• Navigating The Supply Chain

    The supply chain crisis has left store shelves empty, online orders unfulfilled, a shortage of labour, and companies with a need to improvise what they once knew about accessing supply for their compa...

  • Castle Welcomes GTA Member

    Brampton, ON-based AAR Plumbing & Heating Supply has joined Castle Building Centres Group Limited. Partners Anil and Reeta Aggarwal have owned and operated the independent business for over a deca...

  • Midea Launches Suite Of Appliances

    Midea America has launched its own branded suite of large kitchen appliances including a dishwasher, French-door refrigerator, slide-in range, and over-the-range microwave. The company launched two di...

  • Mason Joins RDTS

    Lisa Mason is director of business development with RDTS, a merchandising, auditing, and retail solutions company. She has over 20 years of experience in various sales and business development roles i...

  • Businesses Expect To Face Obstacles

    Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.4 per cent in August following a 0.1 per cent decline in July, says Statistics Canada. This is attributed to the continued easing of public health restrictions...

  • TIMBER MART Welcomes Quebec Dealer

    Located in Mont-Tremblant, QC, Aluminium J. Clément Inc. has joined TIMBER MART to benefit from the group’s buying power while also maintaining its independence. The independent building...

  • Taiga Helps Flooding Victims

    Taiga Building Products Ltd. is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the victims of flooding in British Columbia's lower mainland. “Not only are we headquartered in the...

  • Renoworks Third Quarter Revenue Slides

    The total revenue for Renoworks Software Inc. in the third quarter was $1.39 million, down from $1.41 million from the previous year. Furthermore, the company had a recurring revenue of $454,329 versu...

  • Canadians Will Pay Premium For Sustainable Goods

    During a time when consumers are choosing to re-evaluate purchases and live with less, the overwhelming majority of Canadians (80 per cent) are considering sustainability when making purchasing decisi...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Gives Back To Communities

    Simpson Strong-Tie hosted its sixth annual ‘Do What You Can Day’ on November 3, to give back to communities. More than 750 employees in the U.S. and Canada participated in various activiti...

  • Bostik Joins Forces With Nordmeccanica

    Bostik, the adhesive solutions segment of Arkema, has joined Nordmeccanica, a global lamination machine supplier. The partnership will allow Bostik to deliver more sustainable, higher quality, and inn...

  • CRAFTSMAN Introduces TRADESTACK Rolling Tower

    CRAFTSMAN’s TRADESTACK 22-inch Rolling Tower Premium Storage Stack is a portable storage unit suitable for any outdoor job or project. It includes a suitcase, deep toolbox, and a rolling unit. T...

  • Retail Getting Back On Track (Mostly)

    Retail sales growth has cooled off a little more with total Canadian retail sales up 5.8 per cent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2021, which is more in line with historical performance, says E...

  • Cost, Performance To Drive Ceramic Flooring Demand

    Global demand for ceramic flooring is forecast to rise 2.8 per cent per year to 8.8 billion square metres in 2024, says a report by the Freedonia Group. Drivers for growth include favourable performan...

  • Ace Hardware Revenues Inch Up

    Ace Hardware Corporation had revenues of $2 billion for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 1.4 per cent over revenues in the third quarter of 2020. Increases were seen across several department...

  • CPCA To Hold Conference In Quebec City

    After a two-year hiatus, the Canadian Paints and Coatings Association (CPCA) will hold its ‘108th Annual Conference and AGM’ at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec Cit...

  • Supply Chain Disruptions Need Attention

    The Ontario Chamber of Commerce wants the province to put more focus on Canada’s current and pressing challenges, including supply chain disruptions and labour shortages. In its response to Onta...

  • Supply Chain Has Major Impact On Manufacturing

    Manufacturing sales declined three per cent to $58.5 billion in September, the lowest level since May 2021, says Statistics Canada. Sales decreased in 12 of 21 industries, with most of the decline att...

  • OKAPLY Acquires VIZÜSOLUTION

    OKAPLY Industries Ltd., a manufacturer and distributor of panel components and related products, has completed the acquisition of VIZÜSOLUTION Inc., a manufacturer of melamine panels and componen...

  • Tasi Joining PPG

    Irene Tasi is chief growth officer at PPG, effective December 6. Previously, she was president of Kichler Lighting.

  • Higher Prices Benefit Beacon Sales

    Beacon had net sales of $1.88 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of 6.9 per cent over net sales of $1.76 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. Sales increased across al...

  • Consumers Look Forward To In-store Holiday Shopping

    While COVID continues to impact the lives of Canadian consumers, they look forward to returning to shopping at brick-and-mortar stores and more gift giving, says the fourth annual ‘Holiday Shopp...

  • Saint-Gobain Partners With Digital Construction Company

    Saint-Gobain, through its building products subsidiary CertainTeed Canada Inc., is partnering with Hyperframe, a software and building solutions company. This partnership will allow Saint-Gobain to co...

  • Canfor Closes Fort Nelson Tenure Transfer

    Canfor Corporation has closed the Fort Nelson tenure transfer to Peak Renewables. In November 2020, Canfor reached multi-year agreements with Peak Renewables that included the sale of its forest tenur...

  • IRWIN Launches Line Of Bits

    IRWIN has launched its SPEEDBOR SUPREME self-feed and auger bits. The bits are engineered for high performance wood drilling and are designed to withstand repeated nail strikes. They cut through clean...

  • Griffon Fourth Quarter Revenue Up Three Per Cent

    Griffon Corporation had revenue of $570 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of three per cent over revenue of $551 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. Fourth quarter...

  • Supply Shortages Impact Retail Sales

    Retail sales were down 0.6 per cent to $56.6 billion in September, says Statistics Canada. The decline was led by lower sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers (-1.6 per cent) as new car dealer sales...

  • Ottawa Housing Market Balances

    HouseSigma, a Canadian technology platform that uses artificial intelligence to correctly estimate home values in real time, has found that while the central parts of Ottawa, ON, are no longer in a se...

  • Canfor Helps BC Flooding Victims

    British Columbia-based Canfor Corporation is supporting residents of the province by providing $125,000 to the Canadian Red Cross’ ‘British Columbia Flood and Extreme Weather Appeal’...

  • Atlas Revenue Up 81 Per Cent

    Atlas Engineered Products had revenue of $17.56 million for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 81 per cent compared to revenue of $9.68 million in the third quarter of 2020. Earnings before tax...

  • Housing Starts Continue Retreat

    Housing starts are trending lower, units at 264,264 in October, down from 270,661 units in September, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). "The six-month trend in housing star...

  • Walmart Canada Offers Installment Payment Plan

    Walmart Canada and Duo Bank of Canada are launching the Walmart Rewards Mastercard Installment Plan to offer customers convenient and flexible payment options. The plan provides flexible ways to pay f...

