• Residential Continues To Lead Construction Gains

    Total investment in building construction increased 6.3 per cent to $19.9 billion in April, with residential construction investment rising for a 12th consecutive month, says Statistics Canada. In con...

  • Dunbridge Partners With TIMBER MART

    Dunbridge Financial has entered an exclusive partnership with Tim-Br Marts Ltd. The partnership will offer all TIMBER MART members access to foreign exchange, global payment and receipts, and currency...

  • Klein Tools Introduces Magnetic Wire Puller

    Klein Tools has introduced the Magnetic Wire Puller, made to help fish wire and cable behind walls or enclosed spaces quickly and easily using earth magnets. The magnetic, handheld unit features easy...

  • Liteline Expands Team

    Evan Sadofsky is regional sales manager – eastern Canada (a newly-created role) with Liteline Corporation. He has been with the company since 2018, most recently as business development manager....

  • Positioning Top Long-term Business Strategy

    A majority of businesses (53.5 per cent) say focusing on goods or service positioning (such as good or service leadership, market segmentation, good or service diversification, and quality improvement...

  • NRF Increases 2021 Retail Sales Forecast

    U.S. retail sales are expected to exceed $4.44 trillion in 2021, says the National Retail Federation (NRF) in its revised annual forecast for 2021. It anticipates that retail sales will now grow betwe...

  • Cornerstone To Divest Metal Panels Business

    Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. plans to sell its Insulated Metal Panels (IMP) business to Nucor Insulated Panel Group Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries. The transaction includes products sold un...

  • Online Sales To Dominate Decor Market

    The global home decor market reached a value of US$641.4 billion in 2020 and is forecast to exhibit moderate growth through 2026, with strong performance expected for the online retail sector, which w...

  • Dollarama Sales Up 13 Per Cent

    Sales increased by 13 per cent to $954.2 million and comparable store sales increased by 5.8 per cent for Dollarama Inc. in the first quarter ended May 2, 2021 compared to the year-ago period. Gross m...

  • Home Service Requests Still Rising In Canada

    HomeStars, a partner company of Angi, a U.S.-based online service that matches homeowners with contractors, says homeowners are still busy sprucing up their homes, with a 142 per cent increase in serv...

  • Lightspeed To Up Capabilities

    Lightspeed is upping its capabilities with the acquisition of two global digital commerce companies. Once closed, the acquisitions will provide Lightspeed customers new entry points to the digital eco...

  • RPM Subsidiary Acquires Dudick

    RPM International Inc.’s Carboline subsidiary has acquired Dudick Inc. A provider of high-performance coatings, flooring systems, and tank linings, Dudick is headquartered in Streetsboro, OH, an...

  • Hamilton Beach To Launch Clorox Air Purifiers

    Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Company, has entered into a licensing agreement with the Clorox Company to launch a line of air purifiers. Hamil...

  • TORBSA Elects Board Of Directors

    Gary Sangha, of Crown Building Supplies Ltd., is chairman of TORBSA Limited for the year 2021. In addition, Steve Guglietti, of Pro Con Building Supplies, is past chairman; Michael Burkart, of Bernard...

  • Home Improvement Sector Has Record Sales

    Retail sales reached $55.3 billion in March, an increase of 26.7 per cent compared with the same month a year earlier, says Statistics Canada. This marked the largest increase on record for the sector...

  • Business Leaders Cautiously Optimistic

    Most Canadian business executives are cautiously optimistic about the likelihood of the COVID outbreak being contained and safely returning to normal activities over the next 12 months, says a survey...

  • RPM Subsidiary Acquires Dudick

    RPM International Inc.’s Carboline subsidiary has acquired Dudick Inc. A provider of high-performance coatings, flooring systems, and tank linings, Dudick is headquartered in Streetsboro, OH, an...

  • Interfor To Acquire Four Georgia-Pacific Sawmills

    Interfor Corporation will acquire four sawmill operations from Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC and GP Wood Products LLC (collectively Georgia-Pacific). Located in Bay Springs, MS; Fayette, AL; DeQui...

  • Cornerstone To Dives Metal Panels Business

    Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. plans to sell its Insulated Metal Panels (IMP) business to Nucor Insulated Panel Group Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries. The transaction includes products sold un...

  • NKBA Announces First Luxury Kitchen Summit

    The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) two-day, Luxury Kitchen Summit called ‘Luxury Defined,’ will be held virtually and feature NKBA designers and industry experts discussing...

  • WBE Findings To Help Women-owned Businesses

    The findings of a study by WBE Canada and experts from the Universities of Manitoba and Calgary on the status of supplier diversity in Canada will form the framework for supplier diversity programs in...

  • Doman Acquires Hixson

    Doman Building Materials Group Ltd. has acquired Texas-based Hixson Lumber Sales. It acquired all of the assets of the Hixson Lumber Sales group of companies  including inventory. Hixson is a who...

  • Employees Get Corporate App With Smart Phones

    Walmart has developed a corporate app for it U.S. employees called Me@Walmart. Developed in-house by Walmart Global Tech, the app is designed to simplify daily tasks, serve customers, and plan for lif...

  • Schneider Electric Upgrades LayoutFAST Tool Set

    Schneider Electric has upgraded its LayoutFAST tool set. Now available in Canada, it enables specifiers, engineers, and contractors to design, generate, and share building information modeling (BIM) o...

