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November 27, 2013

Sears Canada has announced its plans to lay off nearly 800 employees over the next six months, as well to shut down its central parts processing center in Belleville, Ontario, and 16 other stand-alone parts processing locations.

October 30, 2013

Roxul Inc., based in Milton, Ontario and Grand Forks, B.C., required a compulsory warning sign next to its ProDealer Industry Summit display in Nashville last week: its live product demonstration involved a flame that was continuously pointed at its stone wool insulation for hours on end.

According to sales representative Dan Brown, people have been slow in the past to realize that the flame was indeed real.

May 10, 2013

London, Ontario-based Chalifour Canada will be relocating its Vancouver distribution center to a modern industrial park in nearby Delta, British Columbia. 

Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2014.

Chalifour is a hardware wholesaler owned by TIM-BR Marts. It also supports Ace dealers in Canada. 

January 16, 2013

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed will form a joint venture with Bailey Metal Products (BMP) of Concord, Ont., to manufacture suspended ceiling grid in Canada and the United States.   

January 4, 2013

Oklahoma City-based M-D Building Products acquired Loxcreen Co., a privately held precision manufacturing company founded in 1946 on patents for fabricating window screens. 

The acquisition includes Loxcreen’s Canadian flooring group operated under the Bengard Manufacturing name in Mississauga, Ontario. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The combined sales of both companies will exceed $200 million annually. 

December 13, 2012

Building materials manufacturer CertainTeed has announced its intention to form a joint venture with Bailey Metal Products of Concord, Ontario, to manufacture suspended ceiling grid in Canada and the United States. Bailey Metal Products is Canada's largest lightweight steel framing manufacturer and a leading provider of drywall trims and accessories.

November 12, 2012

Home Depot Canada held its annual "Meet the Buyer" day in Toronto on Nov. 7, an event that brought 22 small and medium manufacturers from Quebec and Ontario face-to-face with the retailer’s merchants.  Now in its third year, Meet the Buyer is a partnership between The Home Depot Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, and the Quebec Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade.

November 9, 2012

Linn, Mo.-based Patio Living Concepts named four new independent representatives with a combined 100 years of sales experience to its sales team. 

Three representatives were announced for U.S. territories and one for the Ontario, Canada, region. 

May 31, 2012

Some companies are adding employee and customer comments to their performance appraisal process using Facebook-type systems.

The general term for this is “crowdsourcing.” Dawn MacKay, vice president of Halogen Software in Ottawa, Ontario, defined the approach as “taking full advantage of feedback and input, both solicited and unsolicited, from as many sources as possible, to inform the assessment of an employee’s performance.”

November 11, 2011

Building permits in Canada decreased 4.9% in September 2011 compared with August, marking the third consecutive monthly decline, according to Statistics Canada, the government’s national database. Permit activity fell in six provinces, led by British Columbia and Alberta.

The decline nationally was mainly attributable to both the residential and non-residential sectors in British Columbia and the non-residential sector in Alberta. Building permits increased in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.

October 10, 2011

In an effort to add new Canadian-made products to its stores, Home Depot Canada will hold a “Meet the Buyer” event on Nov. 24 in Kanata, Ontario. Small and medium-sized Ontario and Quebec-based manufacturers with an innovative home improvement product or technology are invited to apply. There will be no charge to the vendor, who can pitch their product to a buyer from Home Depot and also showcase their item in a tradeshow-style event attended by members of Home Depot’s merchandising team.

October 10, 2011

In an effort to add new Canadian-made products to its stores, Home Depot Canada will hold a “Meet the Buyer” event on Nov. 24 in Kanata, Ontario. Small and medium-sized Ontario and Quebec-based manufacturers with an innovative home improvement product or technology are invited to apply. There will be no charge to the vendor, who can pitch their product to a buyer from Home Depot and also showcase their item in a tradeshow-style event attended by members of Home Depot’s merchandising team.