  • Liteline Corporation Appoints A.M.G. Baytech

    Liteline Corporation has announced the appointment of A.M.G. Baytech, a lighting and controls focused agency as its agent representing in east central Ontario. The agency will call on all market segme...

  • Supply Chain Disruptions Impact Spectrum Sales

    Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. had net sales from continuing operations of $757.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, a 2.8 per cent increase over sales of $736.9 million in the fourth quarter of...

  • Consumers Turning To Gift Cards For Holiday Shopping

    Consumers are spending more on gift cards this holiday season as the go-to holiday gift amidst supply chain woes, inflation, and lingering effects of COVID-19, says a report from InMarket. The report...

  • Owens Corning Growth Strategy Focuses On Sustainability

    Owens Corning has launched a growth strategy rooted in its mission of building a sustainable future through material innovation. The strategy significantly expands its current addressable markets by c...

  • DX3 Offers Hybrid Event

    DX3 Canada, a retail marketing and technology event, is once again holding an in-person event in spring 2022. At the same time, it will also offer a virtual stream of the event and virtual sponsor boo...

  • Lowe’s Cos. Has Strong Third Quarter

    Lowe's Companies, Inc. had net earnings of $1.9 billion for the third quarter of 2021, an increase over net earnings of $692 million in the third quarter of 2020. Gross margin for the quarter was...

  • Holiday Spending Expected To Decrease

    Holiday spending is expected to decrease slightly with Canadians planning to spend $555 on gifts this year, a small decrease from $588 in 2020 and $583 in 2019, says the ‘Annual Holiday Spending...

  • U.S. Contractors Optimistic For 2022

    Home improvement professionals in the U.S. say they posted a banner year and see no slowdown in sight, says Lowe's in its ‘Pro Pulse Survey.’ While most pros use the year's end to...

  • Future Skills Centre Invests In Small Business

    Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in four regions of Canada will get a much needed boost backed by 50 chambers of commerce and boards of trade. Many have faced acute labour market disruption...

  • Cosentino Group Products Launched In Canada

    Cosentino Group, a Spanish surface manufacturer and distributor, has released two bathroom product collections from its Silestone natural quartz and Dekton ultra-compact surfaces in the Canadian marke...

  • LP Makes Executive Changes

    Aaron Howald is vice-president, investor relations and business development, at LP Building Solutions. He joined the company in 2011 and has worked in various roles for the oriented strand board (OSB)...

  • Home Depot Sales Rise

    The Home Depot reported sales of $36.8 billion for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 9.8 per cent compared to net sales of $33.5 billion in the third quarter of 2020. Net earnings were $4.1 bi...

  • Lumber Prices Slant Subsector Sales Numbers

    Wholesale sales grew one per cent in September to $71.3 billion, the fifth increase in the past seven months, says Statistics Canada. Sales of agricultural supplies (part of the miscellaneous subsecto...

  • October Home Sales Set Record

    National home sales have set a new annual record in 2021, with a month-over-month rise of 8.6 per cent in October. This is the largest month-over-month increase since July 2020, says the Canadian Real...

  • Home Hardware Launches Benchmark Rebranding Campaign

    Home Hardware Stores Limited has unveiled its ‘Built to Build’ campaign as part of a relaunch for its private brand, Benchmark. The program “is about connecting with DIYers across Ca...

  • Nelcos Distribution Moves Head Office

    Nelcos Distribution Inc., an official distributor of Bodaq Interior Film in North America, has reopened its Ontario office in Toronto at a new location. The office is now located at 10 Four Seasons Pl...

  • Cornerstone Sales Reflect Commodity Costs

    Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. had net sales of $1.44 billion for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 17.7 per cent versus net sales of $1.23 billion in the third quarter of 2020. The growth...

  • Acquisitions Drive Small Business Growth

    Entrepreneurs who choose to grow through acquisition are twice as likely to experience sales growth above their industry average as those who grow organically, says a study by the Business Development...

  • FCL Hosts Successful Second Virtual Buymart

    Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) successfully hosted its second ‘Virtual Buymart’ tradeshow October 18 and 19. Over 190 vendors and 600 local co-op associates connected online to disc...

  • Sealant Is Flexible And Quick-dry

    DAP’s ALEX Ultra is a sealant designed to meet the demanding needs of professional paint jobs by solving pain points for traditional latex sealant while still providing ease of use. Formulated w...

  • Doman Revenues Rise

    Doman Building Materials Group Ltd. had revenues of $625.3 million for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 32.4 per cent compared to revenues of $472.2 million in the third quarter of 2020. The...

  • Pricing Helps Masonite Sales

    Masonite International Corporation had net sales of $652 million for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 11 per cent over net sales of $588 million in the third quarter of 2020. The increase was...

  • Financial Incentives Would Help Drive Energy Retrofits

    Homeowners worldwide want to renovate their homes to be more energy efficient, but are hesitant due to costs associated with the upgrades. However, almost 80 per cent of homeowners would retrofit thei...

  • BC Has Historic Low Level Home Supply

    In British Columbia, 9,593 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in October, a decrease of 13.7 per cent from October 2020, says the British Columbia Real Estate A...

  • Galvin To Lead Andersen

    Chris Galvin has been promoted to president and chief operating officer at Andersen Corporation, effective January 1. He has been with the window and door product manufacturer for 20 years and is curr...

  • Declined Shipments Behind Canadian Tire Revenue Slide

    Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited had consolidated retail sales of $4.6 billion for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 4.3 per cent over sales of $4.41 billion in the third quarter of 2020. Ex...

  • Residential Products Drive Trex Growth

    Trex Company, Inc. had consolidated net sales of $336 million for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 45 per cent over net sales of $232 million in the third quarter of 2020. Trex residential ne...

  • Buildings Show Offers Hybrid Experiences

    ‘The Buildings Show 2021’ will offer information and education to members of the construction, building design, and property management industries. This year, the event has health and safe...

  • Non-residential Leads Construction Investment

    Investment in building construction declined 0.7 per cent to $17.5 billion in September, continuing a downward trend that started in May, says Statistics Canada. A decrease in the residential sector w...

  • Castle Growth Continues In Quebec

    Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. has gained another member in the province of Quebec. Monsieur Debeaunavet, located in Val D’Or, has joined the group. The business was founded over two decades...

  • Extended Lifespan Driving Wood Decking Market

    The global wood decking market is forecast to grow from US$15 billion in 2020 and reach $21.33 billion by 2028, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5 per cent during the forecast peri...

  • HDI Post Pandemic Sales Almost Double

    Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (HDI) had sales of $471.7 million for the third quarter of 2021, a 99.1 per cent increase over sales of $234.7 million in the third quarter of 2020. The increase was due to...

  • OSB Price Correction Drives LP Revenue

    Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) had net sales of $1.2 billion for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 53 per cent compared to the third quarter of 2020. The siding solutions segment revenue i...

