• National Home Sales Continue Slide

    Home sales across Canada fell by 5.3 per cent in July compared with June while actual (not seasonally adjusted) monthly activity came in 29.3 per cent below July 2021, says the Canadian Real Estate As...

  • Work starts On Val-Morin Location

    MATÉRIAUX PONT-MASSON, a Canadian hardware and renovation retailer that joined Groupe BMR’s network in July 2022, has started construction on a new branch in Val-Morin, QC. This location...

  • Sage Launches Canadian Payroll Platform

    Sage, a financial, HR, and payroll technology company for small- and mid-sized businesses, has launched the Canadian release of Sage Payroll, which integrates accounting, payroll, and HR functions int...

  • Torque Wrench Ideal For Commercial Applications

    The DEWALT 20V MAX XR ½-inch High Torque Impact Wrench with Hog Ring Anvil is designed to provide strong torque for tough fastening jobs. Delivering 1,030 foot pounds of max fastening torque an...

  • Moorehouse To Manage Private Brands

    Tracy Moorehouse is private brands manager at Home Hardware Stores Limited. She will manage Home’s private brand portfolio including redesign and packaging and play a lead role in executing Home...

  • Trex Grows In Second Quarter

    Trex Company had net sales of $386 million in the second quarter of 2022, a 24 per cent increase on a year-over-year basis. Residential contributed $374 million of the sales, a 25 per cent increase, w...

  • Masonite Numbers Increase

    Masonite International had net sales of $762 million in the second quarter of 2022, a 15 per cent increase from $662 million earned during the same time last year. The increase is a result of steady d...

  • Construction Investment Up In June

    Investment in building construction edged up 0.3 per cent to $20.8 billion in June, says Statistics Canada. Gains in the non-residential sector (2.4 per cent) helped keep overall investment...

  • Canadian Tire Faces Higher Inventory

    A late start to warm weather sales combined with early shipments of fall and winter products has left Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. facing higher than usual inventory. It had an additional $465.6 million i...

  • Ace Continues Opening Stores

    Ace Hardware continued it busy 2022 with the opening of its 105th new store, with plans to open an additional 60 by the end of the year. To keep pace with the growth, the company will add 4.4 million...

  • LP Second Quarter Sales Slide

    Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) had net sales of $1,130 million in the second quarter of 2022, a decrease of three per cent over net sales of $1,168 million in the second quarter of 2021. This incl...

  • Acquisitions Help Stella-Jones Sales

    Stella-Jones Inc. had sales of $907 million for the second quarter of 2022, up from sales of $903 million in the second quarter of 2021. The increase was mostly due to acquisitions with flat sales of...

  • Homeowners Plan To Renovate

    When it comes to planning for home renovation, 50 per cent of U.S. homeowners plan to pursue additional projects in the next six months, up from 38 per cent in January 2021, says Modernize Home Servic...

  • CAMO Launches Website

    CAMO has launched a Canadian-dedicated website for easy to access guides on decks and tools. The website gives visitors access to resources such as the CAMO product catalog and training guide, with vi...

  • HGTV Sets 2023 Colour Trends

    HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams unveiled the ‘Vintage Homestead’ as its 2023 Colour Collection of the Year and ‘Darkroom’ as the 2023 Colour of the Year. Available exclusively at...

  • Montmarquet Has New Role

    Jillian Montmarquet is chief people officer at Aubuchon Company. She has more than 15 years of organizational growth experience within the company.

  • In Store Shopping Improves Canadian Tire Numbers

    Consolidated retail sales were up 9.9 per cent and consolidated comparable sales (excluding petroleum) were up five per cent, with growth benefiting from the breadth of its assortment and a highe...

  • Resolute Sees Second Quarter Decrease

    Resolute Forest Products had a net income of $256 million for the second quarter of 2022, a decrease from the net income of $268 million reported during the same period in 2021. Sales for the quarter...

  • Consumers Spend More On Windows And Doors

    Consumers spent more on windows and doors in the quarter ending March 2022 than the same period last year, says Traqline’s quarterly ‘U.S. Windows & Doors Market Infographic.’ Pr...

  • Furniture Orders Still Adjusting Post Pandemic

    New furniture orders were up 47 per cent in 2021 over 2020, but this comparison can be misleading, says Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants in its ‘July Furniture Insights.’ Approx...

  • Contractors Feeling Optimistic

    Construction contractors in the U.S. remain cautiously optimistic following the industry’s post-pandemic comeback, says the 2022 Marcum ‘National Construction Survey’. Close to 60 pe...

  • EBSU Expands West With Acquisition

    Quebec-based EBSU, a cabinet designer and manufacturer, will acquire Eurorite Cabinets Ltd., a manufacturing company located in Pitt Meadows, BC. The acquisition is part of EBSU’s growth plan an...

  • Whirlpool To Acquire InSinkErator

    Whirlpool Corporation will acquire InSinkErator, a manufacturer of food waste disposer and hot water dispensers, from Emerson Electric Co. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to Wh...

  • Cooling Demand Impacts Doman Revenues

    Doman Building Materials Group Ltd. had consolidated revenue of $870.7 million for the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 15 per cent compared to consolidated revenue of $756.8 million for the sec...

  • Increased Pricing Boosts Beacon Sales

    Beacon had net sales of $2.36 billion for the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 26 per cent versus net sales of $1.87 billion in the second quarter of 2021. Sales increased across all three lines...

  • Homeowners Choose Renovations

    Many homeowners are choosing to renovate their homes due to a difficult housing market and surging mortgage rates, says a study by House Market. It found 55 per cent have renovated a part of their hom...

  • Sault Home Sales See Sharp Decline

    The number of homes sold through the Sault Ste. Marie Real Estate Board totaled 149 units in July, a decrease of 37.7 per cent from the same period last year. Home sales were 21.3 per cent below the f...

  • Vlaze Joins NKBA Global Connect Program

    UK-based Vlaze, a manufacturer of porcelain enamel surfaces for the living environment, has joined the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) as a Global Connect Program member. In North Ameri...

  • Innovation Launches Outdoor Cabinetry Set

    Innovation Cabinetry has launched Endura, outdoor cabinetry designed to inspire outdoor living. The collection combines the look and feel of an indoor kitchen into an effective lifestyle solution for...

  • Griffon Numbers Increase

    Griffon Corporation had a revenue of $768.2 million for the third quarter of 2022, a 31 per cent increase compared to the same quarter last year. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation...

  • Scotts’ Numbers Decline

    Scotts Miracle-Gro’s sales declined by 26 per cent to $1.19 billion on a year-over-year basis. The U.S. consumer segment saw sales decline 14 per cent to $904.5 compared to the same time last ye...

  • Retail Sales Increase In May

    Retail sales reached $67.8 billion in May, an increase of 15.3 per cent on a year-over-year basis, says Statistics Canada. The largest contributor to the increase came from sales of automotive and hou...

  • Vancouver Home Sales Plummet

    Residential home sales in the Metro Vancouver, BC, region totalled 1,887 in July, a 43.3 per cent decrease from the 3,326 sales recorded in July last year, says a report from the Real Estate Board of...

  • U.S. Consumers Shopping On YouTube

    YouTube is the most trusted U.S. platform for social commerce with almost two-thirds of consumers saying they find YouTube somewhat or very trustworthy for finding and purchasing products, says a repo...

  • Amazon Takes On Robot Company

    Amazon plans to acquire iRobot, the home robotics firm best known for pioneering a robotic vacuum. It was founded in 1990 by MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab members. Twelve years after its founding, i...

  • Grainger Has Strong Second Quarter

    Grainger had sales of $3.8 billion in the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 19.6 per cent over sales of $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2021. Sales were up 22 per cent year-over-year on a d...