  • Toronto Home Sales Lower Than March Peak

    Although the month of May typically has the strongest residential sales and they remained high in May 2021, they fell short compared to the 2016 record and below this March’s peak. The Toronto R...

  • Contractors Utilizing Photo-realistic Visualization

    Renoworks Software Inc. says 25 new enterprise clients joined its ‘Visualizer Platform’ in 2020, using it to generate qualified leads, influence consumer purchase decisions, improve the ef...

  • McGillivray Partners With Bidmii

    TV personality Scott McGillivray has partnered with Bidmii International Inc., an online home improvement marketplace based in Toronto, ON. The multi-year agreement includes brand integrations on the...

  • Klein Tools Introduces Two-piece Plier Set

    Klein Tools has introduced the Ironworker’s Pliers 2-Piece Kit, a set that includes a heavy-duty side cutter and angled-head diagonal cutter. The heavy-duty side cutters are used to twist and cu...

  • April Building Permits Maintain Historic High

    The total value of building permits remained at historically high levels in April 2021, edging down 0.5 per cent to $11.1 billion, following the record set in March, says Statistics Canada. The slight...

  • Lowe’s Settles Pension Lawsuit

    Lowe's Cos has settled a lawsuit filed by a participant in its 401(k) plan who alleged the company and its administrative committee breached their fiduciary duties in the plan's offering of an...

  • ABC US Breaks Ground On Pioneer Facility

    Fastener manufacturer and distributor Altenloh, Brinck & Co. U.S. (ABC US) has broke ground on what will be a 64,000-square-foot packaging facility in Pioneer, OH. The facility will house all fast...

  • Novik Adds Colours To NovikShake Products

    Novik, a brand of Derby Building Products, is featuring three new, on-trend solid colours – Brunswick Green, Coventry Gray, and Windsor Blue ‒ into its NovikShake family. The colours are availab...

  • Canada Launches Greener Homes Grant

    The government of Canada has launched the ‘Canada Greener Homes Grant,’ which will help up to 700,000 Canadian homeowners across the country improve the energy efficiency of their homes an...

  • Home Hardware Welcomes Three Quebec Stores

    Stores in Victoriaville, Warwick, and Laurier-Station, QC, have joined Home Hardware Stores Limited. The two building centres and one hardware store are owned and operated by dealer-owner Bernard Hame...

  • LEDVANCE Launches Brighter Days Campaign

    LEDVANCE, the makers of SYLVANIA General Lighting in the U.S. and Canada, has launched its ‘Brighter Days Ahead Campaign’ by asking, "What are you looking forward to in brighter days...

  • Data Cable Tester Has Intuitive Interface

    Klein Tools’ LAN Scout Jr. 2 Data Cable Tester, is a tool to test installed or loose data cables and patch cords terminated with RJ45 connectors and tone cables with multiple tone frequencies. I...

  • Disher Joins BMF

    Jason Disher is national account manager, supporting displays and retail, at Burlington Merchandising and Fixtures (BMF). He has many years of experience with companies on both the vendor and retail s...

  • Pandemic Continues To Drive Home Repair Boom

    Canada is in the midst of a home and repair boom, with a 64 per cent rise in home improvement transactions over the course of the pandemic in home furnishings, cleaning, landscaping, and home maintena...

  • Paint Recycling Changes Coming To Four Provinces

    Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec are in the process of implementing changes to their recycling initiatives, says the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA). For the foreseeable f...

  • CanWel To Change Name

    CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd. has changed its corporate name to Doman Building Materials Group Ltd. As part of the name change, the company’s shares will also start trading under the new...

  • Ian Merman Passes Away

    Ian Merman, marketing representative with Liteline, has passed away. He was part of the Liteline family for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, Shelley Mamott.

  • Quebec Implements Deconfinement Plan

    With 75 per cent of adults vaccinated or scheduled to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Quebec has begun its deconfinement plan. François Legault, the province’s premier, says the goal to g...

  • Quebec Store Converts To Home Hardware

    Frelighsburg, QC-based Quincaillerie Y. Gosselin et Fils Ltd. has converted to the Home Hardware banner. Owned and operated by François Gosselin, the store has been serving the Frelighsburg com...

  • Port Hardy Ace Goes Corporate

    Peavey Industries LP and ACE Canada have acquired Port Hardy ACE Hardware as a corporate store. Formerly an independent dealer-owned ACE outlet with a long history in Port Hardy, BC, this location has...

  • Cleancult Products Now Available In Canada

    Cleancult, a leading plant-based, zero waste cleaning brand, is launching in Canada. It utilizes plant-based ingredients without the typical plastic waste used in everyday home cleaning products. In t...

  • Festool Launches Energy Set

    Festool has launched the Festool Energy Set. The set comes with two compact and two full-sized batteries, the fastest charger it has offered with Airstream battery cooling technology, an open slot for...

  • Costco Has Strong Third Quarter

    Costco Wholesale Corporation had net sales of $44.38 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of 21.7 per cent over net sales of $36.45 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Sal...

  • Online Sales Remain Strong

    Location-based retail is the same as what's normally reported as Canadian retail sales, says Ed Strapagiel, a retail consultant. However, it isn't, he says. Location-based retail excludes anot...

