• Ransomware Evolves To Target Supply Chain

    Ransomware is gradually becoming more refined and targeting supply chains, says Colin Henderson, vice-president of security for One Trust, at its ‘Supply Chain Attacks: The Rise of Ransomware an...

  • ICSC Rebrands

    The International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) has changed its name to the Innovating Commerce Serving Communities (ICSC) as part of the organization’s brand repositioning, reflecting its...

  • BLANCO Collection Wins Two Awards

    The BLANCO VINTERA collection by BLANCO has earned a ‘2021 Red Dot Award’ and ‘2021 iF Design Award’ for product design. The VINTERA farmhouse sink allows for a flush mount ins...

  • Whirlpool Has Increased Sales

    Whirlpool Corporation had net sales of $5,324 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 31.7 per cent over net sales of $4,042 million for the second quarter of 2020. Net earnings were $5...

  • Government To Address Bill Loopholes

    While the government of Canada is committed to facilitating genuine intergenerational share transfers of small businesses, it wants to safeguard against any unintended tax avoidance loopholes that may...

  • Simply Group Founder Named Entrepreneur Of The Year

    Lawrence Krimker, founder and CEO of Simply Group and owner of SNAP Financial, was named the ‘EY Entrepreneur Of The Year,’ 2021 Ontario program. This award recognizes entrepreneurs for th...

  • Home Improvement, Maintenance Spending To Increase

    Annual gains in U.S. homeowner improvement and maintenance spending are to increase in the second half of the year and remain elevated through mid-year 2022, says the Leading Indicator of Remodeling A...

  • UFP Has Strong Second Quarter

    UFP Industries, Inc. had net sales of $2.7 billion for the second quarter of 2021, a 117 per cent increase over the second quarter of 2020. New product sales were $232.1 million, up 61 per cent. Incre...

  • Wholesalers Benefit From High Demand

    Sales of wholesale goods rose 0.5 per cent in May to $72.2 billion, the third consecutive monthly increase. Wholesalers have benefited from the increased demand for building materials, machinery, pers...

  • Brands Starting Holiday Shopping Campaigns Early

    If brands aren’t thinking and planning for the holidays yet, they are running out of time, says Sitecore, a global digital experience management software company. Its research shows that 42 per...

  • BMO Offers Wellness Services To Entrepreneurs

    BMO will provide the wellness services offered to its team members to Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs across Canada to help with stresses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns....

  • Canfor Curtails Production

    Canfor Corporation will curtail approximately 115 million board feet of production capacity at its Canadian sawmills during the third quarter of 2021 due to the significant supply chain challenges and...

  • Manufacturing And Housing Demand Will Lead Economy

    Canada's manufacturing and housing sectors will lead the economy out of a recession, says a report by RSM Canada. Rising consumer expectations coinciding with new manufacturing orders shows great...

  • Quebec Real Estate Sales Breaks Record

    A total of 31,899 residential sales transactions were concluded in the province of Quebec for the second quarter of 2021, a 45 per cent increase compared to the second quarter of 2020, when sales were...

  • Exterior MDF Product Resists Moisture

    Roseburg Forest Products has added Armorite Exterior MDF to its product lines in North America. Armorite is a no-added formaldehyde MDF panel that resists moisture, rot, decay, and insects. The produc...

  • Opening Markets Drive ASSA ABLOY Sales

    ASSA ABLOY had net sales of SEK23,648 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 19 per cent over net sales of SEK19,953 million for the second quarter of 2020. Sales in the Americas were...

  • Housing Starts Remain High

    The trend in housing starts was 293,567 units in June, up from 284,837 units in May, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Additionally, the standalone monthly seasonally adjusted a...

  • U.S. Retail Sales Increase As Recovery Continues

    Retail sales in the U.S. saw solid growth during June, increasing in most categories on a monthly basis and across the board on a yearly basis as the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic continued,...

  • Giant Tiger Opens Ancaster Store

    Giant Tiger has opened a store in Ancaster, ON. The 18,044-square-foot store is stocked with family fashions, brand-name groceries, and everyday essentials. The store has health and safety practices i...

  • Honeywell Teams With Nexii

    Honeywell Building Technologies, a manufacturing and technology company, and Nexii Building solutions will form an alliance to further the development of buildings with a reduced environmental impact....

  • Home Sales Slow Down

    Home sales fell 8.4 per cent month-over month in June 2021, marking the third straight monthly slowdown since activity hit a record back in March, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). &qu...