  • LL Flooring Has Positive Quarter

    LL Flooring had net sales of $229 million for the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 0.8 per cent year-over-year. Record sales to pro customers partially offset the decrease in sales. Comparable s...

  • Small Business Owners Optimistic

    About 60 per cent of small business owners and self-employed professionals are confident their business will be successful in the second half of 2022, says a survey from Zensurance. On top of this how...

  • Peavey Mart Celebrates Grand Opening

    Peavey Mart has celebrated the grand opening of its Peace River, AB store that is double the size of its original store in Dawson Creek, BC. It has been serving western Canada since 1967 as a hardware...

  • GTA Homes Sales Nosedive

    There were 4,912 home sales in the Greater Toronto-ON Area in July, says the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB), a 47 per cent decrease year-over-year. New listings saw a slight decl...

  • Tando Introduces Composite Technology

    Tando has introduced new composite technology for its five-inch shingle Beach House Shake as substitution over natural cedar shingles. Composite technology provides the shingle with realism, durabilit...

  • Mallon Joins Classic Fire + Life Safety

    Andy Mallon is chief financial officer at Classic Fire + Life Safety. He has 20 years of financial management experience in several industries including retail, wholesale distribution, and financial c...

  • Amazon Second Quarter In Red

    Amazon.com, Inc. had net sales of $121.2 billion in the second quarter of 2022, an increase of seven per cent compared with net sales of $113.1 billion in second quarter of 2021. Operating income decr...

  • Newell Oversees Mixed Quarter

    Newell Brands had net sales of $2.5 billion for the second quarter of 2022, a 6.5 per cent decline year-over-year. Core sales for the company grew 1.7 per cent compared with the prior year period, wit...

  • Retailers Must Ramp Up Emotionally Positive Experiences

    Positive emotional experiences can help retailers build trust and loyalty with their customers. This is a key performance indicator (KPI) that should be on business radars as consumers say their exper...

  • Building Permit Value Decreases

    The total value of building permits in Canada decreased by 1.5 per cent in June to $11.9 billion compared to the previous month, says a report from Statistics Canada. The value of residential permits...

  • Elemental Launches Exotic Wood Resource Site

    Exotic hardwood flooring supplier Elemental Hardwoods has launched an educational website to inform contractors, homeowners, distributors, and wholesalers about the value, beauty, and efficacy of the...

  • Liteline Expands Product Line

    Liteline is expanding its line of products with two additions. The Moon Puck is a millwork fixture that uses wall wash optics to alter angular distribution of the 60-degree beam spread. With an output...

  • Owens Corning Has Positive Quarter

    Owens Corning had net sales of $2.6 billion for the second quarter of 2022, a 16 per cent increase year-over-year. The company saw net earnings rise by 15 per cent in the quarter from $298 million to...

  • Canfor Oversees Quarterly Dip

    Canfor Corporation’s operating income was $532 million for the second quarter of 2022, a decrease from the operating income of $741.9 from the first quarter of 2022. This comes because of lower...

  • Carbullido Has New Role

    Felix Carbullido is president of Williams Sonoma. He joined the firm in 2009 and served most recently as chief marketing officer.

  • Aging Population Hindering Labour Market Growth

    The employment rate for Canadians between 15 and 64 years of age (working age) is at a historic high, but the overall labour market has yet to fully recover from the pandemic-induced recession due to...

  • Canadian Retailer Partners With Italian Manufacturers

    Kitchen cabinet retailer Sunrise Kitchens is spicing up its inventory by partnering with Italian cabinet brands Arredo3, dallagnese, and Fogher. Based in Surrey, BC, with a 4,500-square-foot showroom,...

  • Owens Corning Completes Acquisition

    Owens Corning has completed the acquisition of Illinois-based Natural Polymers, LLC, a manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam insulation for building and construction applications. “Natural Pol...

  • LP Completes Sale

    LP Building Solutions has completed the sale of its engineered wood products (EWP) business to Pacific Woodtech for $210 million. The acquisition includes LP’s laminated veneer lumber and I-jois...

  • Hofer Takes Western Helm

    Steven Hofer is president and chief executive officer at Western Forest Products, Inc., effective September 7. Previously, he developed the digital technology strategy at BID Group.

  • Masco Has Positive Quarter

    Masco Corporation saw sales increase eight per cent to $2.352 million for the second quarter of 2022 on a year-over-year basis. North American sales were positive for the company, increasing 11 per ce...

  • Pricing Helps Sherwin-Williams Sales

    The Sherwin-Williams Company had net sales of $5.87 billion in the second quarter of its fiscal 2022 year, up 9.2 per cent over net sales of $5.38 billion in the second quarter of 2021. The company sa...

  • Canada Calls For Net-Zero Proposals

    The government of Canada has launched its first call for proposals for the ‘Toward Net-Zero Homes and Communities’ program. This program offers funding for projects that explore and implem...

  • Economy Optimism Plummets

    Optimism around Canada’s economy dipped steeply in the last quarter, says a survey of senior business leaders by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). Optimism about the...

  • CGC To Build Alberta Plant

    CGC Inc., the Canadian division of USG Corporation, plans to build a state-of-the-art wallboard manufacturing plant in Wheatland County, AB. This $210 million investment reinforces the company's c...

  • Home Depot Improves Sustainability, Diversity Numbers

    The Home Depot reduced its combined scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by approximately 172,000 metric tons in 2021. The company also reduced its electricity consumption by approximately 11 per cent year-...

  • BC Invests In Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy

    Over the past two years, British Columbia has invested $200,000 in Deadwood Innovations, a joint venture with the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation, to support the creation of jobs in rural c...

  • Saint-Gobain Completes Acquisition

    Saint-Gobain has completed the acquisition of Kaycan, a manufacturer and distributor of exterior building materials in Canada and the United States. The deal helps expand Saint-Gobain’s stature...

  • Liteline Appoints TMC

    TMC Sales will represent Liteline Corporation in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. TMC is a lighting and controls focused agency based in Winnipeg, MB, calling on all market segments. Its primary ini...

  • Kitchen Faucet Provides Multiple Features

    The Norden kitchen faucet from Pfister incorporates innovative features with a transitional look that fits any style of kitchen. It includes multiple new features including HydroBlade, MagnePfit, and...

  • West Fraser See Numbers Decline

    West Fraser Timber had a revenue of $762 million for the second quarter of 2022, down from $1.09 billion in the first quarter of 2022. The company had sales of $2.887 billion in the quarter, which is...

  • Small Business Confidence Falling

    The three-month index for small business confidence fell eight points to 46.7, while the 12-month index fell seven points t 52.7 in July, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) &l...

  • Correction Leads To Layoffs

    Shopify is laying off 10 per cent of its workforce (approximately 1,000 employees) because the eCommerce increase fueled by the pandemic is not as permanent as the company thought it would be. In a po...

  • Global Fencing Market To See Gains

    The value of the global fencing market reached US$25.3 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3 per cent from 2022 to 2031, says a report by Transparen...

  • Liteline Appoints Northern Ontario Representative

    Resilient Sales is representative for Liteline Corporation’s specification and project business in Northern Ontario. Resilient offers over 20 years of experience in the lighting and controls ind...

  • Corning Sales Up

    Corning Incorporated saw net sales increase by three per cent from $3.5 billion to $3.6 billion on a year-over-year basis for the second quarter of 2022. Core sales saw a seven per cent rise from the...

  • Canadians Staying Away From Big Purchases

    Three quarters of Canadians (75 per cent) say they are currently not looking to make a major purchase with inflation rates reaching highs not seen in decades, says a report from Angus Reid Institute....

  • Strong Growth Forecast For House Wrap Market

    The global market for house wraps estimated at US$4.4 billion in 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of $6.5 billion in 2026, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.7 per cent, says a re...