  • Medicine Hat Store Joins Ace Hardware Banner

    Maple Ave ACE Hardware in Medicine Hat, AB, has joined Ace Canada to take advantage of the alliance between the Ace banner and Sexton. The Sexton Group and ACE Canada Strategic Alliance was formalized...

  • BMR Group Makes Appointments

    Paul Philippe Boucher is director, forestry products; Nancy Metsos is co-ordinator, sales office; Isabelle Perron is manager, analysis and merchandising; Audrey Lemay-Poirier, is director, agrizone; a...

  • ToughBuilt Has Strong First Quarter Revenues

    Construction product design, manufacturer, and distributor ToughBuilt Industries, Inc. had revenues of $12.3 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 214 per cent compared to revenues of...

  • Consumers Refuse To Pay Higher Lumber Prices

    Lumber prices rose yet again for the week ending May 14, however volumes sold were lower as customers refused to pay the higher prices, says Madison’s Lumber Prices. Those who needed wood for on...

  • Derby To Refocus Head Office Activities

    Derby Building Products inc, the manufacturer of the Novik and Tando product lines, will refocus its activities at its Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC, head office. The expansion project includes the...

  • COVID Impacts Flexible Garden Hose Market

    The global flexible garden hoses market is expected to grow from US$1.04 billion in 2020 to $1.45 billion by 2028, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2 per cent during the forecast period of...

  • California Faucets Updates Brass Finishes

    California Faucets’ updated brass finishes for kitchen sinks range from satin brass to a rustic burnished brass. The finishes are made of 100 per cent brass, will patina over time, and are made...

  • Interfor Experiences Record Lumber Pricing

    Interfor Corporation had sales of $849.3 million in the first quarter of 2021, an increase over sales of $479.6 million in the first quarter of 2020. Total lumber sales were 666 mfbm (million board fe...

  • U.S. DOC Plans To Double Lumber Tariffs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is propose a combined countervailing and anti-dumping duty rate of 18.32 per cent on imports of certain softwood lumber products from Canada. This is more than tw...

  • WRLA Completes Move

    The Western Region Lumber Association (WRLA) has moved its offices. It was previously located in the Electric Railway Chambers Building in downtown Winnipeg. The new location is just minutes away acro...

  • Aesthetics Top Reason For Replacing Windows

    The decision on when to replace windows depends on why homeowners are replacing them, says a survey by Principia, a U.S. provider of building materials and construction industry market intelligence. T...

  • ESS Launches Slim Drain Series

    Easy Sanitary Solutions (ESS), a drain and shower manufacturer, has launched the Super Slim design Xs Series Shower Drain. The Xs shower drain is a small linear drain made with German engineering and...

  • Ace Has Strong First Quarter

    Ace Hardware Corporation had first quarter 2021 revenues of $2 billion, an increase of 42 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2020. Total wholesale revenues were $1.9 billion, an increase of 41....

  • LBM Industry Drives Retail Sales

    Retail sales were up 3.6 per cent to $57.6 billion in March, led by higher sales at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers and clothing and clothing accessories stores, says Stati...

  • Ontario Government Launches Reopening Roadmap

    The Ontario government has released its ‘Roadmap to Reopen,’ a three-step plan to reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the province-wide vaccination rate...

  • Cabico Launches Brand Restructure

    Cabico, now Cabico&co, a North American manufacturer of cabinetry, has launched a strategic initiative, a brand restructure entitled ‘The Evolution Project.’ This restructure will offe...

  • Rotary Hammers Available

    DEWALT’s 60V MAX Brushless SDS MAX Combination Rotary Hammers are now available in 1⅞-inch and 2-inch sizes, both ideal for use with the FLEXVOLT 15.0 Ah∆ Battery. The combination hammers offer...

  • West Fraser Sales Up 81 Per Cent

    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. had sales of $2.34 billion in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 81 per cent compared to sales in the first quarter of 2020. Earnings increased to $665 million, or 2...

  • Canadians Expect ‘Normalcy’ To Return In 2022

    Canadian consumers are expecting a return to normal holiday celebrations (free of COVID-19 restrictions) much later than their U.S. counterparts, says study by Numerator, a data and tech company servi...

  • Castle Gets Quebec Dealer

    Grossiste MR Boucher Inc. is the newest Castle Centre du Renovation in the Quebec region. Located in St-Antonin, QC, it has served the local community for over 30 years. Independent entrepreneurs Andr...

  • Lowe’s Canada Launches Contactless Pickup

    Lowe’s Canada is launching a contactless pickup locker service at select RONA and Reno-Depot corporate stores in Quebec. Pickup lockers, equipped with Bluetooth technology, touch screens, and us...

  • Smart Features Will Maximize POS Platform Value

    The total value of global transactions processed by point-of-sale (POS) terminals will exceed $17.3 trillion in 2026, from $14.8 trillion in 2021, up 28 per cent, says a study by Juniper Research. The...

  • Polyethylene Tape Is Flame Retardant

    Intertape Polymer Group Inc.’s PEFR is a flame retardant polyethylene (PE) tape. This product is a heavy-duty tape ideal for applications where flame retardant materials are required to add a la...

