• Castle Partners With Rendoodle

    Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. is partnering with Rendoodle, a virtual marketplace that connects retailers and industry experts with consumers to help them plan and execute their home improvement...

  • Building Material Sales Lead Wholesale Sales

    Wholesale sales grew for a fourth consecutive month in August, though at a much slower pace compared with the previous three months, says Statistics Canada. Sales edged up 0.3 per cent to $65.7 billio...

  • Formica Canada Adds To Metal Laminate Collection

    Aligning with warmer metals trending in commercial design, Formica Canada has added to its DecoMetal Metal Laminate collection. With warm tones of brass, copper, light gold, and black, the 13 addition...

  • IRWIN Names Tradesperson Of The Year

    Alberta’s Ashley Pederson, an 18-year veteran of the auto body trade, has been selected as IRWIN’s 2020 National Tradesperson of the Year. She has been in the auto body trade for 18 years...

  • UFP Has Strong Third Quarter Sales

    UFP Industries’ third-quarter sales jumped 28 per cent to a company record $1.49 billion as compared to third quarter 2019 sales of $1.16 billion. It attributes the increase to a 20 per cent inc...

  • Underground Economy Shows Slight Decrease

    The estimated gross domestic product (GDP) at market prices for underground economic activity in Canada reached $61.2 billion, or 2.7 per cent of total GDP, in 2018, says Statistics Canada. It decreas...

  • Smart Buildings To Drive LED Market

    An increasing demand for energy-efficient lighting, a rising number of smart city projects, and overall infrastructure development are driving the global LED lighting market, says a report by Frost &a...

  • LP WeatherLogic Now APA Rated

    LP Building Solutions’ (LP) WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier is now an APA Structural I Rated wall and roof sheathing. The barrier withstands temperature cycling and delivers consistent, lon...

  • Canfor Sales Up Despite Pandemic Impact

    Canfor Pulp Products Inc. had sales of $226.4 million in the third quarter of 2020, an increase over sales of $216.9 million in the third quarter of 2019. The company had an operating loss of $27.6 mi...

  • Pent-up Demand Affecting Retail Performance

    Retailers’ store-closing and going-out-of-business sales are performing better than expected – especially in categories such as housewares and home improvement, says Michael McGrail, COO o...

  • Small Business Fears Closure From Second COVID Wave

    Nearly a third (31 per cent) of small- and medium-sized business owners or decision makers in Canada worry they won't have the capital to make it through a second wave of COVID-19 if the economy c...

  • Cyber Security Incidents Mostly Unchanged From 2017

    Despite several high profile cyber security incidents disclosed publicly by Canadian businesses in 2019, 21 per cent of the overall Canadian business population reported being impacted by cyber securi...

  • U.S. Building Confidence Strengthens

    In a further show of strength for the housing sector, builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes increased two points to 85 in October, further surpassing the previous all-ti...

  • Towel Warmer Offers Streamlined Design

    The Sterlingham Company has launched a brass towel warmer – the Hampton – to the North American market. The warmer features a contemporary design inspired by the brand’s popular Arle...

  • PPG Net Income Jumps

    Paint and coatings manufacturer PPG had third-quarter sales fall four per cent to nearly $3.7 billion from sales of $3.8 billion in the third quarter 2019. It reported a net income from continuing ope...

  • Trojanowski Has New Role

    Amy Peacock Trojanowski is senior vice-president, chief financial officer with Armstrong Flooring, Inc. Previously, she served as vice-president, business finance and global services, at Chemours Comp...

  • Small Rise Seen In August Retail Sales

    Retail sales rose 0.4 per cent to $53.2 billion in August – the fourth consecutive monthly increase since the record decline in April, says Statistics Canada. Core retail sales – which exc...

  • Castle Virtual Buying Platform A Success

    Castle Building Centres’ ‘4C Virtual Buying Platform’ saw record breaking purchase volume, member engagement, and vendor participation at the inaugural event in June. The Castle Comm...

  • Big Box Retailers Join Forces To Fight Crime

    The fight against counterfeit and stolen goods has brought together Home Depot and Lowe’s under the flag of the Buy Safe America Coalition. They, along with the National Association of Wholesale...

  • HD Supply Canada Partners With Yardi

    HD Supply Canada, Inc., a supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies for multifamily residential, hospitality, educational, and healthcare/retirement living property owners and mana...

  • Broan-NuTone Launches Designer Chimney Hoods

    Broan-NuTone has launched its Designer Collection series of chimney hoods. The three models of hoods, available in stainless steel and black stainless steel, feature refined lines that combine to form...

  • Sales Decrease At ASSA ABLOY

    ASSA ABLOY had net sales of SEK22.2 million for the third quarter of 2020, an decrease of eight per cent compared to net sales of SEK24 million in the third quarter of 2019. Entrance systems was the s...

  • September Single-Family Starts Continue Growth

    Single-family starts showed continued growth in September as overall housing production increased 1.9 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million units, says a report from the U.S. D...

  • Rationalization Of Retail Accelerates

    The COVID-19 pandemic has likely accelerated a long-expected rationalization of retail capacity in the U.S., says Barclays Capital’s ‘Future of Real Estate ‒ The Long-Awaited Reckoning for...

  • Building Codes Should Reflect Climate Commitments

    Building codes can reduce energy waste and emissions over the next decade – if we play our cards right, says the federal-provincial Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth Climate Change (PCF). I...

  • Lafarge Canada Partners For Circular Economy Project

    Rio Tinto, Geocycle Canada, and construction materials company Lafarge Canada are working together to reuse waste from the aluminum smelting process to make cement. In this circular economy initiative...

  • Tafisa Canada Launches Luxury Lacquered Panels

    Tafisa Canada, a particleboard and TFL decorative panel manufacturer, has launched a North American-made collection of luxury lacquered panels. LUMMIA will provide architects, designers, and renovatio...

  • Elkay Promotes Leaders

    Tony Lutz is senior vice-president for Elkay's multi-national Elkay Interior Systems (EIS) division. He has been the leader of interior systems since 1987. Mia Nicolaisen is vice-president, EIS No...

  • Maintenance Products Drive WD-40 Sales

    WD-40 Company had total net sales of $111.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, an increase of five per cent compared to total net sales of $106.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Net...

  • TIMBER MART Gets Quebec Member

    Independent dealer, J.P & F. Larochelle Inc. (Quincaillerie J.P. & F. Larochelle) located in Dunham, QC has joined TIMBER MART. “Since the business opened in 1975, we’ve expanded o...

  • Older Adults Offer Maximized Spending

    Business and governments are ‘missing a trick’ by failing to engage older spenders, says the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC). In an international report launched this week ahead of...

  • U.S. Retail Sales Growth Speeds Up

    A strong rebound in apparel led a continuing V-shaped recovery from the pandemic as retail sales in the U.S. accelerated their rate of growth in September and marked the fourth straight month of year-...

  • Training Prepares Staff For COVID Conflict

    As anxiety continues to rise among the general public amid the relentless COVID-19 pandemic, preparing retail staff early will help ease tensions in-store and provide better customer service going int...

  • Sonoma Forge Expands Bathroom Accessories Collection

    Sonoma Forge has introduced a new series of cabinet hardware pulls that carries over the industrial-style aesthetic of the company’s extensive line of accessories. Along with the rest of the com...

  • LaForge To Lead Wolseley Canada

    Sébastien Laforge will be president of Wolseley Canada, effective November 1. Currently, he is vice-president, eastern Canada. He joined the company in 1996.

  • Online Event Focuses On Loss Prevention

    Loss prevention, fraud, and cyber-crime are some of the topics that will be covered at Retail Council of Canada’s (RCC) ‘Retail Loss Prevention Forum.’ This year, the half-day event...

  • Manufacturing Sales Decline

    Manufacturing sales fell two per cent to $52.4 billion in August, following three consecutive months of strong increases, says Statistics Canada. The largest declines were in the transportation equipm...