  • Henkel Invests In Hardwood Technology Company

    Henkel Adhesive Technologies, through Henkel Tech Ventures, is investing in 3RT, a company that develops low-value wood fibre into hardwood products. Based in Melbourne, Australia, 3RT and its partner...

  • Lowe’s Hosts Sourcing Forum

    ‘Into the Blue: Lowe’s Product Pitch Event’ is the company’s largest product sourcing forum to date. Entrepreneurs and business pf all sizes can apply for a chance to participa...

  • Edge-Tie System Designed For Easier Use

    Simpson Strong-Tie’s Edge-Tie system is designed to replace traditional bent plates with an extruded steel beam of higher strength. It is more dimensionally reliable while enabling a bolted clad...

  • Armstrong Has Strong Quarter

    Armstrong World Industries saw a 15 per cent increase in net sales for the second quarter of 2022 on a year-over-year basis. The company’s operating income decreased by nine per.

  • Compensation Top Factor For Talent Retention

    Nearly a quarter of Canadians (24 per cent) changed jobs in recent months, underlining the importance of retaining talent for employers, says a survey by ADP Canada. The survey identifies compensation...

  • Global Faucet Market Expected To Grow

    The global faucet market reached a value of $24.9 billion in 2021, with the market expected to reach $39.8 billion by 2027 based on a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.99 per cent from 2022 to 2...

  • Simplicity Works For Summer Bathrooms

    Brightening bathroom spaces with colour and appliances can help create a dreamy coastal bathroom for the summer, says American Standard. A white base for a potential bathroom DIY helps create the feel...

  • Securitas Finalizes Stanley Security Acquisition

    Security services firm Securitas AB has completed its acquisition of the electronic security solutions business, Stanley Security, from Stanley Black & Decker Inc. The company says the acquisition...

  • Benjamin Moore Enhances Paint

    Benjamin Moore has introduced Ben Interior paint with an enhanced formula. The new formula allows for easier application and is easier to touch up and maintain. The paint’s low-odour, zero-VOC f...

  • Customizable Dashboard Collects Data

    The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has launched a ‘Retail Pulse Dashboard,’ a customizable tool to help retailers and their business partners access data. The tool collects and consolidate...

  • Blade Has Safety Guard Tips For Cutting

    OLFA Corporation’s SK-16 Quick Change Concealed Blade Safety Knife is engineered for ease of use and safe application. The limited blade exposure is designed for optimal hand safety to prevent c...

  • WernerCo Makes Appointments

    Don Freeman is president of the North American professional business unit at WernerCo. He has spent the last four years as senior vice-president of sales. Kevin Blossom is president of the North Ameri...

  • Whirlpool Sales Dip

    Whirlpool Corporation posted mixed second-quarter 2022 results as earnings beat the estimate, while the top line missed the same. Both metrics declined year over year. Results were hurt by the ongoing...

  • Home Sales To See Big Drop

    Canada’s largest bank has downgraded its outlook for the housing market and is now forecasting a “historic correction,” worse than any other decline seen in the country in the last 4...

  • New Homes Drive Kitchen and Bath Spend

    Spending on kitchen and bath projects in North America may reach $189 billion in 2022, a 16 per cent increase from 2021, says the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) ‘2022 Kitch...

  • Trex Launches Hotline

    Trex has launched Pro2Pro, a free hotline program that connects deck builders with real-time installation support from experts on its RainEscape deck drainage system. The program helps at all levels,...

  • Western Forest Products Acquires Calvert

    Integrated forest products company Western Forest Products will acquire certain assets of Calvert Company. Located in Washington State, Calvert is one of the oldest glulam manufacturers in the U.S., w...

  • LightForm Adds TOOY To Portfolio

    LightForm has added TOOY to its portfolio of international lighting brands. Made in Italy, TOOY lights combine original concepts, fresh outlooks, and experimentation with innovative materials. The com...

  • Water Heater Handles Multiple Demands

    The Essency EXR water heater has an 80-gallon first hour rating (FHR) that can supply hot water to handle multiple demands. Its 80-gallon capacity is contained in a sleek, durable polymer tank that ta...

  • Meyers Has New Role

    Trish Meyers is associate vice-president, agriculture and home, at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). In this role, she will provide ongoing strategic leadership for both the agricultural solution...

  • RPM Posts Record Numbers

    RPM International had net sales of $1.98 million for the fourth quarter of 2022, a 13.7 per cent increase from the $1.74 billion reported in the year-ago period. The company’s net income increas...

  • Aesthetics Drive Renovations

    Homeowners renovate primarily for aesthetic reasons (61 per cent), but many also do it to increase the value of their property (52 per cent), says a survey by RenoAssistance. Maintenance (40 per cent)...

  • Canada Invests In Hybrid Timber Floor Systems

    The government of Canada will contribute over $550,000 to the hybrid timber floor system (HTFA)project led by EllisDon and DIALOG. Funded through the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program,...

  • Strong Growth Forecast For Instant Water Heaters

    The global instant water heater market reached a value of US$3.13 billion in 2021. Looking forward, the market is forecast to reach $4.92 billion by 2027, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2 p...

  • Tando Adds To Composite Offering

    Tando, the composite exterior cladding brand of Derby Building Products, is introducing composite technology to its five-inch shingle Beach House Shake. This comes after a high consumer demand for nat...

  • Diaz Joins Castle

    Lillian Diaz is business development manager, Ontario, at Castle Building Centres. She joins the company with decades of experience in the lumber and building materials segment and will play a key rol...

  • Composite Decking Drives UFP Sales

    UFP Industries, Inc. had net sales of $2.9 billion for the second quarter of 2022, a seven per cent increase over net sales of $2.7 billion in the second quarter of 2021. New product sales were $181 m...

  • Retail Sales Up In May

    Retail sales increased 2.2 per cent to $62.2 billion in May on a month-over-month basis, says a report by Statistics Canada. Sales were up in eight of 11 subsectors, representing 86.6 per cent of reta...

  • Homeowner Spending To Cool In 2023

    Annual growth in U.S. homeowner spending for improvements and repair is expected to dip during the first half of next year, says the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from the Remodeling...

  • Strong Sales In Cabinet Category

    Sales of cabinets were up 20 per cent in May compared to May 2021, says the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s (KCMA) monthly ‘Trend of Business Survey.’ Participating cabin...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Expands Screw Line

    Simpson Strong-Tie has expanded its line of Strong-Drive premium screws designed to provide structural fastening solutions for the construction and repair of mass timber assemblies and structures. The...

  • Gillette Joins RPM

    Bryan R. Gillette is vice-president of internal audit and chief audit executive for RPM. Previously, he worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, where he held roles as assistant controller, Nor...

  • Supply Chain Issues Driving Inflation

    Consumers’ expectations for inflation have risen and they believe supply chain issues are a key driver behind the rise, says the Bank of Canada’s ‘Canadian Survey of Consumer Expecta...

  • Business Investment Slowest In Maritimes

    Business investment in the three maritime provinces has been below the average for the rest of Canada since at least 1990 and that has contributed significantly to the region’s slower economic g...

  • LP Celebrates 50 Years Of Innovation

    LP Building Solutions is celebrating its 50th anniversary after five decades of innovation in the building materials industry. First incorporated on July 20, 1972, LP’s pioneering roots date bac...

  • Pivotree Launches Upgraded WMS Platform

    Pivotree Inc., a provider of commerce solutions, has launched its latest Pivotree Warehouse Management System (WMS). This platform supports multiple brands and warehouses with complex and varied busin...

  • Acquisition Delayed

    ASSA ABLOY´s acquisition of the hardware and home improvement (HHI) division of Spectrum Brands, which was announced December 2021, will be delayed. Originally set to close during 2022, ASSA ABL...

  • Light Dimmer Inhibits Mould, Mildew Growth

    Leviton’s Antimicrobial Treated Decora Slide Dimmer is treated to keep the dimmer surface cleaner by inhibiting the growth of mould, mildew, fungi, and odour-causing bacteria between normal clea...

