Isabelle Patry have acquired Centre de Rénovation St-Augustin in Mir...

  • Giant Tiger Opens First Redesigned Store

    Giant Tiger Stores Limited has opened its first redesigned store. Located in Ottawa, ON, the concept speaks to the company’s commitment to investing in the customer experience. The features focu...

  • Shear Wall Adds Structural Strength

    Simpson Strong-Tie’s Strong-Wall is a high-strength wood shear wall (WSWH), a versatile, high-performance solution for lateral-force resistance in light-frame residential and commercial construc...

  • Acquisition Leads Lawson Products Sales

    Lawson Products, Inc. had net sales of $98.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 10.8 per cent compared to net sales of $88.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase was...

  • Residential Sector Leads Building Permit Increase

    January rang in the new year with a record high total value of building permits issued, rising 8.2 per cent to $9.9 billion and surpassing the previous record of $9.6 billion set in April 2019, says S...

  • Home Sales Strong In Greater Vancouver

    The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) says residential home sales in the region totalled 3,727 in February 2021, a 73.3 per cent increase from the 2,150 sales recorded in February 2020 an...

  • FEN-BC Partners With FGIA

    The Fenestration Association of British Columbia (FEN-BC) and the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) are collaborating to develop mutual synergies that will allow both organizations to...

  • Stay-at-home Orders Drive Sollio Sales

    Sollio Cooperative Group had consolidated sales of $8.152 billion for its 2019-2020 year, up $870 million over the previous fiscal year. Earnings before patronage dividends and income taxes reached $2...

  • COVID Drives Cashless Transactions

    The rapid rise of the coronavirus crisis has intensified the debate over a cashless society amid concerns about banknotes and coins transmitting the virus. In addition to this, the increasing decline...

  • WBE Canada Launches Identifying Logo

    The Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) has launched ‘Canadian Women Brand,’ a logo that identifies that a product or service is made (or offered) by Canadian women-owne...

  • Strong Global Growth Forecast For Retail

    The global retail market is expected to grow from $20,298.69 billion in 2020 to $22,438.07 billion in 2021 at a growth rate of 10.5 per cent, says a report by Research and Markets. The growth is mainl...

  • FCL Holds Virtual Annual Meeting

    For the first time in its history, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) hosted its annual meeting virtually. Nearly 300 delegates representing local co-operative associations from across western Cana...

  • Tibbetts Joins APA

    Mark Tibbetts will be president of the APA – The Engineered Wood Association, effective July 1. He has more than 15 years' experience in association and non-profit program management, enviro...

  • Construction Activity Helps Huttig Sales

    Huttig Building Products, Inc. had net sales of $184.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 2.3 per cent compared to net sales of $180.4 in the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase wa...

  • SMEs Regaining Confidence

    Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are much more confident than they were at the beginning of the pandemic, says a survey by Modus Research. In April 2020, 44 per cent of SMEs thought...

  • Financeit Partners With Lennox

    Financeit, a Canadian point-of-sale (POS) financing provider in the home improvement sector, has been appointed the exclusive POS financing partner for Lennox consumer promotional offers in Canada. Ef...

  • Renovations Activity Creates Door, Window Demand

    The North America doors and windows market is expected to grow at an annual rate of approximately four per cent during the period 2020 to 2026, says a report by ReportLinker. Rising demand for home re...

  • UFP Industries Has Record Quarter

    UFP Industries, Inc. had net sales of $1.39 billion for the fourth quarter of 2020, a 40 per cent increase over net sales of $998 million the fourth quarter of 2019. New product sales for the quarter...

  • All Categories Improve For Leon’s Fourth Quarter

    Leon's Furniture Limited (LFL) had sales of 830.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 10.6 per cent compared to sales of $751.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Revenue for...

  • Building Material Sector Maintains Strong Sales

    Retail sales growth in 2020 was the lowest since 2009, when a decline of 2.9 per cent was recorded during the ‘Great Recession,’ says Ed Strapagiel, a retail consultant. In comparison, Can...