  • Strong Consumer Demand Boosts Lumber Liquidators Sales

    Lumber Liquidators had net sales of $283.5 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of six per cent compared to the first quarter of 2020. Comparable store sales for the quarter increased 6....

  • Prices Are On The Rise, For Now

    Prices are on the rise, says the Business Development Council (BDC) in its May ‘Monthly Economic Letter.’ After more than a decade of low inflation, indicators are starting to show an incr...

  • Beauharnois Store Converts To RONA

    Carlos Munoz has acquired the Quincaillerie A. Pouliot store in Beauharnois, QC, and converted it to the RONA banner. With a total surface area of 20,000 square feet, the store includes an 11,500-squa...

  • Grenier Manages HR

    François Grenier is vice-president, human resources with BMR Group. He has 22 years of experience in human resources management, the last five as senior director of labour relations and OHS wit...

  • Lowe’s Has Increased Earnings

    Lowe's Companies, Inc. had net earnings of $2.3 billion for the first quarter of 2021 compared to net earnings of $1.3 billion in the first quarter of 2020. Net sales were $24.4 billion for the qu...

  • BUILDEX To Offer Online And In-person Events

    BUILDEX is hosting an online event in September that will feature educational programming, networking, and micro events. BUILDEX Vancouver, in participation with IDS (Interior Design Show) Vancouver,...

  • Optimism Rises Among Consumers

    Canadian consumer confidence is rising as COVID-19 vaccinations accelerate and optimism builds for an economic reopening, says a Nanos Research Group poll. Almost 45 per cent of Canadians say they thi...

  • Cabico Launches Brand Restructure

    Cabico, now Cabico&co, a North American manufacturer of cabinetry, has launched a strategic initiative, a brand restructure entitled The Evolution Project. This restructure will offer better produ...

  • Polyethylene Tape Is Flame Retardant

    Intertape Polymer Group Inc. has released a flame retardant polyethylene (PE) tape called PEFR. This product is a heavy-duty tape ideal for applications where flame retardant materials are required to...

  • BB&B Makes Changes

    John Barresi is senior vice-president of finance, chief accounting officer with Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., effective June 7. Previously, he was vice-president of global business transformation with T...

  • Home Depot Sales Rise

    The Home Depot had sales of $37.5 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of $9.2 billion, or 32.7 per cent, from the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Comparable sales for the first qua...

  • April Home Sales Decline

    National home sales were down from March to April 2021, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). National home sales declined by 12.5 per cent on a month-over-month basis in April. Month-over...

  • Smart Features Will Maximize POS Platform Value

    The total value of global transactions processed by point-of-sale (POS) terminals will exceed $17.3 trillion in 2026, from $14.8 trillion in 2021, up 28 per cent, says a study by Juniper Research. The...

  • Schneider Electric Launches Square D Wiring Devices

    Schneider Electric, a global company that specializes in sustainable energy management and automation, has launched Square D Wiring Devices in Canada. Designed with form, function, and convenience in...

  • Leland Joins Masonite

    Richard Leland is vice-president, finance and treasurer at Masonite International Corporation. Previously, he was vice-president of finance and corporate treasurer at Office Depot.

  • ToughBuilt Has Strong First Quarter Revenues

    Construction product design, manufacturer, and distributor ToughBuilt Industries, Inc. had revenues of $12.3 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 214 per cent compared to revenues of...

  • Strong Consumer Demand Boosts Lumber Liquidators Sales

    Lumber Liquidators had net sales of $283.5 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of six per cent compared to the first quarter of 2020. Comparable store sales for the quarter increased 6....

  • West Fraser Sales Up 81 Per Cent

    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. had sales of $2.34 billion in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 81 per cent compared to sales in the first quarter of 2020. Earnings increased to $665 million, or 2...

  • Housing Market Surge Propels Manufacturing Sales

    Manufacturing sales rose 3.5 per cent to $57.8 billion in March ‒ the highest level since June 2019 ‒ on higher sales in 17 of 21 industries, led by the motor vehicle, petroleum, and coal and food pro...

  • Employees Biggest Concern Is Timely Pay

    While employers frequently turn to 'perks' such as free lunches, casual dress, gym memberships and pet-friendly offices to try to connect with the next generation, younger workers are not as d...

  • Amazon Increases BC Presence

    Amazon Canada is adding five buildings to its infrastructure in Metro Vancouver, BC: a fulfillment centre, sortation centre, and three delivery stations. The growth in British Columbia will expand the...

  • Fiserv Partners With PayBright

    Small business owners using the Clover platform from Fiserv, a provider of payments and financial services technology solutions, now have the option to offer PayBright's buy now, pay later (BNPL)...

  • FRP Fabric Is Heaviest Code Listing Option

    Simpson Strong-Tie’s 44-oz. CSS-CUCF44F is an easy-to-saturate carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) fabric to its family of Composite Strengthening Systems for the structural reinforcement and...

  • Housing Markets Drive Brampton Brick Earnings

    Brampton Brick Limited had a net loss of $262,000 for the first quarter of 2021 compared to a net loss of $5.97 million for the first quarter of 2020. Revenues for the quarter increased to $36.3 milli...

