News Releases - 2011 & 2010

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Castle Building Centres Group Lts. adds seven (7) new members to its expanding National presence. In the first 10.5 months of 2011, Castle adds a total of 29 new locations across Canada!

News Release - November 15th, 2011

Ken Jenkins, President of Castle Building Centres Group Ltd., is pleased to announce seven new members to an expanding network of successful independent dealers:

1. Materiaux Manic, Baie Comeau, Quebec - Castle
Michel Charette, owner of Materiaux Manic, has over 20 years of experience in the retail and commercial segment of the lumber, building materials and hardware industry. His new facility opened June 2011 and supplies the region with a full offering of Hardware and Building Supplies.

2. Saumarez Quincaillerie Ltee - Saumarez, New Brunswick- Castle
Located in Northern New Brunswick, Saumarez Quincaillerie is a family owned business operated by Nathalie Basque. Having recently remodelled, the business provides building materials and hardware to the region. Nathalie joined Castle to improve the profitability of her business while making decisions that fit her growth strategies.

3. Provincial Partitions Ltd - Mississauga, Ontario - CBS Division
Operating over the past 25 years as an independent, Provincial Partitions owner Todd Frankland decided to join CBS to expand their supply channel and improve their bottom line. Specializing in partition systems in commercial and industrial projects, Provincial is an industry leader in their market segment.

4. Materiaux De Construction Jean Guy Dube Inc - Mont-Joli, Quebec - Castle
Initially started by Jean Guy Dube, the business is now operated by his son Karl. Primarily focused on building materials, Karl intends to increase his hardware business through his new relationship with Orgill.

5. New Concept Walls and Ceilings Supply - Edmonton, Alberta - CBS Division
Britt Vossenaar and Norm Goetken commenced operations this fall and specialize in the gypsum, insulation, steel and acoustical ceiling categories. Backed by several years of experience and a thorough knowledge of the industry, New Concept Walls and CeilingsSupply is quickly developing a loyal contractor following in the Edmonton market.

6. Custom Walls & Ceilings Supply - Prince George, British Columbia - CBS Division
Serving the Prince George and surrounding market for the past 30 years, Custom Walls & Ceilings specializes in the acoustical ceiling, gypsum, insulation and steel segment. Custom has developed a strong contractor following through superior service.

7. Ian Roberts Building Materials Ltd - Portage La Prairie, Manitoba - Castle
Ian Roberts Building Materials is a well established business operating and serving the Portage La Prairie, Manitoba market since 1997. Ian has extensive experience in the hardware, lumber &building material business. Ian's decision to join Castle is to access the expanded product lines and North American pricing available through Castle's hardware solution while also complementing the building material products through Castle's strong LBM program.

With members in all regions of the country, Castle is committed to providing Independent lumber and building supply, commercial and specialty dealers with the strongest buying model in the industry. Castle employs experienced Business Development Managers and the industry's leading management team.


Castle adds five (5) new members representing eight (8) locations.
In the first 14 weeks of 2011, Castle adds a total of 22 new locations across Canada!

News Release - April 11, 2011 - Toronto, Ontario

Ken Jenkins, President of Castle Building Centres Group Ltd., is pleased to announce five (5) new members, representing eight (8) locations, to an expanding network of successful independent dealers. Castle continues to grow retail, commercial and specialty locations in all regions across the country.

1. Matériaux à Bas Prix - St. Antonin, Lachute, Gatineau, Quebec and St. Isidore de Prescott, Ontario - Castle
Today, Matériaux à Bas Prix operates four locations, three positioned in the Quebec market and one in Ontario. In 2008, Sylvie Pomerleau became the owner and President of the company. Matériaux à Bas Prix offer exceptional service to the customers in their respective regions and have aligned with Castle to strengthen their buying position.

2. Notre Dame Roof Truss - Grand Falls, Windsor, Newfoundland - Castle
Notre Dame Agencies announces the opening of a Truss facility in Newfoundland. This becomes the 10th location operating under the Notre Dame Agencies business structure. Notre Dame Agencies are a long standing Castle member, with owner Cluny Sheppard currently serving on the Castle Board.

3. Sauve Lumber and Storage Inc. - Timmins, Ontario - Castle
Sauve Lumber and Storage Inc. commenced operations in Timmins in 1985, with a primary focus on the supply of commercial / industrial accounts and residential contractors. Their decision to join Castle provides greater opportunity for growth within their current business model while expanding their retail presence.