  • Hiring Difficult For Small Business

    Small businesses owners and operators are finding hiring in the current environment difficult, says an ADP Canada commissioned survey, conducted throughout Small Business Month by Maru Public Opinion....

  • BSIA Leads Labour Market Study

    In August 2021, the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training approved a Labour Market Study for BC’s building supply sector. This is a comprehensive study intended to...

  • Armour Shield Roofing Expanding In GTA

    Armour Shield Roofing will be expanding its area of operation into the Greater Toronto, ON, Area and Hamilton, ON, beginning with Oakville and Mississauga. Supporting the company’s expansion is...

  • Lumber Liquidators Has Sales Decrease

    Lumber Liquidators, a retailer of hard-surface flooring, had net sales of $282.2 million for the third quarter of 2021, a decrease 4.6 per cent year-over-year. Also, total comparable store sales decre...

  • Decreased Selling Prices Impacts Taiga Sales

    Taiga Building Products Ltd. had sales of $484.6 million for the third quarter of 2021, a three per cent decrease over sales of $500.7 million in the third quarter of 2020. The decrease was largely du...

  • National Home Show Back After Two-Year Hiatus

    After a two-year hiatus from its annual trade show, the ‘National Home Show, The Big One,’ presented by RE/MAX, is ready to inspire attendees in 2022, with a diverse lineup of contractors,...

  • Canadians Ready To Celebrate Holiday Season

    Canadians’ seasonal spirit is proving resilient, says Deloitte Canada’s ‘2021 Holiday Retail Outlook.’ After a tough 18 months weathering the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemi...

  • KW Housing Sales Decrease

    A total of 593 residential homes sold in October through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo (ON) Association of REALTORS (KWAR), a decrease of 11.1 per cent compared t...

  • LBMAO Directory Now Available As App

    The Lumber and Building Materials Association of Ontario (LBMAO) has rolled out an app to replace its annual printed directory. Early in the year, the board of directors commissioned a search for a de...

  • Significant Growth Forecast For Plastic Fencing Market

    The plastic fencing market is witnessing significant growth from the past years. This growth is attributed to growing safety and security concerns which are expected to stimulate demand for products i...

  • Baldessari Joins TIMBER MART

    Bruno Baldessari will be vice-president of forest products trading with TIMBER MART, effective November 15. He has over 30 years of progressive experience in building materials working for a variety o...

  • Huttig Sees Successful Quarter

    Huttig Building Products, Inc., had net sales of $245.3 million in the third quarter of 2021. As well, its gross margins increased to 23.2 per cent, net earnings increased to $18.7 million, and total...

  • August Retail Sales Increase

    Retail sales reached $59.1 billion in August, an increase of 8.5 per cent year-over-year, says Statistics Canada. Sales of automotive and household fuels posted the highest growth, up 38.9 per cent, f...

  • Vancouver Home Sales Remain Above Historical Averages

    Home sale activity in Metro Vancouver, BC, remained above historical averages in October while the overall supply of homes for sale dipped to levels not seen in three years, says the Real Estate Board...

  • Lowe’s Canada Holds ‘Vendor Forum’

    Lowe’s Canada held its first ‘Vendor Forum’ for the Lowe’s, RONA, and Réno-Dépôt banners on November 4. The event had over 600 participants, gathered to lea...

  • Whirlpool Releases Chest Freezers Line

    Whirlpool Corporation has introduced a lineup of chest freezers that convert to a refrigerator and adapt to changing storage needs. The models include the 16 cubic foot chest freezer with shelves and...

  • Western Forest Products Income Rises

    Western Forest Products Inc. had net income of $42.2 million for the third quarter of 2021, up from net income of $11.5 million in the third quarter of 2020. Adjusted earnings before taxes were $66.3...

  • Small Businesses Don’t Feel Confident

    Small businesses are not feeling confident as they enter the last stretch of 2021, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Its ‘October Business Barometer’ increased s...

  • Home Sales Second-Highest Level On Record

    Home sales in the Greater Toronto, ON, Area (GTA) reached the second-highest level on record for the month of October, says the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB). However, the number of new l...

  • Generac To Acquire ecobee

    Generac Holdings Inc., a global designer and manufacturer of energy technology solutions, plans to acquire ecobee Inc., a company that develops smart home solutions. ecobee was founded in 2007 in Toro...

  • MoistureShield Launches Contractor Loyalty Program

    MoistureShield, a division of Oldcastle APG, a CRH Company, has introduced its MoistureShield Valued Partner (MVP) certified contractor program. The program offers contractors additional training, sup...

  • Fournier Named Vice-President

    Nicole Fournier is vice-president, retail business unit, with Oatey Co., a plumbing products manufacturer. She joined the company in 2019 and served most recently as director, retail channel.

  • Stanley B&D Has 11 Per Cent Growth

    Stanley Black & Decker had net sales of $4.3 billion in the third quarter of 2021, up 11 per cent compared to net sales in the third quarter of 2020. All segments contributed to 10 per cent organi...

  • Hybrid Shopping Experience Can Be Differentiator

    Consumers cite price and quality as top three purchasing criteria anywhere between 61 and 86 per cent of the time, says Deloitte’s 2022 ‘Global Marketing Trends Consumer Survey.’ The...

  • Calgary Market Continues To Favour Seller

    There were 2,186 residential sales in Calgary, AB, in October, a record high for the month and over 35 per cent higher than longer-term averages, says the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB). Year-to-dat...

  • Home Hardware Supports Special Olympics

    Home Hardware Stores Limited and Coke Canada Bottling are supporting Special Olympics Canada with a $2,500 donation. The funds were raised during a two-month campaign that saw close to 250 Home Hardwa...

  • Panasonic Launches Indoor Air Quality Partner Program

    Panasonic has launched a partner program called Breathe Well, an end-to-end solution to the business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) marketplaces to improve healthy indoor air quality...

  • Caron Directs Quebec Member Services

    Jean-François Caron is regional director of member services for Quebec with TIMBER MART. He has over nine years of experience in the building material industry and over 10 years in store operat...

  • Sales Up For Amazon

    Amazon.com, Inc. had net sales of $110.8 billion for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 15 per cent over net sales of $96.1 billion in the third quarter of 2020. Net product sales were $54.9 bi...

  • Building Permits See Increase

    The total value of building permits rose 4.3 per cent to $10.1 billion in September, led by Ontario (up 6.3 per cent), says Statistics Canada. Construction intentions in the residential sector went up...

  • NordLayer Advises Against Paying Ransom For Cyberattacks

    Nearly half (44 per cent) of retailers globally suffered a ransomware attack last year and one-third of those whose data was encrypted paid the ransom to get it released, says NordLayer, a cybersecuri...