  • Caballero Leads Building Solutions

    Andres Caballero is president of building solutions – North America division, and a member of the executive committee at Uponor Corporation. Previously, he worked at Honeywell International Inc.

  • Updated Digital Law Advocates Responsible Data Use

    The Canadian government has introduced the ‘Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2022’ to strengthen Canada’s private sector privacy law, create new rules for the responsible developm...

  • APA Announces Award Recipients

    APA -The Engineered Wood Association awarded Resolute Engineered Wood and West Fraser with the ‘Safest Company Award’ in their respective categories as part of the APA Safety and Health Aw...

  • Electric Trucks Eligible For Government Funding

    Lion Electric Company customers in Canada can now receive up to $150,000 in funding under Transport Canada's ‘Incentives for Medium and Heavy-duty Zero-Emission Vehicles’ (iMHZEV) prog...

  • CGSB Approves Funding To Update Glass Standards

    Updating three Canadian glass standards has been made possible through the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), a federal government organization offering comprehensive standards development, says...

  • Wilsonart Launches Interior Collection

    Wilsonart Interiors is a curated collection of thermally fused laminate (TFL) designs and finishes from Wilsonart, designed to bring the magic of function balanced with beauty to homes and commercial...

  • Kichler Adds To Ceiling Fan Line

    Kichler Lighting has added nine families and 33 SKUs to its selections of lifestyle-inspired ceiling fan line. The sets ‒ titled Icon, Vinea, Salvo, Guardian, Tide, Tranquil, Crescent, Rise, and Humbl...

  • Allinotte Joins WRLA

    Chris Allinotte is director of marketing and communications at the Western Retail Lumber Association (WRLA). He has over 15 years of marketing experience in industries including healthcare, automotive...

  • Renovations Decreased Post Lockdowns

    With the bulk of the restrictions and lockdowns over, fewer Canadians are renovating, says Aviva Canada's second annual ‘How We Live Report.’ In the last year, 11 per cent of Canadians...

  • Inflation To Rise Before Levelling Off

    COVID-19 caused high levels of inflation in 2021 and into 2022, says Aon’s latest inflation deck. The pandemic shifted demand away from services and towards goods while also disrupting global su...

  • Leisure Sectors Seeing Most Sales

    Retail sales continued to grow in June, with spending across the leisure sectors, including home improvement, showing the biggest increases, says the ‘Mastercard SpendingPulse.’ Overall re...

  • Rinnai Revives North American Training Tour

    Rinnai America Corporation, a manufacturer of tankless gas water heaters, has revived its ‘Try Rinnai Tour,’ a U.S. and Canada road show that connects Rinnai team members with HVAC (heatin...

  • Flex Seal Launches Advertising Campaign

    The Flex Seal family of waterproof sealants and adhesives has launched the tagline, ‘Because It Works.’ This tagline is featured in the company’s advertising campaign titled ‘T...

  • Durable Tape Measures Endure Tough Challenges

    STRAIT-LINE tape measures from hand tools and power tool accessories brand IRWIN deliver up to 17-feet of maximum reach. The tapes feature an integrated finger brake for retraction control, an extra-l...

  • Entrance Systems Drive ASSA ABLOY Sales

    ASSA ABLOY had net sales of SEK29,466 million for the second quarter of 2022, a 25 per cent increase compared to net sales of SEK23,648 in the second quarter of 2021. The increase was mostly due to or...

  • Housing Starts Slow

    The trend in housing starts was 258,295 units in June, up from 252,444 units in May, says a report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). However, the standalone monthly seasonally adjus...

  • May Manufacturing Sales Down

    Manufacturing sales fell two per cent to $71.6 billion in May following seven consecutive monthly increases, says Statistics Canada. Eleven of 21 industries had lower sales. Primary metal sales fell 4...

  • Oldcastle Acquires Fence And Railing Company

    Oldcastle APG, a CRH Company, has acquired Barrette Outdoor Living, manufacturer of fencing, railing, outdoor accents, and related products in North America. This acquisition will expand Oldcastle&rsq...

  • Strong Growth Forecast For Underfloor Heating

    The underfloor heating market size was $4,319.3 million in 2021 and is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of seven per cent from 2021 to 2030, reaching $7,945.4 million in 2030, says a...

  • May Wholesale Sales Increase

    Wholesale sales rose 1.6 per cent in May to $81.1 billion, the eighth increase in the past 10 months, says Statistics Canada. Sales increased in five of the seven wholesale trade subsectors representi...

  • Canadian Home Sales Down Again

    National homes sales fell by 5.6 per cent on a month-over-month basis in June, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Sales were down in three-quarters of all local markets led by Canada&rs...

  • Canadians Continue Small Business Support

    Canadians currently spend 30 per cent of their budget at small business, says a survey by RBC. Sixty-five per cent of respondents and 70 per cent of Millennials have transacted with a small business i...

  • eQuo Launches #GoSmallCanada Campaign

    eQuo, a community platform that provides funding and capital solutions for entrepreneurs, is challenging Canadians to come together and support small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) online or in...

  • Partnership Supports PayPal Merchants

    Technology company netParcel is partnering with Canada Post to serve more than 250,000 PayPal merchants across the country. The partnership builds upon the successful relationship between netParcel an...

  • Food-storage Containers Made From Stainless Steel

    U-Konserve’s rectangle food-storage containers are stainless steel rectangle containers with transparent silicone lids. These containers offer a waste-free solution for lunches, takeout, picnics...

  • Building Construction Investment Slightly Down

    Investment in building construction dipped slightly by 0.2 per cent to $20.6 billion in May, as many of Ontario’s unionized construction workers were on strike during the month, says Statistics...

  • Canadians Making Budget Cutbacks

    As interest rates and the cost of basic necessities have continued on their upward trajectory over the past few months, Canadians are becoming acutely aware of the impact on their household budgets. I...

  • Cosentino Opens Burlington Showroom

    Cosentino, a manufacturer and distributor of surface materials, has opened a Canadian showroom in Burlington, ON. The state-of-the-art facility features an adjoining distribution centre, event space,...

  • Castle Holds ‘Home Sweet Home’ Contest

    Castle Building Centres Group Limited is holding the ‘Castle Home Sweet Home Renovation Contest’ at participating locations across Canada. Running through September 30, the contest is open...

  • Armstrong Flooring Gets Bids For Acquisition

    AHF, LLC and Gordon Brothers plans to acquire Armstrong Flooring, Inc., including substantially all of its North American assets and assumption of specified assumed liabilities. This agreement was the...

  • Construction Supply Demand Impacts Fastenal Sales

    Fastenal Company had net sales of $1,778.6 million in the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 18 per cent over net sales of $1,507.7 million in the second quarter of 2021. The quarter saw continued...

  • Atlantic Dealer Joins TIMBER MART

    Inventive Construction Supplies in Dartmouth, NS, has joined TIMBER MART. “Since we opened our doors in 2015, our product offerings have grown tremendously and it became apparent recently that w...

  • Home Hardware ‘Homecoming’ Event Comes To Toronto

    Home Hardware Stores Limited is bringing its dealer event to Toronto, ON. From September 23 to 25, the event, called ‘Homecoming,’ will host close to 3,000 dealer-owners, store staff, supp...

  • Online Payment Fraud Escalates

    The cumulative merchant losses to online payment fraud globally between 2023 and 2027 will exceed $343 billion. As a comparison, this equates to over 350 per cent of Apple’s reported net income...

  • Compusoft + 2020 Acquires Flooring Software Company

    Compusoft + 2020, a global provider of end-to-end software and content solutions to the spaces for living industry, has completed the acquisition of Resource and Financial Management Systems Inc. (RFM...