  • Owens Corning First Quarter Sales Up 20 Per Cent

    Owens Corning had consolidated net sales of $1.9 billion for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 20 per cent compared to net sales of $ 1.6 billion in the first quarter of 2020. Net earnings for...

  • Shively Named Home Merchandise Manager

    Stacey Shively is senior vice-president and general merchandise manager for home at Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. She has more than 25 years of retail experience in merchandising, product development, an...

  • Canadian Tire Has Strong First Quarter

    Comparable sales in the retail segment at Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited grew 19.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2021. This was driven by double digit growth in over 60 per cent of product cate...

  • Duradek Upgrades Online Design Tool

    Duradek has upgraded Dek-Vision by Duradek, its online design tool for vinyl membranes. The tool, which assists homeowners, builders, and remodelers in creating deck makeover plans, has been updated w...

  • Pandemic Increasing Renovation Spend

    The average consumer spend on home renovations has increased by 15 per cent since the pandemic started, Sensibill, a provider of everyday financial tools and SKU-level insights, in ‘Barcode Repo...

  • Residential Sector Leads Construction Gains

    Total investment in building construction increased 5.9 per cent to $18.6 billion in March, led by the residential sector, says Statistics Canada. On a constant dollar basis, investment was up 5.2 per...

  • Home Hardware To Host Virtual Fall Market

    Home Hardware will hold its ‘2021 Virtual Fall Market’ from September 27 to October 4. This eight-day event will provide its entire community with an opportunity to connect and for dealers...

  • JELD-WEN Invests In North Carolina Facilities

    JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. is expanding its footprint in Statesville, NC, where it will open a manufacturing facility to grow its VPI Quality Windows brand. VPI provides custom windows for multi-family an...

  • Wall Decals Feature Augmented Reality

    Quinco & Cie has launched Wall Stories, a line of interactive wall decals that use augmented reality (AR) to stir creativity and imaginative play through the Wall Stories App. Wall Stories is an i...

  • Spectrum Brands Has High Volumes

    Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. had net sales of $1,149.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2021, an increase of 22.6 per cent compared to net sales of $937.8 million in the second quarter o...

  • Sustained Demand Boosts Trex Sales

    Trex Company, Inc. had consolidated net sales of $246 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 23 per cent over the first quarter of 2020. Trex residential products net sales increased 25...

  • Women Lead Kitchen And Bath Home Improvement Purchases

    Women accounted for more than half of kitchen and bath home improvement purchases in 2020, says a study by the NPD Group, Inc. (NPD). Sixty per cent of those purchases were made online and 52 per cent...

  • Lightspeed Teams With Google

    Lightspeed, a provider of cloud-based, omnichannel commerce platforms, has integrated Google tools directly into its platform to help independent businesses globally when they re-open and expand their...

  • Lowe's Introduces Products Guide

    Lowe’s Companies has introduced its inaugural ‘Lowe’s List for Innovation,’ a curated guide to innovative products available at the retailer’s U.S. stores. Handpicked by...

  • Cabinet Sales Growth Continues

    Kitchen cabinet manufacturers had a continued surge in cabinet sales in March, up 17.9 per cent compared to March 2020, says the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s (KCMA) monthly &lsquo...

  • CanWel Has Strong First Quarter

    CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd. had consolidated revenues of $519.9 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 59.1 per cent compared to revenues in the first quarter of 2020. The incr...

  • Residential Roofing Boosts Beacon Earnings

    Beacon had net sales of $1,318 million for the second quarter of its fiscal 2021 year, an increase of 10.1 per cent over net sales of $1,197.1 for the second quarter of 2020. The increase reflects str...

  • SMB Grant Programs Falling Behind

    With a growing number of regions now in lockdown, provincial small business grant programs are falling behind the economic damage business owners are facing across Canada, says the Canadian Federation...

  • Quebecers Want The Country Life

    In a potential post-COVID-19 pandemic world, the ideal future home for one in three Quebecers would be in the country, says a ‘RE/MAX Real Estate Index.’ This is a dramatic jump from sprin...

  • Giant Tiger Celebrates 60 Years

    Giant Tiger celebrated its 60-year anniversary with a livestream concert on May 3 on its official French and English Facebook pages. The event featured artists such as Gowan, Eric Ethridge, Kalsey Kul...

  • Aging Population Drives Growth For Gutter Guards

    Growth for gutter guards in the U.S. will continue to outpace gains for gutters and downspouts overall as these products see increasing use – especially in the residential market – as cons...

  • Scotts Has Strong Sales

    Scotts Miracle-Gro Company had sales of $1.83 billion for the second quarter of its fiscal 2021 year, up 32 per cent from $1.38 billion in the second quarter of 2020. Sales for the U.S. consumer segme...

  • Selling Prices Boosts Taiga Revenue

    Taiga Building Products Ltd. had consolidated net sales of $535.9 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 67 per cent compared to net sales of $320.3 million in the first quarter of 2020...

  • Renovation Materials Lead Retail Sales Increase

    In the month of February, retail sales increased 2.2 per cent to $43.9 billion, says Statistics Canada. Higher sales were reported in 10 of the 19 product categories and, as prices and demand remained...

  • Greater Vancouver Home Sales Boom

    Home sales in Greater Vancouver, BC, shot up 342.6 per cent in April, compared to the same month last year. However, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says this doesn't tell the whole sto...

