Castle welcomes Lockwood Castle Building Centre located one hour west of Ottawa in Eastern Ontario.
“This new member location reinforces Castle’s strategic advantage of supporting a business platform that delivers Independent’s maximum value while eliminating risk, liability or investment. We welcome Lockwood Building Centre to our family.” Ken Jenkins, President
“I had my reasons for joining the Castle banner; they are forward thinking and more suited to my needs as an independent. I knew I would have the freedom to operate in a way that benefits my business with no head office restrictions. Their hardware solution is an excellent replacement and involves no investment on our part and will ultimately open up new opportunities to be more competitive in this market.” Robert Lockwood, Lockwood Castle Building Centre.
Lockwood Castle Building Centre is the newest Castle location in Ontario, located in the well-known Ottawa Valley in the town of Renfrew. This full service lumber, building materials and hardware retail store is rich in history dating back to 1936 when Frederick Lockwood started the company as a custom millwork manufacturer, Wood Works of Renfrew. Over the past 85 years, the reins have been passed on from generation to generation and today Lockwood Building Centre is operated by Bob Lockwood, grandson of Frederick. Bob is no stranger to the LBM industry in ON and currently sits on the board of the LBMAO as Chairman and is definitely in tune with the direction of the industry.
For almost 30 years, Bob has been cultivating this successful LBM retail location servicing contractors and consumers as a full service and highly respected home improvement centre in the local area. Lockwood Castle occupies a remarkable 7 acres of property on the outskirts of Renfrew with over 5500 sq. ft of retail space and a 5000 sq. ft. drive-thru lumberyard. Bob, alongside store manager, Shawn Davidson, will offer customers of Lockwood Castle real home improvement project know-how and expertise. Shawn, manager of 15 years, has built an impeccable team of knowledgeable and professional service associates. “We have a highly competent and service-oriented team ready, willing and able to assist with projects big and small” Shawn Davidson, Store Manager
News Release - October 3, 2013 - Mississauga, ON
The Castle 50th Anniversary Open House was held on Thursday October 3rd at the "The Atrium" in Mississauga at 100 Milverton and oh, what a night it was! The event was the climax of an incredible 50th anniversary year and commemorated the incredible milestone of 50 years of excellence while celebrating those who have ultimately contributed to Castle’s success. Guests came from across Canada to attend Castle’s pinnacle event and included many local area shareholders, Castle board of directors, valued vendor partners as well as Castle’s very own dedicated staff, both past and present.
The catered affair included gourmet food stations, a live jazz duo, a 50th anniversary presentation and special guests. The presentations were kicked off by Master of Ceremonies, Ron Craighead, CBS National Business Development Manager, and included warm remarks from Castle Chair, Vicki Hagel of Cook Street Castle who flew in from Victoria, BC for the festivities. Remarks of gratitude from long-time Vendor Partners were shared with the crowd as well as a very special appearance by the forever spirited, Her Worship Mayor Hazel McCallion, who is currently serving her 12th term in office for the City of Mississauga.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary, a scholarship program was established for Castle members and their employees, as well as Castle staff and their families. The program recognized students with academic excellence and a passion to lead and inspire positive change in their communities. The recipients of the scholarships were honoured to highlight their achievements.
Castle was excited to present the winning cheque in their 50th Anniversary $50K Giveaway contest, which was held this past summer at participating Castle Building Centres locations across Canada. It was the largest and the most publicized contest promotion in the history of Castle with over 125,000 ballots compiled from participating Castle locations. The winning name was drawn on September 16. Sarah Klassen of Ingersoll, ON who filled in the winning ballot at Allen Building Center in Woodstock, ON, was the big $50K winner. Sarah and husband George were invited to the Open House to accept the winning cheque on behalf of Castle.
The presentations wrapped up with an inspiring and heartfelt message and thank you from Castle President, Ken Jenkins. "We are looking forward to "life after 50" and our commitment to the success of our members will continue to be our priority. When you become committed to empowering success in others, great opportunities arise."
