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Guardian Building Products to pull out of Canada

ERIN, Ont. — Guardian Building Products Distribution Canada is pulling out of Canada. In the process, Guardian will “sell and/or liquidate our Canadian Distribution operations,” according to a letter sent to its customers and signed by district manager Michael Wilson…

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IN MEMORIAM: ABSDA’s former president Don Sherwood

MONCTON, N.B. — Don Sherwood, former president of the Atlantic Building Supply Dealers Association, died suddenly on December 9 at the age of 70. Don was an integral part of the industry for decades, remembered with respect in his role as general manager at Maritime wholesale distributor Coates Distributors, where he worked for a quarter of a century, before taking the helm of the ABSDA 17 years ago. During that time, he proved himself a sound leader and a tireless ambassador for the Atlantic building supply industry.

He retired from his role as ABSDA president in August, and was working with the new president, Denis Melanson, to help him transition him into the role. Sadly, the upcoming Atlantic Building Materials Show, February 4-5, in Moncton, N.B., was to have been Don’s swan song.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Wesla, daughter Dina and son Adam. In lieu of flowers, the Sherwood family requests that you make donations to a memorial of the donor’s choice. For more information, click here.

OSB makers Norbord and Ainsworth to merge

TORONTO & VANCOUVER — Norbord Inc. and Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. have announced a merger that will create one giant OSB maker with presence in North America, Europe, and Asia. Under the terms of the agreement, Norbord will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Ainsworth in an all-share transaction valued at $762.6 million…

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Superior Plus restructures Construction Products business

CALGARY & DALLAS, Tex. — Energy and chemicals giant Superior Plus has had its Construction Products Distribution division under close scrutiny over the past couple of years. That business includes outlets operating under the Winroc banner in Canada, with Allroc as its buying group, and a commercial and industrial insulation distribution business in the U.S. called Specialty Products & Insulation (SPI)…

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Canadians prefer to shop Canadian on Black Friday

SPECIAL REPORT — If Canadian retailers can get into the Black Friday game, they will find a receptive population: 44% would prefer to buy Canadian, all things being equal. The research, conducted by Leger Marketing, shows that Canadians are embracing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals around the American Thanksgiving holiday…

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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

Management changes for Home Hardware

ST. JACOBS, Ont. – Home Hardware Stores announced the retirement of Eric Konecsni…

HBC announces new CEO

TORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. will focus on international expansion with a new management…

TIMBER MART sends winning team to Junior Championships

VAUGHAN, Ont. — TIMBER MART, TIM-BR MART is sending the Peterborough Minor Petes hockey team…

Castle welcomes newest member

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Castle Building Centres Group announced a new member…

Amazon.ca expands delivery options

SEATTLE — Amazon.ca today launched Amazon Pickup Points, a new delivery option…

Lowe's to open 25 new stores in Canadian push

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s has announced a plan for strategic growth amid the U.S. …

Feds crack down on Canada's higher prices

OTTAWA — The federal government is cracking down on higher retail prices in Canada…

Lower loonie narrows cross-border price gap

WINDSOR, Ont. — The declining value of the loonie will likely have an impact on cross…

Hudson's Bay Co. reports solid third quarter

TORONTO & NEW YORK — Hudson’s Bay Company reported third-quarter consolidated sales growth…

Norbord and Ainsworth to merge

TORONTO & VANCOUVER — Norbord Inc. and Ainsworth Lumber have announced a merger…

Building intentions inch up in October

OTTAWA — The total value of building permits was $7.5 billion…

Housing starts rise in November

OTTAWA — Housing starts rose in November to 195,620 units…

Peter Miller receives LBMAO's Industry Award

OTTAWA — The Lumber and Building Materials Association of Ontario held its annual…

Unemployment stays flat in November

OTTAWA — Following two months of notable gains, employment was little…