  • Cornerstone Acquires Prime Window Systems

    Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc., a manufacturer of exterior building products in North America, has acquired Colorado-based Prime Window Systems, a manufacturer of energy efficient vinyl window and...

  • Royal Building Products Adds Cedar Renditions

    Royal Building Products has added soffits to its Cedar Renditions line of aluminum siding, available for both U.S. and Canadian markets. Exclusive to the Canadian market is Royal’s 8-inch siding...

  • Unit Pricing Boosts Masonite Sales

    Masonite International Corporation had net sales of $646 million in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 17 per cent over net sales of $551 million in the first quarter of 2020. The increase was...

  • Pricing Impacts Stella-Jones Earnings

    Stella-Jones Inc., a producer of pressure-treated wood products, had sales of $623 million for the first quarter of 2021, up $115 million over sales of $508 million in the first quarter of 2020. The i...

  • Construction Costs Are Up

    Residential building construction prices went up 5.6 per cent in the first quarter, the largest increase since 2017, says Statistics Canada. A shortage of construction materials saw the price for soft...

  • Home Sales To Moderate

    With economic growth, employment, and net migration helping Canada recover from losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, home sales will moderate from unsustainable 2020 levels, but remain elevat...

  • Acoustic Panels Help Reduce Foot Traffic Noise

    SONOpan’s SONOpanX eliminates overhead impact noise with the proven results of its original wall and ceiling soundproofing panels. A solution that’s lightweight and easy to cut and install...

  • Smart Home Popularity To Drive Smart Plug Market

    The global smart plug market size is expected to reach US$20.84 billion by 2028, says a report by Million Insights. It is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 36.2 per cent from 2021...

  • Brown Joins TORBSA

    Stacey Brown is group services manager at TORBSA. She will also take on a marketing lead role. She has a background working with small business, developing marketing strategies, and utilizing resource...

  • Acquisition Boosts Lawson Sales

    Lawson Products, Inc. had net sales of $103.6 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 13.8 per cent compared to sales of $91 million in the first quarter of 2020. Partsmaster, an MRO com...

  • Higher Prices Drive LP Sales Growth

    Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP Building Products) had net sales of $1 billion for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 74 per cent over net sales in the first quarter of 2020. LP SmartSide net...

  • GTA Has Record Home Sales

    Home sales in the Greater Toronto, ON, Area have set a record for April, more than quadrupling year-over-year, from when the pandemic first began and the economic impact of COVID-19 was considered at...

  • Peavey Industries Moves Forward With Growth Strategy

    Peavey Industries has broken ground for its flagship store in Red Deer, AB. The location of the 40,000-square-foot store will allow for easy entry, access, and loading of large items on trucks and tra...

  • M-D Building Products Acquires Cardinal Aluminum Co.

    Oklahoma City-based M-D Building Products, Inc., a manufacturer of residential and commercial weatherization, flooring, caulking, and specialty extrusion products, has acquired the assets of Cardinal...

  • Outdoor Lighting Sales Boosted By Outdoor Living Boom

    In contrast to the much larger commercial market, which experienced a decline due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the residential market for outdoor lighting fixtures grew at a healthy pace i...

  • Bennett Joins Beacon

    Jonathan S. Bennett is executive vice-president and chief commercial officer at Beacon. Previously, he was executive vice-president, merchandising and supply chain at Total Wine & More. He has als...

  • Weyerhaeuser Has Record Earnings

    Weyerhaeuser Company had net earnings of $681 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase over net sales of $150 million in the first quarter of 2020. Net sales for the quarter were $2.5 billio...

  • Griffon Revenues Up 12 Per Cent

    Griffon Corporation had consolidated revenue of $634.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 ended March 31. This is a 12 per cent increase compared to the prior-year quarter revenue of $566.4...

  • Building Permits Continue Growth

    March marked the third consecutive month of record-setting numbers as building permits rose 5.7 per cent to $10.9 billion, reflecting a booming residential sector, says Statistics Canada. The resident...

  • Calgary Home Sales Rise Despite Crisis

    Calgary, AB, set a new record for April home sales as the market continued to rebound from lows triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, says the Calgary Real Estate Board. During the month, 3,209 homes we...

  • Employees More Loyal Despite Challenges

    Amid the elevated anxiety, stress, and exhaustion during COVID-19, the pandemic has also resulted in improved loyalty to employers and a stronger sense of purpose in the workforce, says a poll by KPMG...

  • UCFP Acquires Western Canada Distributor

    Upper Canada Forests Products Ltd. (UCFP) has acquired Pioneer Distributors Ltd., based in Richmond, BC. UCFP is part of the UCS Forest Group of Companies and has facilities in Vancouver, Victoria, an...

  • Cub Cadet Electrifies Residential Lawn Care Line

    Cub Cadet is launching a full electric lineup of its top-selling models and redesigned them as fully-electric lithium-ion units. The lineup provides all the tools needed to fine-tune a lawn – no...

  • Resolute Gains From Lumber Tailwind

    Resolute Forest Products Inc. had net income of $87 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to net loss of $1 million for the first quarter of 2020. Sales for the quarter were $873 million, an...

