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July 8, 2014

A June weather report from Planalytics pointed to a number of ways in which last month's weather events boosted store sales across the country.

For example, both Father's Day and Independence Day were at their coolest in years; with the exception of heavy rainfall and the presence of Hurricane Arthur in the Northeast, cool and dry conditions created favorable conditions for outdoor activities.

Although temperatures in the U.S. and Canada tended to be on the warmer side, the U.S. was still cooler than it was last June, though Canada had its warmest June since 2006.

June 30, 2014

Ontario, Canada-based Wolf Steel is recalling several of its Napolean-model propane gas fireplaces, citing a laceration hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the glass front has displayed a tendency to break due to the pressure from the propane gas igniting.

There has been one reported incident so far in Canada, in which a customer had to seek medical attention after getting cuts to the face and neck. No incidents have been reported in the U.S.

May 14, 2014

 The Sears Holdings empire plans a strategic retreat from Canada.

In a three-sentence announcement released Wednesday morning, Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears Holdings Corp. said it is "exploring strategic alternatives for its 51% interest in Sears Canada, including a potential sale of Sears Holdings' interest or Sears Canada as a whole." 

The company said it plans to hire an investment bank to help with the sale. It didn't say which firm.

April 16, 2014

Citing a tendency for the metal housing and lens to separate from the bulb's base and fall, Satco Products is recalling several thousand of its KolourOne LED Light Bulbs.

The recall affects about 119,000 units in the U.S. and 2,350 in Canada of the KolourOne Brand Panel Array 2.0 and DUO 2.0 PAR 30 and 38 LED Light Bulbs.

Four reports have been received of the bulb components separating and falling, but no injuries have yet been reported.

April 11, 2014

Wood-Mizer, a sawmill manufacturer, announced the opening of a new sales center for small mills located in Reddick, Fla. Cordwin Custom Sawmill, owned by Chad Cordwin, will join Wood-Mizer’s growing distribution network as the 22nd sales center located within the United States and Canada.

April 10, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- Here at the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Spring Conference, Sarah Catlett, VP of The Futures Company, took a high-level, continental look at consumer marketing.

Catlett kicked off the HIRI conference with a quick look at Target's disappointing venture into Canada. The Minnesota-based retailer's efforts to change the way Canadians shop has fallen short, she said, partly because the company missed consumer and cultural cues. 

March 26, 2014

Improved demand for cabinetry propelled Eagan, Minn.-based Norcraft Companies to a fourth-quarter sales increase of 13%.

The maker of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry in the United States and Canada completed its initial public offering in the fourth quarter, in which sales reached $80.5 million.

March 17, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s 2014 Spring Conference, slated for Orlando April 10, will include a full slate of research-oriented presentations. 

Among them will be a presentation from The Futures Company’s Sarah Catlett, VP and HIRI account director, and Christina Hioros, VP and associate head of Global Monitor. Their topic: Not just another United States: Distinguishing consumer attitudes in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

March 7, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- During its Spring Dealer Market hear, Orgill expanded its show floor to more than 750,000 sq. ft., including multiple model stores and a showcase area that introduced a new vivid Solutions paint area and a “Backyard Oasis” featuring outdoor living ideas.

Organizers said thousands of retailers from the United States, Canada and all over the world took part in the market, which drew to a close March 1.

January 13, 2014

Rent-A-Center opened its newest location in Saginaw, Texas, located at 522 S. Saginaw Blvd.

Based in Plano, Texas, Rent-A-Center operates 275 locations in the state of Texas. The chain has more than 3,000 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.

As part of its opening ceremony, the store contributed $1,000 to Community Link Mission during today’s grand-opening ceremony.

November 4, 2013

Total equipment rental revenue in North America for 2013 is expected to reach $38.0 billion, according to the latest figures released by the American Rental Association (ARA) from its ARA Rental Market Monitor service updated in late October. This figure represents a 6.2% increase over 2012 with fourth-quarter revenue growth projected to be 7.1%.

The figure includes revenue for all three segments of the equipment rental industry -- construction/industrial, general tool/DIY and party/special event -- in both the United States and Canada combined. 

October 29, 2013

Supplementing a $10 million three-year commitment aimed at helping homeless youth in Canada, Home Depot Canada has released a whitepaper on breaking the cycle of youth homelessness. 

The funds will go toward renovation and repair projects, life skill development programs and research initiatives aimed at addressing the needs of the tens of thousands of Canadian youth who are affected by homelessness each year.

October 8, 2013

John Ward, formerly director of sales and channel marketing at Newell Rubbermaid Canada, has been appointed general manager of Acme United Canada. He will replace Harry Wanless, who has retired.

“We are excited to welcome John to our team," said Acme United president and COO Brian S. Olschan. "He has a very successful track record building and managing businesses, and we look forward to working with him.”

September 18, 2013

Lansing, Mich.-based Integrated Stealth Technology (IST) announced a business alliance with Edmond Lim, to ensure continuity of attention to Canadian component manufacturers as the housing market continues to recover, the company said.

IST installs new and refurbished table systems in Canada and the United States, including auto puck jigging system installations.

September 16, 2013

The Sherwin-Williams Company has acquired the U.S./Canada business of Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V., which includes 314 stores and eight manufacturing sites.

Sherwin-Williams will pay $90 million in cash as well as assume Comex's liabilities, currently valued at approximately $75 million.

August 13, 2013

With its recent Longview Timber acquisition under its belt, Weyerhaeuser Company has positioned itself as one of North America's leading private sustainable forestry operations.

The company, which recently added 645,000 acres of forestland to its portfolio in Washington and Oregon, now manages 20.5 million acres of forestland in the U.S. and Canada that's been certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative standard.

June 24, 2013

RONA, Canada's largest hardware retailer and distributor, is selling its Commercial and Professional Market division to Talisker Plumbing Corp., a subsidiary of Emco Corp., for an expected net cash consideration of $215 million after fees and transaction expenses.

According to Bloomberg, the sale will primarily help RONA pay down debt and free up capital to focus in on its retail operations.

May 15, 2013

SPF lumber trading was sluggish, leading to lower prices. Lumber futures continued to push lower, and word of a significant overseas sale could not prod buyers off the sidelines.

April 26, 2013

Citing an electric shock hazard due to defective wiring, chandeliers made in China are being recalled.

April 9, 2013

In March, Canada's seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts increased slightly to 184,028.

April 1, 2013

With this acquisition, PPG has expanded its reach in all three major North American distribution channels, including home centers, independent paint dealers and company-owned paint stores.

January 24, 2013

Sales from continuing operations for 2012 totaled $1.94 billion, up 13% from $1.71 billion recorded in 2011.

January 22, 2013

Walmart on Tuesday updated its plans for its Canadian division, saying that it plans to complete at least 37 supercenter projects in the country during the company’s next fiscal year.

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.   

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