  • New Home Sales Grow

    New home sales in the U.S. grew at a rate of 4.3 per cent, outpacing existing home sales which grew 0.6 per cent in January, the Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Com...

  • Drift Clip Provides Strong Steel Connection

    Simpson Strong-Tie’s HWDC head-of-wall drift clip connector is designed to provide engineers, builders, and framing contractors with a stiffer and stronger cold-formed steel connection while all...

  • Pricing Drives Masonite Sales

    Masonite International Corporation had net sales of $619 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 16 per cent from $531 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase was the result...

  • Increased Demand Ups Canfor Sales

    Canfor Corporation had sales of $1,618 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, up from sales of $1,105.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase is attributed to an increase in demand and r...

  • Houle Named COO Of Sollio

    Pascal Houle is chief operating officer of Sollio Cooperative Group, the parent company of Group BMR. In this position, the CEOs of Sollio Agriculture and Group BMR will report to him. He joined Group...

  • Safety Precautions Are Here To Stay

    Almost all consumers (96 per cent) say they will continue to take personal safety precautions while shopping whether or not they get a vaccine for COVID-19, says a report from Shopkick, a shopping rew...

  • Matériaux Direct Joins TIMBER MART

    Offering a niche selection of building materials to contractors and builders in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec, Matériaux Direct Inc. in La Pocatière is joining TIMBER MART to ga...

  • Pandemic Boosts DIY Gardening Trends

    With people spending substantially more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of households are participating in their own lawn and garden maintenance, boosting sales in the...

  • Lower Demand Affects Armstrong Sales

    Armstrong World Industries, Inc. had net sales of $238.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of 3.3 per cent compared to net sales of $246.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Opera...

  • Residential Products Drive Trex Sales

    Trex Company, Inc. had consolidated net sales of $228 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a 39 per cent increase over sales in the fourth quarter of 2019. Residential product sales increased 40 pe...

  • Forum Will Tackle Cybercrime

    Cybercrime in Canada will be one of the featured topics at the Retail Council of Canada’s (RCC) ‘Retail Loss Prevention Forum.’ Vern Crowley, a detective sergeant with the Ontario Pr...

  • Retail Industry Needs To Enhance Experience

    The retail sector is particularly lagging behind in customer experience (CX) compared with the all industry benchmark, says a report from NTT Ltd., a global technology services provider. However, reta...

  • Business Texting Gains Traction

    One of the permanent changes to come out of COVID-19 is the way consumers and businesses communicate, says research from Zipwhip, a business-texting platform in the U.S. Seventy per cent of businesses...

  • Hisense Adds To Canadian Offering

    Hisense has added a range and dishwasher to go along with its refrigerator that is available to the Canadian market. The Hisense kitchen suite now includes a full line of fridges, including full-depth...

  • Lowe’s Has Strong Fourth Quarter Earnings

    Lowe's Companies, Inc. had net earnings of $978 million for the quarter ended January 29, 2021, compared to net earnings of $509 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Total sales for the fourth q...

  • Strong North American Markets Drive Western Income

    Western Forest Products Inc.’s net income in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $34.4 million, compared to a net loss of $29.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 and net income of $11.5 million...

  • Consumer Confidence Increases

    The easing of lockdown restrictions in Canada is propelling a surge in consumer confidence levels. The Bloomberg Nanos ‘Canadian Confidence Index’ jumped last week to the highest since Oct...

  • U.S. Existing Home Sales Rise

    Existing home sales rose in the U.S. in January, marking two consecutive months of growth, says the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Total existing home sales, completed transactions that inclu...

  • Honeywell Partners With IDEMIA

    Honeywell, a provider of connected building solutions, and IDEMIA, an augmented identity (AI) company, have formed a strategic alliance to create and cultivate an intelligent building ecosystem that p...

  • DEWALT Launches 20V MAX Line Laser

    DEWALT’s 20V MAX* 3x360° Green Line Laser is compatible with the DEWALT 12V MAX and 20V MAX battery platforms offering versatility across both battery systems. Compatibility with the DEWALT...

  • Home Depot Has Fourth Quarter Growth

    Home Depot’s sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 were $32.3 billion, an increase of $6.5 billion, or 25.1 per cent from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Comparable sales for the fourth...