Stay tuned for a special edition of Castle Connections featuring images and footage from this memorable event this week.
News Release - September 16, 2013 - Mississauga, ON
Ontario continues to be a hot spot for new Castle member locations and this time they welcome a new member to the group servicing the Greater Toronto Area. Castle Building Centres Group is pleased to announce that The Lumber Guys are now part of the Castle group.
The Lumber Guys is a rapidly growing, full service construction and renovation building center complete with showroom and warehouse supplying building materials to professional builders, contractors and applicators. The Lumber Guys also specialize in high volume commodity product lines such as lumber, plywood, OSB, insulation as well as drywall and accessories and offer curbside delivery and carry in services to their customer base.
Owner Guy Arangio believes in quality, attention to detail and customer service and together with his team; they work to service and supply construction and renovation projects, big and small in the GTA. "We take pride in providing the best quality building materials and look forward to Castle's buying power, member support and extensive supplier network."Guy Arangio; Owner, The Lumber Guys
Guy is the founder of The Lumber Guys and has extensive knowledge in the building, construction and contracting industry including exporting and development. His career background also includes experience in construction management and procurement. "We are excited to welcome The Lumber Guys to the group. We are looking forward to a strong partnership and delivering profit, freedom and transparency to our newest member." Ken Jenkins; President
Welcome to the Castle family.
News Release - September 12, 2013 - Mississauga, ON
News Release - September 3, 2013 - Mississauga, ON
Castle Building Centres Group held the 7th Annual Atlantic Buying Expo August 27th - 29th 2013 in the charming city of St. John's, Newfoundland. Castle members from all over the Atlantic Provinces including Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI took over the picturesque town of St. John's for this exciting 3 day event. The Castle Atlantic Buying Expo is the only regional buying expo of its kind offering Castle members the perfect mix of purchasing opportunities paired with social events and interaction with Castle staff, fellow members and valued vendor partners. "The Castle Atlantic Buying Expo has evolved over the years into one of the most unique and anticipated regional events in our industry, year seven was no exception. This year was another overwhelming success" Sandy Welsh, Business Development Manager – Atlantic Region
The Castle event featured exceptional Pallet Buy opportunities and exclusive Vendor Expo Specials offered in the unique 10 minute rotational format, in an intensive full day buying session. Pallet buy purchases were strong as Castle welcomed new and veteran vendor partners to the expo who all agreed that no other buying show provides this kind of opportunity for face time with so many dealers. Castle was proud to re-introduce former Castle member Bob Delaney to his peers in Newfoundland as their new Business Development Manager. "Being part of the Castle team has given me a new appreciation for this Castle buying expo. It really is an incredible buying and relationship building opportunity for our members and vendors and I am proud to see how the event has grown over the years." Bob Delaney, Business Development Manager – Newfoundland.
The entire event was hugely successful with over 250 members and suppliers participating in the 7th Annual Atlantic Expo. "No other expo offers this kind of exposure and vendors agree that after 7 years; the expo just keeps getting better and better" James Jones, Vice President, National Marketing. Castle was proud to honour two local Newfoundland member locations celebrating their 25 anniversary as a Castle Building Centres location. Castle President Ken Jenkins and Newfoundland Board Member Cluny Sheppard who operates nine locations in Newfoundland were pleased to present a commemorative token to Castle locations, B&M Building Supplies of Seldom, Fogo Island and James Randall and Sons of Bide Arm for 25 years of success under the Castle banner.
A Castle expo in St. Johns wouldn't be complete without a visit to the infamous George Street as members and vendors joined together and enjoyed a true Newfoundland tradition as they experienced a "Rally In The Alley" with a Castle twist that offered the group a chance at an amazing prize. Tim McHatten, Castle member location TJ's Windows & Doors in Charlottetown, PEI was the lucky winner. The Expo finale included a scenic drive to The Wilds golf course for a morning round of golf or a scenic excursion to the shores of the Atlantic for a Whale and Puffin boat tour.