August 31, 2011

A Canada-based franchise operation based on independently owned yard care companies continues to gain traction in the United States. 

Founded in 1970 by an Ontario businessman, Weed Man branched into franchising in 1976. Each operation, which provides complete lawn care service (including fertilization, weed, insect and disease management, as well as aeration and seeding), is locally owned ad operated. 

August 9, 2011

Fairfax Lumber & Hardware will offer Sansin Corp.'s line of interior and exterior environmentally friendly wood coatings and sealants.

According to Strathroy, Ontario-based Sansin, its wood finishes qualify as a low and super-compliant coating, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District regulations for architectural coatings (SCAQMD 1113), and meet the newly revised California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) regulations.

July 6, 2011

RONA, the largest Canadian retailer of hardware, renovation, and gardening products, has expanded their in-store paint recovery and recycling program to British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. RONA says it's now the first retailer to collect and recycle old and unused household paints from consumers in Western Canada.

July 5, 2011

EcoBlu Products has been awarded a contract to supply Red Shield coated lumber and trusses for 88 home developments being built in Ontario, Calif. 

Frame Right Construction was awarded the framing contract with the inclusion of Red Shield lumber and truss package for all 88 homes. These two-story homes range from 1828 to 2054 square feet and the contract represents 88 out of a potential 110 lots left to be built. The contract is in excess of $1 million in gross revenues for all 88 homes, with 3 models shipping immediately. 

July 5, 2011

Tampa, Fla.-based roofing products manufacturer Gardner-Gibson acquired GH International, of Mississauga, Ontario, opening the way for Gardner-Gibson's expansion into the Canadian market. 

"This combination will enhance the products and services available, and also add additional resources through a team of devoted and skilled professionals," read a statement released by Gardner-Gibson.

June 29, 2011

A man in Hamilton, Ontario pled guilty on June 28 for breaking and entering a Canadian Tire store last May and stealing lawnmowers and barbecues, according to local news reports.

Richard Jessop, age 27, was arrested along with two other accomplices when police pulled over their U-Haul truck for a routine traffic stop. Officers looked in the back of the vehicle and saw the stolen merchandise, along with bolt cutters and a pair of gloves. 

May 16, 2011

Las Vegas -- Eastern Tools and Equipment unveiled its line of Duracell generators to the home improvement market during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

The familiar copper-colored equipment represents a deal about a year-and-a-half in the making, and follows some long negotiations with Procter & Gamble, which owns the Duracell brand.

April 8, 2011

According to a report in the Nashville Business Journal, Dickson, Tenn.-based Fiesta Gas Grills filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. 

According to the article, the company listed more than $35 million in liabilities and $15,000 in assets, with the largest secured creditor being Ontario-based Wolfdale Engineering, maker of propane cylinders.

April 7, 2011

Georgia-Pacific has announced it is in the final construction phase of a nearly complete oriented strand board (OSB) facility in Clarendon, S.C. The mill was part of the acquisition last May from Grant Forest Products that also included an operating plant at Allendale, S.C., and another operating plant at Englehart, Ontario. The acquisition totaled approximately $400 million.

March 28, 2011

An article in the Toronto Star reported that Ontario taxpayers have been hit with an $18.6 million bill for the province's eco-fee program, discontinued last summer after an outcry from consumers who noticed extra charges on their receipts.

February 5, 2011

HD Supply Canada has announced its intent to sell SESCO/QUESCO, a unit that provides business customers electrical products from leading manufacturers, to Sonepar Canada. The purchase price was not disclosed. 

December 20, 2010

Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor Orgill has partnered with Mississauga, Ontario-based Castle Building Centers to fully integrate Canada into Orgill’s core business.

Orgill has been eyeing the Canadian market for 15 years, and has been operating in limited capacity there for the past three years, shipping to independents in various parts of the country.

The partnership was reported originally in Hardlines, the Canadian home improvement industry magazine.

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