  • Deere & Company Revenues Up 19 Per Cent

    Deere & Company had net income of $1.224 billion for the first quarter ended January 31. Worldwide net sales and revenues increased 19 per cent in the first quarter to $9.112 billion. Equipment op...

  • Pricing Behind 2019 Sales Growth

    In 2019, retail customers spent $670.6 billion at Canadian store and non-store retailers, leading to a modest growth of 2.5 per cent in operating revenue for the retail trade industry over 2018, says...

  • Orgill Spring Buying Show Sets Records

    Orgill Inc. has successfully concluded its ‘Spring Online Buying Event,’ where it saw strong participation and set sales records while rolling out a series of enhancements that made the tw...

  • U.S. Remodeling Fully Recovered From COVID-19

    Spending on residential improvements in the U.S. will continue to grow at a healthy pace over the next two years,  says the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) Remodelers. The remodeling...

  • Jebco Represents Liteline In Saskatchewan

    Jebco Agencies Inc. now represents Liteline in Saskatchewan. Jebco has offices in both Saskatoon and Regina and brings a great depth of knowledge to the industry. Jebco's team will be working with...

  • EISENWARENMESSE Reschedules After Two-year Break

    After the 2020 and 2021 shows were cancelled due to COVID-19,  EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne has scheduled its 2022 show for March 6 to 9 in Cologne, Germany. The 20...

  • Darveau Signs Two Seven-year Contracts

    Richard Darveau will continue to lead Association québécoise de la quincaillerie et des Matériaux de Construction (AQMAT) and take on the role of president and CEO of Bien fait ic...

  • LP Sales Soar

    Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) had net sales of $860 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 60 per cent versus net sales of $537 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Net income f...

  • Newell Brands Has Steady Sales

    Newell Brands had net sales of $3.7 billion for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 2.5 per cent compared to net sales in the fourth quarter of 2019. Operating margin for the quarter was 9.2 pe...

  • Retail Sales Post Large Decline

    Retail sales posted their largest decline since the low of April driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, decreasing 3.4 per cent to $53.4 billion in December, says Statistics Canada. Sales were down in nine...

  • Pandemic Shifts Consumer Expectations

    COVID-19 accelerated online shopping trends, which has resulted in consumers now having higher expectations from retailers today than they did less than a year ago, says a survey by SOTI, a provider o...

  • RCC Offers Trade Program

    The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and BarterPay Canada Inc. have partnered to bring the RetailBarterPay trading platform to retailers across Canada. Through the platform, retailers can now have acces...

  • KBIS Experiences Technical Difficulties

    The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will make changes to the KBIS virtual experience. There were technological issues that could not be r...

  • DaVinci Roofscapes Expands Bellaforté Line

    DaVinci Roofscapes has expanded its Bellaforté shake line with three colours from the company’s Nature Crafted Collection – black oak, aged cedar, and mossy cedar. Available previou...

  • Ace Hardware Has Record Fourth Quarter

    Ace Hardware Corporation had record fourth quarter 2020 revenues of $2.1 billion, an increase of $577.6 million, or 39.2 per cent, from the fourth quarter of 2019. Net income was $43.1 million for the...

  • H.B. Fuller Revenue Up 5.2 Per Cent

    H.B. Fuller Company had net revenue of $778 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 5.2 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase included double-digit growth in w...

  • Pandemic Impacts On Retail Likely Long Term

    COVID-19 and the urban exodus have had significant impacts on consumer spending and retail sales and these trends, although they may slow down some, will likely continue once the pandemic is behind us...

  • U.S. Housing Starts Slow

    U.S. home-construction starts fell in January for the first time in five months, signaling that rising residential real estate prices may be constraining buyer demand. A U.S. Census Bureau and Departm...

  • COVID Drives Lawn Mower Sales

    Among major power lawn and garden equipment types, lawn mowers saw the sharpest increase in sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, says a Freedonia Group analysis. Driven by surging DIY (do it yourself)...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Releases 2021 Concrete Catalogue

    Simpson Strong-Tie has released its ‘2021 Anchoring, Fastening, Restoration, and Strengthening Systems for Concrete and Masonry’ product catalogue, a reference guide designed to help custo...