  • Water Bottle Offers Tea Strainer

    The BOULDER vacuum insulated water bottle is made from 18/8 stainless steel and features the company’s TriMax Triple Insulation that keeps drinks cold up to 74 hours and hot up to 14 hours. The...

  • Raff Takes Acting Role

    Robert Raff will be acting executive vice-president and president, tools, at Stanley Black & Decker, effective July 22. He is currently head of Stanley outdoor integration and has been with the co...

  • Castle In-Person West Brings Members Together

    Castle Building Centres Group’s in-person ‘Buying Expo’ in Winnipeg, MB, brought members from across the western region of Canada together to meet with key vendor partners in the one...

  • Global DIY Market Expected To Grow

    The global do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement retailing market is expected to make $1,278 billion by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.37 per cent from 2022 to 2030, says a...

  • Western Forest Products Invests In BC Operations

    Western Forest Products Inc. plans to invest approximately $29 million towards its British Columbia operations. The investments are part of the company’s ongoing commitment to support value-adde...

  • Domtar Acquiring Resolute Forest Products

    The Paper Excellence Group, through its wholly owned subsidiary Domtar Corporation, a global diversified pulp and paper manufacturer, plans to acquire Resolute Forest Products Inc., a global forest pr...

  • Formica Expands Laminate Line

    Formica Canada has expanded its DecoMetal Laminates line with seven designs. The designs add more metal finishes for use in vertical surface applications, expanding possible surfacing designs. The des...

  • BMF Makes Organizational Changes

    Sarah Hounslow is president at Burlington Merchandising & Fixtures (BMF). She has been with the company since its inception 20 years ago. Rob Wilbrink, current president and CEO of the company, re...

  • Quebec View On Risks Different

    Québec businesses have a much different perspective on risk than their counterparts in the rest of Canada, says a report from Aviva Canada. Its ‘Risk Insights Report’ shows the...

  • SCMAO Works Towards Independence

    The Supply Chain Management Association Ontario (SCMAO) is rebuilding its brand and operations as it becomes independent of the Supply Chain Canada Federation Agreement. The organization has launched...

  • Bostik Reorganizes After Acquisition

    Four months after completing the acquisition of Ashland's Performance Adhesive, Bostik, the adhesive solutions segment of Arkema, has finalized the integration of the company inside its organizati...

  • Lowe’s Canada Reports Sustainability Highlights

    Lowe’s Canada has recycled nearly 23,000 tons of waste and reduced greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by more than 10,000 tons compared to 2016, it says in its sustainability highlights report. Thes...

  • Disruptions Put Pressure On WD-40 Sales

    WD-40 Company had net sales of $123.7 million in the third quarter of 2022, a decrease of nine per cent compared to the prior year fiscal quarter. Net income for the quarter was $14.5 million, a decre...

  • H. Dagenais et fils Joins BMR Group

    H. Dagenais et fils inc. will join BMR Group, effective January 15, 2023. The retailer was founded over 90 years ago in the Laurentians and is joining BMR Group to preserve the identity and brand that...

  • Canada Headed For Recession

    Canada's economy is headed for a recession next year, says a report from RBC economists. Nathan Janzen and Claire Fan say inflation, labour shortages, and rising interest rates will drag on Canadi...

  • Thunder Bay Co-op Joins Ace Canada

    The Thunder Bay, ON, Co-op will be co-branded and presented as Thunder Bay Co-op Farm Supplies – ACE Country & Garden under an agreement with ACE Canada Thunder Bay Co-op Farm Supplies opene...

  • Governments Invest In Quebec Panel Manufacturer

    Lac-Mégantic, QC-based Tafisa Canada, a particleboard and thermally fused laminate (TFL) decorative panel manufacturer, has received $62 million in investments from different levels of governme...

  • U.S. Segment Drives Richelieu Sales

    Richelieu had consolidated sales of $487.9 million for the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 31.4 per cent over sales of $371.4 million in the second quarter of 2021. The company says this increa...

  • Hyzer Joins WD-40

    Sara Hyzer is vice-president, finance, treasurer, and chief financial officer at WD-40. She has spent over 20 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, serving the last six years as an audit partner for bo...

  • Canada Invests In Toronto Home Retrofit Program

    The government of Canada, via Natural Resources Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), has committed a $14.5 million investment through the Community Efficiency Financing initiati...

  • Fire Destroys TIMBER MART Store

    A fire destroyed an independent hardware and lumber dealer and the adjacent apartment building with four apartments in Palmarolle, QC, on July 4. No-one was hurt in the incident and the cause of the f...

  • Small Business Confidence Continues Slide

    Small business confidence over the long and short terms fell again in June, says a ‘Business Barometer’ from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Short-term business con...

  • Upgrades Main Motivator For Remodeling

    A desire to upgrade is driving homeowner decisions, says a survey by Accountability Information Management (AIM). Nearly half (49 per cent) of homeowners want to make upgrades to their current home by...

  • Stanley Black & Decker Completes Sale

    Stanley Black & Decker has completed the sale of its automatic door business, Access Technologies, to Allegion plc. The company will use proceeds to support debt reduction and to partially fund it...

  • Formica Launches Design Collection

    Formica Canada is launching SurfaceSet 2022, the latest collection in the brand’s commercial laminate portfolio. The collection introduces 20 decors that are inspired by nature and the beauty of...

  • Laurin Joins Castle

    André Laurin is business development manager for Ontario with Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. He will be responsible for the support and development of Castle members in northern/eastern Ont...

  • Goulais River Country Store Under New Ownership

    The Goulais River Country Store in the northern town of Goulais River, ON, has been acquired by Kenneth Peter Van Daele. The Castle Building Centres Group store opened its doors over a decade ago and...

  • Toronto Home Sales Continue To Dip

    Home sales in the Greater Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) were down 41 per cent in June compared to last year at 6,474, says a report by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB). The number of transacti...

  • BC Online Marketplaces Face PST Rules

    Many online marketplace facilitators now have to collect British Columbia’s seven per cent provincial sales tax (PST), says KPMG in its ‘TaxNewsFlash Canada.’ Under this change, whic...

  • Green Home Features More In Demand

    Homes with green features are becoming more in demand, says the ‘2022 REALTORS and Sustainability Report’ from the National Association of Realtors. Half of realtors have helped clients bu...

  • Canadians Prefer Small Business

    Many consumers (86 per cent) say supporting small businesses is important to them, says a public opinion poll completed by Maru/Matchbox for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Six...

  • Miralis Launches Kitchen Renovation Platform

    Bespoke kitchen manufacturer Miralis has created a digital platform to provide information and resources to consumers that want to remodel their kitchens. Called E-Space3, the Rimouski, QC-based compa...

  • Castle In-Person Expos Return

    The Castle Building Centres Group in-person ‘Buying Expos’ were back in full swing with the first stop in the central region of Canada. The summer events began in Quebec where Castle hoste...

  • Building Permits Value Up In May

    The total value of building permits in Canada rose 2.3 per cent from April to May to $12.1 billion. Residential permits dropped slightly by 0.1 per cent to $7.8 billion, with increases in Ontario and...

  • Homeowners Split On Next Move

    About 51 per cent of homeowners say they have no plans to buy, sell, or remodel their current homes, says an online survey by Accountability Information Management’s (AIM). Approximately 49 per...

  • Window, Door Shipments Rise Despite Problems

    U.S. residential window and door shipments increased in 2021 despite supply chain issues and labour shortages, with residential unit shipments (windows, patio, and entry doors) up 3.8 per cent or 2.5...

  • Light Rope Is Flexible

    Tresco Lighting’s Neoloop is a flexible silicone LED light rope. This product is shatterproof and watertight and features Luniform technology to provide a continuous beam of light without dark s...

