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Laticrete expands Texas facility

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Laticrete, a manufacturer of systems for the installation of ceramic tile and stone, recently marked the completion of an $8 million, 50,000-square-foot expansion to its Grand Prairie, Texas, manufacturing and warehousing facility.

The expansion — which more than doubled the size of the operation to 90,000 square feet — was done to meet increased demand for Laticrete system materials in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 28 was attended by Laticrete co-owner and senior vp Henry B. Rothberg and other officials from the company’s headquarters in Bethany, Conn.

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Tim-Br Marts hires new vp-finance

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Calgary, Alberta-based Tim-Br Marts has announced the appointment of Mike Powell to vp-finance, effective Dec. 10.

Powell formerly worked with waterproofing products company IKO Industries for 13 years. He most recently served as vp and general manager for Star Building Materials.

In his new position, Powell will be responsible for overseeing and managing company finances. He will be based in the company’s Calgary office.

Tim-Br Marts had 2006 retail sales of $3.4 billion Canadian (US$3.35 billion).

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Home Depot launches new format in Canada

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Home Depot Canada has announced the launch of a newly designed “project store” in Richmond Hill, just north of Toronto. The 115,000-square-foot unit, which opens on Dec. 13, has been reoriented to address the construction and design needs of home remodeling projects. Among the new features are five dedicated service desks staffed by specially trained associates who can help customers with entire projects, including installation.

Electronic kiosks will provide access to homedepot.ca and the ability to place special orders, book installations and look up prices. Throughout the store, customers will also have access to “We Can Help” stations with call boxes, tapes measures, paper and pencils and promotional materials.

In addition to an 18,000-square-foot garden centre, the redesigned store features six new showrooms that will change with every season.

This week’s unveiling of the redesigned store, located in one of the wealthiest suburbs of Ontario, coincides with the entrance of Lowe’s into Canada. Home Depot’s retail rival opened three units in the Toronto suburbs on Dec. 10.

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