  • Shift To Nesting Likely Permanent

    Pre-pandemic was an era of ‘Hyper Visibility’ – where presenteeism, non-stop scrolling, and a focus on the 'experience economy' dominated attention. Now, says ‘The Age...

  • Self-healing Concrete Market To See Strong Growth

    The global self-healing concrete (a concrete with the capacity to repair its own cracks and imperfections) market size is expected to reach US$305.38 billion by 2027, says a report by Grand View Resea...

  • FortisBC Doubles Rebates Program

    With winter around the corner and many people planning renovations as they stay home due to the COVID pandemic, FortisBC is doubling its ‘Home Renovation Rebates Program,’ as much as $2,40...

  • Formica Canada Launches Curated Surface Collection

    Formica Canada has launched Everform Solid Surface by Formica Group, a curated collection of acrylic solid surfacing designs to meet new demands from architects and designers. Previously known as Form...

  • Findlay Takes On Canadian Strategy

    Adam Findlay is digital sales manager at Zurn Canada will lead its DiRXN strategy and product offering launch into the Canadian marketplace. Previously, he was with Spectrum Brands under the Weiser Lo...

  • Home Sales Hit Another Record

    Home sales edged up a further 0.9 per cent between August and September, raising them to yet another new all-time monthly record, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). The small change fro...

  • U.S. Home Improvement Spending To Soften

    Moderate gains in U.S. homeowner spending for improvements and repairs are expected through much of next year as initial concerns of a possible pandemic-induced downturn have largely dissipated, says...

  • Government To Offer More Support To Businesses

    The government of Canada will introduce targeted supports to help hard-hit businesses and other organizations experiencing a drop in revenue. It plans to introduce legislation to provide support that...

  • Pandemic Decreases Planned Holiday Spending

    Canadians will spend an average of $1,104 for the 2020 holiday season, a net decrease from $1,593 (or 30.7 per cent) in 2019, says the ‘PwC Canada's Holiday Outlook’ report. A whopping...

  • SVPGlobal Completes OmniMax Acquisition

    Strategic Value Partners, LLC (SVP Global) and its affiliates, a global investment firm with approximately $10 billion of assets under management, has completed its acquisition of OmniMax. OmniMax is...

  • Royal Building Products Launches Winter Palette

    The colour experts at Royal Building Products have created a ‘2020-2021 Winter Colour Palette’ using some of the manufacturer’s most popular siding colours. Designed to create a sens...

  • Lowe’s Canada Network Donates To Non-Profits

    Lowe’s Canada will donate over $2.1 million to more than 235 non-profit organizations and public schools across Canada whose actions make them true heroes in their communities. This year, for th...

  • Building Construction Investment Rises Again

    Total investment in building construction rose for the fourth consecutive month in August, increasing five per cent to $16 billion, says Statistics Canada. Residential sector investment increased 8.2...

  • Walmart Canada To Hire 10,000 Associates

    Walmart Canada is seeking to immediately hire 10,000 new associates. The hiring news follows a major $3.5 billion investment into all aspects of the business to generate growth and make the online and...

  • Breathable Films Market To Experience Strong Growth

    The global breathable films market is expected to grow from US$2.22 billion in 2019 to $4.14 billion by 2027, at a compound annual growth rate of 8.1 per cent during the forecast period, says a report...

  • Breville Releases Sleek Shades

    Breville, a global kitchen appliance brand, has added Damson Blue to its Luxe Colour Collection. The Breville Luxe Colour Collection is a range of sleek and modern shades available in its 20 top-perfo...

  • Lower Product Margins Affect Fastenal Sales

    Fastenal Company’s net sales for the quarter ended September 30, increased $34.2, or 2.5 per cent, compared to the third quarter of 2019. This increase was driven primarily by higher unit sales...

  • July Retail Sales Up 4.8 Per Cent

    Retail sales reached $57.2 billion dollars in July, up 4.8 per cent compared with the same month a year prior, says Statistics Canada. This marked the second consecutive increase in year-over-year sal...

  • IKEA Canada To Highlight Sustainability

    This Black Friday, IKEA Canada will put sustainability at the core of its offer, highlighting products, services, and solutions that are better for both people and the planet. In lieu of door crasher...

  • Businesses Taking Action

    Most small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) are looking ahead and taking action to prepare for the future despite COVID-19, says a BDC study. 'The Response: How Entrepreneurs Are Adapting to the P...

  • Sezzle Adds 1000th Canadian Retailer

    Payments solution provider Sezzle has added its one thousandth Canadian retailer, representing a market-leading rate of growth in the Canadian market, having begun operations in the country a little m...

  • Centerbridge Partners To Acquire American Bath Group

    Centerbridge Partners, L.P., a private investment firm, will acquire American Bath Group, LLC (ABG) from affiliates of Lone Star Funds. The ABG management team will continue to own a significant posit...

  • Cosentino Launches Industrial Surfaces

    Cosentino has launched the Silestone Loft Collection, a series of five colours inspired by industrial design. The inspiration behind the surface collection dates back to the mid-20...

  • Consumers Facing Appliance Shortages

    Retailers are facing a shortage of appliances due to a combination of home renovations, new construction, discounts for energy-efficient appliances, and pent-up demand which created record sales in th...

  • BMR Virtual Trade Show A Success

    BMR Group says its first ever virtual trade show was a huge success. The show, which took place from October 5 to 8, was held under the theme ‘Strong. Here. Now.’ The event featured 12 web...

  • mdf Launches Upgraded eCommerce Platform

    mdf commerce inc., a SaaS digital commerce technology company, has upgraded its unified commerce solution k-eCommerce. The platform provides ERP-connected all-in-one eCommerce and digital payment solu...

  • Walmart Canada To Hire 10,000 Associates

    Walmart Canada is seeking to immediately hire 10,000 new associates. The hiring news follows a major $3.5 billion investment into all aspects of the business to generate growth and make the online and...

  • Businesses Looking At Reducing Fleet Costs

    Companies with transportation fleets are realizing a significant opportunity for increased savings in their total cost of ownership (TCO) by moving their vehicles toward a shorter lifecycle, says Al B...

  • Housing Starts See Slight Increase

    The trend in housing starts was 214,647 units in September 2020, up from 212,609 units in August 2020, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Bob Dugan, CMHC's chief economist, s...

  • TIMBER MART 2021 Buying Show Goes Virtual

    Typically hosting over 1,100 TIMBER MART member and vendor attendees under one roof, TIMBER MART’s buying show is expecting to host even more attendees as it goes virtual next year. Renamed the...

  • Bandsaw Added To ATOMIC Tool Line

    DEWALT’s ATOMIC Compact Series 20V MAX Brushless Cordless 1¾-inch Bandsaw is made for fast one-handed cutting. The bandsaw is the latest to join the more than 200 products in the 20V MAX...

  • Guterres Takes On Canada

    Steve Guterres is director of sales in Canada with Blanco. Previously, he was senior national sales manager. He has been with the company for nine years.

  • Strong Renovation Demand Drives Richelieu Sales

    Richelieu had consolidated sales of $311.2 million for the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 15.6 per cent over consolidated sales of $269.2 million for the corresponding quarter of 2019. Sales in...

  • Formica Canada Launches Woodgrain Palette

    Formica Canada has launched an updated line of laminate woodgrains giving designers a complete, on-trend, and usable woodgrain palette for modern commercial spaces. Based on research, it includes 16 n...

  • Small Business Owners Cautiously Optimistic

    Canadian small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic remain cautiously optimistic about their future, says Scotiabank's 'New Path to Impact Report.' Two-thirds of businesses re...

  • BMR Gets Quebec Member

    The Port-Daniel Renovation Centre has joined BMR Group. Richard Briand, owner, decided to join the banner because he was looking for a partner that was attentive to his needs as a regional retailer, w...