  • TD Downgrades Forecasts

    TD is downgrading its home sales forecast with monetary policy tightening more acutely than anticipated. The overnight rate is forecast to rise an additional 175 basis points (bps) hitting 3.25 per ce...

  • PayPal Continues Growth

    PayPal’s platform penetration among online shoppers stands at 87.5 per cent, says an analysis by MoneyTransfers. Innovations such as ‘One Touch Payment,’ that has won them over seven...

  • Portable Fan Designed For Jobsites

    The Makita 18v LXT Cordless or Electric 13-inch Jobsite Fan is a portable cordless solution for workers on jobsites. It offers up to 11.8 hours of portable air flow on a single charge. The fan has hig...

  • Tzimas Leads Napoleon

    Mike Tzimas is president of Napoleon, starting July 11. He was most recently chief financial officer and joined the company in 2020 as vice president of finance. He is the architect of the five-year-s...

  • International Hardware Fair Goes Hybrid

    After two years of pandemic-related cancellations and postponements, ‘EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair’ will reconvene this September. German and European suppliers are...

  • Rent Increases Hurt Small Businesses

    About 55 per cent of Canadian small businesses say their rent has increased over the past six months, says Alignable’s June rent report. Forty-three per cent of respondents say they could not pa...

  • Loyalty Programs Go Digital

    The number of digital loyalty program memberships will exceed 32 billion globally by 2026, up from 24 billion in 2022, representing growth of 33 per cent, says a report from Juniper Research. The repo...

  • Smart Appliances Can Help With Chores

    Canadians spend more than 300 hours a year on household tasks, but they’d rather be doing something else, says a survey from LG Electronics Canada. In fact, the overwhelming majority of Canadian...

  • UFP Invests In Dempsey Wood Products

    UFP Industries affiliate, PalletOne, Inc., has acquired a 50 per cent equity stake in Dempsey Wood Products, LLC. The purchase agreement includes options for PalletOne to purchase the remaining 50 per...

  • Faucet Series Offers Variety Of Style Choices

    California Faucets’ Rincon Bay Series of bath faucets now offers a high spout option. The high-arc spout brings more flexibility and versatility to the series in comparison to the original desig...

  • Digital Tools Create Growth

    More than two-thirds of small businesses made changes to their online presence during the pandemic, with more than 40 per cent crediting the growth of their business to new eCommerce solutions, says a...

  • ACA Offers Forecasting Tool

    The American Coatings Association (ACA) has made available a forecasting tool to enable businesses throughout the coatings and specialty chemicals value chain to identify, analyze, and forecast market...

  • Metrie Completes Millwork Distributor Acquisition

    Metrie, a North American manufacturer and distributor of millwork, has completed its acquisition of Tinder Wholesale, LLC, a two-step distributor of interior and exterior millwork. This follow’s...

  • Nova USA Enhances Wood Stains

    Nova USA Wood Products Inc. has enhanced the colour of its ExoShield Wood Stains by 30 per cent, as well as the formulations of its walnut and mahogany colours based on the input of the company’...

  • Bed Bath & Beyond Sees Big Decline

    Bed Bath & Beyond had net sales of $1.463 million for the first quarter of 2022, a 25 per cent drop on a year-to-year basis. Bed Bath & Beyond banner comparable sales declined 27 per cent refl...

  • TIMBER MART Adds New Member In BC

    Pemberton Valley Building Centre Ltd. is joining TIMBER MART to benefit from the group’s national buying power. Located in Pemberton, BC, it has been serving the contractors and DIYers for the l...

  • Government Invests In Energy Efficiency

    The government of Canada is investing $1.8 million in the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), to increase energy efficiency in buildings across Toronto. The federal investment will support t...

  • Uniboard Invests In New Press Line

    Uniboard is investing $250 million in a state-of-the-art particleboard press line at its Val-d’Or, QC, plant. Construction will begin in the summer of 2022 and start-up is targeted for 2025. The...

  • Apps Offer Easy Outdoor Designing

    Simpson Strong-Tie’s free to use deck, pergola, and fence planner software offer in-platform tutorials to help homeowners select materials, dimensions, colours, and hardware. Users can add patio...

  • Renovation Spending To Increase

    Despite national inflation, rising interest rates, and a volatile public market, homeowners have spent significantly more on renovations this year than in years past. On average, those who completed i...

  • La Shop BMR Concept Shuttered

    Group BMR has decided to cancel its La Shop BMR store concept and has shuttered its two locations in order to strengthen the efficiency of its network and improve the shopping experience for customers...

  • IPEX Invests In Pipe Extrusion Capacity

    IPEX is investing in an expansion that will impact three of its pipe extrusion facilities and fall under its North American growth strategy. A total of 28 production lines will be added to the IPEX fa...

  • Phone Charger Uses Battery Packs For Power

    Festool’s PHC 18 mobile phone charging station turns battery packs into a power bank. The phone charger can turn almost all Festool 18-volt battery packs into charging stations, with the smartph...

  • Dark Grey Is In Among Home Buyers

    Homes with dark grey walls could sell for up to $6,491 more than expected, while homes with trendy green kitchens could hurt a home’s sale price by more than $3,600, say Zillow’s prospecti...

  • Growth Expected For Lawn Mowers

    The global walk-behind lawn mowers market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.61 per cent from 2022 to 2027. Self-propelled lawn mowers hold the highest revenue share in t...

  • Trex Investing In Sustainability

    Trex Company is continuing its ‘Building a Better Tomorrow Together’ plans through continued environmental and safety initiatives after recording record high sales of $1.2 billion in 2021,...

  • Walmart Makes Promotions

    AnnMarie Mercer is chief people officer and Rob Nicol is vice-president, communications and corporate affairs, at Walmart Canada. Mercer joined the retailer in 2015 after holding senior lead...

  • Housing Changing Retirement Plans

    Current market conditions are changing people's home ownership plans and it's a trend that could have lasting impacts on retirement planning, says a Canada Life survey. It finds that high real...

  • Store Gets New Owners

    Jessy Gauthier is the new owner of ACE Le Centre Du Bricoleur in Saint-David-de-Falardeau, QC. He has 32 years of experience in the hardware industry and has made a place for himself with innovative t...

  • LP Reaches Agreement With Pacific Woodtech

    LP Building Solutions has an agreement with Pacific Woodtech to acquire LP’s Engineered Wood Products (EWP) business for $210 million. The acquisition includes LP’s laminated veneer lumber...

  • Liteline Expands West

    Liteline Corporation has opened its west coast showroom and distribution centre in Langley, BC. The 12,729 square foot facility will service the Pacific Northwest and California in the United States....

  • Town Provides Home Repair Plan Access

    Bashaw homeowners will be the first in the province of Alberta to have access to Service Line Warranties of Canada’s (SLWC) optional repair service plans starting June 2022. SLWCs plans provide...

  • Mounted Sink Offers Minimalistic Aesthetic

    GROHE’s Eurocube Wall Mount Bathroom Sink adheres to the trend of limiting the use of heavy furniture and fixtures. It offers a clean, geometric form and can be mounted or placed atop a floating...

  • Canada Post Unveils Net-Zero Facility

    Canada Post has unveiled a net-zero parcel sorting facility that will have the capacity to process more than one million packages a day. The Albert Jackson Processing Centre in Scarborough, ON, will b...

  • Wiener Family Celebrates 100 Years In Home Improvement

    Wiener’s Home Hardware is celebrating 100 years of serving the Annex community in Toronto, ON. The family started its journey in the home improvement industry in 1922 and became a charter member...

  • LOU-TEC Acquires Aerial Lift Company

    LOU-TEC, a Quebec-based network of rental experts, has acquired Accès Location +, an aerial lift equipment rental specialist. With this acquisition, LOU-TEC clients, mainly contractors working...