  • Ontario Raising Minimum Wage

    As part of the ‘2021 Fall Economic Statement,’ the Ontario government will introduce legislation that, if passed, would raise the general minimum wage from $14.35 to $15 per hour effective...

  • John Mayer Partners With The Laundress

    Grammy Award-winning artist John Mayer has joined forces with The Laundress to create a capsule collection called Way Out West. The collection includes a laundry detergent and fabric spray infused wit...

  • Grainger Has Strong Third Quarter

    Grainger had net sales of $3,372 million in the third quarter of 2021, an increase from net sales of $3,018 million in the third quarter of 2020. Daily sales for the quarter increased 11.7 per cent ye...

  • Higher-Income Shoppers To Drive Holiday Spending

    Amid waning pandemic anxiety and stabilizing consumer sentiment, holiday spending is forecast to increase five per cent from 2020, with higher-income shoppers driving nearly all gains, says the &lsquo...

  • Hollinrake Named LIXIL AOR

    Hollinrake Communications is the official AOR (agency of record) for LIXIL Canada Inc. The agency will oversee all public relations (PR) responsibilities for the American Standard, GROHE, and DXV bran...

  • West Fraser To Acquire GP OSB

    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd has entered into an agreement to acquire Georgia Pacific's oriented strand board (OSB) mill in South Carolina. After modernization, the facility will enhance West Fraser...

  • Whirlpool Makes Changes

    Pamela Klyn will be senior vice-president, communications, public affairs, and sustainability, with Whirlpool Corporation, effective January 2022. Currently, she is vice-president, global product orga...

  • Lawson Sees Improved Business Conditions

    Lawson Products, Inc. had net sales of $105.6 million for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 16.9 per cent compared to net sales of $90.3 million in the third quarter of 2020. These results wer...

  • Canadian Retail Sales Recovery Slows

    Recovery in retail sales is cooling off, says Ed Strapagiel, a retail consultant. There was a huge COVID rebound in the second quarter after dismal year-ago results but that is now working its way out...

  • Lightspeed Launches Flagship eCommerce Solution

    Lightspeed, an eCommerce platform, has launched a flagship eCommerce product built on the integration of its acquisition of Ecwid, also an eCommerce platform. The launch will allow for further eCommer...

  • Bowers Promoted At RPM

    Lee A. Bowers will be vice-president – environmental, health, and safety (EHS) for RPM International Inc., effective December 1. Currently, he is vice-president – operations for its Perfor...

  • Owens Corning Has Sales Increase

    Owens Corning had net sales of $2.2 billion in third-quarter 2021, compared with $1.9 billion in third-quarter of 2020, an increase of 16 per cent. Furthermore, the company had net earnings of $260 mi...

  • Construction Costs Maintain Growth But At Lower Rate

    Residential building construction prices grew 3.7 per cent in the third quarter, following a 7.6 per cent increase in the second quarter, says Statistics Canada. Non-residential building construction...

  • Amazon Canada Opens Coteau-du-Lac Sort Centre

    Amazon Canada has opened its most advanced sort centre in the country, in Coteau-du-Lac, QC. The 720,000-square-foot facility will be the first in Canada to integrate Amazon Robotics' mobile fulfi...

  • LP Releases Environmental Product Declaration

    LP Building Solutions (LP) has released the LP SmartSide Trim & Siding's first-ever Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). The results show that SmartSide stores more carbon than is released...

  • Badger Technologies Launched Multipurpose Robot

    Badger Technologies, a product division of Jabil and expert in retail automation, has launched a pilot program with Busy Beaver Building Centers, Inc., an operator of 24 full-line home improvement cen...

  • West Fraser Deals With Softened Product Demand

    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. sales of $2.358 billion for the third quarter of 2021, an increase over sales of $1,268 million in the third quarter of 2020. Earnings for the quarter were $460 million com...

  • Good Home Vibes Improve Mental Wellbeing

    Sixty per cent of Canadians made changes to their home in the past year, while 35 per cent increased the importance of their home green space, and 33 per cent focused on private gardens, says the &lsq...

  • Lowe’s Canada Has Successful Heroes Campaign

    Lowe's Canada will contribute over $1.5 million to more than 235 partner organizations in Canada as a result of its ‘2021 Heroes’ campaign. This year's campaign garnered the greate...

  • Trex Company Plans Production Site

    Trex Company will develop a multi-faceted production site in Little Rock, AR. Building a third U.S.-based manufacturing facility should enable the company to provide customers significantly better acc...

  • U.S. Home Improvement Industry Will Continue To Grow

    There has been strong growth in the U.S. home improvement and maintenance expenditures, says the ‘Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity’ (LIRA) report by the Remodeling Futures Program...

  • RIGID Introduces Power Tubing Cutter

    RIGID has introduced the PTC-400 Power Tubing Cutter, a portable tubing cutting machine designed to quickly cut stainless steel, carbon steel, copper, aluminum, and plastic. The tool cuts half-inch to...

  • Masco Has Sales Increase

    Sales for Masco Corporation increased 11 per cent to $2,204 million in 2021. The company had an operating profit of $385 million, an operating margin of 17.5 per cent, and returned $186 million to sha...

  • Business Owners Fear The Next Generation Is Not Ready

    A majority (51 per cent) of business owners worry that the next generation is not ready to take over the family business, says a report by the Family Enterprise Foundation. However, more than 60 per c...

  • ONCAP Completes Bradshaw Home Sale

    ONCAP, the mid-market private equity platform of Onex Corporation, has completed the sale of Bradshaw Home to Arbor Investments, a specialized private equity firm that focuses exclusively on investing...

  • Fulgor Milano Expands To North America

    Fulgor Milano, an Italian appliance manufacturer, has expanded its brand to North America, specifically the U.S. and Canada. “Our appliance architects and craftsmen continue to develop products...

  • Favourable AUV Drives Armstrong Sales

    Armstrong World Industries, Inc. had consolidated net sales of $292.2 million for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 18.6 per cent over net sales of $246.3 million in the third quarter of 2020....

  • Government Makes Changes To Pandemic Programs

    The federal government will not extend two key pandemic programs, the Canada Recovery Benefit and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, past October 23, 2021, says a Hicks Morley ‘FTR Now.’ T...

  • Spending On Renovations Continues To Climb

    Following the reopening of the economy after more than a year of the pandemic, Canadians still chose to allocate their finances to invest in home renovations, says a study by Simply Group, a non-bank...

  • Digital Drives Growth

    Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have found going digital drives business growth. A survey by KPMG LLP says 82 per cent of SMBs recognize they need to be much more digitally integrat...

  • ‘Bourbon’ Owen Corning’s 2022 Shingle Colour

    Owens Corning has named ‘Bourbon’ as its ‘2022 Shingle Colour of the Year’ (SCOTY) and the newest colour in the company’s TruDefinition Duration Designer Colors Collectio...

