News Releases - 2012

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In 2012, Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. was pleased to welcome a total of sixteen (16) independent member locations to the growing Castle family. They join the 300 retail, commercial and specialty dealers that are part of the successful Castle independent network.


News Release - December 20, 2012 - Mississauga, ON

A Grand Reopening

Saint-Antonin – The Castle Renovation Centre in Saint-Antonin, QC recently inaugurated its new concept store on rue du Carrefour.

With the help of Robert Legault and Yves Collin, the mayor of Saint-Antonin, Réal Thibault held a most original ribbon-cutting ceremony. The circular saw used was then donated as a door prize to guests attending the inaugural celebration, along with many other tools.

More than 3800 square feet of hardware space, as well as the paint, flooring, and siding departments, indoor warehouse, and outdoor yard were all redone in order to better suit client needs.

At Castle Renovation Centre customers will be able to take advantage of not only a vast selection of high-quality products but also exceptional customer service. “Our experienced employees listen to the needs of our customers in order to advise them on how to make their plans a reality or simply to make their shopping experience that much easier.” says Yves Collin, director of Finances and Human Resources for the company.

Easily accessible via Highway 85, Castle Renovation Centre caters to customers from all over the region and even New Brunswick. They are able to find everything they need to complete their indoor or outdoor construction or renovation projects in the same place. In addition to floating hardwood, ceramic, and natural stone flooring, linoleum will soon be available in the flooring department. The wide range of economical products available makes finding low-cost solutions, practical for smaller-budget projects, an easy choice.

The flooring department will soon feature a wide selection of linoleum.

The Saint-Antonin Castle Renovation Centre joined the Castle group in 2011. “We have approximately 300 stores in Canada, including 28 from Québec and French-speaking New Brunswick,” indicates Robert Legault, the business development manager at Castle. The chain is a co-op style assembly of independent business members. “We offer our members access to 550 suppliers,” explains Legault, adding that “Each member makes its own decisions and therefore all the stores operate differently. Here at the Saint-Antonin Castle Renovation Centre the decision was made to completely restructure the store and to operate under the unique name of Castle Renovation Centre.”

The team at the Saint-Antonin Castle Renovation Centre consists of Jean-Guy Quann, CEO; Yves Collin, director of Finances and Human Resources; Lise Côté, administrative assistant; Sylvain Daudelin, branch director; Jean-Guy Lacombe, sales associate; Marco Michaud, Hardware Manager; Hugo Tremblay, Yard Manager; Jenny Bossé, sales associate; and Alexandre Lacombe, yard associate.

A restructured fully complete paint department is located near the hardware section of the store. A hardware department covering 3800 square feet boasts a wide selection of high-quality products for smaller and larger projects alike.


News Release - December 19, 2012 - Mississauga, ON

Castle Achieves Best Year On Record

On the cusp of their 50th anniversary, Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. reports that they will achieve the best year on record in 2012 through comparable store sales and record new membership. Castle members enjoyed booming sales and the Castle group proudly reported a steady increase in new member growth nationally.

"We are pleased that Castle/CBS members performed well in a challenging market by delivering specialized service and industry leading products," says Ken Jenkins, President. Profits, Transparency and Freedom are the fundamentals that the Castle group prides itself on and the key to the group’s continued success. "2012 is proof that the 'new' Castle business model is working," says James Jones, VP of National Marketing.

Castle is proud to launch the celebration of the independent in 2013, their 50th Anniversary and the Building of Excellence right on the tail end of the strongest financial performance in its 50-year history. Congratulations to Castle members nationwide on a banner year!


News Release - December 2, 2012 - Mississauga, ON

LBMAO - Canadian Home Improvement Show - Castle "Shows Up!"


News Release - November 28, 2012 - Mississauga, ON

Castle Proudly Launches 50th Anniversary and "The Building of Excellence"

Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. officially launched their 50th Anniversary celebrations this week at the corporate head office. Castle is proud to be the first Canadian buying group in the industry to reach this significant milestone in 2013, as they celebrate 50 years of building excellence.

Over the past five decades, Castle has evolved to become an industry leader of Independent Lumber and Building Material dealers across the country. Castle continues to grow through the fidelity of a strong membership and the support of our valued supplier network.