  • Small Businesses Face Challenges Post-Pandemic

    Small businesses continue to navigate through financial, operation, and payment related challenges two years after the global COVID-19 pandemic began, says Payments Canada’s ‘Payments Beha...

  • Retail Sales See Slight Increase

    Retail sales increased 0.9 per cent to $60.7 billion in April from the previous month, with sales up in six of 11 sectors representing 43.3 per cent of retail trade. Eight provinces were up in sales w...

  • Economic Challenges Remain For U.S. Homebuyers

    Soaring housing costs on top of the surge on prices for gas, food, and other necessities will cause continued pressure for first time house buyers and low-income households in the U.S., says the &lsqu...

  • Interface Refreshes Website

    Commercial flooring company Interface has refreshed its website to offer an improved digital experience for customers. The site now mirrors the brand, bringing materials and products to life in a digi...

  • Washer Strap Is For Mass Timber Construction

    Simpson Strong-Tie’s MTWS mass timber washer strap is a versatile, off-the-shelf, load-tested option for a variety of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panel-to-panel and panel-to-steel connections i...

  • CMHC Introduces Improved Energy Refund Program

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is introducing CMHC Eco Plus, an improved version of CMHC’s energy efficiency refund program. It will allow anyone who has bought an energy efficie...

  • Wolseley To Open Branch in Vernon

    Wolseley Canada is opening a branch in Vernon, BC. The 12,000-square-foot facility will offer a full assortment of Wolseley Canada plumbing and HVAC products. The store will host a grand opening on Ju...

  • Construction Drives Interior Door Demand

    The global interior doors industry generated $55.7 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $93.1 billion by 2030, witnessing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9 per cent from 2021 to 2030, sa...

  • North Bay Entrepreneur Wins Female Roofer Award

    Michelle Mulder, owner of Nailed It Roofing in North Bay, ON, is the winner of Beacon’s annual North American ‘Female Roofing Professional of the Year’ competition, which shines a sp...

  • LIXIL Makes Changes

    Marlon Thompson is vice-president (leader), marketing Canada, at LIXIL Canada Inc. He joined the company in 2019. Cosimo Coffa is general manager, trade sales and marketing, responsible for American S...

  • Government Launches Retrofit Loan Program

    The Government of Canada will launch the Canada Greener Homes Loan homeowners stream, a program that will provide $4.4 billion in interest-free loans of up to $40,000 per household and will be availab...

  • Schell Family Celebrates Century Of Service

    Schell Lumber Home Building Centre is celebrating 100 years of service in Stouffville, ON. The local Home Hardware store has been in the Schell family since founded in 1922, with ownership being passe...

  • Buckingham RONA Celebrates Grand Opening

    Chantal Veilleux and Claude Bélec, owners of RONA Outaouais, are celebrating the grand opening of the Buckingham, QC, store. The 18,000 square-feet store has been completely renovated, giving c...

  • EAB Receives Environmental Award

    Exchange-A-Blade (EAB) has been awarded the ‘Private Sector Award for Excellence and Leadership in Environmental Stewardship for 2022’ from the Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC)...

  • Lumber Demand, Prices Down

    It was this time last year when lumber prices reached previously never-imaginable highs and stayed that way for a few weeks before tumbling way back down to the lows of 2019. Madison’s Lumber Re...

  • Stain Created For Laminates

    Engineered surfaces manufacturer Wilsonart’s Woodgrain Staining enables real wood and veneer staining ability to laminate. This feature within the Wilsonart High Pressure Laminate (HPL) portfoli...

  • Wholesale Sales Decline

    Wholesale sales fell 0.5 per cent to $79.8 billion in April from March, says Statistics Canada. Sales fell in five of seven subsectors comprising more than three-quarters of total wholesale activity i...

  • Home Sales Will Continue To Cool

    Home sales have cooled sharply in recent months, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). It attributed the cooling to increases in five-year fixed mortgage rates. They went from low three pe...

  • LP Recognized By SFI

    LP Building Solutions (LP) is the recipient of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) ‘President's Award for 2022.’ The award is given annually to an organization or individual that...

  • Canadian Small Business Optimistic

    Canadian small and medium decision-makers (SMEs) are optimistic for next year as over one-third (39 per cent) report that current revenues are increasing, says the third edition of the ‘FedEx Tr...

  • Steady Growth Predicted For Lighting Controls

    The global lighting controls market grew by 4.7 per cent in 2021 after experiencing a 6.3 per cent growth decline in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, says research from ResearchandMarkets.com. The m...

  • DEWALT Expands Compact Product Line

    DEWALT is expanding its ATOMIC COMPACT SERIES with a tape measure, chalk reel, and pocket laser measurer. The tape measures are available in 16-, 25-, 26-, and 30-feet lengths. A finger brake is integ...

  • Home Sales Down

    National homes sales were down by 8.6 per cent on a month-over-month basis in May, says the Canadian Retail Estate Association (CREA). Sales were down in three-quarters of all local markets, led by se...

  • PSP Offers Gratify BNPL Payment Method

    PSP Services Inc (PSP), a bank-independent payment processor, has partnered with Gratify Pay to launch Gratify’s integrated ‘buy now pay later’ (BNPL), a streamlined service for smal...

  • FCL Invests $1 Million In Community Projects

    Through its Community Spaces program, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), on behalf of more than 160 local Co-ops, is investing $1 million in 13 community projects across western Canada. “Co-...

  • Home Décor Trends Shift With Consumers

    Consumer’s preferences for both paint colours and décor products have shifted since the pandemic and they are focusing on a style that combines soothing colour and durability, says SICO p...

  • April Manufacturing Sales Rise

    Manufacturing sales rose 1.7 per cent to $72.3 billion in April from the previous month, says Statistics Canada. However, wood product sales had the largest decrease, down six per cent to $4.5 million...

  • BC Residential Listings Decrease

    A total of 8,214 residential unit sales sold in May, a decrease of 35.1 per cent from a year ago, says the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA). Provincial active listings were 4.4 per cen...

  • Giant Tiger Opens In First Nation

    Giant Tiger Stores Limited has opened a store in Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, NB. The 17,800-square-foot store is stocked with on-trend home and family fashions, brand-name groceries, and everyday...

  • SICO Launches Durable Paint Lines

    SICO paint brand by PPG has launched four paint products designed for durability: Sico CLEAN SURFACE, Sico PRESTIGE, Sico ENDURANCE, and Sico CLASSIC. Sico CLEAN SURFACE is the brand’s longest-l...

  • Renoworks Launches Analytics Portal

    Renoworks has launched an analytics portal for dealers to gain actionable insights into their customers’ buying journey. Its analytics hub is available through the company’s visualizer pla...

  • Building Construction Investment Up In April

    Investment in building construction increased by 2.7 per cent to $20.9 billion in April from the previous month. Residential construction investment rose by 3.2 per cent to $15.7 billion, with British...

  • Colours Reflect Changing Consumer Desires

    As we come out of the pandemic, people are turning towards safe and multi-purposeful spaces, and this is reflected in the ‘2023 Color + Design Trends’ by Dunn-Edwards Corporation, a manufa...

  • Vancity Launches Retrofit Program

    Canadian credit union Vancity has launched a non-profit housing retrofit program, which supports climate-ready affordable housing to “help build a clean and fair world in which no one is left be...

  • Lowe’s Canada Launches Two Brands

    Lowe’s Canada is launching the Kobalt and Flex brands in stores. The complete product lines have been available online since the beginning of the year and now will be gradually rolled out in sto...

  • Cerniglia Joins Briggs & Stratton

    Kristina Cerniglia is senior vice-president and chief financial officer with Briggs & Stratton. Previously, she was senior vice-president and chief financial officer with Hillenbrand, Inc.

  • Strong Growth Forecast For Retail Analytics

    In the North American region, retailers are increasingly using technology to help understand the customer journey and how they can improve it. The North America in-store analytics market was valued at...

