Hardware Retailing

FEB 2019

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February 2019 | HARDWARE RETAILING 91 BMCC Makes Gains With Recruitment Platform According to Denis Melanson, chair of the Building Material Council of Canada (BMCC), the aging workforce in the lumber and building materials channel is inhibiting growth. According to his data, 25 percent of the workforce in lumber and building materials is age 55 and over. That figure, he says, should serve as a wake-up call for the entire industry. The BMCC has been rallying sponsor support and investing in recruitment tools to attract a new generation of workers into professions associated with building materials. Melanson says an online job board launched in June 2018 now serves as the "go-to website" for the industry. Castle Unveils Updated Website Buying group Castle Building Centres Ltd. has redesigned its website to achieve a mobile-friendly design and offer a selection of roughly 30,000 products from Orgill's catalog. The website (castle.ca) also includes a store locator, which can guide customers to the nearest location. Housing Markets Expected to Slow in Coming Years, With Renovations Staying Stable After strengthened activity in 2016 and a 10-year recorded high in 2017, housing starts in Canada slowed through 2018, new data reveals. That downward trend is forecast to continue into 2020, according to a report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. The slowdown will be "more in line with a moderating economic outlook and demographic conditions," particularly as income and job growth slows, the report states. Notably, home renovation activity is expected to grow in the years ahead. CANADA Come visit us: Orgill Spring Dealer Market — Orlando — Booth #522 Ace Hardware Spring 2019 Convention & Exhibits — Booth #1587 FOR MORE INFO VISIT US AT: USA.SIKA.COM/RETAIL SEALANTS • ADHESIVES • GROUTS • ADMIXTURES FLOORING LEVELERS • CONCRETE/STUCCO PATCHERS Sika... TRUSTED BY THE PROs For the full story on these briefs, head over to TheRedT.com/0219-news. To read the Canadian briefs, visit hardlines.ca/hardwareretailing. For the latest independent home improvement news, interviews, trends and videos, visit hardwareretailing.com.

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