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August 9, 2010, Volume xvi, #32

“These times, like all times, are very good ones,
if we but knowwhat to do with them.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (American philosopher,
essayist and poet, 1803-1882)

  Summer Publishing Schedule:

HARDLINES will NOT be published Aug. 16 or Aug. 30. We will publish on Aug. 23 and anytime something big comes up (like today). So make note of these dates, get an extra-large cup of coffee on Monday mornings (oh, and go ahead and get that Danish!) to make up for the off weeks, and remember that the World Headquarters remains open through it all. —Michael

McMunn & Yates opens new location

  FLIN FLON, Man. — This community in Northern Manitoba is the location for the newest outlet by McMunn & Yates Building Supplies.

The store, which opens today, is McMunn & Yates’ 12th. It’s an existing operation, bought by the Dauphin, Man.-based company in a departure from its tradition of opening stores from the ground up. At just 3,000 square feet of retail, plus a yard, “It’s not a big store by any means,” says Jason Yates, President of McMunn & Yates, “but it’s going to bring some nice volumes for us. It fits well for what we’re doing and the kinds of markets we want to be in.”

McMunn & Yates, which is a member of Independent Lumber Dealers Co-operative, has sales of about $60 million, according to our Who’s Who Directory (shameless plug!—Editor).

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in Cottage Country 

GENERAL MANAGER required for a thriving hardware store operating under a major national banner in “The Land of 1000 Lakes” (Hwy.#41 north of Hwy.#7)

Come and live in Cottage Country and enjoy the great outdoors; fishing, boating, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, hunting, golf all available in this beautiful part of Ontario, when you are not managing our growing retail and cottage maintenance business with excellent potential for expansion into building materials.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years retail management and strong people skills with customers and staff alike.  Knowledge of construction, building materials and/or other trades is an asset.  Competitive salary based on experience.

Forward resume to: networkinfo.ca@gmail.com


Brand Manager

Major consumer packaged goods company is seeking a creative, dynamic, “hands –on” marketing professional to manage marketing activities nationwide. Reporting to the General Manager & working with our sales managers, you would be responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing marketing/ sales programs and customer marketing initiatives to support our brands, including marketing strategy, promotions, sales support programs & the communication mix – plus contributing to strategic customer planning .

Qualified candidates would have a minimum of 7-10 years combined consumer brand marketing experience within a consumer packaged goods environment. Preferred background would include advertising, market research, consumer/marketing data interpretation, packaging development, product introduction, promotion, public relations and sales processes. Working knowledge of the various trade channels would be a definite asset.

Proficiency with Microsoft applications mandatory.

See our website at www.wd40.com for further company information.

Respond by fax or e-mail only by August 18th. 2010.

WD-40 Company (Canada) Ltd
.Fax: 416 622-8096
Email: gencan@wd40.com



CONAIR , a global leader in personal care and small kitchen appliance products, located in Woodbridge, Ontario, is seeking a NATIONAL SALES MANAGER to oversee the sales department of the Canadian Personal Care Appliance Division.

Attractive compensation package – salary, performance bonus, car allowance, benefits.


  • Overall management of the company’s major retail customer relationships.
  • Sales focused, entrepreneurial
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Customer service orientd
  • Able to seek out new opportunities and new channels of distribution.
  • Manage all sales employees as well as sales agents.
  • Team Builder - must be a good motivator
  • Ability to provide mentorship and leadership and make key decisions
  • Meeting growth objectives and managing a budget
  • Effective communicator both internally and externally.
  • Very detail oriented, organized and disciplined, attention to accuracy
  • Excellent analytical ability
  • Able to work to deadlines and schedules
  • Self starter – able to work with little supervision


  • Minimum 10-15 years experience including 5 years in a senior sales management capacity
  • Knowledge and experience in the consumer goods industry
  • Extensive sales experience with National Retailers
  • Post secondary undergraduate diploma/degree in business or equivalent
  • Proficient in MS Office including Excel, Word & PowerPoint

Please submit résumé via email to:
Black Eagle Executive Search
c/o Richard Simms at rsimms@blackeagle.ca




  • A conscientious, highly motivated manager with a results-oriented track record in developing new business. view this resumé Back to top
  • A goal oriented sales director that has superior management skills, customer oriented, with in depth knowledge of the industry and the ability to achieve results. view this resumé Back to top
  • National Field Sales Manager with twelve plus years in power tools and hardware sales/merchandising. view this resumé Back to top
  • Business Manager with U.S. & Canadian experience with retail & industrial customers seeks a new opportunity. view this resumé Back to top
  • An experienced merchandising executive possessing passion, vision, and a strategic approach to delivering bottom-line. view this resumé Back to top
  • Results oriented sales professional with a strong record of achievement in strategic and tactical roles. view this resumé Back to top
  • Senior sales/marketing leader with experience in all classes of trade wishing new HARDLINES career. view this resumé Back to top
  • Very Experienced Business Unit Manager, great passion for generating sales and building relastionships.view this resumé Back to top
  • Worked through my career within the manfucaturer, wholesale and consumer goods industries. view this resumé Back to top
  • Senior Sales Manager with vast experience in retail and wholesale sales growth in Canada. view this resumé Back to top

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