  • Rioux Retires

    Daniel Rioux, regional director of member services (RDMS) for Quebec with TIMBER MART, has retired. He has been with the buying group for 13 years and part of the building material and hardware indust...

  • All Provinces See Retail Sale Gains

    Retail sales were up 2.1 per cent to $57.2 billion in August, led by higher sales at food and beverage stores (4.8 per cent), gasoline stations (3.8 per cent), and clothing and clothing accessories st...

  • Gibson Building Supplies Joins Sexton Group

    Gibson Building Supplies will join Sexton Group’s network of members on November 1. The dealer is an independently owned Canadian company providing a large selection of roofing and exterior buil...

  • Dupont To Acquire ArmorWall

    Dupont Performance Building Solutions plans to acquire the ArmorWall business from MaxLife Industries. With this acquisition, ArmorWall Fire-Rated Structural Insulated Sheathing will become one of Dup...

  • Deaton Promoted At Home Depot

    John Deaton will be executive vice-president of supply chain and product development, effective November 1. He is a 14-year veteran of the company, and brings a wealth of experience after serving in s...

  • PPG Has Strong Third Quarter

    PPG had net sales of $4,372 million for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 19 per cent over net sales of $3,685 million in the third quarter of 2020. Sales were impacted by supply disruptions a...

  • Canadians Optimistic Going Into Holiday Season

    While COVID continues to impact lives, people have adapted well and are looking forward to returning to their pre-pandemic holiday traditions wherever possible: in-person celebrations, shopping at bri...

  • Supply Issues Lower Quebec Home Sales

    The province of Quebec had 22,333 residential sales transactions in the third quarter of 2021, a sharp 30 per cent drop compared to the third quarter of 2020 when there was a historic rebound in sales...

  • Alberta Central Offers Small Business Grants

    Alberta Central, the central banking facility, service bureau, and trade association for Alberta’s credit unions, has launched its second ‘Big Future Innovation Grant,’ which provide...

  • Walmart Tests Text Shopping

    Walmart’s global tech team and Store No8 – its retail development arm – are beta testing text-to-shop capabilities in select locations. It is currently trying to identify when and ho...

  • EZShop Hosts Training Day For Retailers

    EZShop is holding ‘eCom Day,’ featuring speakers such as Tarek Riman, author and professor; Cat Ong, photographer at Cliick agency; Yonika Brault, social media director at EZShop; and Adri...

  • Sales Worsened Since COVID Onset

    Sales for 43 per cent of Canadian small businesses have worsened since the onset of COVID-19, says Payments Canada. Additionally, when it comes to access to funding, 21 per cent report it had worsened...

  • Changes Making Homes Better

    In 2021, Canadians are making changes to their homes and gardens to feel more positive about their homes, says the ‘IKEA Life at Home’ report. Sixty per cent of people have made a change t...

  • Retail Forum Focuses On Western Canada

    The Retail Council of Canada’s ‘2021 Retail West Forum’ will dive into the latest consumer trends, innovative strategies, and best practices in modern retail – catered to the w...

  • UFP Has Strong Quarter

    UFP Industries, Inc. had net sales of $2.1 billion for the third quarter of 2021, a 41 per cent increase over net sales of $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2020. The results were partially driven...

  • Full Economic Production Will Likely Return Mid-2022

    Disruptions due to port closures, factory shutdowns, product halts, and labour shortages will likely delay return of full production until mid-2022, says a report by RSM Canada. Imports from China, Ca...

  • RONA Buying Show To See Record Participation

    More than 500 registered participants from nearly 200 RONA affiliated dealer stores will be participating in the second virtual ‘RONA Buying Show,’ presented by Lowe’s Canada, a reco...

  • Garden Equipment Sales May Level Off

    Sales of power lawn and garden equipment rose by more than 10 per cent in 2020, spurred by behavioural changes under government-imposed lockdowns and social distancing protocols, says a report from Fr...

  • Sinopé Technologies Teams With BC Hydro

    Sinopé Technologies, a Canadian thermostat manufacturing company, has partnered with BC Hydro to offer deals on smart thermostats. For one month as of October 12, BC Hydro will reimburse custom...

  • Maintenance Products Drive WD-40 Growth

    WD-40 Company had total net sales of $115.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of three per cent compared to net sales of $111.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020....

  • Housing Starts Trend Lower

    The trend in housing starts was 271,068 units in September, down from 284,757 units in August, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). "Single-detached and multi-family seasonall...

  • Small Business Owners Optimistic

    The leaders of Canada's small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are feeling optimistic about their prospects for the next three years and about the state of the Canadian and global economy, says...

  • Caesarstone Releases ESG Report

    Caesarstone Ltd., a surface manufacturer, is continuing its ongoing efforts to act on environmental and social topics to create a greener and safer future for its employees, customers, partners, and c...

  • Battery Designed For Tight Spaces

    DEWALT’s POWERSTACK 20V MAX Compact Battery is a pouch cell battery designed for the construction industry. It has 50 per cent more power than the company’s other battery offerings, enabli...

  • Liteline Expands Team

    Campbell Douglas is OnCloud/IoT – sales and support specialist with Liteline. Previously, he worked in the residential and commercial space in the electrical, manufacturing, and property managem...

  • Construction Supply Demand Benefits Fastenal

    Fastenal Company had net sales of $1,554.2 million for the third quarter of 2021, a 10 per cent increase over net sales of $1,413.3 million in the third quarter of 2020. The increase was a result of d...

  • Wholesale Trade Increases

    Sales in the wholesale trade sector rose 0.3 per cent in August to $70.3 billion, the first increase following two months of declines, says Statistics Canada. The sales of food, beverage, tobacco, bui...

  • Lee Valley Tools Warns Canadians To Holiday Shop Early

    Canadian retailer Lee Valley Tools is warning Canadians to holiday shop early this year due to supply-chain concerns. Although things are heading back to normal, the retailer warns that suppliers can&...

  • BIPOC Business Owners Have Seen Improvement

    Canadian small-business owners are optimistic about their future, says Scotiabank's second annual ‘Path to Impact Report.’ Over half (54 per cent) of small business owners feel they ar...

  • IKEA Canada Opens Ontario Design Studios

    IKEA Canada has expanded its Design Studio network in Ontario with locations in Brampton, St. Catharines, and London. The Design Studio will allow customers to design and order complex home furnishing...

  • Manufacturing Sales See An Increase

    Following a 1.2 per cent decline in July, manufacturing sales increased 0.5 per cent to $60.3 billion in August, says Statistics Canada. Although sales of petroleum and coal (up 7.3 per cent), chemica...

  • Class Action Lawsuits Against Numerous Banks

    Class action lawsuits have been brought against Visa, Mastercard, and several banks that issue credit cards. The lawsuits are on behalf of all merchants in Canada who accept those credit cards. The la...