4. C.D.S. Building Supply - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Castle
C.D.S. Building Supply is a new business that opened in the very competitive Winnipeg marketplace in 2010. Owner, Dave Dobie has developed a unique business model supplying a complete line of building materials and focusing on the local contractor base. The business has grown rapidly and C.D.S. Building Supply is planning a move to a new, larger location in August 2011.

5. P.R. Service - La Loche, Saskatchewan - Castle
Ron & Darney Kisslinger have operated a hardware store in La Loche, Saskatchewan since 2000. They have recently expanded into a full line of hardware and building material products to better serve the La Loche and area marketplace. The Kisslinger's joined Castle to broaden their supplier base to support their growing business.

With members in every region of the country, Castle is committed to providing Independent lumber and building supply, commercial and Specialty dealers with the strongest buying model in the industry. Castle employs experienced Business Development Managers and the industry's leading management team.

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Castle adds three (3) new members in one of Canada's strongest economic regions, bringing the 2011 total to 14 new retail, commercial and specialty locations across Canada.

News Release - March 9, 2011 - Toronto, Ontario

Ken Jenkins, President of Castle Building Centres Group Ltd., is pleased to announce three new members in Newfoundland to an expanding network of successful independent dealers. With over 40 locations serving the Newfoundland market, Castle continues to grow in all regions across the country.

1. Power Brothers Inc. - Newfoundland - Castle
Power Brothers Inc, which commenced operations in 1983 as a specialty business, has grown to encompass select building materials. They now plan to expand to include a full line of Building Materials and Hardware options for their contractor and consumer customers.

2. Cavendish Castle Building Centres - Newfoundland - Castle
Cavendish Castle Building Centre, which began as Norm's Lumberyard, has served the Trinity area of Newfoundland with lumber and commodity building supplies since 1998. With Norm Jackson's sons now entering the business, they felt their region would be best served with a full line building supply and Hardware operation.

3. Burden's Building Supplies - Newfoundland - Castle
Burden's Store is a family owned hardware store that has served Northern Newfoundland since 1958. In 2001 they began selling building materials due to customer demand. Membership in Castle Building Centres will now provide them with a competitive costing model to help facilitate their expansion and growth while giving them access to Castle's large vendor base to source a full line of products.

With members in every region of the country, Castle is committed to providing Independent lumber and building supply, commercial and specialty dealers with the strongest buying model in the industry. Castle employs experienced Business Development Managers and the industry's leading management team.


Castle adds ten (10) new members to expanding National presence

News Release - February 28th, 2011 - Toronto, Ontario

Ken Jenkins, President of Castle Building Centres Group Ltd., is pleased to announce ten (10) new members (and 11 new locations) to an expanding network of successful independent dealers:

1. Homestead Country Shop Ltd. - Lipton, SK - Castle
Established in 2002 Homestead Country Shop has primarily focused on the construction, renovation and building material market. Homestead expansion to a new larger facility in 2006 included the addition of a millwork shop. With owner Garnet Smith's 25 year experience in the industry, and increased access to building products and services, Homestead will be able to further service Lipton and the surrounding market.

2. Contractor's Corner - Brandon, MB - Castle Specialty
Contractor's Corner was opened in Brandon, MB. in January 2008 by Geoff & Tim Gregoire. They were specializing in the kitchen and countertop business. The Gregoire's joined Castle to further expand their presence in building supplies. Contractor's Corner is a rapidly expanding business and they are well positioned for continued future growth.

3. Excess Building Depot Inc. - Winkler, MB - Castle
This successful business is primarily a large contractor based operation. Excess Building Depot is in the process of expanding their location and will be opening a new 10,000 sq. ft. retail storefront by April 2011. The owners have extensive experience in the retail and contractor aspects of the business and the addition of the Castle program will enhance their offering of all types of building supply products.

4. Down East Windows and Doors - Sussex, NB - Castle
Down East Windows and Doors, a specialty retailer, began their business in 2008 as a subsidiary of their parent company which began in 1985. Seeing a demand for windows, doors, kitchens, plumbing and paint products, from consumers and contractors in the Sussex market, they have operated as an independent for the past two years. Bruce Carhart decided that having a shareholder position in Castle would best suit their future growth.

5. Parrsboro Hardware Limited - Parrsboro, NS - Castle
Sandy and Wendy Blinkhorn of Parrsboro Hardware and Building Supplies, decided after 30 years with a distribution based buying group to again take control of their business. The Blinkhorn's look forward to a relationship with Castle to provide them with a voice in their future while giving them the freedom to make their own choices in products.