  • Walmart To Roll Out DC Robots

    Walmart will implement the Symbotic technology system into 25 more of its regional distribution centres (RDCs) across the U.S. The system, which works to sort, store, retrieve, and pack freight onto p...

  • Lowe’s Canada Offers Spyder Tool Accessories

    Lowe’s Canada has partnered with Spyder to expand its offering with tool accessories to its contractor customers. Just introduced in Canada, the Spyder circular saw blades, jig saw blades, hole...

  • Mancine Named CTO

    John Mancine is chief technology officer (CTO) at MaterialsXchange, a digital marketplace for lumber and construction wood products. He has gained many years of experience in software development and...

  • Manufacturing Sales Continue Decline

    Manufacturing sales fell 0.6 per cent to $57.9 billion in May, the second consecutive monthly decline, says Statistics Canada. The decline can be attributed to the machinery, chemical, and fabricated...

  • Businesses Are Optimistic

    While businesses have been forced to adapt to lockdown restrictions and supply chain disruptions, 72 per cent of Canadian businesses are optimistic about their prospects over the next year, says a sur...

  • Nexii Acquires Omicron

    Nexii Building Solutions Inc. has acquired Omicron Canada Ltd. Omicron is a development services, design, and construction firm in western Canada. It will enhance Nexii’s operational capabilitie...

  • New Leaf Adds Matte Grain Finish

    New Leaf Performance Veneers, a Wilsonart company, has added a matte grain finish available on 20 of its veneers. “Our New Leaf matte grain finish was developed to meet the demands of designers...

  • British Columbia Home Sales Continue Well Above Usual

    Total active residential listings were down 23.4 per cent year-over-year in June, reports the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA). However, a total of 11,070 residential unit sales were r...

  • Castle Adds Quebec Member

    Castle Building Centres Group has added a member location in Quincaillerie Shipek, QC. Although the original hardware store of Mingan closed four years prior, General Manager Guy Vigneault has re-open...

  • Trusscore Acquires Alberta Building Materials Developer

    Trusscore, a manufacturer of sustainable alternatives to traditional building materials, has acquired the assets of Calgary, AB-based Westech Building Products, a developer of vinyl building materials...

  • PPE Influences Fastenal Sales

    Fastenal Company had net sales of $1,507.7 million for the second quarter of 2021, a decrease of 0.1 per cent over net sales of $1,509 million in the second quarter of 2020. The quarter was influenced...

  • Investment in Residential Construction Drops

    Residential investment has declined for the first time since April 2020, down 2.7 per cent in May, says Statistics Canada. Investments in single-family homes were down 2.7 per cent to $8.3 billion. Qu...

  • TRREB Raises 2021 Home Sales Forecast

    The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) has revised its 2021 home sales forecast for Toronto, ON, from 105,000 transactions upward to 115,000 transactions due to record first quarter 2021 sales...

  • Home Hardware Teams With FlipGive

    Home Hardware has launched the ‘Home Hardware Return to Sport Matching Grant,’ in partnership with FlipGive, a shopping rewards app for teams. Designed to provide support to youth sports t...

  • Daly Joins IHA

    Sean Daly is vice-president, member and buyer relations, with the International Housewares Association (IHA). He has more than 25 years’ experience in the housewares industry, with an emphasis o...

  • Rising Input Costs Remains A Challenge

    With COVID-19 vaccination rates rising and restrictions on businesses and the public easing, businesses still faced many uncertainties during the second quarter of 2021, says Statistics Canada. Its &l...

  • Masks Optional At British Columbia Retailers

    With the end of mandatory mask requirements in British Columbia on July 1, retailers have taken a variety of approaches. Signs have gone up outside of retail establishments with new instructions about...

  • Matériaux Pont-Masson Joins Groupe BMR

    Matériaux Pont-Masson has joined Groupe BMR. With seven retail locations in Quebec and Ontario, Matériaux Pont-Masson specialized in services for contractors and self-builders and will b...

  • Vancouver Home Sales Begin To Ease

    Home sale and listing activity in metro Vancouver, BC, has eased back from the record-setting pace seen in March and April of this year. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) says residen...

  • Online Sales Remain Strong For ToughBuilt

    ToughBuilt Industries, Inc.’s gross sales through Amazon increased 118 per cent to approximately $5.48 million for the first half of 2021, compared to approximately $2.51 million in the first ha...