  • Big Increase In Victoria Home Sales

    In Greater Victoria, BC, 989 properties changed hands, a 60 per cent increase over September last year, says the Victoria Real Estate Board. This means the sales figures in August and September are be...

  • Lowe’s Canada Recognizes Front-line Workers

    Lowe's Canada will recognize front-line hourly associates for their continued service to and support of Canadian communities with a discretionary bonus. It will be paid to all eligible full-time,...

  • More Homeowners Building Home Office Spaces

    Home offices, exercise and yoga spaces, flex rooms, and indoor quality products head the list of requests by U.S. homeowners. The American Institute of Architect’s third quarter 2020 ‘Home...

  • BURNCO Sells Off Landscape Business

    BURNCO Rock Products Ltd. has completed the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary, BURNCO Landscape Centres Inc., to SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. a wholesale distributor of landscape supplies in North...

  • More Record Home Sales In GTA

    Housing sales in the Greater Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) set a new record for the month of September, says the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TREB). There were 11,083 sales in the month, which is up...

  • Home Depot Expands Pro Loyalty Program

    The Home Depot has its expanded Pro Xtra loyalty program with new benefits to recognize and reward its Pro customers. Pro Xtra members can now earn rewards just for shopping at the Home Depot with the...

  • Amazon To Build Winnipeg Delivery Centre

    Amazon will build and operate a delivery centre in Winnipeg, MB. The 113,000-square-foot warehouse, just northeast of Winnipeg’s airport, will be used to receive and sort parcels from other dist...

  • Otonomy Launches Small Business Listing Service

    Otonomy Solutions Ltd. has launched Otonomy.ca, a platform to help Canadian small business owners find qualified buyers for their businesses. The platform includes in-platform messaging, a knowledge b...

  • Duplex Nailer Can Drive 1,200 Nails Per Charge

    Metabo HPT’s battery-only cordless Duplex Nailer is the manufacturer’s newest addition to the MultiVolt system. The nailer features Metabo HPT’s Air Spring Drive System and 36V Multi...

  • LP Launches Online Resource Hub For Professionals

    LP Building Solutions (LP) has launched an online resource portal for professionals. LP SkillBuilder is a free, comprehensive digital hub featuring LP SmartSide Trim & Siding courses and training,...

  • WRLA Approves Of Saskatchewan Tax Commitment

    The Western Retail Lumber Association Inc. (WRLA) commends the Saskatchewan Party’s election commitment regarding a home renovation tax credit. “From the beginning of the pandemic, the WRL...

  • Sexton Group Gets Three Members

    Urban Windows & Doors in Sudbury, ON, Midwest Island Woodworking Inc. in Nanaimo, BC, and 16 Lumber in Russell, MB, have all joined Sexton Group Ltd. Urban Windows & Doors opened its doors in...

  • U.S. Pending Sales Continue Climb

    Pending home sales in the U.S. August increased for the fourth straight month, says the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The ‘Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)’ increased 8.8 per cent...

  • UFP Acquires Chemical Company

    UFP Industries’ Retail Solutions business segment has acquired the equity of Fire Retardant Chemical Technologies, LLC (FRCT). Founded in 2014 and based in North Carolina, FRCT’s business...

  • DeckExpo Goes Virtual

    DeckExpo, which was previously held with the Remodeling Show, has joined forces with the International Pool/Spa Expo and will hold a virtual event this year. DeckExpo specializes in materials and serv...

  • Venmar Launches Smart Air Exchanger

    Venmar Ventilation ULC is launching the VIRTUO smart air exchanger. The new air exchanger is a product of Canadian engineering and is 100 per cent Canadian-made. It is manufactured at its plant in Dru...

  • Small Business Shifts To Digital

    Small business owners shifted their communication with customers from in-person to digital channels as a result of COVID-19 and the trend toward digital is projected to continue, says a report by the...

  • Built Green Canada Launches Communities Program Pilot

    As COVID-19 continues, Built Green Canada has launched its communities program pilot, expanding opportunities for developers focused on creating better, healthier homes and communities. The organizati...

  • U.S. Consumer Confidence Spikes

    After two straight months of pandemic-induced declines, consumer confidence in the U.S. shot up beyond 100 for September. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index shows a reading of 101.8 (1985=...

  • Home Depot Makes Executive Changes

    Edward ‘Ted’ P. Decker is president and chief operating officer at Home Depot. A 20-year veteran of the company, he has served as executive vice-president of merchandising since 2014. Ann-...

  • Same Store Sales Increase For BB&B

    Bed Bath & Beyond had its first same-store sales increase in nearly four years. Its online business surged more than 80 per cent during the quarter as shoppers stocked up on disposable face masks,...

  • SICO 2021 Colour Reflects Nature

    The SICO paint brand by PPG suggests taking a cue from nature with its ‘2021 Colour of the Year:’ Blue-winged Warbler. At a time when consumers have involuntarily slowed down their lifesty...

  • WRLA Cancels In-person Part Of Showcase

    For the first time in its history, the Western Retail Lumber Association’s (WRLA) ‘Building & Hardware Showcase’ in-person event has been cancelled. The COVID-19 pandemic is bein...

  • Lowe’s Canada Seeking To Fill 625 Positions

    Lowe’s Canada is recruiting to fill more than 625 full-time and part-time regular positions in its RONA and Reno-Depot corporate stores in Quebec. About 30 positions are also available at the Bo...

  • August Building Permits Rise

    The total value of building permits rose 1.7 per cent to $8.1 billion in August, driven by an increase in the residential sector in Ontario and Quebec, says Statistics Canada. The total value of build...

  • Cameron Ashley Opens Reno Distribution Centre

    Cameron Ashley Building Products has opened a distribution centre in Reno, NV. The combination warehouse and office space, neighbouring the existing J&R Products headquarters, will serve customers...

  • Wood Named CEO

    Paul Wood is president and chief executive officer of Giant Tiger. He was previously president and chief operating officer and had been with the company for 17 years.

  • Pandemic Home Improvement Trend Will Continue

    The popularity of do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement projects in the U.S. during the pandemic is a trend that will continue with more than 40 per cent of consumers indicating having post-pandemic D...

  • Ontario Takes Steps To Harmonize Building Codes

    The government of Ontario has taken a step towards harmonizing its building codes with national building codes by signing the ‘Reconciliation Agreement on Construction Codes’ under the Can...

  • Walmart Canada Triples Electric Truck Order

    Walmart Canada is more than tripling its reservations of 18-wheeler Tesla Semi trucks as it drives towards its commitment to alternative power. Its 500 miles range allows a driver to go to their desti...

  • EGGER Opens First U.S. Manufacturing Plant

    EGGER, an Austrian wood-based solutions supplier, has completed its first raw particleboard production, marking the start of operations at its manufacturing facility in Lexington, NC. Employees watche...

  • Legall Leads Architectural Segment

    Alex Legall is senior vice-president and business leader for the architectural segment at Masonite International Corporation. He has over 25 years of global experience in sales, marketing, and general...

  • Ontario Employers Must Screen Employees

    The Ontario government now mandates that Ontario employers apply a COVID-19 screening test to employees and essential visitors before they enter the workplace, says Hicks Morley in an ‘FTR Now b...

  • Castle Gets Quebec Member

    Matériaux M.B. Inc. is the newest independent in Quebec to join the Castle group. Located in the Abitibi regional town of Preissac, QC, the store will soon open its doors as Castle Centre de Re...

  • KNIPEX Tools Launches Improved Pliers Wrench

    KNIPEX Tools has introduced an improved 12-inch version of its popular Pliers Wrench. The wrench is available in a chrome plated finish and a black finish. It features an increased jaw capacity from 2...