"When you look at milestones; milestones don't just happen, they happen because of a combination of things. Our business model is built on basic fundamentals that have stood the test of time; transparency, freedom and profitability. We don't want to be the biggest buying group...but quite simply the very best." Ken Jenkins, President

The Castle 50th Anniversary will resonate through all Castle events and communications in 2013. In recognition of the 50th Anniversary; Castle has planned a number of initiatives across the country to celebrate this wonderful achievement. Some of these include:

  • Castle Building Centres Group 50th Anniversary Corporate Trade Show Exhibit - 2013
  • 50th Annual General Meeting - San Diego, CA - March 2013
  • Castle 50K Giveaway - Cash prize to be awarded to one lucky Castle customer in 2013
  • Castle 50th Anniversary Week - June 1-8 2013
  • 50th Anniversary Contractor Advantage Commemorative Issue - May 2013
  • 50th Anniversary Open House - October 2013

"Castle is sincerely grateful to our valued members and vendor partners; past and present. You have been integral to our monumental success and we look forward to celebrating this achievement with you."James Jones, Vice President, National Marketing


News Release - November 26, 2012 - Mississauga, ON

Castle Building Centres Group Ltd., was acknowledged last week in Toronto for their generous donation to the SickKids Foundation.


News Release - November 20, 2012 - Mississauga, ON

"Shaping up to be the best year on record!" - Ken Jenkins, President

As we enter into our 50th anniversary year, Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. is pleased to welcome yet another new independent member. Cardston Pro Hardware is the newest Castle location to join the over 35 new members in 2012 and our growing dealer network of over 290 retail, commercial and specialty dealers. Castle continues to have an epic year for growth and member success, further securing our position as one of the most successful independent buying groups in the country.

Welcome to the Castle family.

1. Cardston Pro Hardware - Cardston, AB
Heritage Hardware and Farm Supply Ltd. O/A Cardston Pro Hardware has been doing business on Main Street in Cardston AB, for over 25 years. This new Castle member is a well-known local business specializing in retail hardware and building materials to the do-it-yourselfer as well as a local network of professional contractors. As a new Castle location, Cardston Pro Hardware will continue to supply all types of hardware and building supplies. This will include a full line of hand & power tools, window and door hardware, paint, plumbing, electrical as well as lawn and garden supplies. Cardston Pro Hardware is managed by owner-operator Jeff Bevans who is looking forward to working with Castle’s comprehensive vendor network. Cardston Pro Hardware is planning to expand their retail footprint to a larger facility in 2013 in an effort to help better serve new and existing lumber and building materials customers.

Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. is a Canadian member-owned, Lumber, Building Materials and Hardware buying group committed to the success of the independent. Our commitment is to drive this success to our members through freedom of choice in buying decisions and strategic partnerships with key suppliers and distributors. We believe in "Freedom of One. Strength of Many." Castle employs experienced Business Development Managers and the industry's leading management team.


News Release - October 31st, 2012 - Mississauga, ON

Castle Member Awarded For Innovative Thinking


(left to right) Bruce Holman, Castle Business Development Manager - Doug Keeling, Castle Buyer - Vince Cavallo, Owner Lumberland North - Beverly Allen - Hardlines.ca.

Castle Building Centres Group would like to congratulate member Lumberland North in Brampton, ON; who through innovative thinking and design efforts were awarded the first-ever Marc Robichaud Award for Retail Innovation.

The award was presented last week at the 17th annual Hardlines Conference in Toronto. Owner Vince Cavallo and store manager Max Careri have successfully transformed a 40 year old family business into a state-of-art, one-stop shop for building materials and hardware complete with home decor centre and first class service. After moving the business to a new location only three years ago and having to compete with the over populated box store competitors; Lumberland began to create a niche by selling the "complete" project and this differentiation has proven to be a winning recipe.

This Brampton Castle Building Centres location offers the traditional lumber, building material and hardware product assortment for contractors and home builders but also features an innovative and consumer-friendly design centre. The centre features over 100 kitchen and bath vignettes catering to design conscious clientele with a selection of high-end contemporary designs, sleek faucets, countertops, tile and finishes.

As an independent Castle member; Lumberland enjoys the benefits of a well-respected retail brand with the strongest buying program in the industry for the independent. Castle members like Lumberland; have the freedom to evolve and make innovative decisions in real-time; when it really matters, resulting in maximized profits and success.

Congratulations to Vince Cavallo and staff of Lumberland North.

The Hardlines award was the first-ever for Retail Innovation and was named in honour of Marc Robichaud who passed away earlier this year in Meteghan Centre, NS at age 36. Marc too was an independent retailer who was considered a pioneer of innovative retailing.


News Release - October 25, 2012 - Mississauga, ON

"Here we grow again!" - Ken Jenkins, President

Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. is pleased to welcome two new independent members to the Castle dealer network. Kefab Solutions in Maniwaki, QC and Maple Leaf Homes & Building Products in Echo Bay, ON join the over 290 retail, commercial and specialty dealers that are part of the successful Castle independent buying group. Over 33 new dealers have joined in the past 12 months. Welcome to the Castle family!