The opportunity to mix and mingle and enjoy as well as some great entertainment further reinforces the unique "Culture" that only Castle Building Centres Group can deliver to its valued members and supplier partners.
News Release - August 27, 2013 - Mississauga, ON
There was no doubt that Canada’s fastest growing distribution model is showing no signs of slowing down as over 100 Castle members from across Canada experienced the buying power of Orgill at the 2013 Fall Dealer Market. The annual Fall market was held in Boston, MA this past week taking over the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center as thousands of independent hardware retailers flocked to see the latest and greatest Orgill had to offer on the 650,000 sq.ft. of show floor.
Orgill continues to solidify its position as the Canadian independent’s leading edge hardware solution with an incomparable product assortment featuring national brands and multi-level product categories. At this year’s Fall market, Windsor Falls Home Centre, Orgill’s fully merchandised Canadian compliant store was expanded to an incredible 12,000 sq.ft. “This is a testament to Orgill’s commitment to Canadian independents and that Castle’s hardware solution; powered by Orgill is the future of hardware in Canada.” James Jones, VP of National Marketing
Windsor Falls Home Centre offered Castle dealers the opportunity to visualize a store footprint and design a self-contained hardware store with a customized product assortment and the merchandising aids necessary to support it. Castle dealers who attended the show took advantage of the exceptional buys and specials exclusive to attending dealers. “Only a worldwide hardware distribution model of this magnitude can offer such a lucrative buying opportunity to new and existing Castle dealers. Those who experience the grandeur of the dealer market know that Orgill really delivers!” Doug Keeling, Castle Senior Buyer
Castle’s partnership with Orgill provides Castle locations with a "One-Stop Hardware Solution" with lower costs, increased margins, great fill rates and world class distribution. The Castle-Orgill hardware model includes a complete merchandising and signage program and the industry leading online flyer program. Using this state-of-the art program, Castle dealers can select products from a database of over 50,000 skus to design and print custom strategic flyers to on demand.
“When Castle embarked on a partnership with Orgill over 5 years ago we could only imagine this level of success and growth. It’s a great feeling to see the Canadian Hardware Distribution Model in high gear and so many of our members enjoying the benefits.” Ken Jenkins, President. Orgill Worldwide Distribution is committed to providing leading edge hardware products, single source procurement and industry leading support services to their Castle dealer partners and the Castle-Orgill hardware solution will continue to evolve and is definitely here to stay.
News Release - August 13, 2013 - Mississauga, ON
The Quebec region continues to enjoy a steady growth in member locations. Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. is pleased welcome a brand new member location in Quebec; Seaside Supply.
This unique seaside Castle location is situated in the town of La Tabatiere in the Lower North Shore of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and has provided a diverse selection of supplies to the many fishing and trading vessels that come into shore as well as local contractors and do-it-yourselfers.
Owner-operator John Vasher originally opened the doors back in 2006 and his unique business model has been a staple in the community for many years. Seaside Supply is well known to the local population of 400 as the general store selling not only food and gift sundries but hardware, LBM and decor products.
John is looking forward to this new chapter and the freedom and buying power of the Castle Building Centres Group, and what it will mean to the growth of the local community.
"Welcome to the family."
Whitewater Docks opened its doors in 2005 specializing in providing the highest quality engineering, design, manufacturing and project management for recreational docks to full-scale marina systems. To compliment the seasonal nature of the marina and dock industry; owner and entrepreneur Rod Card is ready to take full advantage of the buying power of Castle Building Centres Group.
"We started up our location to compliment the seasonal nature of the marina business and will now diversify into building supply products to service the local region as a Castle Building Centre" Rod Card, Owner.
Rod began his career in the offshore aquaculture manufacturing & supplies business in 1985. By 1993, Whitewater Docks & Marina Systems was the largest aquaculture supplier in North & South America and as a result he was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He began manufacturing floating docks & marina systems before opening the location in Hawkstone in 2005.