  • Conference Covers Retail Advertising And Marketing

    The use of agencies, the power of storytelling, the future of brick and mortar, entrepreneurship after COVID-19, how digital advertising has changed, and retail innovation are just some of the topics...

  • H.B. Fuller Makes Changes

    Paul McHale is business director, North America glass, with H.B. Fuller, an adhesives manufacturing company. He has been with the company since 2012. Charley Paul is geographical sales manager for nor...

  • Retail Segment Leads CTC Growth

    Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited’s growth of 12.8 per cent in the fourth quarter was driven by double digit growth in almost 70 per cent of product categories and owned brands growth of 18 per...

  • Walmart Has Strong Canadian Sales

    Walmart’s fourth-quarter total revenue was a record $152.1 billion, an increase of $10.4 billion, or 7.3 per cent over last year. Its international net sales were $34.9 billion, an increase of 5...

  • Turcotte, Home Hardware Acquire Patrick Morin

    Groupe Turcotte and Home Hardware Stores Limited have acquired Quebec-based home improvement retailer Patrick Morin Inc. The deal will see Groupe Turcotte and Home Hardware Stores Limited purchase 21...

  • TIMBER MART Show Has Record Attendance

    With over 1,600 dealer and vendor participants in attendance, TIMBER MART’s Virtual Buying Show, which took place from February 8 to 11, had record attendance this year. The show hosted hundreds...

  • U.S. Home Improvement Spend To Rise

    Expenditures for improvements to the owner-occupied housing stock in the U.S. are expected to increase in nearly all of the largest metropolitan areas this year, says projections from the Remodeling F...

  • Paint Brush Has Extended Filaments

    The Stinger Brush is an advanced dual-tip all-in one performance tool that makes paint jobs like cutting-in, edging, and detailed painting easier, faster, and efficient. No tape is needed for cut-in j...

  • Wegener Has New Role

    Celeste Wegener is vice-president of product and brand management with ODL, Inc., a building products supplier of decorative and clear door glass and entry treatments. Her 20 years of experience inclu...

  • West Fraser Sales Flat

    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. had sales of $1.689 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020, basically unchanged from sales in the fourth quarter of 2019. Earnings for the quarter were $366 million or 22 pe...

  • Gardening Trend Will Continue

    With people spending substantially more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of households are participating in their own lawn and garden maintenance, boosting sales in the...

  • WSB Titan Completes DL Acquisition

    WSB Titan, a subsidiary of GMS Inc. and specialty distributor of interior building products, has completed its acquisition of D.L. Building Materials, Inc. (DL). Founded in 1988, DL is a supplier of w...

  • Schlage Refreshes Brand Identity

    Schlage, a Canadian provider of home security and access solutions, has revealed a refreshed brand promise and renewed identity, to be leveraged in residential markets. Building on the brand’s c...

  • theOUTlet Has Double Capacity

    theOUTlet is an electrical outlet that offers double the capacity with four receptacles instead of two. It is available as a basic model with four receptacles or theOUTlet USB model which also feature...

  • Boshart Group Makes Executive Changes

    Jeremy Kuepfer is CEO of the Boshart Group. Most recently he served as the senior vice-president of IT and operations at Boshart Industries. The experience he has gained over the past 21 years in his...

  • ADS Has Strong Third Quarter

    Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS) had net sales of $486.1 million for the third quarter of its fiscal 2021 year, an increase of 23.6 per cent compared to net sales of $393.4 million in the third q...

  • Strong Roofing Growth Impacts Beacon Sales

    Beacon had net sales of $1,825.3 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 11.4 per cent compared to net sales of $1,675.1 million for the first quarter of 2020. The increase reflects stro...

  • Building Materials Lead Wholesale Sales

    Wholesale sales fell 1.3 per cent in December to $66.5 billion, the first decline after seven consecutive increases, says Statistics Canada. The decrease was attributable to sharply lower sales of mot...