1. Kefab Solutions, Maniwaki, QC
Kefab Solution is a new specialty retailer servicing the DIY and Contractor market of the Maniwaki area of Quebec. Kefab will be a unique Castle dealer specializing in prefabricated walls and flooring. Daniel Martel and Roger LaFlamme head up the operation and are looking forward to being a part of a well respected buying group that understands the needs of the Quebec independent.

2. Maple Leaf Homes & Building Products Inc., Echo Bay, ON
Maple Leaf Homes & Building Products; a well known local business in the township of Echo Bay for over 35 years was recently acquired by the Missanabie Cree First Nation. Maple Leaf is a new Castle Building Centres location serving the Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen township and is situated 30 kilometres east of Sault Ste. Marie. The location features a variety of speciality products including prebuilt modular and packaged homes, garage design packages as well as kitchens and windows. Maple Leaf offer full renovation services and has an expert staff on hand to assist contractors and consumers with all their home renovation and building product needs. Phil Sabine who is the newly appointed store manager; is excited to bring his expertise and the Castle brand name back into the community. Phil has over 25 years of experience in lumber and building materials and will work alongside the assistant store manager Ken Avery.

Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. is a Canadian member-owned, Lumber, Building Materials and Hardware buying group committed to the success of the independent. Our commitment is to drive this success to our members through freedom of choice in buying decisions and strategic partnerships with key suppliers and distributors. We believe in "Freedom of One. Strength of Many." Castle employs experienced Business Development Managers and the industry's leading management team.


News Release - September 14, 2012

The Club at North Halton played host to the 2012 Castle Building Centres Group Supplier Appreciation Golf Tournament.

News Release - September 11, 2012

2012 Castle Atlantic Buying Group Expo "an overwhelming success"

News Release - August 27, 2012 - Mississauga, ON

Castle Building Centres Group is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Tough Truck Giveaway. This exciting in-store contest offered Castle Building Centre customers the chance to win a 2012 Nissan 4 x 4 pickup truck. The promotion ran nationwide at participating Castle locations from April through to the end of June.

Castle received thousands of ballots from members across Canada and a winning name was drawn on August 17th. Mr. Mike Theriault of Alban, ON was the lucky winner of the Tough Truck prize; a fully loaded 2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab SV 4x4 Pickup Truck.

Mike is a regular customer of Castle member Seguin Hardware & Building Supplies; also in Alban, ON. “That’s some really exciting news for our Castle store and for Mike. He is a very good customer and buys material from the store all the time.” Owner Luc Seguin of Alban, ON.

Congratulations to Mike and Seguin Hardware & Building Supplies!


News Release - August 20, 2012

Castle Members hit Vegas for the Orgill Fall Dealer Market

Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. is pleased to welcome two (2) new independent members to the Castle dealer network. Red River Lumber Ltd. located in Winnipeg MB and Diversified Supply & Rentals in L’Anse au Loup NL, join the over 290 Retail, Commercial and Specialty dealers that are part of the successful Castle independent buying group. Over 30 new dealers have joined the Castle group in the past 12 months. Welcome to the Castle family.

News Release - August 14, 2012 - Mississauga, ON

President - Ken Jenkins "Castle Grows across Canada"

1. Red River Lumber Ltd., Winnipeg, MB
Red River Lumber is a newly founded and rapidly growing building supply company located in Winnipeg, MB. and is pleased to be part of a solid buying group for the independent. Recently appointed GM Morris Werbeniuk is looking forward to working with the Castle team and taking advantage of working with Castle’s extensive supplier network.

2. Diversified Supply & Rentals, L’Anse au Loup, NL
Diversified Supply & Rentals is a division of the family-owned Normore business enterprise started in 1968 in L’Anse au Loup, NL. Today this new Castle Building Centres location will work with the Castle supplier network to serve the Labrador Straits, Quebec North Shore, and surrounding areas with lumber, building material and hardware products.

Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. is a Canadian member-owned, Lumber, Building Materials and Hardware buying group committed to the success of the independent. Our commitment is to drive this success to our members through freedom of choice in buying decisions and strategic partnerships with key suppliers and distributors. We believe in "Freedom of One. Strength of Many." Castle employs experienced Business Development Managers and the industry's leading management team.