  • Pricing Impacts JELD-WEN Earnings

    JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. had net revenue of $1,092.4 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 11.6 per cent compared to revenue of $979.2 million for the first quarter of 2020. Adjusted ear...

  • Government Support Important To Business Survival

    The top three measures taken by Canadian businesses to help them persevere through the pandemic are participation in government initiatives (such as CEBA, wage subsidies, rent, and tax deferrals), cos...

  • Regal ideas’ DeckStars Win At NADRA

    Regal ideas Inc., manufacturer of aluminum railing systems, joined forces with Simcoe Decks, Ridgeline Decks, and Wood Bully to create some of the winning entries at the ‘11th Annual North Ameri...

  • Home Hardware Most Trusted Retailer

    Home Hardware Stores Limited has been named one of the ‘Top 10 Most Trusted Brands in Canada’ in the ‘2021 Gustavson Brand Trust Index’ (GBTI). Home Hardware placed first in th...

  • Canada Invests In Mental Health Support Resources

    For the 70th anniversary of ‘Mental Health Week’ with communities, workplaces, and schools, Filomena Tassi, Canada’s minister of labour, reminds Canadians and workplaces to help prom...

  • Pelletier Joins Lafarge Canada

    Stéphane Pelletier is general manager at Lafarge Canada, Ready-Mix division. Previously, he was owner of Béton Mobile du Québec (BMQ), a concrete delivery company, which has been...

  • ASSA ABLOY Sales Slide

    ASSA ABLOY had net sales of SEK21,805 million for the first quarter of 2021, a decrease of two per cent compared to net sales of SEK22,173 million. The company’s operating income increased by 16...

  • Sales Climb For Grainger

    Grainger had sales of $3.1 billion for the first quarter of 2021, up 2.8 per cent compared to the first quarter 2020. Gross margin for the quarter was 35.5 per cent, a 190 basis point decline over the...

  • Younger Consumers To Spend More On Improvements

    Younger consumers – aged 18 to 29 – plan to spend more than other age groups on home improvements, planning an average of $2,241 on home improvements and maintenance in 2021, says a survey...

  • TORBSA Joins Well Made Here Program

    Buying group TORBSA Ltd. has joined the Well Made Here organization as a Major Partner. With roughly 30 points of sale, the group is headquartered in Bolton, ON, and has been in business for more than...

  • New Brunswick To Get Walmart Distribution Centre

    Walmart Canada is investing more than $56 million to open a new distribution centre in Moncton, NB. The new centre will be 221,000 square feet, reduce distance for deliveries to each store, and provid...

  • BB&B Brings Same Day Delivery To Canada

    Bed Bath & Beyond has partnered with DoorDash to provide same day delivery services to customers in Canada. The service follows the introduction last year of buy-online-pickup-in-store (BOPIS) and...

  • Stanley B&D Has Robust First Quarter

    Stanley Black & Decker had net sales of $4.2 billion for the first quarter of 2021, up 34 per cent versus prior year from volume (29 per cent), price (two per cent) and currency (three per cent)....

  • High Lumber Prices Impact Canfor Income

    Canfor Corporation had operating income of $602.6 million for the first quarter of 2021, up from operating income of $419 million in the first quarter of 2020. The increase reflects record results for...

  • Ontario Announces COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

    The Ontario government has introduced legislation to provide up to three paid sick leave days to eligible employees if they are taken for reasons related to COVID-19, says a Hicks Morley’s &lsqu...

  • Group BMR Teams With Laurentide To Launch New Paints

    Group BMR has teamed with Société Laurentide to develop and launch a new brand of paints. Splendi and Splendi Supreme are designed for both consumers and contractors, are 100 per cent ac...

  • Liteline To Open Western Canada Location

    Liteline Corporation is establishing a western Canada regional office and distribution centre. Currently under construction in Langley, BC, the facility will service British Columbia to Saskatchewan i...

  • Steady Growth Forecast For Soft Covering Flooring

    In 2020, amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for soft covering flooring was estimated at US$86.9 billion. It is projected to reach $108.6 billion by 2027, growing at a compound annual growth r...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Releases Decorative Post Base Wrap

    Simpson Strong-Tie has added a decorative post base wrap (APBDW) to its Outdoor Accents line of code-listed wood connectors and fasteners. Outdoor Accents connectors and fasteners deliver the flexibil...

  • Sherwin-Williams Has Strong First Quarter

    The Sherwin-Williams Company had consolidated net sales of $4.66 billion for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 12.3 per cent compared to consolidated net sales in the first quarter of 2020. Ne...

  • Retail Sales Rise First Time In Three Months

    Retail sales were up 4.8 per cent to $55.1 billion in February, says Statistics Canada. Sales increased in nine of 11 subsectors, led by higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers and gasoline st...

  • Masonite Launches DuraStyle Wood Doors With AquaSeal

    Masonite International Corporation now offers DuraStyle exterior wood doors with AquaSeal technology, engineered to protect the natural beauty of wood doors. AquaSeal technology employs a patented pro...

  • Plumbing Products Lead Masco Sales

    Masco Corporation’s net sales for the first quarter of 2021 increased 25 per cent to $1,970 million over the first quarter of 2020. Plumbing products’ net sales increased 31 per cent while...