  • Residential Unit Sales See Decrease

    A total of 9,164 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in September, a decrease of 19.9 per cent from September 2020, says the British Columbia Real Estate Associa...

  • Small Businesses Optimistic About Future

    With vaccination rates continuing to increase and as employees gradually settle into new routines, many businesses are looking for opportunities to get back to growth, with 82 per cent of small busine...

  • Shipping Key Factor In Supply Chain Disruptions

    There are 1.3 times more goods being shipped from Asia to Canada since pre-pandemic, says Linda Seymour, president and chief executive officer at HSBC Bank Canada at a Canadian Club Toronto webinar, &...

  • Lowe’s Canada Launches Cabinet Collection

    Lowe’s Canada has launched its Eklipse collection, a pre-assembled set of Canadian cabinets that are easy to install and designed for different rooms in the house. The cabinet collection is prod...

  • Investment in Building Construction Drops

    Investment in building construction decreased two per cent to $17.7 billion in August, the fourth consecutive monthly decline, says Statistics Canada. Furthermore, residential construction investment...

  • Weak Business Investment Preventing Economic Growth

    Ontario has experienced weak business investment over the past two decades with one of the lowest growth rates in the country, says a study by the Fraser Institute. “The decline of Ontario&rsquo...

  • Ontario Invests In Woodworking Company

    Guide Woodworking is investing nearly $300,000 in a new machining centre at its Mississauga, ON, facilities with support of nearly $75,000 from the Ontario Together Fund. The investment will help the...

  • mdf Launches Omnichannel Payment Software

    mdf commerce inc., a provider of SaaS commerce technology solutions, has launched the k-eCommerce Integrated Payment solution (KIP), an omnichannel payment processing software. This digital solution o...

  • Zebra Technologies Completes Antuit.ai Acquisition

    Zebra Technologies Corporation has completed its acquisition of antuit.ai, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions specific to forecasting and merchan...

  • Metsä Wood Designs Hybrid Wall Element

    Metsä Wood and its partners have designed a hybrid sandwich wall element, which will renew offsite construction. The innovation combines concrete with Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber), with th...

  • Kinser Named VP Operations

    Timothy R. Kinser is vice-president – operations at RPM International Inc. Previously, he was vice-president – procurement. He joined the company in 2007 at its subsidiary, DAP Products In...

  • Canadians Plan To Increase Holiday Spending

    Canadian consumers indicate an improvement with their personal finances, growing economic confidence, and plans to significantly increase their holiday spending, says PWC’s ‘Canadian holid...

  • SMBs Borrowing At Same Rate

    The majority (89 per cent) of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are borrowing from their financial service providers at the same rate as they were before the pandemic began, says a study by Car...

  • West Fraser To Acquire U.S. Lumber Mill

    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. plans to acquire the Angelina Forest Products lumber mill located in Texas. The transaction is anticipated to close following completion of U.S. regulatory reviews and sati...

  • GhostRetail Launches Video Shopping Platform

    GhostRetail has launched a 1:1 live video shopping platform that creates an in-store experience online, driving significant, scalable growth for enterprise retailers through a personalized, guided co-...

  • Ladder Extension Allows Smooth Transition

    Werner’s Extension Ladder WalkThru is a ladder accessory that allows users to make an ergonomic transition area from extension ladder to roof. The product allows the user to step directly from t...

  • Employment Returns To Pre-pandemic Levels

    Employment returned to its February 2020 level in September, increasing by 0.8 per cent, says Statistic Canada’s ‘Labour Force Survey.’ The September employment rate was 60.9 per cen...

  • Strong Growth Forecast For Global Ceiling Tiles Market

    The global market for ceiling tiles was estimated at US$6.1 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach a revised size of $9.9 billion by 2026, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of eight p...

  • 2020 Acquires FeneTech

    2020, a provider of applications and enterprise solutions dedicated to interior design, space planning, and furniture manufacturing, has announced the acquisition of FeneTech, Inc., a software provide...

  • DEWALT To Debut Charging Kit And Cutter

    DEWALT is launching a USB Charging Kit and 20V MAX XR Brushless Wire Mesh Cable Tray Cutter. The charging kit utilizes power delivery technology to rapidly charge a range of devices in a compact and p...

  • July Retail Sales Continue Rise

    Retail sales reached $60 billion in July, an increase of 5.2 per cent month-over-month, says Statistics Canada. Sales were led by automotive and household fuels, increasing 35.7 per cent from August 2...

  • Toronto Fall Home Market Busier Than Ever

    September real estate sales increased relative to August and were the third-highest mark on record for Toronto, ON, for the month, says the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB). Compared to last...

  • Home Depot Teams With Walmart

    The Home Depot has teamed with Walmart GoLocal to expand same-day and next-day delivery capabilities for home improvement customers. The Home Depot will offer delivery with Walmart GoLocal in select U...

  • Canfor Makes Leadership Changes

    Pat Elliott is chief financial officer (CFO) for Canfor and Canfor Pulp and will also retain his responsibilities as senior vice-president of sustainability. He has been an executive on Canfor's f...

  • Richelieu Hardware Has Strong Quarter

    Richelieu Hardware Ltd. had sales of $373.3 million in the third quarter of 2021, up 20 per cent over sales in the third quarter of 2020 – 5.9 per cent from acquisitions and 14.1 per cent intern...

  • Consumers Want Quick, Easy Customer Care

    Digital and unassisted channels continue to rise as consumers look for quick and easy customer care, says a survey by Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS), a business process management company. Only 10 per...

  • Vancouver Has Elevated Home Sale Activity

    Elevated home sale activity in September continued to outstrip the supply of homes in Metro Vancouver, BC, says the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). Residential home sales in the region...

  • Canfor Commits To Sustainability And Social Issues

    Canfor Corporation has announced its commitment to sustainable forestry; a stronger focus on safety; health, wellness, inclusion, and diversity amongst employees; and strengthening partnerships with I...

  • Ace Hardware Moves Up To Franchise List

    Retailer-owned hardware cooperative Ace Hardware moved up from the number five to the number four position in the annual ‘Franchise Times Top 400 List.’ The list is a ranking of the 400 la...

  • Eddy Joins Rinnai

    Renee Eddy is vice-president of Innovation with Rinnai America Corporation.  Most recently, she was director of innovation, methods, and operations at Eaton.

  • RPM Has Good Quarter Despite Challenges

    RPM International Inc. had net sales of $1.65 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, an increase of 2.7 per cent compared to net sales of $1.61 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Firs...

  • Retailers Must Use Consumer Data Effectively

    Retailers must leverage the wealth of customer-generated data to keep pace with the constantly changing customer requirements, says a paper by Frost & Sullivan, a market research company. ‘E...

