Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates

2017 ABSDA Building Supply Expo
Halifax, NS

2017 Expo Schedule
Tuesday, March 21

“Welcome Reception”  Pier 21
     6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
     Entertainment – Signal Hill
Wednesday, March 22

Trade Show    Halifax Exhibition Centre
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Daily Noon Luncheon   Halifax Exhibition Centre Cafeteria
     12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm

“ABSDA Annual Dinner”  Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre   

     Opening Reception    6:00 - 6:30 pm
     Dinner     6:30 pm
     Entertainment – Matt Andersen & The Mellotones

Thursday, March 23

Trade Show    Halifax Exhibition Centre
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Daily Noon Luncheon   Halifax Exhibition Centre Cafeteria
     12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm


2017 Expo Registration Link

Click on the link below to register on-line for Expo Badges and Functions.
On-Line Registration Link


Hotel Reservation Links for Expo

Delta Halifax/Delta Barrington

Prince George Hotel  


Any Exhibitors who have received an email from SGS Events are advised this is not an ABSDA Sanctioned supplier for the 2017 ABSDA Building Supply Expo.

If you are looking to rent tradeshow accessories we suggest you contact Legault Companies, ABSDA's Official Show decorator.


$2,500 Scholarships

$1,500 Bursaries

ABSDA Members can obtain an application by clicking on the link below.

Application Deadline is April 14, 2017



On Saturday, February 18th, ABSDA Past President John Ward passed away at the age of 83.

John served the Association from 1983 until his retirement in 1998. ABSDA extends our sincere sympathy to John's family and friends.

We have included a link to his obituary which appeared in the Monday, February 20th edition of the Moncton Times-Transcript.


Home Hardware Stores Ltd
Castle Building Centres

Events Calendar

March 1 – 5
Sexton Member Conference
Santa Monica, CA

March 22 & 23
ABSDA Building Supply Expo
Halifax, NS

April 2 - 4
Home Hardware Spring Dealer Market
St. Jacobs, ON

April 3 & 4
Estimating Fundamentals – Decks & Garages
Dieppe, NB

April 5 & 6
Estimating Fundamentals – Residential Construction
Dieppe, NB

April 7
Yard Foreman – Operations Manager
Dieppe, NB

Un-level the playing field
IKO Industries Inc
You know what it takes to be successful. It starts with elevating your game and we’ve raised ours to give building material dealers, like you, an even greater advantage. We’ve engineered insightful, no-nonsense products like our architectural shingles, which are heavier and larger than most competitors’ comparable products. Because, like you, we believe in going above and beyond. Go ahead. Take it to the next level.
Industry News

Lowe’s Canada announced that it is investing resources to support and grow the entire independent retailer network and to further leverage the Ace dealer support program. The company plans on enhancing dealer growth by fostering marketing support, growing the Ace product offering, and providing even more attractive product pricing.

“Our goal is to support Ace dealer sales growth and profitability by establishing a dynamic dealer support program that offers our dealers a better share in their markets,” said Alain Brisebois, Executive Vice President of Affiliated Dealers. “We strongly believe in independent retailers, a key vector for our growth. Within this context, investing in Ace programs will ensure a successful longer term outcome.”

After a detailed and complete business review that included customers, products, programs and facilities, a decision has been reached to integrate the Ace Canada distribution and business centres into existing Lowe’s Canada facilities. This decision will allow Ace dealers to benefit from lower cost of goods and to connect to Lowe’s Canada retail intelligence.
“The Ace brand has a strong reputation for quality products and services. The purpose of this transition is to drive growth throughout the Ace Canada dealer network,” said Brisebois. “Integrating these operations in the Lowe’s Canada facilities and systems is a pre-requisite to offering dealers a dedicated website with a platform for online sales and allowing them to take advantage of an omni-channel strategy.”

The integration of operations will result in the closing of the Winnipeg, Manitoba distribution centre and head office and the Kitchener, Ontario distribution centre, which will be completed in the company’s fourth quarter this year. Moving forward, Ace head office functions in Winnipeg will relocate to the Lowe’s Canada regional office in Mississauga, Ontario. The existing distribution network in Calgary, Alberta and in Boucherville, Quebec, as well as the Lowe's Canada head office in Boucherville, will be leveraged to continue serving Ace dealers previously served in Winnipeg and Kitchener.

Lowe’s Canada will make every effort to ensure a smooth transition with resources that actively support employees, dealers, vendors and customers. The company will ensure all dealers continue to be served throughout the transition from the Winnipeg distribution centre until the end of August and the Kitchener distribution centre until late fall. Lowe’s Canada will also continue to recruit and grow the Ace dealer network across the country.

