January 18, 2010, Volume xvi, #3
â€œHe has half the deed done, who has made a beginning.â€
â€”Horace (Roman poet, 65 B.C.â€“8 B.C.)
Alpa not for sale as partners in dispute
â€œHardlines wishes to correct a report in its Jan. 11, 2010 edition in which it reported that Alpa Lumber Group is for sale. Alpa has confirmed to Hardlines that it is not for sale and has not placed any advertisements relating to any offer to sell.â€
Thatâ€™s the correction we agreed to run after getting a call from Orest Matkowsky, CFO of Alpa Lumber, to clarify the circumstances surrounding a mysterious ad that has been running in the Globe and Mail and National Post newspapers for the past two weeks.
The large, half-page ads offer a â€œRare Opportunity: Business Available, Alpa Lumber Group (Basis 100%)â€. Donald MacIvor, listed as one of the contacts at the bottom of the ad, is a minority partner whoâ€™s been given a shotgun buy-sell offer. MacIvorâ€™s contact company in the ad is Western Larch Ltd., a building contracting company that is, according to Internet listings, a division of Alpa Lumber.
According to Alpaâ€™s Matkowsky, the partners at Alpa are having a dispute and â€œthe [minority] partner has taken the dispute public against our wishes,â€ he said. â€œYou can quote me, it is not for sale.â€
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Improve margins at Johns Manville Hardlines Dealer Conference
TORONTO â€” A series of seminars have been developed to help dealers boost margins and trim the flab from their balance sheets, and train their staff to increase service levels. The education program comprises the Johns Manville Hardlines Dealer Conference, which is part of the LBMAOâ€™s Canadian Home Improvement Show, Feb. 11-12 at the Toronto Congress Centre.
Here are just two of the incredible seminars that will be featured:
Inventory and Financial Management for Owners: What can you do to operate smarter and leaner in todayâ€™s economic climate? Learn how you can manage your business, your staff â€” and your customers â€” more effectively and profitably. Presented by Bill Wilson, Retail Advisor, NRHA Canada, and former vice-president at TSC stores and Sodisco-Howden Group.
Train your staff to better margins: The latest product knowledge training is now available to Canadian dealers, and the North American Retail Hardware Associationâ€™s Dan Tratensek will explain how it can work in your store. Tratensek will also make a presentation of techniques being used by U.S. dealers to weather the severe downturn that has stricken the economy there. â€œBest practices: top guns share their secretsâ€ will offer a wealth of useful â€” and practical â€” tips for Canadian dealers.
For more information or to register, click here.
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Can-Cell beats recession with new programs
CALGARY â€” Although 2009 was a tough year, and especially tough for dealers in the West, building materials wholesaler Can-Cell Industries Inc. has managed to weather the economic storm.
"Itâ€™s been an interesting year for us,â€ admits Jim Roach, regional sales manager for Can-Cell. â€œThe economy obviously had an impact on us, as anything related to new home construction was down quite a bit.â€
But new business generated during 2009 helped to offset the decline. He cites, as an example, Can-Cellâ€™s expanded import business. â€œWeâ€™ve always done it, but last year we really grew that side, especially in the kitchen and bath area. We now offer more kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks and toilets.â€ Another program thatâ€™s been added is â€œecoâ€ pavers â€” rubberized patio squares, along with roofing felts and black paper.
â€œWe added a number of lines that impacted our business and weâ€™ll continue to do so,â€ says Roach. Most of the import products come directly from China.
Can-Cell has also expanded its kitchen cabinet program, with both ready-to-assemble and fully assembled products. Other new lines include the Price Pfister faucet line. Roach says another six or eight programs will be introduced at the upcoming WRLA Prairie Showcase, Jan. 20-22 in Saskatoon.
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Home Hardware vp carries Olympic Torch
ST. JACOBS, Ont. â€” The Olympic relay thatâ€™s steadily making its way across Canada has been helped by one of the industryâ€™s own. Bruce White, Home Hardwareâ€™s vice-president, merchandise & marketing â€“ lumber and building materials, became one of 12,000 Canadians to carry the Olympic Torch on Dec. 18. White, cheered on by a number of members of the retail home improvement industry, carried the torch down Parliament St. in Toronto as the country and hundreds of spectators looked on.
â€œItâ€™s amazing to watch the Olympic Torch Relay bring Canadians together in communities large and small,â€ said Paul Straus, vice-president and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. â€œOn behalf of more than 1,000 Home Hardware Dealers from coast-to-coast, I would like to congratulate Bruce on his run with the torch.â€
White was nominated to be a torchbearer by Sam Yee of Dow, a long-standing Home Hardware vendor-partner. Following his selection, White was assigned a route and day, information about the Relay and even his torchbearer uniform (so thatâ€™s why he wasnâ€™t wearing a red parka!â€”Editor).
â€œIt was the thrill of a lifetime to hold the Olympic Torch in my hands,â€ said White.
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Western dealers ready for Vegas NASCAR trip
WINNIPEG â€” The Western Retail Lumber Association is taking its members on a â€œSprint Cup Race weekendâ€ in Las Vegas, Feb. 26-28. The event, which will include a number of NASCAR races at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, features VIP seats for attending WRLA members in the Richard Petty Terrace.
Members will stay at the Paris Las Vegas, which is featuring a reduced price thanks to the current dollar exchange rate. For more info, call WRLA at 800-661-0253 or visit www.wrla.org/events/.
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Canadian Tire pushes storage expertise with new website
TORONTO â€” Long identified as a hot category for its dealers, Canadian Tire Corp. is boosting its presence in storage and organization with a new interactive web presence. Available here, the site offers customers a variety of products and organization tips â€œto make de-cluttering and maintaining a beautiful space this year easy and affordable.â€
The website features storage systems for the kitchen, garage, closet, laundry and basement. It features options for customers to zoom in and view storage solutions in close detail.
A special addition to the site will allow customers to submit questions on managing clutter from now until February 4 in an â€œAsk the Expertâ€ section at this site. Clare Kumar, a professional organizer who has appeared as an expert on a variety of shows and in home dÃ©cor magazines, will personally post a response to questions submitted during this time and provide advice.
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OPERATIONS MANAGER â€“ ADMINISTRATION
LOXCREEN FLOORING GROUP, CANADA
Loxcreen Flooring Group is the leading supplier of residential/commercial floor mouldings in North America, see http://www.loxcreen.com , head office in Mississauga. The company is seeking an â€œOperations Manager - Administrationâ€ responsible for managing customer service, purchasing, cost accounting, and administrative staff of Loxcreenâ€™s Canadian division.
Key competencies required: customer service oriented, self-starter, excellent analytical skills, team player.
This position requires: minimum of 10 years experience in management roles including customer service supervision priority; purchasing and inventory control knowledge; thorough understanding of budgeting, financial statements, general financial/accounting concepts; post secondary education (business preferred); excellent knowledge Microsoft Office applications; advanced skills in Excel and â€œ Crystalâ€ reports. Bilingual (English/French) would be an asset.
Competitive salary plus bonus, benefit package.
Please submit resume via email to:
Black Eagle Executive Search
c/o Richard Simms at email@example.com
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