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August 26, 2014

Parr Lumber named Jon Friesen as the new manager of the company’s Tacoma, Washington, location.

Friesen most recently served as the manager of Parr’s Portland location on MLK Blvd. and prior to that as the assistant manager at Parr’s West Linn facility.

The appointment is effective Sept. 2. 

Before joining the Parr team, Friesen worked for BMC for 15 years and served as the lumber division manager of BMC’s Tacoma location and the Vancouver general manager.

June 6, 2014

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Nuheat appointed president Kevin McElroy to president and CEO.

“The board made the decision to add the designation of CEO to Kevin’s title after a review of his performance during his first year as president,” said Neil Johansen, chairman of Nuheat's board of directors.

Nuheat manufactures and distributes electric floor heating systems and freeze protection products. 

June 2, 2014

The Central Network Retail Group, or CNRG, has acquired Parkrose Hardware. In doing so, the collection of hardware store and lumberyard retail brands expands West for the first time, with locations in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington.

CRNG's footprint expands to 45 locations, including the Parkrose acquisition.

"Parkrose is our first step out West and will serve as a foundation for our growth in the Pacific Northwest," said Jimmy R. Smith, chairman of CNRG.

February 13, 2014

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February 11, 2014

In its 88th year of business, Moulding & Millwork – which describes itself as the largest manufacturer of interior finishings in North America – is changing its name to Metrie. 

The launch of the new name coincides with the debut of five all-encompassing design Collections of coordinated interior trim and doors, according to the Vancouver, B.C.-based company.

February 5, 2014

The Home Depot Canada is currently hiring 6,300 employees across all 180 locations to support its busiest season -- spring.

"Spring gives us the opportunity to find the best associates, who are passionate about customer service," said Bill Lennie, president, Home Depot Canada. "From Vancouver to St. John's, we are about building meaningful, sustainable careers." 

September 5, 2013

Nashville, Tenn.-based building materials giant Louisiana-Pacific Corp. agreed to buy Ainsworth Lumber Co. of Canada for about $1.1 billion. 

Vancouver, B.C.-based Ainsworth makes oriented strand board (OSB) and specialty products. 

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. 

October 1, 2012

AZEK Building Products has announced a partnership with AFA Forest Products, a Canadian distributor of building materials. Headquartered in Bolton, Ontario, AFA serves the Canadian market through 14 locations, from Vancouver to Newfoundland.  

May 4, 2012

Luxor Industrial Corp., a Canadian engineered wood products manufacturer, is working on developing a heavy timber line for specialty wood products, the company said in its financial filings. The Vancouver B.C.-based firm has completed initial engineering and is meeting with interested North American customers. Luxor currently focuses on sales in the industrial and commercial markets for wood products, a market it focused on in 2008 after the residential downturn.

March 6, 2012

Sears Canada is closing three downtown stores in Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa. The move follows an announcement last month by Sears Holdings, the majority owner of Sears Canada, that it will raise about $770 million by spinning off parts of its business and selling prime real estate.

September 22, 2011

Parallam parallel strand lumber (PSL) came on the scene at the Expo 86 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and quickly left a mark on the building industry, according to Carlos Guilherme, VP engineered lumber products for Weyerhaeuser.

"The invention of Parallam was one of those building material breakthroughs that happen maybe once or twice in a generation," Guilherme said. "Engineers and scientists invented a new product that took a great building material -- wood -- and made it even better."

May 18, 2011

Beacon Roofing Supply, one of the nation’s largest distributors of roofing, siding and other exterior building products, has announced the acquisition of Enercon Products, a roofing distributor with six locations in western Canada. Headquartered in Edmonton, Enercon also has branches in Calgary, Regina and Saskatoon, along with two branches in Vancouver. It generated annual sales of approximately $45 million in 2010.

May 4, 2011

Wood products producer West Fraser reported C$687 million in first-quarter sales, a very slight dip from sales of C$688 million in the same quarter a year ago. Net earning were C$19 million, compared with C$29 million in the corresponding quarter of 2010. 

In the lumber division, sales were reported as C$411 million, compared with C$409 million a year ago. Shipments were down 6%, the Vancouver, B.C.-based company said, although production rose by 9%. West Fraser’s Canadian mills operated at capacity, while its U.S. mills operated at approximately 75% of capacity.

April 13, 2011

TimberWest Forest Corp., Western Canada's largest private timber and land management company, has entered into a purchase agreement with two Canadian pension funds, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board.

April 13, 2011

EcoBlu Products, Inc., the developer of a water repellent technology called Red Shield, has signed an exclusive arrangement with Calvert Company to produce and private label its current line of glulam beams.

March 13, 2011

Bellavita Tile by DM Connections, the Vancouver, Canada-based supplier, has officially executed a name change as part of a restructuring. 

In combination with opening a new manufacturing facility with advanced capabilities in porcelain floor and wall tiles to increase its product matrix, the company will now operate exclusively as Bellavita Tile, Inc.

November 2, 2010

Canadian retailer Rona continues its acquisition spree with the purchase of Vancouver-based plumbing distributor MPH...

September 12, 2010

This month, Parkrose Hardware is focusing on its newest tool from Ace: The Battery Place....

December 11, 2008

Ainsworth’s temporary shut-down of its OSB mills in Bemidji and Cook, Minn. has been extended...

November 16, 2008

Sales for the quarter stood at C$115.3 million (US$93.5 million), down 24 percent from C$150.8...

June 18, 2008

The Ainsworth family members most recently controlled 58 percent of company shares and have been...

June 9, 2008

The company will curtail selected timber harvesting operations on Vancouver Island, the Queen Charlotte Islands...

June 9, 2008

The company will curtail selected timber harvesting operations on Vancouver Island, the Queen Charlotte Islands...

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