  • Retail Sales See Large Increase

    Retail sales reached $54.6 billion in April, an increase of 58.7 per cent compared to the same month a year prior, says Statistics Canada. This marked the largest increase on record for the sector, la...

  • Castle Gets Nova Scotia Member

    Hometown Flooring is the newest Castle Building Centres to open its doors in Nova Scotia. Located in Truro, the specialty flooring retailer will be expanding its business into a full-service building...

  • Sexton Group Partners With Well Made Here

    The Sexton Group has joined Well Made Here, a not-for-profit organization that encourages the purchase of quality hardware and construction materials that are made in Canada and intended for the resid...

  • London Home Sales Remain Steady

    Ontario-based London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS (LSTAR) says 1,194 homes exchanged hands last month, the highest number of home sales recorded via the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) system...

  • Richelieu Has Strong Sales Growth

    Richelieu Hardware's second-quarter consolidated sales reached $371.4 million compared to $248.3 million for the corresponding quarter of 2020, an increase of $123.1 million or 49.6 per cent, of w...

  • Quebec Home Sales Slowed By Increased Prices

    Soaring prices have weakened June sales in the Montreal and Quebec City, QC, residential markets, says the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB). June residential sales fell...

  • Roseburg To Build North Carolina Facility

    Roseburg Forest Products will expand its operations in the southeastern United States with the construction of a high-capacity lumber mill in North Carolina. The 375,000-square-foot facility will be c...

  • DXV Reveals Bathroom Collection

    DXV, a luxury kitchen and bathroom brand, has launched its Belshire bathroom collection in Canada. Inspired by the 'art deco' style of the 1920s, the brand offers a full bathroom suite of fitt...

  • WD-40 Has Strong Third Quarter Sales

    WD-40 Company had total net sales of $136.4 million for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 39 per cent compared to total net sales in the third quarter of 2020. Net sales in Canada increased 24...

  • Saskatchewan Home Sales Continue To Rise

    Home sales in Saskatchewan went up in May 2021, increasing 67 per cent, year-over-year, says a report from the Saskatchewan Realtor Association. New listings were up over 14 per cent. Strong demand co...

  • Bostik Launches Polyurethane Sealants Line

    Bostik has launched a polyurethane sealants line with a focus on the sealing and bonding construction markets. The product line will include a range of products meeting the requirements of technical p...

  • Kandilas Joins Zurn Canada

    Harry Kandilas is national sales manager at Zurn Canada. He brings more than 25 years of experience to the role and has worked at Electrolux, Belanger, American Standard Brands, and Vinylbilt Windows...

  • Adhesives and Sealants Market Is High In Demand

    The demand for adhesives and sealants by end-use industries that includes packaging, electrical and electronics, industrial machinery, and metal and glass processing, is inflating globally, says a stu...

  • Bill Removes Adverse Transfer Tax Consequences

    A private member’s bill which would remove the adverse tax consequences that currently apply when a small business owner sells or transfers their shares in the business to a child or grandchild...

  • Groupe LTM Acquires Marieville Store

    Groupe LTM has acquired its fourth RONA store, RONA Matériaux Marieville in Marieville, QC. The store offers customers a wide range of products in the hardware, paint, tools, and seasonal departments....

  • Home Improvement Retailers Named RCC Award Finalists

    The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has named its ‘2021 Excellence in Retailing (ERA) Awards’ finalists. Included in the list are Canadian Tire Corporation, Federated Co-operatives Limited,...

  • Calgary’s Housing Market Far From Slowing Down

    Calgary’s housing market has no sign of slowing down and it “is taking time for supply to catch up with the demand in the market,” says Ann-Marie Lurie, chief economist for the Calga...

  • Building Permit Activity Declines

    Following four consecutive months of reaching new highs, the total value of building permits dropped a record $1.6 billion to $9.5 billion in May, says Statistics Canada. Every component was...

  • Boomers Expected To Flood The Real Estate Market

    Thirty-two million boomers in Canada are considering a home purchase within the next five years, says a survey by Statistics Canada. With 40 per cent of boomers holding half of net worth in real estat...

  • Berlinger Haus Launches eCommerce Shop

    Berlinger Haus has launched a direct-to-consumer eCommerce shop to showcase the brand's high-end kitchenware at affordable prices. "Our intention is to introduce a truly robust, European-desi...

  • Centah Offers Online Management Platform

    Centah, a workflow management solutions company owned by Financeit, is now offering a lead creation and management platform, HomePro Marketplace. The platform is a full service, digital lead generatio...