  • Small Businesses Lose Confidence

    Small business confidence fell steeply in September, says a report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The three-month outlook dropped more than 12 points to 43.2, while the 12-...

  • JDS Building Supply Joins TORBSA

    JDS Building Supply, located in Saskatoon, SK, has joined TORBSA Ltd. as a shareholder member. JDS was founded in 2018 by Justin Scheuer. The business focuses on servicing the commercial and residenti...

  • Epicor To Acquire Decor Technology Company

    Enterprise software company Epicor plans to acquire CBC Computer Systems and its Decor Fusion point-of-sale software for paint and decorating retailers. The acquisition will complement and strengthen...

  • EUROSTYLE Implements 3D Design Tool

    EUROSTYLE, a designer and manufacturer of European-style kitchen and bathroom cabinetry has partnered with enterprise solutions firm 2020 to add a 3D design tool for its customers to design kitchens a...

  • Residential Permits Continue Downtrend

    The total value of building permits in Canada decreased 2.1 per cent to $9.7 billion in August, says Statistics Canada. Although most provinces reported increases, notable declines in Ontario and Brit...

  • Fraser Valley Home Sales Remain Robust

    Demand for Fraser Valley, BC, real estate remained robust in September. While overall sales decreased compared to August, total sales reached the second-highest levels for the month of September in th...

  • Caesarstone Launches Design, Estimating Tool

    Caesarstone, a manufacturer of engineered quartz surfaces, has strengthened its support for retail partners with its Caesarstone Connect platform, an integrated online estimator and project management...

  • Small Businesses Need More Support

    Despite pandemic support programs from financial institutions and governments, over half of small businesses feel that they are not supported, says a survey by Equifax Canada. Fifty-two per cent of Ca...

  • U.S. Consumers Spending Despite Low Confidence

    Despite falling consumer confidence numbers amid the recent rise in COVID-19 infections, U.S. shoppers are continuing to spend, says the National Retail Federation (NRF). “With consumer spending...

  • Sherwin-Williams To Acquire Specialty Polymers

    Sherwin-Williams will acquire Specialty Polymers, Inc., a manufacturer and developer of water-based polymers used in architectural and industrial coatings. "In addition to Specialty Polymers'...

  • DEWALT Expands ATOMIC Compact Series

    DEWALT has added to its ATOMIC Compact Series 20V MAX portfolio the 20V MAX ¼-inch Three-Speed Impact Driver, 20V MAX 1/2-inch Impact Wrench with Hog Ring Anvil, 20V MAX ½-inch Impact Wr...

  • Slow Digital Sales Impact Bed Bath & Beyond Earnings

    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. had net sales of $1.98 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2021, a decrease of 26 per cent over net sales of $2.69 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. Compara...

  • Raw Material Shortage Challenging Coatings Industry

    The persistent and industry-wide raw material availability constraints and pricing inflation have worsened and are not expected to improve this year, creating challenges for the coatings industry. Man...

  • Pandemic-driven Trends, Expectations Here To Stay

    Digitally-enabled experiences, health and wellness protocols, and the rise of socially- and locally-conscious consumers will affect small businesses' playbook for success in the next year, says a...

  • Signed Contracts Rise For Existing U.S. Homes

    Signed contracts to buy existing homes in the U.S. increased 8.1 per cent month-to-month in August as buyers encountered higher inventory and slightly more favourable prices, says the National Associa...

  • SOPREMA Recycles Polystyrene For Manufacturing Use

    SOPREMA will recover polystyrene collected in the municipality's two eco-centres in Sherbrooke, QC. This agreement will make it possible to recover approximately 18 tonnes of material annually, wh...

  • Home Depot Canada Foundation Combats Youth Homelessness

    The Home Depot Canada Foundation has launched TradeWorx, a targeted investment to combat youth homelessness by creating opportunities for career education and skilled trades training. Through its init...

  • Microsite Features Stainless Steel Fasteners

    Simpson Strong-Tie has implemented a tool to help its customers find stainless steel products for building in wet, exterior, and other corrosive environments. For the first time, the company has broug...

  • Renovations Not Influenced By Pandemic

    Only one third of Canadian homeowners said COVID-19 influenced their decision to renovate, says the ‘HomeStars 2021 Reno Report.’ Although it was widely believed that pandemic lockdowns ha...

  • Entrepreneurial Drive Remains Strong

    The rapidly evolving small business landscape has hardly detracted Canadian entrepreneurs from turning their ideas into reality, says a poll from RBC. While business ownership may have started for a v...

  • Home Hardware Supports Families In Need

    Home Hardware Stores Limited staff and community volunteers are harvesting hundreds of pounds of produce from the Home Hardware Community Garden to help families most in need as a result of the pandem...

  • Big Turnout For Ace Hardware Convention

    Ace Hardware reported a successful convention held September 21 to 23 in Orlando, FL. The convention had over 10,000 total attendees and provided a space for Ace employees to plan business, take advan...

  • Attachment Reduces Dust

    Festool’s MX – A Dust Attachment limits exposure to dust when filling and mixing powder-like materials. The MX extraction system is clamped onto the edge of the mixing bucket so that the d...

  • Consumers Remain Positive About Financial Outlook

    Canadian consumers continue to demonstrate resiliency and remain positive about their financial outlook as the economy reopens, says a TransUnion ‘Consumer Pulse’ study. It shows over half...

  • U.S. Residential Starts Increase

    For August, total residential starts in the U.S. shot up 12.3 per cent year-over-year from 1.416 million to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.615 million, says Madison's Lumber Reporter. Also...

  • Lowe’s Canada Launches Same-Day Delivery

    Lowe’s Canada is launching a same-day delivery service in over 140 Lowe’s, RONA, and Réno-Dépôt corporate stores across the country, mainly concentrated in major urban...

  • Wilsonart Adds To THINSCAPE Line

    Wilsonart’s THINSCAPE Performance Tops are European-inspired, ultra-thin countertops offered in sun-drenched designs. The product is designed to offer a casual, comfortable appearance that still...

  • Canadian Retail Sales Not Out Of The Woods Yet

    Retail sales for the second quarter of 2021 came down from recent highs, indicating that the second quarter rebound is over, says Ed Strapagiel, a retail consultant. In fact, the quarter only looked a...

  • Home Hardware Hosts ‘2021 Virtual Fall Market’

    Home Hardware’s ‘2021 Virtual Fall Market’ is on now to October 4. The market is an online trade show where Home Hardware dealers and store staff have an opportunity to learn about t...

  • DULUX Paints Releases Its 2022 Colour Of The Year

    DULUX Paints by PPG has made ‘Olive Sprig’ its 2022 Colour of the Year. The colour is described as a comforting sage green that emits a sense of calm and tranquility, reflecting consumers&...