"This is a very unique business model for Castle and we are excited to open up new opportunities for our newest member location." Bruce Holman, Business Development Manager.
News Release - June 12, 2013 - Mississauga, ON
Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. and Commercial Building Supply (CBS) are extremely pleased to announce the addition of new member; COAST BUILDING SUPPLIES LTD. and their two (2) locations in the province of British Columbia. Coast Building Supplies are a significant and dominant leader in the Gypsum, Insulation and Steel product categories in the lower mainland region of BC. Coast Building Supplies was established in 1993 with their first location in Surrey and expanded in 1997 to their second location in Vancouver; now also a full branch facility.
"Having worked with Coast for many years and having had the pleasure of establishing a long term relationship with their business; I am extremely proud of their decision to join Castle/CBS and would like to welcome them to our group." Ken Jenkins, President
Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. News Release - May 22, 2013 - Mississauga, ON
The Quebec region continues to be a hot-spot as Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. welcomes yet another new member location. New to the Castle banner is Probex Building Supplies (2013) located in Roxboro, QC on the Island of Montreal. The location was founded 35 years ago and specializes in quality lumber products and building materials.
PROBEX Building Supplies originally opened its doors in 1976 as a building contractor wholesaler. After years of steady growth, PROBEX added a retail operation and expanded its product lines to include plywood, lumber, treated wood, insulation. In 1985, Probex moved to Roxboro, QC and now enjoys a large building supply operation serving contractors and both building contractors and the do-it yourselfer.
“We look forward to achieving continued growth for Probex through the freedom and buying power of the Castle Building Centres Group and the their new banner. Welcome to the family.” Robert Legault, BDM, Quebec & Northern NB.
News Release - February 27th, 2013 - Mississauga, ON
Over 100 Castle members from across Canada were on hand last week to experience the new 8000 sq.ft. Windsor Falls Home Centre, a completely Canadian Compliant store featured at the Orgill Spring Dealer Market in Orlando. The market took over the Orange County Convention Center last week as thousands of independent hardware retailer attendees flocked to see the latest and greatest Orgill had to offer. Orgill Worldwide Distribution is committed to providing leading edge hardware products and support services to their Canadian independent partners.
Castle members, already impressed with Orgill's commitment to the Canadian independent and this leading edge hardware solution, were pleased to hear Orgill's big news. Ron Beal, President of Orgill, was excited to announce plans to open a Canadian Distribution Centre in Mississauga, ON to fulfill the needs of their Canadian customers, bridge the gap and provide single source procurement to Canadian independent retailers nationwide. Scheduled opening is May 1st 2013.
"With the distribution centre on Canadian soil; Castle members will have access to a well-rounded product assortment including additional Canadian vendor products. The Orgill sku count will continue to grow as a result and we now have a "One-Stop Hardware Solution Powered by Orgill." James Jones, VP of National Marketing
This stake in the Canadian market further solidifies Orgill's place and commitment and will assist in the access to additional Canadian compliant skus being offered to Canadian independents peaking at over 50,000 skus.
"This truly is the evolution of the Canadian Hardware Solution model coming to fruition. When Castle embarked on a partnership with Orgill over 5 years ago in an effort to provide our members with a Hardware Solution we could only imagine this level of success. It's great to see it come to life." Ken Jenkins, President
Windsor Falls Home Centre offered Castle dealers the opportunity to not only visualize this store footprint, but to develop a self contained hardware store for their own location with a customized product assortment and the merchandising aids necessary to support it. Orgill also launched their new North American e-commerce platform "Boost" which includes a complete e-catalogue of Orgill products and mobile capability. This leading edge design will be replicated for the Canadian compliant Orgill product assortment for Canadian independents in 2013. Orgill's continued growth and commitment to Canadian Independents is further reinforcement that Orgill is definitely "here to stay" and is in fact North