  • CFIB Encourages Shopping At Small Businesses

    Canadians are spending more at big box stores (60 per cent) and less time shopping at small businesses, says a survey by CFIB. This is despite nine in 10 Canadians saying they wish they could do more...

  • Tourism Goes Up As Business Restrictions Go Down

    Tourism has seen an increase alongside the reopening of businesses, up 2.3 per cent this past March, says Statistics Canada. New businesses opening up increased 1.6 per cent, as restrictions have less...

  • Trex Commits To Sustainability

    Trex Company Inc, a provider of composite decking, railing, and outdoor living products has recycled more than 900 million pounds of plastic film and reclaimed wood. As well, its manufacturing process...

  • Growth Expected For LED Lighting

    The global LED lighting market is expected to grow from US$50.8 billion in 2020 to reach US$122.51 billion by 2028, growing at an annual rate of 13.4 per cent during the forecast period of 2...

  • Numbers Indicate Crazy Swings

    The latest numbers from Statistics Canada indicate some crazy swings in Canadian retail sales, says Ed Strapagiel, a retail consultant. For the three months ending April 2021, total retail sales incre...

  • Amazon Plans Robotics Fulfilment Centre In Alberta

    Amazon plans to open its first robotics fulfillment centre in Parkland County, Alberta. The fulfillment centre is set to launch in 2022, is expected to be more than 600,000 square feet, and will be us...

  • Habitat Support Renewed

    Simpson Strong-Tie has renewed its support of Habitat for Humanity International’s ‘Habitat Strong’ program for the sixth consecutive year. It remains the leading sponsor of the prog...

  • Langelier Joins Sexton

    Tristiant L. Langelier is business development manager for Quebec at the Sexton Group. He will be responsible for building relationships and growing the membership in Quebec. He joins the firm with 10...

  • Employers Get Strong Marks For COVID

    Even after a year of unprecedented and continuing disruption to workplaces everywhere, both Canadian and U.S. employees give their employers strong marks for their management during the COVID-19 pande...

  • New Home Sales Fall

    New home sales in the U.S. fell to the lowest pace in a year due to the high costs and uncertain availability of building materials, lots, and labour, says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Dev...

  • Customer Experience Enhanced

    The Home Depot is enhancing the customer experience at its 1,300 rental locations in the U.S. with the launch of ‘Rent Online, Pick-up In Store’ technology. From demolition tools like brea...

  • HDI Purchases Novo

    Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (HDI) will purchase Novo Building Products Holdings, LLC from an affiliate of Blue Wolf Capital Partners. Novo is a U.S. distributor of architectural grade building pr...

  • Palssons Open Third Location

    Lori and Marc Palsson have celebrated the official grand opening of their RONA home improvement centre in Dryden, ON. Since acquiring the store in March 2021, the Palssons have done extensive renovati...

  • Doman Acquires Lumber Pressure Treating Business

    Doman Building Materials Group Ltd.’s wholly owned subsidiary L.A. Lumber Treating, Ltd. has acquired the lumber pressure treating plant, related equipment, and business formerly owned by Fontan...

  • Existing Home Sales Drop

    Sales of existing homes in the U.S. dropped for the fourth straight month in May due to a very low supply of homes on the market. Existing home sales fell 0.9 per cent last month from April to a seaso...

  • Walmart Invests In Drone Delivery

    Walmart is investing in drone delivery after a successful pilot showed encouraging results. The company partnered with DroneUp last year for hundreds of trial deliveries of at-home COVID-19 self-colle...

  • Muskoka Cabinet Adopts First Canadian Line

    Muskoka Cabinet Co., a manufacturer of cabinets, will adopt its first, Canadian, state-of-the-art cabinet panel finishing line, that is predicted to increase its productivity by 50 per cent. The first...

  • Amazon Days Sets New Record

    Online retail sales in the U.S. may have set new records during Amazon’s Prime Day. Amazon says the shopping holiday was the biggest two-day period yet for its third party sellers. Online retail...

  • Customer Experience Enhanced

    The Home Depot is enhancing the customer experience at its 1,300 rental locations in the U.S. with the launch of ‘Rent Online, Pick-up In Store’ technology. From demolition tools like brea...

  • Optimism Surrounds Woodworking Expo

    Organizers are optimistic the ‘Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS)’ will take place November 4 and 5 as planned. "We're encouraged by the reopening step...

  • Retail Sales Drop In April

    Retail sales were down 5.7 per cent to $54.8 billion in April, says Statistics Canada. The decline co-incided with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and was the largest decline in...