  • O2COOL Expands, Rebrands

    O2COOL LLC is rebranding to O2C Brands LLC. The name reflects the corporate strategy of being a synergistic operating company of multiple consumer brands. “We are much more than simply O2COOL, o...

  • ParcelPal Further Expands Into U.S.

    British Columbia-based ParcelPal Logistics Inc. has completed the acquisition of its second U.S. delivery service company. This transaction gives the company an additional foothold in the western U.S....

  • Herbert Earns Lifetime Award

    John W. Herbert has received the ‘Global DIY Lifetime Award 2022.’ He has been in the retail sector since 1956 and in the home improvement and DIY retailing industry since 1983. He is curr...

  • Rising Prices Affect Canadians

    Nearly three in four Canadians report that rising prices affect their ability to meet day-to-day expenses, says Statistics Canada’s ‘Portrait of Canada Survey.’ As a result, many Can...

  • Habit Discontinuity Causing Changes For Businesses

    Adjusting to a global case of habit discontinuity that has developed over the course of the pandemic is key for companies when looking to modernize their work and customer experiences, says Rocky Ozak...

  • Federal Government Supports SMB Digital Upgrades

    The government of Canada has launched the Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) to help Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) grow their online presence and upgrade or adopt digital tech...

  • Technology To Drive HRV Growth

    Smart heat recovery ventilator (HRV) sensing technology is luring customers and generating revenue opportunities for system providers, says a report from Fact.MR. The market is forecast to witness ste...

  • Leaders Not Prepared For Major Challenges

    Coming off the back of a challenging labour market, 72 per cent of business leaders say the availability of key talent/skills is one of the top pressing threats to organizational health over the next...

  • Lowe’s Canada Recognized By ENERGY STAR

    Lowe’s Canada received the ‘2022 ENERGY STAR Canada Retailer of the Year – National’ award. The award recognizes the company’s commitment to offering and promoting energy...

  • Saint-Gobain To Acquire Kaycan

    Saint-Gobain plans to acquire Kaycan, Ltd., a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of exterior building materials. Kaycan is based in Quebec and has distribution centres in North America, Europe,...

  • Doors Offer Modern Feel

    Haas Door’s deep gray colour of ’Graywood’ is available for the residential and commercial garage doors in the American Tradition, insulated steel 2000, 700, and 600 series. Availabl...

  • Dollarama First Quarter Sales Up

    Dollarama saw sales increase by 12.4 per cent to $1,072.9 million for the first quarter of 2022 compared to the first quarter of 2021. Comparable store sales grew 7.3 per cent. Earnings before interes...

  • Building Materials Inflation Outpaces CPI

    Building material prices increased in the most recent quarter after a period of levelling off since fall 2021 as supply chain disruptions are easing and shipping costs are beginning to recede, says Ao...

  • March Retail Sales Up

    Retail sales reached $59.2 billion in March, an increase of 4.2 per cent from the same month last year, says Statistics Canada’s ‘Retail Commodity Survey’ for March 2022. Higher sale...

  • SMBs Can Claim In Visa Class Action Settlement

    Small to medium businesses (SMBs) that have been accepting Mastercard and/or Visa credit cards as payment for the last two decades could receive a portion of a recent multimillion-dollar class action...

  • Wilsonart Launches Niche Shelf Collection

    Wilsonart’s Solid Surface Bath and Shower Accessories Niche collection was created to elevate design aesthetic and optimize convenience in tub and shower spaces. The components, which are compat...

  • Inflation Could Spark Economic Slowdown

    A monetary policy-induced economic slowdown is possible if inflation persists. However, for now, the probability of a recession happening in the near term remains low, judging by tight labour market c...

  • Arthur Rivest Joins TIMBER MART

    Sainte-Julienne, QC-based, independent hardware and building material retailer Arthur Rivest Inc. has joined TIMBER MART to maintain its independence and benefit from the group’s national buying...

  • IKO Reopens Brampton Facility

    Roofing manufacturer IKO has opened its recommissioned production facility in Brampton, ON. The original structure was torn down and the new facility sits on its foundation. The plant was shut down in...

  • Slab Companies Celebrate Partnership

    Neolith Group and Ciot held a gala event in Toronto, ON, June 2 to celebrate the partnership that was announced last year. Neolith Group is a manufacturer of sintered stone surfaces and Ciot is a Nort...

  • Owens Corning Completes WearDeck Acquisition

    Owens Corning has completed the acquisition of WearDeck, a composite decking and structural lumber manufacturer based in Florida. Owens Corning expects to significantly grow this business in the comin...

  • Gette Moves Up

    Joe Gette is vice-president, deputy general counsel and secretary at PPG. He joined the company in 2005 and worked most recently as assistant general counsel, mergers and acquisitions, and securities.

  • Credit Card Spending Ramps Up As Inflation Soars

    Consumer reliance on credit cards is increasing, with the average monthly spend per credit card consumer climbing by 17.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the lows of the first quarte...

  • GTA Housing Market Continues To Balance Out

    Greater Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) housing markets are continuing to evolve in response to higher borrowing costs. GTA REALTORS report 7,283 sales through Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s (TRRE...

  • Analytics Drive Numbers For Lowe’s Canada

    Lowe’s Canada is using data and segmentation systems to identify top spenders in the home improvement industry. Catherine Laporte, vice-president of marketing at Lowe’s Canada, and Michael...

  • Cleanup Begins At Tolko Alberta Mill

    Forest products company Tolko Industries has started cleaning up its High Prairie, AB, division after an early morning fire broke out in the press area of the facility on May 20. Alberta Occupational...

  • NASL Repositions Brand

    North American Specialty Laminations (NASL) is undertaking a corporate repositioning with of Source Cut Industries and SourceCut West (formerly Haida Industries) and all future acquisitions, as NASL....

  • Door System Withstands Elements

    The Masonite Performance Door System is designed to withstand the elements and keep air and moisture from getting inside. It features the company’s 4-Point Performance Seal which includes premiu...

  • Allan Named CEO

    Donald Allan Jr. is chief executive officer at Stanley Black & Decker, effective July 1. Currently, he is president and chief financial officer. He will continue as president. He has been with the...

  • Rising Rates Hurt Canadian Businesses

    Rising interest rates, material, and labour costs are hurting profit margins at many Canadian companies, forcing them to re-evaluate growth plans and pass costs to customers, says a poll by KPMG Canad...

  • Building Permits Decline

    The total value of building permits in Canada declined 0.6 per cent in April to $11.7 billion, says Statistics Canada. Residential permits decreased 3.3 per cent to $7.7 billion nationally, driven mos...

  • TORBSA Merges With AD

    TORBSA Limited and AD, a contractor and wholesale buying group, are merging. TORBSA’s strong leadership and financial success makes it the ideal match for AD, says Rob Dewar, president of AD Can...

  • Ukraine Wants Canadian Business

    People who want to support Ukraine while it is at war with Russia can do so by supporting its businesses. “It is important to provide humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine right now, but it i...

  • Lowe’s Canada Recognized At RCC

    Lowe’s Canada was awarded the ‘In-Store Experience and Design’ category award during the Retail Council of Canada’s (RCC) ‘Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala.’ The...

  • Key Roles Change At Group BMR

    Antonio Di Pasquale is chief operating officer at BMR Group. He joined the company in 2020 as vice-president, supply chain and operational excellence. Charles Grégoire-Béliveau is vice-p...

  • Prospect Of Home Ownership Dims

    Despite historically being one of the top life goals for Canadians, the prospect of home ownership for non-owners remains far from reach, says a study by the Chartered Professional Accountants of ...

  • Residential Construction Will Grow Wall Decor Market

    The global wall décor market size is projected to reach US$87,870 million by 2028, from $71,270 million in 2021, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of three per cent during the for...