Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates
 ABSDA Announces 2018 Building Supply Expo

The ABSDA Board of Directors approved the recommendation from the 2018 Expo Committee to confirm the location and date for the 2018 ABSDA Building Supply Expo, which is set for March 21 & 22 at the New Halifax World Trade & Convention Centre, located in the heart of downtown Halifax.

"We are excited about the opportunity to hold the Expo and Networking Functions entirely in the downtown area. This will make it convenient for Exhibitors and Dealers alike, allowing better access to all that the City of Halifax has to offer" states ABSDA President Denis Melanson.

The new state of the art facility is currently in the final stages of construction and is expected to open in the Fall of 2017.



ABSDA Regional Town Hall Meetings

ABSDA Staff has been hitting the road in Atlantic Canada in order to connect with our Members. We have held sessions in seven locations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island thus far.

Topics discussed at these meetings included:

  • ABSDA Marketplace –New Online Electronic Platform
  • Labour Force Development and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
  • Employee Industry Training Requirements
  • ABSDA Building Supply Expo

We appreciate the feedback received thus far and will keep Members up to date on developments and additional Town Hall Meeting locations.

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Castle Building Centres

ABSDA 2017 Golf Tournament

Click on the link below for the Registration Form. 


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Industry News


Matthew Payzant, General Manager of Payzant Home Hardware Building Centre in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia has been awarded the 2017 Young Retailer of the Year Award by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA).

The honorees represent three categories, including retailers operating multiple locations, stores with annual sales under $2 million, and stores with annual sales over $2 million. Payzant was one of the hardware industry’s eight award recipients and won under the category for successfully operating multiple locations.

The NRHA is now in its 21st year and honours the next generation of aspiring independent home improvement retailers as well as recognizes individual achievements of retailers 35 years and younger throughout the U.S. and Canada. Selected from different retail categories, winners were chosen based on a number of criteria including career accomplishments, community involvement, hardware industry education and extracurricular activities.

"The Young Retailer Award is a great honour, but I couldn't have earned it if it weren't for the hard work of our management team, our staff and the continued support of our customers. Since my grandfather started this company in 1964, Payzants has stood for quality, service and dependability and we continue to work hard on delivering that promise in each of our 5 locations." - Matthew Payzant, General Manager, Payzant Home Hardware Building Centre

The Young Retailer of the Year banquet was held at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel on May 8th, 2017.



Imperial Manufacturing Group, with its head office located in Richibucto, New Brunswick, has achieved Platinum Club status with the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program by retaining its Best Managed designation for seven consecutive years. Normand Caissie, accompanied with his executive management team, accepted the prestigious national award during the Gala celebrations in Toronto April 19th.

“It's a real honour to accept such an award on behalf of our near 1,000 employees in both Canada and the US”, said Normand Caissie, owner and CEO. “For a 38 year old startup company to achieve such a membership, you can just imagine all the hard work, passion, and dedication it took from our people over the years. Our employees, customers, suppliers…everyone working together made our organization a true success. We have so much to be thankful for.”

“Best Managed Platinum winners have exceptional insights and knowledge into business management practices. They are an inspiration and really take their game to a new level,” said Peter Brown, Partner at Deloitte and Co-Leader for Canada’s Best Managed Companies program.

“Best Managed Companies like Imperial Manufacturing Group exhibit exceptional business performance and outstanding leadership in the Canadian marketplace, sharing an investment mindset that places them amongst the best in class.” said Stephen Lund, Moncton Market Leader at Deloitte. “What sets a Best Managed Company apart is the ability to execute on its strategy. Goals become a reality when every individual within an organization is committed and understands what they can do to help actualize the strategy.”

“Companies that earn Platinum Club status, by retaining their Best Managed status for seven years or more, exemplify vision and leadership and a sustained commitment to growth and innovation,” said Jon Hountalas, Executive Vice President, Business and Corporate Banking at CIBC.

“We look forward to the next step of our journey.... continuous growth, acquisitions, new customers, new products, continuous improvement… all of this to become a better organization tomorrow than we are today” said proudly Mr. Caissie. “We live in a competitive global market and we need to be the best in our industry if we want to continue to excel for the next 38 years.”

Imperial Manufacturing Group was first recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies back in 2010. Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel made up of judges from Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. Best Managed Companies share commonalities that include an emphasis on culture and people, innovation, sustained performance and strong financial results. Platinum Club members are winners of the program who have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more.


Sexton Group Ltd.

Home Hardware Stores Limited has been recognized as a Top Fleet Employer by Trucking HR Canada for the fourth consecutive year. Fleets of every size were rated by Top Fleet Employers on topics including compensation, training and skills development, recruitment and retention practices, workplace culture, and innovative HR practices.

Home Hardware has also been recognized with the Large Fleet Safety Award from Private Motor Truck Council of Canada six times since 2005. Home Hardware Stores Limited will be honoured by Trucking HR Canada at its annual Gala Awards Dinner on October 12, 2017 in Toronto.


Taiga Building Products is pleased to announce the addition of Sven Johnson as General Manager – Flooring based out of Calgary effective April 3, 2017.

Sven is a passionate, business professional who has extensive experience in the wholesale distribution industry. He started from the ground up at Primco Limited where he spent 36 years, starting in the warehouse and working his way up to Territory Sales Representative and ultimately becoming a Co-owner and Shareholder. Sven brings with him vast knowledge and experience in the building material distribution business with 25+ years specifically in the floor-covering industry. He currently holds an appointment as a Director with the National Association of Floor Covering Distributors.

Alongside his professional and career developments, you may find Sven downhill skiing, salmon fishing or hiking in the mountains on weekends, to even cheering on the Calgary Flames! If that was not enough, you may even find him in the yoga studio in between. Taiga's Flooring Product Manager, Paul McDonald and our Eastern Canadian Flooring Sales Manager, Rick Churchill will be reporting directly to Sven.


Lowe's Canada has implemented a nationwide campaign that supports the efforts of the Canadian Red Cross to help spring flooding victims. Customers from Lowe’s Canada’s extensive network, including all Lowe's, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil and Ace stores, will be invited to make a donation in the amount of their choice towards the Quebec Flood 2017 and Canada Flood 2017 funds to help their fellow citizens.

The Canadian Red Cross will use the funds raised by the Lowe’s Canada network to meet the recovery needs of flood-affected residents across the country. Flood victims will benefit from the funds raised within their province.


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.

CashierPRO is pleased to announce that Susan Collins has joined their team in their Customer Service Department, where she will be assisting existing clients in using their CashierPRO POS system, as well as providing installation & training to new clients.

Susan has an extensive background in Retail Services, Accounting & Inventory Management, including recently as the Operations Manager at Crompton Home Hardware Building Centres; she also was a Software Platform Specialist, providing training and support for Epicor and Epicor/Dimensions products; for a number of years prior to that, Susan was a Retail Coordinator for Home Hardware Corporate, training retailers across the country with "best practices" in Accounting and Inventory Management, in a variety of different software applications including Prism, Dimensions, ProfitMaster & OMNI, etc.

Susan can be reached at (888) 250-8135 x:701, or CashierPRO is a leading provider of POS/Inventory Management systems for Hardware, Farm & Building Material dealers in Canada.

Downeast Plastics Ltd.