  • Entrepreneurship Grows Despite Pandemic

    Despite COVID-19s impact on the economy, entrepreneurship is on the rise, attributed to community support for small businesses and online, says the ‘RBC Small Business Poll.’ More than hal...

  • Digital Tool Helps Businesses Do Contact Tracing

    GroundLevel Insights, a Canadian technology company, is making its contact tracing solution for COVID-19 available to businesses across the country. CANATRACE is a fast, secure, and free digital solut...

  • LMPG Pauses IPO Effort

    LMPG Inc. (previously Lumenpulse Group Inc.), an industrial technology company with a core focus on specification-grade LED lighting solutions, has decided not to pursue its recently announced IPO, ci...

  • Debt Indicates Renovation Boom Slowing

    The Canadian renovation boom is slowing if the debt to finance it is any indication. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows loans for home renovations made a sharp drop in the first quarter of 2021. The...

  • Habitat For Humanity Goes 3D

    Habitat for Humanity is printing its first 3D-printed home. Construction of the home in the U.S. in Tempe, AZ began in May It combines 3D printing using a Build on Demand Printer (BOD 2) from Germany-...

  • BMO Supports Main Street Businesses

    BMO has created a dedicated banking team to provide guidance and advice to help promote the growth of Canada's main street businesses. As the country turns the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, it...

  • Early Registration Strong

    At just under 2,500 registrations, the early bird booking result for EISENWARENMESSE ‒ International Hardware Fair Cologne 2022 is a very strong sign and reflects the positive expectations of the indu...

  • Consumers Adapting To Digital Commerce

    The vast majority of Canadian consumers with Credit Protection Insurance (CPI) say their experience during COVID-19 has made them more comfortable conducting financial transactions online (84 per cent...

  • Global Building Joins Castle

    Global Building Supplies is the newest Castle Building Centres to open its doors in Toronto, ON. This full-service lumber, building materials, and hardware retailer is located in Scarborough and has a...

  • U.S. Construction Costs Rising

    Prices paid for goods used in residential construction in the U.S. increased 22.5 per cent compared to one year ago, with specific material prices advancing nearly 90 per cent, says data from the Bure...

  • Flex Seal Expand Products At Walmart Canada

    The Flex Seal Family of Products has added Flex Paste, Flex Seal Liquid, Flex Seal Spray, Flex Shot, and Flex Tape to Walmart's shelves across Canada. This gives more people access to products in...

  • LBMAO Rejects Ford’s Comments

    The Lumber and Building Materials Association of Ontario (LBMAO) wants Ontario Premier Doug Ford to rescind a statement that “those lumber companies who are jacking up prices need to be held acc...

  • Business Closures Decrease As Restrictions Ease

    The July estimates of business openings and closures show that, with the continued easing of COVID-19 restrictions, there was a large decrease in business closures, says Statistics Canada. In July, 36...

  • Housing Demand To Stay Strong, Then Level Off

    Over the past several years, record levels of international immigration (not including 2020), low interest rates, and an increasingly middle-aged Millennial cohort have combined to fuel very strong ho...

  • Federal Brace Releases Shelving Kit

    Federal Brace has released its Maple Live Edge Wall Shelf, a shelving kit that comes complete with two brackets and all hardware needed for installation. The edge planks come in widths of 24 or 30 inc...

  • Family-Owned Businesses Show Post-Pandemic Recovery

    Family-owned businesses are predicted to assist in a post-pandemic recovery, says a report by KPMG Enterprise and the STEP Project Global Consortium. “The dynamics and structure of family-owned...

  • TIMBER MART Signs Quebec Dealer

    Located in Val-d’Or, QC, paint and hardware dealer Centre de peinture Picasso is the fourth Quebec dealer to join TIMBER MART this year. It has joined the group in order to gain better buying po...

  • Marketing Metrics Effective In Digital Age

    Marketing metrics are effective in tracing consumer demand, engagement, and to maintain communication between retailer and customer, says Marc Hansen, director of marketing at Podium at the ‘7 M...

  • 2021 Buying Show Goes Virtual

    The ‘RONA Buying Show’ will return exclusively online from October 18 to December 3, says Lowe’s Canada. The event will include the opportunity for RONA dealers to meet with various...

  • Building Materials Lead Wholesale Sales

    Sales by Canadian wholesalers rose 0.4 per cent in April to $71.5 billion, the third increase in the past four months, says Statistics Canada. Activity in the sector was mixed in April, with continued...