  • Housing Starts Rise

    The trend in housing starts was 244,963 units in January 2021, up from 238,747 units in December 2020, says the CMHC's monthly ‘Starts and Completions Survey (SCS).’ Both sin...

  • Daro Vinyl Joins Castle

    Daro Vinyl Products in Val Caron, ON, is the newest independent dealer to open its doors as a Castle member. Daro Vinyl Products has catered to residential and commercial customers for close to 25 yea...

  • Peavey Mart Boosts eCommerce Platform

    Peavey Mart, a division of Peavey Industries LP, has selected the Kibo Unified Commerce Platform to power its recently modernized eCommerce site with help from consulting partner theturnlab. This plat...

  • Three Quebec Manufacturers Get Government Grants

    Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) is providing $752,900 in grants to three Quebec manufacturing businesses. It says the manufacturing industry will play a major role in the economic...

  • Watsco Has Record Quarter

    Watsco, Inc., a distribution network for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) products, had sales of $1.15 billion for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of eight per cent compar...

  • Home Preferences Vary Between Genders

    There's no denying that COVID-19 changed everything over the last year including the home features most in demand, says a survey by Zolo. At first, men and women appeared to be on the same page wi...

  • Home Projects Boost Sales

    Retail sales reached $55.4 billion in November, an increase of 4.2 per cent compared with the same month a year prior, says Statistics Canada. This was the sixth consecutive year-over-year i...

  • NHS Postpones Show To October

    The National Hardware Show (NHS) has postponed its 75th anniversary event to October 21 through 23. The show will remain in the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, but will move to the newly...

  • Werner Adds To Multi-Purpose Ladder Line

    Werner, a manufacturer of climbing products and fall protection equipment, is extending its versatile line of LEANSAFE X3 ladders with an aluminum model. Perfect for professionals including residentia...

  • Energizer Has Strong First Quarter Sales

    For the first quarter, demand across batteries, auto, and lights was elevated, resulting in strong sales growth for Energizer Holdings, Inc. Net sales were $848.6 million compared to $736.8 million in...

  • Several Trends Driving Home Improvement Industry

    There are several trends that Boyden Moore, Orgill's president and CEO, believe will help drive business going forward. Speaking at the opening of its spring virtual buying event, ‘Orgill 20...

  • Beacon Completes Interior Products Divestiture

    Beacon has successfully completed the previously announced sale of its interior products and insulation businesses to Foundation Building Materials (FBM), majority-owned by affiliates of American secu...

  • Honey Named KitchenAid 2021 Colour

    KitchenAid has named ‘honey’ as its colour of the year for 2021. A warm and rich hue with a golden-orange undertone, the new colour radiates positivity and warmth to satisfy humans’...

  • Masco Fourth Quarter Sales Up 13 Per Cent

    Masco Corporation’s net sales increased 13 per cent to $1,860 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. In local currency, North American sales increased 13 per cent and international sales increas...

  • Pandemic Drives Home Design Trends

    The need for adaptive spaces, home sanctuary, intuitive design, and a concern for the environment are the four key themes that will influence home design in 2021, says Masonite International Corporati...

  • New Look Interiors Carries Sansin Products

    Prince George, BC-based New Look Interiors now carries interior and exterior low-VOC wood finishes by the Sansin Corporation. Established 30 years ago, New Look Interiors is an independent paint and k...

  • DEWALT Expands Outdoor Power Tool Line

    DEWALT has expanded its lineup of outdoor power tools in anticipation for spring. The lineup now includes the 60V MAX DEWALT Universal Attachment Capable String Trimmer and Edger Kits, 20V MAX 550PSI...

  • Strong Recovery Forecast For Coatings Market

    The global coatings market declined by 2.6 per cent in value terms in 2020 compared to 2019, says Orr & Boss, a market research company. Decorative coatings were estimated to have grown nearly two...

  • Spectrum Brands Has Strong First Quarter

    Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. had net sales of $1,145 million in the first quarter of its 2021 year, an increase of 3.4 per cent compared to net sales of $871.5 million in the first quarter of 2020....