  • Jeld-Wen, Masonite Settle Lawsuits

    Jeld-Wen and Masonite will each pay $38 million to settle class-action lawsuits that were filed in 2018. Filed by Grubb Lumber Company and Philadelphia Reserve Supply Company along with a class of dir...

  • Low Mortgage Rates Drive U.S. Home Sales

    New home sales in the U.S. climbed again in August, fueled by low mortgage rates and an urban exit from metro regions, says the Department of Commerce. Sales of new single-family homes rose 4.8 per ce...

  • COVID Impacts Housing Market Outlook

    While COVID is affecting the experience and expectations for first-time homebuyers, many continue to have a positive short-term outlook on the housing market, says a BMO survey. On average, first-time...

  • June Business Closures Improve

    There were 56,296 business closures in June, an improvement from May, but still 44 per cent more than in February before the COVID-19 pandemic struck in force in Canada, says Statistics Canada. The nu...

  • Rehill Building Supplies Joins TORBSA

    Peterborough, ON-based Rehill Building Supplies has joined TORBSA Ltd. and is now a shareholder member of the group. Since 1878, Rehill has built a successful distribution business throughout the Pete...

  • NHS To Hold Virtual Show

    The 2020 National Hardware Virtual Show takes place October 12 to 15. It will offer industry education, direct appointment setting and connections, and a virtual product showcase featuring products fo...

  • Home Hardware Virtual Fall Market A Success

    Home Hardware held its ‘2020 Virtual Fall Market’ from September 13 to 23 and saw a big increase in participation over the spring market. The market provided an opportunity for members of...

  • Investment Up For Building Construction

    Total investment in building construction increased 1.8 per cent to $15.1 billion in July, says Statistics Canada. Residential sector investment increased 4.9 per cent to $9.9 billion, while non-resid...

  • Canadian Government To Invest In Housing

    In an effort to build a stronger and more resilient Canada, the government of Canada will make substantial investments in housing for Canadians, said Julie Payette Governor General of Canada in the &l...

  • Retailers Face Supply Challenges

    Newly compiled industry data shows U.S. retailers slashed orders for merchandise by nine per cent at the height of the pandemic. In fact, consumer spending actually increased by six per cent year on y...

  • COVID Impacts Costco Sales

    Costco Wholesale Corporation had net sales of $52.28 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, an increase of 12.5 per cent compared to net sales of $46.45 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019....

  • Regal ideas Partners With Sherwood Lumber

    Regal ideas Inc., a manufacturer of aluminum railing systems, has partnered with lumber and building material distributor, Sherwood Lumber. The companies will join forces to provide Regal’s &lsq...

  • Retail Sales Not Yet Business As Usual

    There is a V-shaped recovery underway in retail sales, says Ed Strapagiel, a retail consultant. However, how things are playing out varies among the main retail sectors and retail life is still not ba...

  • GTA Distribution Business Joins TORBSA

    A Line Acoustic Supply, located in Concord, ON, has joined TORBSA as a shareholder member of the buying group. For more than 35 years, A Line Acoustic Supply has built a successful distribution busine...

  • RONA Weyburn Celebrates Grand Opening

    RONA Weyburn in Saskatchewan celebrated its grand opening after 12 weeks of renovations and a major investment. The store now offers one of the largest selections of home improvement products in the a...

  • U.S. Home Sales Continue Slide

    Existing home sales in the U.S. increased for a third consecutive month in August and reached their highest level since December 2006, says the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Total existing h...

  • Lowe’s To Implement Pickup Lockers Across U.S.

    Lowe's plans to install pickup lockers at all U.S. stores by the end of March 2021. The move is designed to improve the contactless delivery experience for customers who are increasingly shopping...

  • Fortress Launches Outdoor Visualizer

    Fortress Building Products, a manufacturer of decking, framing, fencing, railing, lighting, and fastener systems, is providing customers with a simplified deck design and planning process with the lau...

  • Fewer Young Calgarians Affecting Housing Demand

    A decline in the number of younger adults in Calgary, AB, is having a dampening effect on housing demand, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The decline is helping to push the nu...

  • Digitized Permits Can Kick-start Economy

    Adoption of a harmonized and digitized ePermitting system would help municipalities speed-up the approval processes for new housing builds in the province, says the Residential Construction Council of...

  • U.S. Industry Holding Well Despite Recession

    The Marcum Commercial Construction Index for the second quarter of 2020 reports that the U.S. industry is holding relatively well in the face of the COVID-19-driven recession. Anirban Basu, author of...

  • NRHA Expands Membership, Changes Name

    Beginning this fall, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) will broaden the reach of its membership to include independent paint and decorating store operators and is changing its name...

  • Berry Global Partners With AZEK

    Berry Global Group, Inc., a global supplier of products for the consumer and industrial end markets, is partnering with AZEK Company’s Building Products business unit to utilize Berry’s mi...

  • DEWALT Introduces Increased Performance Technology

    DEWALT has introduced 20V MAX with FLEXVOLT ADVANTAGE Technology into four 20V MAX brushless tools, including a 7 1/4 -inch circular saw, 1/2-inch hammer drill/driver, reciprocating saw, and 4 1/2- to...

  • Recovery Years Away For Small Business

    If recovery maintains its current glacial pace, it will take small businesses a year and five months to return to normal sales, with the hospitality sector taking more than eight years, says the Canad...

  • COVID Top Issue Hindering Growth

    A majority of Canadian business leaders consider the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic the number one challenge hindering the country's economic growth, says a survey conducted for Chartered Profes...

  • Lee Valley Launches Mobile App

    Lee Valley Tools will launch a mobile app allowing for contactless shopping in each of its 20 locations across the country October 1 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The app doesn’t need to...

  • Natural Colours Keeping Canadians In Comfort

    After spending an unparalleled amount of time indoors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians increasingly will look to fill their homes with natural, serene colours as a way to cling to famil...

  • Parilak Joins Liteline

    Martin Parilak has joined Liteline Corporation’s Canadian regional sales team. He has over 20 years of electrical industry knowledge and experience.

  • More Women Employed In Construction

    The number of women working in the U.S. construction industry last year surpassed its previous peak in 2006, says the National Association of Home Builders. While during the 2008/2009 financial crisis...

  • Retailers Continue To Struggle Post Pandemic

    Many categories within the retail sector are still strained and struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, says the Retail Council of Canada (RCC). “After a big leap in June, the 1.2 per cent...

  • Wholesale Sales Have Third Monthly Increase

    Wholesale sales grew for a third consecutive month in July, rising 4.3 per cent to a record high $65 billion on the strength of higher sales in the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessorie...

  • Walmart Commits To Zero Emissions

    Walmart is doubling down on addressing the growing climate crisis by targeting zero emissions across the company's global operations by 2040. Along with its Walmart Foundation, it is also committi...

  • Paint Provides Thermo Barrier

    Bisaten Thermo Paint & Primer, manufactured in Italy recently introduced to the Canadian and U.S. markets, is a durable, washable paint that is non-toxic, free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)...

  • Herron Joins Roseburg

    Kara Herron is strategic marketing manager with Roseburg Forest Products. Previously, she was a brand marketing leader at Mimaki USA.

  • Building Materials Lead July Retail Sales Decrease

    Retail sales rose 0.6 per cent to $52.9 billion in July, led by higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers and gasoline stations, says Statistics Canada. Following four increases in five months,...

  • Shop-Vac Closes Doors

    The Shop-Vac Corporation shut down its Williamsport, PA, facilities on September 15. It closed due to a planned sale falling through and the company is suffering due to economic conditions resulting f...

  • July U.S. Housing Permits Up

    More single-family housing permits were issued in the U.S. in July this year than last year. The National Association of Home Builders says there was a year-over-year increase of 5.8 per cent. In July...

  • Beauti-Tone Paint Announces Colour of the Year

    Beauti-Tone Paint has announced its 2021 colour of the year. ‘Dancing in the Rain’ (C20-5-0644-0) is a soft blue that it intended to offer hope and comfort in one exquisite hue from the &l...