  • BC Housing Market Continues To Calm Down

    The British Columbia Real Estate Association says that housing markets across the province “continue to calm down.” In May, realtors sold a total of 12,638 homes which represents the secon...

  • Sexton Launches Regular Virtual Events

    After its successful first virtual event, the ‘2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM)’ in January, Sexton Group has launched a series of virtual events called the ‘Spark Series’ for...

  • Walmart To Test Cashierless Stores

    Walmart is replacing cashiers at its Terrace, BC, store with self-serve checkouts this summer, making it a test project along with a select number of other outlets in Canada. It says the Terrace store...

  • VWD Acquires Vinylbilt

    Vinyl Window Designs (VWD), a Canadian manufacturer of vinyl windows, entry doors, and patio doors has acquired Vinylbilt Windows & Doors. It adds Vinylbilt, which has manufactured vinyl window in...

  • ParcelPal Technology Rebrands To ParcelPal Logistics

    Vancouver, BC-based ParcelPal Technology Inc. will change its name to ParcelPal Logistics Inc. ParcelPal specializes in last-mile delivery service and logistics solutions for small- and medium-sized b...

  • Co-op Community Spaces Invests In Western Communities

    As residents of western Canada come back together, Co-op Community Spaces is funding 15 local projects that will help rebuild community connections. This year, Co-op is providing $1 million in funding...

  • May Housing Starts Increase Slightly

    The trend in housing starts was 280,779 units in May, up slightly from 278,462 units in April, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). "The national trend in housing starts remai...

  • IKEA France Executives Convicted Of Espionage

    A French court has ordered IKEA to pay more than $1.2 million in fines and damages for a campaign to spy on union representatives, employees, and some unhappy customers in France. Two former IKEA Fran...

  • Business Leaders Cautiously Optimistic

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

  • Peridot Supply Joins TORBSA

    Brampton, ON-based Peridot Supply has joined TORBSA as an independent shareholder member to increase its impact in its market and expand its reach. Peridot was founded in 2020 by Douglas Brown Jr., wh...

  • Higher Prices Boost Wood Product Gains

    Manufacturing sales fell 2.1 per cent to $57.1 billion in April, on lower sales in 11 of 21 industries, says Statistics Canada. Much of the decline was attributable to lower sales of transportation eq...

  • Orgill New York Facility Now Operational

    In the fastest start-to-finish completion of a ground-up distribution centre in the company’s modern history, Orgill’s Rome, NY, facility is now fully operational and will begin servicing...

  • Resolute Invests In Wood Products Operations

    Resolute Forest Products Inc. will invest $50 million in its wood products operations to support its continued growth. The investment is slated to make improvements in three key regions for the compan...

  • CHHMA Phases In Rebrand

    The Canadian Hardware & Housewares Manufacturers Association (CHHMA) has begun its rebrand to the Canadian Home Products Trade Association (CHPTA) and its French translation L’Association Ca...

  • Bath Faucets Offer Industrial Chic Style

    California Faucets has enhanced the ‘industrial chic’ style of its Descanso bath series with a wheel handle option. Harkening back to the cool vintage vibe of mid-century valve handles, th...

  • Countries Struggle With Affordable Housing

    Access to affordable housing – a basic human need and central dimension of well-being – has become increasingly challenging in many countries, says the OECD in its ‘Brick By Brick: B...

  • Prince George Store Joins TIMBER MART

    Offering a wide selection of building materials to contractors and builders in Prince George, BC, K.G. TIMBER MART Ltd. joins the buying group to gain buying power and brand recognition to develop its...

  • JELD-WEN Improves Quebec Facilities

    JELD-WEN of Canada is improving its Quebec-based manufacturing facilities. The Saint-Henri, QC, facility currently manufactures its line of moulded interior doors as well as insulated steel doors. A s...

  • Leaders Not Sure Where To Allocate Tech Investments

    'Preparing for the Return of Demand: How America's Retail & Hospitality Tech Elite Tackle Disruption with New Commerce Investment' shows two-thirds of C-suite and head of function exec...

  • Canfor To Invest In Louisiana Sawmill

    Canfor Corporation will invest approximately $160 million to build a state-of-the-art sawmill near DeRidder, LA. The company will receive state and local incentives in support of the project. The faci...