  • Hino Canada Launches 2023 Hino XL-Series

    Hino Motors Canada (HMC) will start production on its 2023 model year Hino XL-Series class 8 trucks at its assembly facility in Woodstock, ON, in the spring of 2022. The 2023 Hino XL8 will be offered...

  • Strong Growth Forecast For Composite Doors And Windows

    Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for composite doors and windows estimated at US$1.1 billion in 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of $1.4 billion by 2026, growing at a compound ann...

  • Costco Fourth Quarter Sales Rise

    Costco Wholesale Corporation had net sales of $61.44 billion for the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2021 year, an increase of 17.5 per cent over net sales of $52.28 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020...

  • DIFM Trend Rises In Growing Home Improvement Market

    The global home improvement market is expected to reach around US$1,975 billion by the end of 2026, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 5.63 per cent during the forecast period, sa...

  • August U.S. Home Sales Rise Modestly

    Sales of new homes in the U.S. rose modestly in August as rising prices continue to sideline potential buyers, says the U.S. Commerce Department. Sales of news homes rose 1.5 per cent reaching a seaso...

  • ‘Cool Current’ Is SICO Paint’s 2022 Colour

    SICO paint brand by PPG has selected ‘Cool Current’ as its 2022 Colour of the Year. Described as a sophisticated, grounded, versatile, and highly adaptable grey-green, Cool Current mimics...

  • Cornerstone Makes Changes

    Brigette Gage is senior vice-president, supply chain with Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. Previously, she was sourcing director of the digital technology centre of excellence for Baker Hughes. Keith...

  • Retail Sales Continue Drop

    Retail sales fell 0.6 per cent to $55.8 billion in July, the third decrease in four months, says Statistics Canada. The decline was primarily driven by lower sales at food and beverage stores (down 3....

  • U.S. Home Sales Cool

    Existing U.S. home sales fell two per cent to a seasonally adjusted 5.88 million units in August month-over-month, says the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Also, results exceeded analyst expec...

  • BeautiTone Launches ‘Rethink Colour’ Campaign

    BeautiTone has launched a brand campaign called ‘Rethink Colour.’ The campaign aims to inspire Canadians to challenge their perception of colour by questioning why things are coloured cert...

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Adds Fire Rating Standards

    Simpson Strong-Tie’s RTUD and ATUD take-up components of its Strong-Rod anchor tiedown and uplift restraint systems are now UL listed as through-penetration firestop solutions when used in conju...

  • SICIS To Exhibit At Cersaie

    After a forced pause of one year ‘Cersaie,’ an international surface, covering materials, and bathroom furnishings trade exhibition, will reopen its doors September 27 in Bologna, Italy. D...

  • Gardening Trends Boost Pesticide Sales

    Increased home gardening activity and commercial investment in greenspaces like office gardens will boost global demand for pesticides, says a report from the Freedonia Group. Global demand for formul...

  • Home Hardware Celebrates National Tree Day

    Home Hardware Stores Limited and Tree Canada will celebrate the 10th National Tree Day by planting hundreds of trees and shrubs at different locations across Canada, 32 Home Hardware locations partici...

  • PORTER-CABLE Teams With Tractor Supply Company

    PORTER-CABLE, a portable power tool brand, and U.S.-based Tractor Supply Company have partnered to make PORTER-CABLE products more accessible through Tractor Supply's growing national footprint. B...

  • SMBs Turn To Retail Analytics

    Increasing demand to understand consumer buying behaviour among retailers is boosting the use of retail analytics industry statistics with a strong adoption rate forecast for small- to medium-size bus...

  • Giant Tiger Opens Additional Niagara Location

    Giant Tiger Stores Limited will open a second store in Niagara Falls, ON. The grand opening of the 18,700-square-foot store will take place September 25. It will be stocked with home and family fashio...

  • Brick-and-mortar Not Dying But Evolving

    Forty-eight per cent of consumers still prefer in-store shopping, says a study by Raydiant, a digital signage and experience platform provider. The majority (82 per cent) say a positive in-location ex...

  • Strong Demand Forecast For Home Services

    Global demand for home care and design services is projected to grow at a 48.1 per cent compound annual growth rate through 2027, says Research and Markets. In Canada, demand for construction and main...

  • West Fraser Adjusts Output

    Due to wildfires in British Columbia, slowing orders for forest products, constraints on the availability of resins used in the manufacture of panel products, transportation service interruptions, and...

  • LG Expands Dishwasher Line

    LG Electronics Canada (LG) has rolled out updated models of its LG QuadWash dishwashers with TrueSteam. Packed with advanced cleaning technologies, the updated line of Wifi-enabled, smart dishwashers...

  • Houle Leads Sollio

    Pascal Houle is chief executive officer of Sollio Cooperative Group. He has been part of the Sollio network since 1998, most recently as chief operating officer of the group as part of the company&rsq...

  • Building Construction Investments Went Down In July

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

  • August U.S. Retail Sales Rise Despite Challenges

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

  • Stanley Black & Decker Launches Training Grants

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

  • Wholesale Sales Decline

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

  • Housing Starts Trend Lower

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

  • Consumer Habits Have Changed

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

  • JRTech Solutions Provides ESLs

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

  • Stanley Black & Decker To Acquire Excel Industries

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

  • DEWALT Discontinuing 18V NiCad Battery

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

  • Housing Market Faces Uncertainty

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

  • Employee Wellbeing Beyond Health Benefits

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

  • Spectrum To Sell Home Improvement Segment

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

  • Kevin Guest Joins TIMBER MART

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

  • Manufacturing Sales Drop

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

  • Home Improvement Industry Wins Big

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

  • Retail Technology Continues To Grow

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

  • Natural Shades Headline 2022 Colours Of The Year

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

  • Taiga Appoints Braswell as VP

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

  • July Building Construction Investments Down

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

  • Fenplast Acquires Atis Plants

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

  • Ace Hardware To Open California Distribution Center

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

  • Air Return Vent Blends Into Wall

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

  • Steady Growth Forecast For Home Improvement Products

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

  • Chaleur Opens As BMR Pro Store

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

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Invests In Hundegger USA

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

  • Canadians Lack Confidence In Economic Recovery

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

  • Home Sales Drop In Quebec City

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

  • Lenova Launches Bathroom Vanities

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

  • Baker Joins Home Hardware

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

  • Product Ban Affects Dollarama Sales

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

  • Canadians Continue To Spend On Home Improvement

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

  • Montreal Home Sales Continue Decrease

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

  • Home Hardware Teams With Tim Hortons

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

  • Payments Canada Launches High-value Payment System

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

  • Miller Has New Role

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

  • Renovation Interest Continues

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

  • Vancouver Home Supplies Decline

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

  • IKO Acquires Ross Roof Group

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

  • Gallant Joins Wolseley Canada

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

  • GTA Housing Demand Remains Strong

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