  • Holmes Group Partners With IMPROVE Canada

    Mike Holmes and the Holmes Group have partnered with IMPROVE Canada. This strategic partnership includes live-appearances, co-branded digital content, and a marketing campaign. It will include joint s...

  • PayBright Launches Canadian Campaign

    Instalment payment plan provider PayBright has launched its first major consumer campaign in the Canadian market. The 'Break Up the Cost' campaign promotes buy now, pay later as a smart and fi...

  • Customer Safety, Business Survival Top Concerns

    When the global pandemic arrived in Canada, dealing a blow to businesses across every industry, survival became the top priority, followed closely by keeping customers safe. For many, that meant creat...

  • Slower Sales Forecast For Holiday Season

    Holiday retail sales in the U.S. are likely to increase between one and 1.5 per cent, says Deloitte in its annual holiday retail forecast. Overall, Deloitte’s retail and distribution team projec...

  • Builder Confidence Jumps On Single-family Homes

    U.S. builder confidence in the newly-built, single-family home market jumped six points to 78 in August on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Anything above 50...

  • Weyerhaeuser Timberlands Affected By Wildfires

    The wildfires in the Pacific northwest U.S. have reached Weyerhaeuser’s Oregon timberlands, although it is too soon to assess the affected acreage or potential business impact. The company says...

  • Bosch Power Tools Gives Back To Trade Workers

    Bosch Power Tools is launching a campaign that will recognize and acknowledge trade workers for their tireless efforts and give them the thanks they deserve. With ‘Always Essential,’ Bosch...

  • GoCo Offers Business Communication Solutions

    GoCo, a provider of business communications technology, managed network, and security solutions, has began to simplify access to business communications technologies for Canadian businesses. The GoCo...

  • Chemong HHBC Receives ‘Store of the Year Award’

    Chemong Home Hardware Building Centre in Selwyn, ON, was awarded the annual ‘Walter J. Hachborn Store of the Year Award.’ The award is part of the ‘Home Hardware Proud of My Home Ach...

  • Walmart Imposing Fees On Vendors

    Walmart Canada has begun to impose additional charges on its vendors, says a Financial Post report. It is imposing a 1.25 per cent charge on the cost of all merchandise sold to the merchant as well as...

  • Manufacturing Sales Rise

    Manufacturing sales increased for the third consecutive month, rising seven per cent to $53.1 billion in July on higher sales of motor vehicle and parts, says Statistics Canada. Nevertheless, manufact...

  • U.S. Construction Times Continue Upward Trend

    Continuing the upward trend from the past seven years, the average length of time for multi-family construction in the U.S. as the end of 2019 was 17.3 months, says the National Association of Home Bu...

  • Visa Canada Expands Click to Pay

    Visa Canada has expanded Click to Pay in Canada, a service that allows consumers to make secure, swift purchases across various merchants and platforms. Click to Pay is based on the EMV Secure Remote...

  • Interfor to Sell Gilchrist, Oregon Specialty Sawmill

    Interfor Corporation plans to sell its specialty sawmill located in Gilchrist, OR, to Neiman Enterprises Inc. The Gilchrist sawmill, which specializes in ponderosa and lodgepole pine boards, has been...

  • Sampson Rejoins Dow

    John Sampson is senior vice-president, operations, manufacturing, and engineering for Dow. Previously, he was executive vice-president, business operations for Olin Corporation. Prior to joining Olin...

  • Business Priorities Not Aligned With Consumers

    The impact of COVID-19 pandemic has caused both businesses and consumers to shift their priorities, but they aren’t necessarily prioritizing the same things, says Experian’s ‘Global...

  • Home Sales Vary Across Canada

    Home sales increased a further 6.2 per cent in August, rising to another new all-time monthly record, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Unlike the previous two months in which activity...

  • CTC Seeks Customer Experience Insights

    Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) is partnering with Medallia to gain insights into the complete customer experience across its family of companies, including Canadian Tire Retail. The Medallia ‘E...

  • Construction Input Prices Edge Up

    Construction input prices edged upward by 0.6 per cent in the U.S. in August over the previous month, says the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Its analysis of the latest U.S. Bureau of Labo...

  • IRWIN Launches National Tradesperson Program

    IRWIN, a manufacturer of hand tools and power tool accessories, has kicked off its 10th annual ‘National Tradesperson Day’ program, celebrating the Canadian men and women who help build th...

  • Stud Finder Analyzes Complex Data

    Zircon, a manufacturer of the stud finders, has launched the next generation of wall scanning technology with the launch of its SuperScan ‘Kx’ series of advanced wall scanners. Each featur...

  • Nover Leads SCHOCK North America

    Marc Nover is CEO of SCHOCK North America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SCHOCK GmbH, a global manufacturer and inventor of quartz/granite composite kitchen sinks. In this role, he will be responsible...

  • Changing Consumer Patterns Provide Opportunities

    Consumers worldwide remain highly concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on their daily lives, resulting in new patterns for shopping, says a study by IBM. The data reveals opportunities for businesse...

  • Walmart, Schneider Partner On Renewable Energy

    Walmart Inc. and Schneider Electric are collaborating to increase access to renewable energy for Walmart's U.S.-based suppliers, enabling them to lead on climate action. The initiative, called the...

  • U.S. Housing Market Confidence Up

    Housing market confidence in the U.S. rose in August after a slight dip in July, says Fannie Mae’s ‘Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HSPI).’ However, current sentiments do not compare...

  • RH Has Strong Second Quarter Income

    RH had net revenue of $709.3 million for the second quarter of 2020 compared to net revenue of $706.5 million in the second quarter of 2019. Gross margin for the quarter increased 520 basis points to...

  • Guerrero Joins BB&B

    Juan Guerrero is senior vice-president, chief supply chain officer, with Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Previously, he led the supply chain and merchandising teams at FleetPride.

  • Amazon To Open Two Ontario Facilities

    Amazon.com will open two new distribution centres in Ontario. A new warehouse in Hamilton will pack and ship small items such as books, electronics, and toys and a warehouse in Ajax will pack and ship...

  • Cash Usage On Decline

    Canadian consumers are moving away from cash payments as they adapt to world with COVID-19, says research from Ipsos. The ‘Ipsos Canada Payments’ study says there was a significant shift a...

  • Home Hardware Welcomes Three Quebec Locations

    Three Quebec-based dealers have joined Home Hardware Stores Limited. L'Acadien Bricoleur in Gentilly, a Home Hardware Building Centre; Matériaux Manic in Baie Comeau, a Home Hardware Buildi...

  • Uniboard Provides Sneak Peek At Design Collection

    Uniboard, a North American manufacturer of design and decorative composite wood panel (TFL), will provide a sneak peek presentation of its 2021/2022 additions to its design collection: Redefined, insp...

  • Registration Open For 2021 KBIS

    Registration is now open for the ‘2021 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show’ (KBIS). The annual event, which is owned by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), is a North American...

  • Retailers Gather Virtually For Orgill Buying Event

    Orgill, Inc. just completed its first-ever ‘e-Volution Online Buying Event,’ which brought nearly 10,000 retailers together with many of the industry’s top vendors and service provid...

  • Outdoor Renovations Top Task This Summer

    Outdoor renovations remained popular this summer with pools taking the top spot when looking at year-over-year increases in service requests, says HomeStars. Pool related tasks had an increase of 177...

  • Strong Home Sales In Montreal

    In total, 4,878 residential sales transactions were concluded in the Montreal, QC, census metropolitan area (CMA) in August, says the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB). T...

  • Federal Government Invests In Alberta

    The government of Canada is investing $3 million to help Alberta’s construction and engineering industry innovate and grow as it recovers from the impact of COVID-19. This investment from Wester...