Dave Warren, Vice President Atlantic Canada for Goodfellow Inc. is pleased to announce that John Ethelston has joined the Moncton Team as Building Materials Outside Sales Representative.
            “John has had a very successful career in our industry and has excellent credentials to serve the clients in his new territory with Goodfellow Inc.” states Dave Warren. John started his new position with Goodfellow on February 6th.

        Over the past 18 months, Orgill, Inc. has invested significantly in its Canadian distribution network and infrastructure to provide greater service and flexibility to its growing customer base throughout the country.
         Last August, less than one year after the purchase of the Chalifour distribution facility in London, Ontario, Orgill announced the purchase of a new distribution centre in Post Falls, Idaho, with the primary goal of improving delivery times and reducing freight costs to western Canada.  Orgill successfully launched its first phase of operations from the northern Idaho facility recently, shipping to customers in certain regions of British Columbia.  While Orgill originally planned to service British Columbia and Alberta from this facility, Orgill has now announced an expansion of the coverage area. 
        “When the distribution centre becomes fully operational in April, we will also service our Saskatchewan customers from Post Falls,” says Ron Beal, Orgill president, chairman and CEO.  “We’re thrilled that customers from all three western provinces will be able to benefit from faster delivery times and reduced freight costs.”
        The majority of customers throughout western Canada will be serviced by Orgill Canada trucks with dedicated Orgill drivers.  Customers in British Columbia will receive their deliveries within two days of their orders filling and trucks will service Alberta and Saskatchewan customers within three business days of their orders filling.
        “This is significant because it means that these customers can count on a consistent, pre-scheduled time of delivery with a driver they know,” explains Randy Williams, Orgill general manager of distribution. “It also means that the product will be delivered in a heated trailer to minimize any potential freezing or weather-related damage.” 
        By delivering to customers in western Canada more efficiently, service times and costs should continue to decrease substantially.  
       “We are anticipating a very strong Canadian presence at our upcoming Dealer Market in New Orleans where we will be showcasing our entire offering of Canadian-focused products, programs and services,” says Beal. “We will also have members of our London, ON and Post Falls, ID operations and logistics management teams on hand to meet with customers, answer questions and discuss the enhancements we continue to make to improve our Canadian distribution network.”


Sexton Group Ltd.
Do you comply with CSA Standard A440.4-07?
Resisto Division of Soprema
From now on, under the National Building Code of Canada, the installation of windows, doors, and skylights shall conform to CSA Standard A440.4-07. RESISTO has the right product to conform to this standard: the REDZONE membrane. This self-adhesive membrane seals the edges of the anchors that pass through windows or doors, ensuring compliance with CSA Standard A440.4-07.

Truefoam Limited is pleased to welcome Doreen Vienneau as their newest Sales Representative. With 23 years in our industry, Doreen brings with her a wealth of experience that is certain to be a benefit to Truefoam and their customers. They would like to take this opportunity to invite you to drop by their booth at the ABSDA show to reacquaint yourself with her.
“As our sales team grows, our primary goal continues to be providing our customers with the best products and services in Atlantic Canada. We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to serving you in the future” states Debbie Coles, General Manager.

Training & Upcoming Events

ABSDA is offering three Workshops in April:

April 3 & 4
Estimating Fundamentals – Decks & Garages
Click on link for registration form
This course is developed and provided by ABSDA to introduce a respectful process to understanding and completing manual take-offs for simpler building projects.
This course will give you the tools and training to help give better customer service in the estimating of building materials for deck, shed, and garage projects as well as front counter sales. It details and explains the processes required to become better at: understanding your customer, visualizing and breaking down building projects, understanding component and products use and calculations including waste considerations.

April 5 & 6
Estimating Fundamentals – Residential Construction
Click on link for registration form

This course will give you the tools and training to help give better customer service in the estimating of building materials for house, roof and metal sheathing projects. It details and explains the processes required to become better at: understanding your customer, visualizing and breaking down building projects, understanding component and products use and calculations including waste considerations.

April 7
Yard Foreman – Operations Manager
Click on link for registration form

This seminar is designed to provide a clearer understanding of what it takes to manage one of your most important assets – the YARD! Not only will your foreman return with a better understanding of his or her position and how it relates to the ultimate success of the total business, but your foreman will have firm ideas and methods ready for immediate implementation.

  • Participants will learn the importance of a well-managed yard, storage and delivery operations in the retail building supply business. 
  • Participants will understand the impact of yard operations on the bottom line. 
  • Participants will look at the principles of efficient warehouse and yard lay-out. 
  • This course will cover all aspects of the job – from inventory management, effective use of equipment, work-place safety – to customer service and employee management.
Downeast Plastics Ltd.