  • Residential Continues To Lead Construction Gains

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

  • Dunbridge Partners With TIMBER MART

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

  • Klein Tools Introduces Magnetic Wire Puller

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

  • Liteline Expands Team

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

  • Positioning Top Long-term Business Strategy

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

  • NRF Increases 2021 Retail Sales Forecast

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

  • Cornerstone To Divest Metal Panels Business

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

  • Online Sales To Dominate Decor Market

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

  • Dollarama Sales Up 13 Per Cent

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

  • Home Service Requests Still Rising In Canada

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

  • Lightspeed To Up Capabilities

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

  • RPM Subsidiary Acquires Dudick

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

  • Hamilton Beach To Launch Clorox Air Purifiers

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

  • TORBSA Elects Board Of Directors

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

  • Home Improvement Sector Has Record Sales

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

  • Business Leaders Cautiously Optimistic

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

  • RPM Subsidiary Acquires Dudick

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

  • Interfor To Acquire Four Georgia-Pacific Sawmills

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

  • Cornerstone To Dives Metal Panels Business

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

  • NKBA Announces First Luxury Kitchen Summit

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

  • WBE Findings To Help Women-owned Businesses

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

  • Doman Acquires Hixson

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

  • Employees Get Corporate App With Smart Phones

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

  • Schneider Electric Upgrades LayoutFAST Tool Set

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

  • Toronto Home Sales Lower Than March Peak

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

  • Contractors Utilizing Photo-realistic Visualization

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

  • McGillivray Partners With Bidmii

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

  • Klein Tools Introduces Two-piece Plier Set

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

  • April Building Permits Maintain Historic High

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

  • Lowe’s Settles Pension Lawsuit

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

  • ABC US Breaks Ground On Pioneer Facility

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

  • Novik Adds Colours To NovikShake Products

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

  • Canada Launches Greener Homes Grant

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

  • Home Hardware Welcomes Three Quebec Stores

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

  • LEDVANCE Launches Brighter Days Campaign

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

  • Data Cable Tester Has Intuitive Interface

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

  • Disher Joins BMF

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

  • Pandemic Continues To Drive Home Repair Boom

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

  • Paint Recycling Changes Coming To Four Provinces

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

  • CanWel To Change Name

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

  • Ian Merman Passes Away

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

  • Quebec Implements Deconfinement Plan

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

  • Quebec Store Converts To Home Hardware

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

  • Port Hardy Ace Goes Corporate

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

  • Cleancult Products Now Available In Canada

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

  • Festool Launches Energy Set

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

  • Costco Has Strong Third Quarter

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

  • Online Sales Remain Strong

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

  • Medicine Hat Store Joins Ace Hardware Banner

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

  • BMR Group Makes Appointments

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

  • ToughBuilt Has Strong First Quarter Revenues

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

  • Consumers Refuse To Pay Higher Lumber Prices

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

  • Derby To Refocus Head Office Activities

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

  • COVID Impacts Flexible Garden Hose Market

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

  • California Faucets Updates Brass Finishes

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

  • Interfor Experiences Record Lumber Pricing

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

  • U.S. DOC Plans To Double Lumber Tariffs

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

  • WRLA Completes Move

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

  • Aesthetics Top Reason For Replacing Windows

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

  • ESS Launches Slim Drain Series

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

  • Ace Has Strong First Quarter

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

  • LBM Industry Drives Retail Sales

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

  • Ontario Government Launches Reopening Roadmap

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

  • Cabico Launches Brand Restructure

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

  • Rotary Hammers Available

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

  • West Fraser Sales Up 81 Per Cent

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

  • Canadians Expect ‘Normalcy’ To Return In 2022

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

  • Castle Gets Quebec Dealer

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

  • Lowe’s Canada Launches Contactless Pickup

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

  • Smart Features Will Maximize POS Platform Value

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

  • Polyethylene Tape Is Flame Retardant

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

  • Strong Consumer Demand Boosts Lumber Liquidators Sales

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

  • Prices Are On The Rise, For Now

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

  • Beauharnois Store Converts To RONA

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

  • Grenier Manages HR

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

  • Lowe’s Has Increased Earnings

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

  • BUILDEX To Offer Online And In-person Events

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

  • Optimism Rises Among Consumers

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

  • Cabico Launches Brand Restructure

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

  • Polyethylene Tape Is Flame Retardant

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

  • BB&B Makes Changes

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

  • Home Depot Sales Rise

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

  • April Home Sales Decline

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

  • Smart Features Will Maximize POS Platform Value