  • Weyerhaeuser To Enhance Oregon Timberland Holdings

    Weyerhaeuser Company plans to purchase and sell timberlands to funds managed by Hancock Natural Resource Group, a Manulife Investment Management company. The company is purchasing approximately 85,000...

  • Schluter-Systems Opens Texas Facility

    Schluter-Systems has opened a distribution centre office and training facility in Texas. The 500,000-square-foot centre will carry the majority of Schluter’s 8,000 SKUs available in North Americ...

  • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice To Acquire Epicor

      Private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice plans to acquire Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to industrial-focused sectors, f...

  • Ruby Has Expands Canadian Fulfillment Capacity

    Ruby Has, an eCommerce fulfillment company with a national footprint in the U.S., will move its Mississauga, ON, fulfillment centre to a new, larger facility, which represents a 300 per cent increase...

  • Toronto Home Sales Rebound

    The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) is reporting the strong rebound in Greater Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) home sales continued with a record result for the month of August. It reports 10,775 r...

  • No Sign Of Recovery Yet For Small Business

    Fewer customers and reduced spending per customer are holding back small business recovery, says a survey results by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Its weekly ‘#SmallBusinessEv...

  • BB&B Realigns Organizational Structure

    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BB&B) is undergoing a major realignment of its organizational structure to further simplify its operations, support investment in its strategic growth plans, and provid...

  • Mobile Coupons Can Entice Customers

    While 65 per cent of consumers are shopping more at Amazon and less at their favourite stores, research from CodeBroker shows 75 per cent of survey respondents indicated that mobile coupons and specia...

  • RPM Acquires Abrasives Manufacturer

    RPM International Inc. subsidiary Rust-Oleum has acquired Ohio-based Ali Industries, LLC, a manufacturer of sandpaper and other abrasives. Ali Industries, which is commercially known as Gator Finishin...

  • Consumer Shifts Show No Signs Of Changing

    The vast majority (70 per cent) of Canadian consumers report a shift in product preferences at the start of the pandemic that doesn't show signs of changing, says the ‘EY Future Consumer Index’ survey...

  • Vancouver Real Estate Market Remains Active

    Home buyers and sellers remained active across Metro Vancouver, BC, in August, with home sale and new listing activity outpacing the region’s historical averages. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vanc...

  • Canfor Subsidiary Closes Acquisition

    Further to Canfor Corporation’s previous announcement, its 70 per cent owned subsidiary, Vida Group, has completed the purchase of three sawmills located in Sweden from Bergs Timber.

  • Home Appoints Senior Directors

    Darrin Sayles is senior director of sales and operations with Home Hardware Stores Limited. Previously, he was senior director of retail sales and operations with Carter’s. Dale MacPherson is senior d...

  • Sales Up At Dollarama

    Dollarama Inc. had sales of $1,013.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of 7.1 per cent compared to sales of $946.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. The increase i...

  • Indigo Launches Private Label Home Products

    Indigo has unveiled its home brand OUI. Inspired by the natural world and contemporary art, it is a collection of home décor, tabletop, and wellness products. The brand features a curated, comprehensi...

  • Businesses Turning To Digital Services

    As COVID-19 continues to stress businesses financially and operationally, small business owners across North America are turning to digital services to improve cash flow and modernize their payments e...

  • Single-family Homes Lead New Construction

    The recovery of Toronto’s new construction home industry is being led by single-family homes, says the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). Year-over-year sales soared 187 per ce...

  • U.S. Pending Home Sales Gain Ground

    Pending home sales in the U.S. gained ground for the third consecutive month, says the National Association of Realtors. The ‘Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)’ rose 5.9 per cent to 122.1 in July. Year-...

  • Lawson To Acquire Partsmaster

    Lawson Products, Inc. will acquire Partsmaster, a maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) solutions provider based in Texas. The acquisition is a step in Lawson’s growth strategy and will expand the...

  • Graham Joins Bonaventure

    Brittany Graham is territory manager for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland with Bonaventure Agency Inc. Previously, she was a business development representative in the consumer products industry.

  • Diamond Vogel Updates Architectural Coatings Website

    Diamond Vogel has launched an update to its Architectural Coatings website (diamondvogel.com/architectural). The site now offers easy-to-navigate resources and product information with focused categor...

  • Cement Industry Has Climate Ambition

    Forty of the world's leading cement and concrete companies have launched a joint industry '2050 Climate Ambition.' The ambition statement from the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) demonst...

  • July Building Permits Decline

    The total value of building permits fell three per cent to $7.8 billion in July, entirely as a result of declines in British Columbia (-34.2 per cent to $1.2 billion), Quebec (-15.1 per cent to $1.5 b...

  • Coming Reality Check May Be Painful

    The full effects of the pandemic on Canada's real estate market may not be felt until later this year and the coming reality check could be a painful one, says a report from Lowestrates.ca. Mortgage d...

  • Ace Hardware Enters Mexico

    Ace Hardware International Holdings, Ltd., a subsidiary of Ace Hardware Corporation, has partnered with PIMSA Ferreteros to provide the full warehousing and distribution solution for Ace International...

  • Leon’s Adds Showrooms

    Leon's is adding showrooms in Kelowna, BC, and Calgary, AB. The Kelowna location opened in August while the Calgary showroom will open its doors this month. These showrooms are modelled after its 'sma...

  • Lowe’s Canada Kicks Off 2020 Heroes Campaign

    Lowe’s Canada is kicking off its 2020 Heroes campaign September 1. Each fall, as part of this campaign, Lowe’s, RONA, and Reno-Depot corporate stores collect in-store donations to help a non-profit or...

  • GlassBuild Connect Goes Virtual

    GlassBuild Connect is hosting its event online this year for residential door and window professionals. Throughout the month of September, the site will be updated every weekday with new product demos...

  • CMHC Still Bracing For COVID Impact

    Despite a housing market that broke records in July, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) is still bracing for further impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Its second-quarter financial results...

  • AQMAT Partners With eRetailer Summit

    The Quebec Hardware and Building Supply Association (AQMAT) has partnered with the Home Improvement eRetailer Summit, a North American eCommerce event for the home, housewares, and home improvement re...

  • Retail Sales Start To Crawl Back

    Although Canadian retail sales are still in bad shape for the most part, there are signs that things are beginning to turn around. However, there's still a long way to go and they may never get back t...

  • Builders FirstSource Partners With BMC

    Builders FirstSource, Inc. and BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. have entered into a definitive merger agreement. It unites two complementary U.S. companies, providing enhanced scale and superior returns as we...

  • Furnace Kills Viruses

    Napoleon has created a furnace that allegedly kills the COVID-19 virus. These furnaces now include a virus-killing UV-C sanitization system called HOMESHIELD. This is the same technology used in hospi...

  • Nexii Makes Leadership Changes

    Rob Simpson is senior vice-president of engineering at Nexii Building Solutions Inc. Previously, he was with structural engineering firm Glotman Simpson. Brian Carter is executive vice-president of ma...

  • Peavey Rebrands TSC Stores

    Peavey Industries LP is repositioning its two flagship retail banners into one. TSC Stores in Ontario will become Peavey Mart stores. With this change, it seeks to provide a single hallmark for its cu...

  • Economy Concerns Small Business Owners

    Despite businesses reopening and operations resuming, six out of 10 small business owners in Canada fear consumer spending will stay low even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, says a Canadian Federati...

  • Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Promote Buying Locally

    The Québec Furniture Manufacturers Association (QFMA) has launched its ‘Meuble du Québec’ buying locally campaign to support an industry that creates more than 25,000 jobs across the province. It hope...

  • ToughBuilt Lists Products On Rona.ca

    ToughBuilt Industries, Inc., a design, manufacture, and international distributor of tools and accessories has been accepted for immediate placement on RONA’s website. The eCommerce site will carry 64...

