Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates


Click on the Link below for the 2018 Golf Registration Form

2018 ABSDA Golf Registration Form






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 




Mark your calendar for the ABSDA Annual General Meeting


June 12, 2018
Delta by Marriott
240 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia




Home Hardware Stores Ltd
Castle Building Centres


ABSDA has hosted seven training programs in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the month of April:

  • Forklift Training
  • Estimating - Decks & Garages
  • Estimating - Residential
  • Principles of Yard & Warehouse Operations
  • Boom Truck Training

Here are some testimonials we received from participants:

  • Excellent Course. Lots of helpful info.
  • Would recommend for others to come. Great learning tool.
  • Learned a lot from this course.
  • Leaving much smarter than I arrived! This will help me immensely in my job.
  • Fast moving, no dull moments, very interactive. Time went faster than expected.

We have Forklift Programs scheduled for Gander, NL and Grand Falls, NL on May 8th and 9th respectively. We also hope to schedule a Forklift Program in Prince Edward Island in the near future.

We encourage Members to contact us at the ABSDA Office and advise of any training needs. Many programs can be made available throughout the region as required.


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May 8            ABSDA Forklift Session                       Gander, NL

May 9            ABSDA Forklift Session                       Grand Falls, NL

June 12         ABSDA Annual General Meeting         Dartmouth, NS

June 12         ABSDA Board of Directors Meeting    Dartmouth, NS

July 5            ABSDA Golf Tournament                      Dieppe, NB


Industry News


Home Hardware Stores Limited has been recognized by Trucking HR Canada as a Top Fleet Employer for the fifth consecutive year. Home Hardware Stores Limited received the honour of Top Fleet Employers of Distinction.

Home Hardware has also been recognized with the Large Fleet Safety Award from Private Motor Truck Council of Canada six times since 2005.

“With over 500 trailers and 140 tractors traveling over 18 million KM per year, Home's fleet goes above and beyond in providing exceptional products and services for communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” said Dennis Shantz, Director of Fleet Services, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Receiving the Top Fleet Employers designation solidifies Home Hardware's leadership role as a private fleet in the trucking industry.”

All applicants were rated on topics including recruitment and retention practices, workplace culture, compensation, training and skills development, and innovative HR practices. Additionally, those who have been recognized in the program for 5 years in a row are honoured with a Top Fleet Employer of Distinction status.

“These 52 fleets demonstrate a commitment to strong human resources approaches. We commend them for their leadership in showcasing the trucking and logistics industry as a great place to work” said Angela Splinter, chief executive officer. “Now in our fifth year, we are especially proud to honour those achieving the Top Fleet Employer of Distinction status.”

Trucking HR Canada will proudly honour, celebrate and recognize the 2018 Top Fleet Employers at its annual Gala Awards Dinner on October 11, 2018 in Toronto.


Sexton Group Ltd.


Kohltech Windows & Entrance Systems, which has operated as Peter Kohler Windows & Entrance Systems in Atlantic Canada and Kohltech across the rest of Canada and the USA, has transitioned to the Kohltech brand across all markets.

“The Kohltech name is a hybrid of Kohler and Technology and was designed to keep a component of the brand name and capture the passion for continuous improvement and technology,” says Kevin Pelley, President of Kohltech. “Kohltech is excited to trade under one brand internationally with the promise of one word: Outstanding. Outstanding is the heart and soul of the Kohltech brand and what homeowners, renovators, contractors, architects and builders think when they see the Kohltech name.

In this year of brand transition also comes recognition for business performance and growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation. Best Managed program award winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

The growth and success of Kohltech continues to be driven by a culture of service and product engineering the company was founded on. Customer loyalty and word of mouth have propelled the company from being a regional brand to becoming a top national brand with over 400 employees in the last few years.

“It’s much more than just financial performance,” said Mat Harris, Atlantic Managing Partner, Deloitte, Co-Leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “The ingredients to success also include overall business performance and sustained growth. It takes dedication and commitment from the entire organization.”

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Castle Building Centres Group returned to the historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California to celebrate their 55th Annual General Meeting. The iconic Hotel del has seen the likes of 12 American Presidents, countless Hollywood stars and the rich and famous from all over the globe. The highly anticipated event drew close to 450 Castle shareholders, vendor partners and their families to the west coast, making it the largest buying group conference of the year, once again.

Throughout the week, Castle guests experienced an action-packed week of exclusive events on and off-site, plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beautiful Hotel del Coronado beachfront and the opportunity to participate in educational presentations, delivered by some of Canada’s brightest minds.

The 2018 Castle AGM kicked off Wednesday evening with the Welcome to San Diego Opening Night Party on the exclusive beachfront Windsor lawn, with the sun setting over the Pacific and a variety of food stations, wine tastings and activities for the whole family.

The events continued Thursday commencing with a morning of Castle360 business sessions and presentations from James Jones, Vice President of National Marketing, and Castle President Ken Jenkins. Guests joined Castle that evening at San Diego’s SeaWorld for an exclusive park experience that included private dining, exhilarating rides a special Orca Encounter.

On Friday Fun Day, Castle guests had a selection of amazing activities to choose from including an unforgettable day of golf at the exclusive Del Mar Country Club, a Coastal Tour, San Diego Zoo excursion or a private San Diego Foodie Tour.

Saturday morning, Castle welcomed Peter Mansbridge, Canada’s most respected and recognized journalist and public figure. Peter delivered a proudly Canadian and powerful keynote highlighting some of his most memorable journey’s around the world followed by a souvenir photo opportunity.

The 55th Castle AGM came to a close with a Garden Cocktail Party, followed by a Gala Evening with gourmet dinner and awards presentation. Castle brought the 2018 AGM to exciting finale with the high energy 14-piece ensemble, the Lucky Devils. Guests, young and old, took to the dance floor to dance the night away and say goodbye to friends old and new for another year.


Training & Upcoming Events

May 8
ABSDA Forklift Workshop - Gander, NL

Click on link for registration form

Forklift Workshops NL Registration Form


May 9
ABSDA Forklift Workshop - Grand Falls, NL

Click on link for registration form

Forklift Workshops NL Registration Form





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.


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