  • McDevitt Joins Beacon

    Sean M. McDevitt is executive vice-president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) at Beacon. Previously, he was executive vice-president and CHRO at Apple Leisure Group, a global travel company.

  • More Fraud Prevention Strategies Needed For eCommerce

    The value of losses due to eCommerce fraud will rise this year, from $17.5 billion in 2020 to over $20 billion by 2021; a growth of 18 per cent over a single year, says a report from Juniper Research....

  • BC To Invest In Mass Timber Construction

    The province of British Columbia is providing funding for 12 mass timber demonstration and research projects and has established a new advisory council to accelerate the adoption of mass timber buildi...

  • Amazon Tests Furniture Assembly Service

    Home Depot Inc., Lowe’s Cos Inc., and Best Buy Co. will feel the pressure of more competition from Amazon as the online retailer experiments with a premium service that lets customers opt to hav...

  • Sandwiched Blinds Provide Safety

    ODL, Inc.’s Blink Entry Doorglass feature blinds sandwiched between two panes of tempered safety glass. Designed for hinged entry doors and sidelights, the blinds have no dangling cords, providi...

  • Beredo Joins Owens Corning

    Gina Beredo will be executive vice-president, general counsel, and corporate secretary with Owens Corning, effective June 9. She will join the company from Nordson Corporation, a global designer and m...

  • Favourable AUV Helps Armstrong Sales

    Armstrong World Industries, Inc. had consolidated sales of $251.9  million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 1.3 per cent over sales of $248.7 million in the first quarter of 2020. Th...

  • March GTA New Home Market Strong

    The Greater Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) new home market saw a very strong month in March, with sales of both single-family homes and condominium apartments above last year and above the 10-year average, s...

  • Walmart U.S. To Remove Pick Up Towers

    On the heels of a move away from the use of mobile robots in store aisles to keep track of inventory, Walmart is now removing automated pick-up towers from most of its U.S. stores, says the Wall Stree...

  • LegalShield Offers Legal Plans

    With millions of small business owners struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, LegalShield Canada is offering a suite of small business legal plans, including a trial defence supplement for member...

  • Spectrum Brands To Acquire Rejuvenate

    Home products company Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. plans to acquire For Life Products, LLC – also known as Rejuvenate – a manufacturer in the household cleaning, maintenance, and restora...

  • Partnership Brings Smart Glass To Homeowners

    Marvin, a manufacturer of windows, doors, and skylights, has partnered with Halio, Inc., the developer and manufacturer of Halio smart-tinting glass. This partnership allows Marvin and Halio to bring...

  • ToughBuilt Revenues Up 106 Per Cent

    ToughBuilt Industries, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of tools and accessories for the professional and do-it-yourself construction industries, had revenues of $39.4 million for the fiscal year...

  • Multiple Urban Leads Housing Starts Increase

    The standalone monthly SAAR of housing starts for all areas in Canada was 335,200 units in March, an increase of 21.6 per cent from 275,567 units in February, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp...

  • Canac Target Of Cyber Attack

    Quebec-based hardware chain Canac was the target of a cyber attack, causing computer failures for nearly two weeks, says a report from CBC Radio-Canada. The attack took place April 9 and the retailer...

  • Bringg Focuses On Last-mile Sustainability Practices

    Bringg, a delivery and fulfillment cloud platform provider, has launched its ‘BringgGreen Sustainability Tech Practice.’ Its solutions focus on green fleet selection, carbon reporting, tra...

  • Strong Growth Forecast For Fireproof Insulation

    The market valuation of fireproof insulation will cross US$30 billion by 2027, says a report by Global Market Insights Inc. The rising adoption of thermal insulative materials in energy-efficient buil...

  • GAF Introduces Recycled Asphalt Shingles

    GAF, a Standard Industries company, will offer a patented shingle recycling process that produces asphalt roofing shingles containing recycled material from post-consumer and post-manufacture waste sh...

  • 2021 Budget To Offer Interest-free Retrofit Loans

    The 2021 federal budget proposes to provide $17.6 billion towards a green recovery to create jobs, build a clean economy, and fight and protect against climate change. The government of Canada says th...

  • Quebec Store Closes Doors After 75 Years

    Materiaux Goudreau Et Fils, a Home Hardware store based in Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, QC, is closing its doors after 75 years in business, says Le Nouvelliste, a regional newspaper in Trois-Rivièr...

  • Lowe’s Companies Acquires STAINMASTER Brand

    Lowe's Companies, Inc. has acquired the STAINMASTER brand, advancing the home improvement retailer's ‘Total Home’ strategy. With this acquisition, Lowe's will build on its deca...

  • STRASSER Adds Medicine Cabinets

    STRASSER has added two medicine cabinet storage collections designed to co-ordinate with the company’s luxury bath vanities. Consumers can opt for a handcrafted, solid wood cabinet or the more h...

  • Whirlpool Delivers Strong First Quarter Results

    Whirlpool Corporation had net sales of $5.4 billion for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 23.9 per cent compared to net sales of $4.3 billion in the first quarter of 2020. The increase was dri...

  • 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

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  • West Fraser Georgia Lumber Mill Construction On Track

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  • Lockdowns Affect Dollarama Sales

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  • Homeowners Planning Spring Home Improvement Projects

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  • March Consumer Confidence Shows Strength

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