  • Owens Corning Launches XPS Foam Product Line

    Owens Corning has launched the FOAMULAR NGX (Next Generation Extruded) product line. The proprietary blowing agent in this new line of extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam products delivers a 90 per cent r...

  • Cluny Sheppard Passes Away

    Cluny Sheppard has passed away. A resident of Newfoundland, he began working at Notre Dame Agencies in the early 1970s. He purchased the small plumbing and heating business in 1975 and grew it into an...

  • Behr Releases 2021 Colour Palette

    Behr Paint Company has revealed its ‘Colour Trends 2021 Palette,’ a spectrum of 21 shades spanning from essential neutrals to lavish bolds. This palette was curated to help do-it-yourselfers and desig...

  • Orgill Anticipates More Growth In 2021

    Boyden Moore, president and CEO of Orgill, expects more growth in 2021. Speaking at its ‘Evolution’ event, which is replacing its fall dealer market, he said, “We specifically did not want to call thi...

  • Business Closures Decrease

    The May estimates of business openings and closings show that, with the initial easing of COVID-19 restrictions, there was a decrease in business closures and an increase in business openings from Apr...

  • British Columbia Home Sales Rebound

    While home sales in British Columbia in 2020 did fall to “historic lows” in April, they have since rebounded to pre-pandemic levels and put this year on track to outdo 2019 sales. The British Columbia...

  • U.S. Home Sales Soar

    Sales of new U.S. single-family homes increased to their highest level in more than 13½ years in July as the housing market continues to show strong immunity to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has plunge...

  • Lowe’s Partners With New York Fashion Week

    Lowe’s Companies is upping its style quotient in a partnership with ‘New York Fashion Week.’ The home improvement retailer will offer home décor ‘edits.’ Items will be handpicked as the backdrop to ru...

  • Stanley Black & Decker Supports Children’s Aid

    Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada received a donation from Stanley Black & Decker to support the organization’s mission in the fight against COVID-19. The donation to the ‘COVID-19 Child & Family Su...

  • Cornelius To Lead Bona

    Pontus Cornelius will become president and CEO of Bona, effective January 11, 2021. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Ernströmgruppen AB, a Swedish, privately-owned industrial conglomerate fo...

  • Quebec Dealer Joins BMR Group

    Les Cèdres, QC-based Quincaillerie Matériaux P.A. has joined BMR Group. Pierre-André Paquette, the store owner, sought a partner that was attuned to the business’ needs and able to provide personalize...

  • Businesses Need Additional Digital Support

    Canada should provide additional supports for businesses facing the costs of digitizing operations due to the pandemic, says a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. It noted the vulnerability of small...

  • Consumers Spending Leads To Shortages

    Despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s massive hit to the economy, consumers are still spending which has created a windfall for companies that can operate under pandemic restrictions, says a report in the G...

  • U.S. Multifamily Builder Sentiment Still Climbing

    Multifamily builder sentiment in the U.S. climbed in the second quarter, but remains below pre-pandemic levels, says the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Its ‘Multifamily Market Survey (M...

  • Flux Represents Liteline

    Flux Lighting is now Liteline's sales representative in the Ottawa, ON, including Gatineau. Established in 2002, Flux delivers lighting, controls, and motorized shading solutions while ensuring the pr...

  • Merchandise Department Bolstered

    Tara Spengen, Carol Crystal, Craig Thompson, and Meriyem Kaf are directors in the merchandise department at Home Hardware Stores Limited. Spengen has over 25 years of retail experience at ACI Brands I...

  • Buildings Week Goes Virtual

    Given the uncertainties in 2020 due to COVID-19, ‘The Buildings Show’ and ‘BUILDEX Alberta’ are joining forces to provide a national digital platform that virtually connects more than 70,000 design, c...

  • Building Construction Investment Strengthens

    Total investment in building construction increased 12 per cent to $14.9 billion in June, following the 62.2 per cent gain observed in May, says Statistics Canada. Although COVID-19-related workplace...

  • July U.S. Housing Starts Surge

    U.S. housing starts surged by more than expected in July, boosted by pent-up demand from the coronavirus pandemic and low mortgage rates, says the Commerce Department. Privately owned housing starts i...

  • Tarkett Expands ProGen Collection

    Sustainable flooring manufacturer Tarkett has expanded its collection of ProGen rigid core luxury vinyl tiles and planks with nine stone designs. The additional designs join 22 high-definition wood de...

  • Momentive Makes Changes

    Sam Conzone is president and chief executive officer of global specialty chemical company Momentive Performance Materials. He has been with the company since 2008, most recently as chief operating off...

  • Deere Sales Decline

    Deere & Company, the maker of John Deere construction equipment, tractors, and mowers, saw its third quarter sales and revenue decline. Sales for the first nine months of 2020 are down 12 per cent to...

  • Custom Building Outperforms

    Custom home building in the U.S. outperformed the overall building market in the second quarter of 2020, says the NAHB. Custom home building starts dropped only by six per cent while single-family hou...

  • June Retail Sales Up 23.7 Per Cent

    Retail sales were up 23.7 per cent in June to $53 billion, says Statistics Canada. After three months of sales below pre-pandemic levels, retail sales in June were 1.3 per cent higher than February le...

  • Competition Bureau Looking At Amazon Practices

    Canada’s Competition Bureau is inviting market participants to provide input to inform its civil investigation into conduct by Amazon. The organization is examining whether Amazon is engaging in condu...

  • ToughBuilt To Sell On Lowes.ca

    Tool manufacturer ToughBuilt Industries, Inc. will now sell its products on Lowe’s Canada’s eCommerce site. The site will carry products such as Cliptech tool belts, bags, and totes, knee pads, sawhor...

  • Coronavirus Impacts Brampton Brick Shipments

    Brampton Brick Limited had net income of $3,430 for the second quarter of 2020 compared to net income of $5,289 for the second quarter of 2019. Revenues for the quarter were $36,697, compared to $42,6...

  • 2020 Housing Market To Remain Strong

    Leading indicators from RE/MAX brokers and agents across Canada's housing market point to a strong market for the remainder of 2020. The ‘RE/MAX Fall Market Outlook Report’ says 32 per cent of Canadia...

  • Small Businesses Hardest Hit

    Small firms experienced larger decreases in economic activity than large firms in the quarter coinciding with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, says a study published by Statistics Canada. ‘Economic...

  • CITT Determines China Products Traded Unfairly

    The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has determined that “there is evidence that discloses a reasonable indication that the dumping and subsidizing of decorative and other non-structural p...

  • Fastenal Partners With NHL

    Fastenal Company is the official maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) partner of the National Hockey League (NHL) through the 2023-24 season. The partnership is focused on creating an efficient a...

  • Lowe’s To Offer Tool Rental Across U.S.

    Lowe's is rolling out tool rental departments at stores across the U.S. The multi-year national rollout’s first space opening was August 20 in Charlotte, NC. The tool rental department will feature a...

  • Ace Hardware Has Record Second Quarter

    Ace Hardware Corp. had record second quarter 2020 revenues of $2.28 billion, an increase of $591.6 million, or 35.1 per cent, from the second quarter of 2019. Net income was $138.9 million for the qua...

  • Canadian Housing Holds Up

    The Canadian housing market has held up despite the COVID shock, says BMO Global Asset Management. For Canadians, this is crucial as a resilient housing market leaves consumers in a more robust shape...

  • Record Increase In Manufacturing Sales

    Manufacturing sales rose by a record 20.7 per cent to $48.7 billion in June, following an 11.6 per cent increase in May, says Statistics Canada. Many factories operated at a much higher capacity in Ju...

  • Lowe's Expands Supply Chain Network

    Over the next 18 months, Lowe's Companies, Inc. plans to open 50 cross dock delivery terminals, seven bulk distribution centres, and four eCommerce fulfillment centres across the U.S. This includes 20...