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

  • Schneider Electric Launches Square D Wiring Devices

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

  • Leland Joins Masonite

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

  • ToughBuilt Has Strong First Quarter Revenues

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

  • Strong Consumer Demand Boosts Lumber Liquidators Sales

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

  • West Fraser Sales Up 81 Per Cent

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

  • Housing Market Surge Propels Manufacturing Sales

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

  • Employees Biggest Concern Is Timely Pay

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

  • Amazon Increases BC Presence

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

  • Fiserv Partners With PayBright

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

  • FRP Fabric Is Heaviest Code Listing Option

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

  • Housing Markets Drive Brampton Brick Earnings

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

  • Owens Corning First Quarter Sales Up 20 Per Cent

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

  • Shively Named Home Merchandise Manager

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

  • Canadian Tire Has Strong First Quarter

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

  • Duradek Upgrades Online Design Tool

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

  • Pandemic Increasing Renovation Spend

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

  • Residential Sector Leads Construction Gains

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

  • Home Hardware To Host Virtual Fall Market

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

  • JELD-WEN Invests In North Carolina Facilities

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

  • Wall Decals Feature Augmented Reality

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

  • Spectrum Brands Has High Volumes

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

  • Sustained Demand Boosts Trex Sales

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

  • Women Lead Kitchen And Bath Home Improvement Purchases

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

  • Lightspeed Teams With Google

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

  • Lowe's Introduces Products Guide

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

  • Cabinet Sales Growth Continues

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

  • CanWel Has Strong First Quarter

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

  • Residential Roofing Boosts Beacon Earnings

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

  • SMB Grant Programs Falling Behind

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

  • Quebecers Want The Country Life

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

  • Giant Tiger Celebrates 60 Years

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

  • Aging Population Drives Growth For Gutter Guards

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

  • Scotts Has Strong Sales

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

  • Selling Prices Boosts Taiga Revenue

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

  • Renovation Materials Lead Retail Sales Increase

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

  • Greater Vancouver Home Sales Boom

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

  • Cornerstone Acquires Prime Window Systems

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

  • Royal Building Products Adds Cedar Renditions

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

  • Unit Pricing Boosts Masonite Sales

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

  • Pricing Impacts Stella-Jones Earnings

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

  • Construction Costs Are Up

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

  • Home Sales To Moderate

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

  • Acoustic Panels Help Reduce Foot Traffic Noise

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

  • Smart Home Popularity To Drive Smart Plug Market

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

  • Brown Joins TORBSA

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

  • Acquisition Boosts Lawson Sales

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

  • Higher Prices Drive LP Sales Growth

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

  • GTA Has Record Home Sales

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

  • Peavey Industries Moves Forward With Growth Strategy

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

  • M-D Building Products Acquires Cardinal Aluminum Co.

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

  • Outdoor Lighting Sales Boosted By Outdoor Living Boom

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

  • Bennett Joins Beacon

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

  • Weyerhaeuser Has Record Earnings

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

  • Griffon Revenues Up 12 Per Cent

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

  • Building Permits Continue Growth

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

  • Calgary Home Sales Rise Despite Crisis

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

  • Employees More Loyal Despite Challenges

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

  • UCFP Acquires Western Canada Distributor

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

  • Cub Cadet Electrifies Residential Lawn Care Line

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

  • Resolute Gains From Lumber Tailwind

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

  • Pricing Impacts JELD-WEN Earnings

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

  • Government Support Important To Business Survival

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

  • Regal ideas’ DeckStars Win At NADRA

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

  • Home Hardware Most Trusted Retailer

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

  • Canada Invests In Mental Health Support Resources

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

  • Pelletier Joins Lafarge Canada

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

  • ASSA ABLOY Sales Slide

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

  • Sales Climb For Grainger

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

  • Younger Consumers To Spend More On Improvements

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

  • TORBSA Joins Well Made Here Program

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

  • New Brunswick To Get Walmart Distribution Centre

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

  • BB&B Brings Same Day Delivery To Canada

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

  • Stanley B&D Has Robust First Quarter

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

  • High Lumber Prices Impact Canfor Income

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

  • Ontario Announces COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

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

  • Group BMR Teams With Laurentide To Launch New Paints

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

  • Liteline To Open Western Canada Location

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

  • Steady Growth Forecast For Soft Covering Flooring

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

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Releases Decorative Post Base Wrap

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

  • Sherwin-Williams Has Strong First Quarter

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

  • Retail Sales Rise First Time In Three Months

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