June 26, 2014

London-based paint and coating manufacturer AkzoNobel has employed the technological acumen of String, a U.K. computing company, in its bid to enter the augmented reality ring.

This latest addition to virtual reality-based home improvement applications -- most recently exemplified by Lowe's -- helps consumers visualize paint colors in their own homes.

February 4, 2014

Jane Sunley’s new book, "It’s Never OK to Kiss the Interviewer," was prompted by an audience member’s naïve question.

While the book (LID Publishing, January 2014) is aimed at job applicants, it holds truths for employers, too: Figure out if the candidate’s values are in line with the company’s; make sure the applicant’s skills, attitude and work style are a good fit for the job; and find ways to make the new hire’s transition into the organization relatively seamless.

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. 

July 27, 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympics will offer a technologically unprecedented opportunity for workers to plug in and slack off to watch live-streaming games on smartphones, tablets or company computers. That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that the London games, which get under way July 27, will hurt productivity much more than previous Olympics.

July 23, 2012

Canadian retailer and distributor RONA has invited Canadians to Plant Your Feet across the country, in celebration of the Summer Olympics, which kick off in London July 27.

A Canadian team sponsor, RONA is hosting an open ended 5,515 kilometer collective relay, and will plant a tree for every kilometer run.

June 6, 2012

Progressive Solutions, a leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for producers, manufacturers and distributers in the lumber and building materials industry, has announced an agreement to be purchased by Solarsoft Business Systems, a London-based information technology firm. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

November 17, 2011

The Gores Group, the primary owner of Stock Building Supply, has bought the remaining shares of the LBM company from UK-based Wolseley for an undisclosed sum.  A private equity firm based in Boulder, Colo., and London, The Gores Group acquired a controlling interest in Stock on May 5, 2009.

Wolseley was associated with Stock for 27 years and still owns plumbing and HVAC wholesaler Ferguson Enterprises in the United Sates and Canada. 

October 7, 2010

At TSC, Andrew Pantelides serves as category manager for work wear, safety wear, hunting, camping,...

October 5, 2010

Lowe's is currently building stores in Waterloo, Calgary and Edmonton, and the Mooresville, N.C.-based retail...

October 4, 2010

Calgary, Alberta-based Tim-Br Marts, one of Canada’s largest independent lumber, building material and hardware buying...

September 27, 2010

Wolseley, the parent company of U.S. plumbing distributor Ferguson, has announced plans to move its...

November 18, 2008

Quarterly results released by Wolseley, parent company of Stock Building Supply, indicate a 20 percent...

November 2, 2008

The slump in the housing market has prompted two of the LBM industry’s largest players...

December 4, 2007

Canada’s largest home improvement retailer opened a new store in London, Ontario, Dec. 4....

September 9, 2007

It might have been too much to expect that the United States and Canada would...

September 3, 2007

Fitch Ratings has issued a negative outlook for 14 publicly owned home builders and revised...

September 3, 2007

The $371 million sale included Owens Corning’s Norandex/Reynolds siding distribution business and three manufacturing facilities....