News Release - August 10, 2012

"Castle... Homecoming Event for Giro d'Italia champion and Olympic athlete Ryder Hesjedal, Victoria, BC"


News Release - June 25, 2012

"Castle Building Centres - Diamond Jubilee Festival Sponsorship"


News Release - June 22, 2012

"Western Buying Expo & Area Group Meeting Keeps Getting Better & Better"


News Release - June 13, 2012

"Castle Summer Central Buying Expo Another Overwhelming Success

Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. is pleased to welcome our newest independent member in Western Canada. In the first 5 months of 2012, Castle adds a total of eleven (11) new locations across Canada!

News Release - May 31, 2012 - Mississauga, ON

President - Ken Jenkins released this industry announcement:
"Castle Grows Again in Western Canada"

1. Integrity Building Products - Okotoks , AB - Castle
Integrity Building Supplies is well known in the Western Canadian building industry for providing lumber and building materials to contractors in the post frame building market. As the newest Castle Building Centre location; Integrity’s five acre yard and 28,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Okotoks features a newly expanded product offering and expert staff.

With an enhanced showroom and product assortment: Integrity Building Products will grow stronger in their current market while striving to expand their customer base. They will continue to provide exceptional service and quality products to contractors and future customers alike.

Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. is a Canadian member-owned, Lumber, Building Materials and Hardware buying group committed to the success of the independent. Our commitment is to drive this success to our members through freedom of choice in buying decisions and strategic partnerships with key suppliers and distributors. We believe in "Freedom of One. Strength of Many." Castle employs experienced Business Development Managers and the industry's leading management team.


Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. is pleased to welcome seven (7) new independent members to the growing Castle family. These new members represent ten (10) locations across Canada, and join the over 280 retail, commercial and specialty dealers President - that are part of the successful Castle independent network.

News Release - May 14, 2012 - Mississauga, ON

President - Ken Jenkins released this industry announcement:
"Castle expands its growing national footprint."

1. Saddle Lake Building Supplies Ltd., , Saddle Lake, AB - Castle
Saddle Lake Building Supplies is involved in the construction of new homes & RTM’s and is now opening a new retail hardware/building supplies business on 5 acres in Saddle Lake. Plans are also underway for an additional cabinet manufacturing facility. Saddle Lake Building Supplies supports a trading area of approximately 7,500 residents.

2. Alberta Drywall & Stucco Supply (Calgary) Inc., Calgary, AB and Edmonton, AB - Castle
Richard Browne, owner of Alberta Drywall Stucco & Supply (Calgary) Inc., operates two 14,000 square foot facilities – Edmonton (2007) and Calgary (2010). Alberta Drywall Stucco & Supply (Calgary) Inc. specializes in the supply of drywall, stucco and related products to both contractors and the commercial/industrial segment. These are two additional locations to the current Alberta Drywall Member of Castle.

3. TJ Windows, Doors & More, Charlottetown, PEI - Castle Specialty
T J’s Windows Doors is a specialty operation that has provided the supply & installation of exterior products to the Charlottetown market since 2008. With the purchase of a new building in East Royalty and membership in Castle Building Centres owner Tim McHatten, feels they now have a competitive costing model to help facilitate their expansion, while giving them access to a wider range of exterior products from Castle’s supplier base.

4. Eastway Building Supplies Ltd., Scarborough & Markham, ON - Castle
Eastway Building Supplies Ltd has served the Greater Toronto Asian Community since 1988. They currently have 2 locations, one in Scarborough and their Head Office in Markham. Along with selling building material, they specialize in manufacturing commercial millwork and custom kitchen cabinetry. Eastway Building Supplies also retails and wholesales a high end line of plumbing fixtures and flooring.

5. R&D Lumber Inc., Rosthern, SK - Castle
Owners Wilf & Shawn Sten recently purchased the existing lumberyard in Rosthern and will be operating as R & D Lumber Inc. Wilf, who had worked in the business over the past 4 years has immediately began implementing a retail area expansion, new interior & exterior signage, added staff, and extended store hours to better service the Rosthern and area market.

6. Aluminum L. Hawkins et Fils Inc., Sainte Agathe des Monts et Tremblant , QC - Castle
Based in Sainte Agathe des Monts and founded by Wilfred Hawkins in the 1980’s, Alain Hawkins, the son of Wilfred, acquired the company in September 2006. Since 2009, they have expanded their product offering. The second location in Tremblant opened in 2010 and they recently moved into a new location this year. They sell both to both consumers and contractors in the area.

7. Peacock Building Supplies, Acquisition-Rehill Building Supplies - Belleville, ON - CBS
Rehill Building Supplies in Peterborough Ontario, a member of Commercial Builders Supplies Inc. has recently purchased Peacock Building Supplies in Belleville Ontario. Peacock specializes in the light commercial, institutional and residential markets. They have a long standing reputation of servicing contractors in the Southern Ontario market.

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