Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates


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Mark your calendars now. March 21-22, 2018



The 2018 ABSDA Building Supply Expo is set to take place in the New Halifax Convention Centre on March 21 & 22, 2018.

This new facility is State-of-the Art and located in the centre of downtown Halifax, within walking distance of several major hotels.

Below is the link to the Expo Registration Form along with booking links at hotels where ABSDA has room blocks established.

Don't Delay - Make your plans to attend NOW!




Book Your Hotel Room for the 2018 ABSDA Building Supply Expo

 Prince George Hotel                    1- 800-565-1567

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Cambridge Suites Halifax           1-800-565-1263

Cambridge Suites Booking Link


Residence Inn By Marriott         1- 902-422-0493

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Employees of ABSDA Member Firms are eligible for personal Home & Auto Insurance Savings with Johnson Insurance. Some Member employees are already taking advantage of significant savings.

To inquire simply contact Johnson Inc. toll free at 1-877-742-7490 and provide Group ID Code 1E 


ABSDA Retail Members are reminded there is still time to participate in the ABSDA Business Conditions Survey as of December 31, 2017. The survey closes on February 5, 2018. ABSDA respects the confidentiality of all survey data submitted.

To take part, click on the link for your corresponding province below:

New Brunswick               

Newfoundland & Labrador

Nova Scotia                     

Prince Edward Island      

Tabulated results will will be shared following the close of the survey.


Home Hardware Stores Ltd
Castle Building Centres


ABSDA Members can access the 2018 ABSDA Scholarship & Bursary Application by clicking on the application image/ link below:


Application Deadline is April 13, 2018


WHEN IT COMES TO NEGOTIATING, RONA CAN REALLY CUT A DEAL. RONA’s regional commodity broker teams are tasked with finding the best possible deals. DISCOVER THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING PART OF RONA.
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Feb 16 - 17             TIMBER MART National Buying Show   Montreal, QC

Feb 22 - 24             Orgill Spring Market   Orlando, FL

March 21 & 22        ABSDA Building Supply Expo    Halifax, NS

April 9 & 10             Estimating – Decks & Garages   Dieppe, NB

April 11 & 12           Estimating – Residential   Dieppe, NB

April 13                   Yard Foreman/Operations Manager   Dieppe, NB 

April 15 - 17           Home Hardware Spring Dealer Market   St. Jacobs, ON

April / May              Boom Truck Training   Location to be Announced

 April / May             ForkliftTraining   Locations to be Announced

 July 12                   ABSDA Golf Tournament     Dieppe, NB


Sexton Group Ltd.

Congratulations to Stan Burkholder  - Recipient of the WRLA (Western Retail Lumber Association) Industry Achievement Award, January 19, 2018

Stan has been involved in the Industry for over forty years, spending twenty five years working in his family’s retail building supply business. He is well known across Canada as an Estimating Program Trainer for ABSDA, LBMAO, WRLA and BSIA of BC, spending approximately 120 days a year on the road.

In his time at home, Stan serves charities on the local and national level, volunteers at his Church, is a baseball umpire and referees minor hockey games. Stan will be presenting Estimating and Yard Foreman Programs for ABSDA the week of April 9th.


RESISTO - Building products
Resisto Division of Soprema
RESISTO, a division of SOPREMA, specializes in the manufacturing of residential and light commercial construction products. Whether it is for waterproofing, roofing or insulation, RESISTO provides accessible, easy-to-install, innovative, and professional-quality products and solutions for both below and above grade applications. Each year, hundreds of contractors and consumers choose RESISTO for the quality of its products and the comprehensive service of its technical support team.

Founded in 1968, Truefoam Limited is celebrating 50 years in business in 2018.

Truefoam kicked off it’s Golden Anniversary Year with a birthday party on January 25th attended by industry leaders, local dignitaries and people associated with Truefoam’s proud history. Guests were treated to tours of the Truefoam facility and birthday cake, while Truefoam received congratulatory certificates from Municipal, Provincial and Federal Government Representatives.

When it opened it’s doors in 1968, Truefoam was the only EPS manufacturer east of Quebec. It’s founder Eric MacNearney, and his partners built the market for EPS in Atlantic Canada from the ground up. Now, with over 70 employees in 4 manufacturing operations in Burnside, Yarmouth, Fredericton and in Newfoundland under Newfoundland Styro, Truefoam produces EPS insulation board products, ICF concrete forms, commercial roofing insulation and insulated packaging products.

Look for Truefoam’s “Special Delivery” vehicle, a 1968 Chev C10 Panel van, hitting the road in 2018!


Training & Upcoming Events

April 9 & 10
Estimating Fundamentals – Decks & Garages
Click on link for registration form

Link to Estimating Decks and Garages 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. It 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.

April 11 & 12
Estimating Fundamentals – Residential Construction
Click on link for registration form

Link to Estimating Residential 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 13
Yard Foreman – Operations Manager
Click on link for registration form

 Link to Yard Foreman/Operations Manager 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.



ABSDA offers a series of on-line Training Videos for Members and Staff. This on-line training program is specifically designed to promote sales skills & customer service and is available on the ABSDA Website as a Member Benefit.

The series incorporates five programs listed below, each with a compliment of videos which last between 6 minutes and 15 minutes in length.

• A.C.E.S. – Around Customers Everyone Sells - 14 Videos

• Contractor S.A.L.E.S. – Skills and Attitudes Leading to Exceptional Selling - 13 Videos

• Building A Championship Team - 18 Videos

• On The Bottom Line - 17 Videos

• The Big 8 Most Important Selling Skills - 8 Videos

You and your staff can access these programs on the ABSDA website ( or by clicking on the following link.


Home Hardware Stores Ltd