6. Docks and Decks Unlimited Inc. - Sudbury, ON -Castle Specialty
Docks and Decks origins started in 1987 and at the time the main business was building and installing docks and decks and other outdoor living products. Ten years ago they started an associate business of building custom shipping crates and pallets for export. They now have access to new vendors and Castle's Specialty Division addressed many of their concerns.

7. Amherst Supply - Amherstburg, ON - Castle Specialty
Amherst Supply is a new business whose main focus is to provide their community with country living products, animal feed and farm supply. Castle's strong rapport with their vendors and their affiliation with TSC will enable them to buy competitively and find the products that they need to support their business model.

8. Jade True Value Hardware - Tumbler Ridge, BC - Castle

Dean and Jan Turner successfully ran this hardware store for a period of five years and expanded to a new larger location. With the town of Tumbler Ridge showing increased prosperity, there was an additional need for readily available building and renovation materials within the town. They are dedicated to bringing the same level of services for these products to their community through Castle.

9. Happy Harry's Affordable Building Centre - Dartmouth & New Minas, NS - Castle
HH Distributing, operating as Happy Harry's Affordable Building Centre, was started in 1996 by John and James Canning as a building and renovation business, catering to the D.I.Y. Homeowner. With their two locations in Dartmouth and New Minas, they wanted to increase and solidify their vendor relationships and found that in Castle, which maintains the shareholders ability to run their business their way. John commented that 'being part of a group that is moving forward to help them grow their business is not only exciting but is providing more than he ever expected when he was considering joining a buying group".

10. PBS - Prosperi Building Supplies - CBS
PBS has commenced operations serving the Greater Toronto area. Specializing in Gypsum, Insulation and Steel, Prosperi Building Supplies is focused on delivering superior service to the drywall and insulation contractor market in the GTA. PBS will join Castle's expanding commercial division, CBS.

With members in every region of the country, Castle is committed to providing Independent lumber and building supply, commercial and specialty dealers with the strongest buying model in the industry. Castle employs experienced Business Development Managers and the industry's leading management team.


News - Castle Alliance with Orgill

News Release - December 12, 2010 - Mississauga, Ontario

A long-distance courtship between Castle Building Centres Group in Canada and Memphis-based hardware wholesaler Orgill has finally been consummated.

"After a lengthy process working with Orgill, we are excited to form a partnership that will see Orgill enter the Canadian marketplace in a significant and serious way," says Ken Jenkins, president of Castle. "We're proud to partner with them."

Orgill, a full-line distributor that has, in recent years, become a national presence in the U.S., has been eyeing the Canadian market for the last 15 years, says Orgill president Ron Beal. In fact, the company has been active here, on a limited basis, for the past three years, shipping to independents in various parts of the country.

Orgill distinguishes itself from other wholesalers, such as Ace and Home Hardware, by not tying its customers into any banner or brand programs. However, it does offer a full range of assortments and merchandising programs.

"This is not an experiment," says Beal. "We are integrating Canada into our operations and making Canada part of a complete North American focus." He points out that the logistics are in place for this. A distribution centre in Utah is ramping up to serve Western Canada, while Central and Eastern Canada will be shipped out of a DC in West Virginia.

Already, some 30,000 of the 75,000 SKUs in that latter facility are Canadian compliant (packaging, language, CSA, etc.) and include builders' hardware and hand and power tools. By March 2011, that will be up to 60,000 and include paint, sundries, farm, plumbing and electrical. "Our goal is to be 100% compliant by the end of 2011," says Beal.

Part of Castle's job now is to introduce Orgill's programs to its members. To that end, Castle is in the midst of hiring four "hardlines specialist representatives" to manage Central Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. "They will be Orgill experts," says Beal.

Besides selling Orgill to its own members, Castle is now in the position to make a more complete offering to potential new members. "Now we have a front-end solution," says Jenkins. "This is a strong step and a strong commitment to the Orgill model."

"This is a total, total commitment from our standpoint," says Beal. "From our standpoint, Canada is now part of our core business."


New Members - In the first 27 weeks of 2010, Castle adds 19 new retail, commercial & specialty independent members representing 21 locations across Canada.

News Release - July 6th, 2010 - Toronto, Ontario - Castle adds 6 new members to expand National presence

Ken Jenkins, President of Castle Building Centres Group Ltd., is pleased to announce six (6) new members to an expanding network of successful independent dealers:

1. Goulais River Building Supplies - Goulais River, Ontario - Castle
Primarily focused on hardware since the business was established in 2000, Goulais River will now expand to offer a full range of building materials through their relationship with Castle. Expansion of their facility in 2007 now positions Goulais River Building Supplies with significant future growth opportunities.

2. Mistik North Building Supplies - Pickle Lake, Ontario - Castle
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