  • Home Sales Hit Monthly Record

    National home sales rose 26 per cent in July over June, and actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 30.5 per cent year-over-year, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). This increa...

  • Index Shows U.S. Construction Improves

    The Dodge Momentum Index moved 3.4 per cent higher in July to 124.7 from the revised June reading of 120.5. The index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial)...

  • Benjamin Moore Software Integrates Datacolor

    Datacolor, a provider of colour management technology, says its 45G Portable Spectrophotometer is now compatible with Benjamin Moore ColoRx software and available to Benjamin Moore’s dealer network. T...

  • Industry Groups Look To Kick-start Economy

    The Canadian and Ontario Home Builders’ Associations (CHBA and OHBA) and the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) have submitted a plan to the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee...

  • HD To Sell White Cap Business Segment

    HD Supply Holdings, Inc. plans to sell its Construction & Industrial--White Cap business, a distributor of specialty concrete and construction products and services in North America, to an affiliate o...

  • ASSA ABLOY Acquires Access-IS

    ASSA ABLOY has acquired UK-based Access-IS, a provider of electronic RFID, NFC, and barcode devices enabling the authentication of contactless payments, travel and identity documents, and ticket readi...

  • Renovation Intentions Slide

    Canadian home renovation spending is forecast to decline in 2020, though not as significantly as the overall economy, says Altus Group in its latest ‘Housing Report.’ Total renovation spending in 2019...

  • Small Businesses Begin Rehiring

    As Canadian provinces begin entering stage three of reopening, they are also embarking on another promising economic phase: rehiring. Fifty-eight per cent of small businesses that laid off staff due t...

  • July Housing Starts Increase

    The trend in housing starts was 204,376 units in July, up from 199,778 units in June, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This trend measure is a six-month moving average of the m...

  • Beacon Third Quarter Sales Down

    Beacon had net sales of $1.79 billion in the third quarter of 2020, a decrease 6.9 per cent compared to net sales of $1.92 billion in the third quarter of 2019. Residential roofing product sales decre...

  • ADS Sales Down, Profit Up

    Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS) had net sales of $508.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, down 22.9 per cent compared to net sales of $413.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 20...

  • Norbord Earnings Rise

    Norbord Inc. had adjusted EBITDA of $84 million for the second quarter of 2020, up from adjusted EBITDA of $36 million in the second quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily due to higher realized...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Expands Yield-Link Capabilities

    Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced newly validated slope beam and multi-axis moment applications for its Yield-Link moment connection for structural steel construction. Designed to absorb forces in a s...

  • ell Made Here Moves Up Website Project

    The Well Made Here/Bien Fait Ici program is moving up its project aiming to transform the ici-here.ca website into a transactional platform. “The deadline must be brought closer because the health cri...

  • Wolseley Merges Cornwall Stores

    Wolseley Canada has opened a plumbing and HVAC/R store in Cornwall, ON. The store brings together two existing Cornwall branches in one renovated space, offering both plumbing and HVAC/R products that...

  • aser Valley Home Sales Up 22 Per Cent

    There were a total of 2,100 home sales in July in the Fraser Valley, BC, an increase of 22.2 per cent compared to sales in June and an increase of 44 per cent compared to the 1,458 sales during July o...

  • #EISEN Innovation Award 2020 Goes Digital

    EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair and the Zentralverband Hartwarenhandel e.V. (ZHH/Central Association of the Hardware Trade) will present the #EISEN Innovation Award in digital format thi...

  • Visa Canada Supports Small Business

    As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to create challenges for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across Canada, one-third (33 per cent) of Canadian SMBs do not consider their local community sup...

  • Lowe's Canada Releases Sustainability Highlights

    Lowe's Canada has made significant progress over the last year in achieving its sustainability goals as outlined in its ‘2019 Corporate Responsibility Highlights.’ The report illustrates how the compa...

  • 3M Promotes Lavers

    Jeffrey R. Lavers is executive vice-president, consumer business group with 3M. He has been with the company since 1987, most recently as vice-president, automotive and aerospace solutions division wi...

  • Builders FirstSource Sales Rise

    Builders FirstSource, Inc. had net sales of $1.95 billion for the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 2.2 per cent over net sales of $1.9 billion in the second quarter of 2019. Acquisitions contrib...

  • Weyerhaeuser Launches Sustainability Strategy

    Weyerhaeuser Company has launched a sustainability strategy for the next decade and beyond that will focus on three critical challenge areas: climate change solutions, sustainable homes, and helping r...

  • KBIS Adds Virtual Component

    The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) will move forward with an omni-experience format for its ‘Kitchen & Bath Industry Show’ (KBIS). In addition to the onsite experience in Orlando, FL, KBIS...

  • Distribution Drives CanWel Revenues

    CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd. had consolidated revenues of $412.9 million for the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 7.1 per cent over consolidated revenues of $385.7 million in the second...

  • Masco North American Sales Flat

    Masco Corporation had net sales of $1.76 billion for the second quarter of 2020, a decrease of four per cent compared to net sales of $1.83 billion in the second quarter of 2019. In local currency, No...

  • Sales Down At Sherwin-Williams

    The Sherwin-Williams Company had consolidated net sales of $4.6 billion in the second quarter of 2020, a decrease of 5.6 per cent over net sales of $4.9 billion in the second quarter of 2019. The decr...

  • Lightspeed Offers More Tools

    In response to the digital overhaul forced by COVID-19, Lightspeed has added tools to offer increased mobility for processing transactions and provide more options for viewing business insights. The c...

  • GROHE Launches Chinaware Collection

    GROHE has launched its German-engineered designed chinaware in the Canadian market. The manufacturer is introducing two ceramics collections including sinks and toilets that coordinate with its Essenc...

  • COVID Impacts Lawson Sales

    Lawson Products, Inc. had net sales of $72.1 million for the second quarter of 2020, a decrease of 24.9 per cent over net sales of $96.1 million in the second quarter of 2019. The decrease reflects th...

  • Quebec Retailer Joins TORBSA

    Materiaux Construction Letourneau Inc., located in Waterville QC, has joined TORBSA Ltd. as a shareholder member. Founded in 1974, the retailer has two branches with more than 90 employees and carries...

  • Residential Drives Increased Construction Prices

    Prices for residential building construction rose 0.5 per cent in the second quarter, while the cost of non-residential building construction edged up 0.1 per cent, says Statistics Canada. Residential...

  • AEP Expands Into Lower Mainland British Columbia

    Atlas Engineered Products (AEP) plans to acquire selected assets of a truss manufacturer as it expands its geographical footprint into the lower mainland region of British Columbia. AEP says the buoya...

  • TORBSA Elects 2020 Board Of Directors

    Steve Guglietti of Brampton, ON-based Pro Con Building Supplies Ltd. has been elected chairman of TORBSA Limited for the year 2020. As well, the TORBSA 2020 board of directors includes Greg Drouillar...

  • Supplying PPE Products Helps Fastenal Sales

    Fastenal Company had net sales of $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 10.3 per cent over net sales of $1.4 million in the second quarter of 2019. The increase was due in part to...

  • Lowe’s Canada Bag Use Down 58 Per Cent

    Lowe’s Canada says that the introduction of a charge on plastic bags at its corporate stores in Quebec in June 2018 and in the rest of Canada in August of the same year has had a significant impact on...

  • May Home Sales Better Than April

    There were 4,606 home sales in the Greater Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) in May, says the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB). This was down 53.7 per cent compared to May 2019. While the number of sa...

  • BC Businesses Protected From Eviction

    Businesses in British Columbia that are eligible for rent support from the federal government are now protected from evictions as the BC government issues a new order under the Emergency Program Act (...

  • Permann To Transition To Taiga CEO

    Russell Permann will be co-chief executive officer (CEO) at Taiga Building Products, effective January 2021. Currently he is chief operating officer and executive vice-president operations. In order t...