News Coverage

North America’s consolidation of large manufacturers is changing the game

Big manufacturing companies have big growth strategies, and their focus can be fractured into many different foreign markets. We’ve seen significant consolidation of suppliers across North America. This means that there are fewer suppliers in number, and they are often massive in scale. Many ...READ MORE


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT • Steve Buckle Independent building supply dealers across Canada need a dependable supply of construction materials at competitive prices to remain profitable. It’s a straightforward need of Sexton members, but the commodity wood market is highly complex. Commodity prices can ...READ MORE


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT • Steve Buckle SOURCING PRODUCT IN TIMES OF CONSTRAINT Make no mistake about it, we are in a cyclical industry. Supply follows demand, of course, but not in real time. The severe and protracted downturn in the US construction economy meant that, ...READ MORE


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT • Steve Buckle OPENING NEW DOORS Several years ago our members let us know we needed to get more involved in their commodity wood purchases. Taken together, commodity wood, treated lumber and engineered wood products represent the single-largest category of ...READ MORE

When a Member Calls We Respond

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT • Steve Buckle When a Member Calls, We Respond This week was a typically busy one for me. Along with a lot of other things, I worked with a member to source a single interior door, solved a product claim ...READ MORE

Construction ramps up as steel, aluminum prices rise

By Christopher Brinckerhoff Following tariffs announced by President Donald Trump in March of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum, prices of those commodities have increased. The effect on contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and others in the U.S. metal construction industry will ...READ MORE

High-performance homes

Why isn’t Canada spearheading the movement to build more sustainable homes? By Monte Paulsen With photography by Grant Harder Open this magazine wide. Now picture a hole in the side of your house that’s just a little larger than the pages in your hands. ...READ MORE

New report shows Canadian green building market growing steadily with owners seeing strong benefits from building green

NEW YORK and OTTAWA, June 18, 2014 /CNW/ – The Canadian green building market is poised to see strong growth over the next three years, with surveyed Canadian firms expecting to grow their green practices from one third in 2014, to one half by 2017. These findings are ...READ MORE

Design-Build Evolution: Paul Lafrance on the importance of charging for designs

February 27, 2017 by John Bleasby Paul and Janna Lafrance make no bones about charging for designs right up front. In fact, the Paul Lafrance Design website goes so far as to outline  four different levels of work for both interior and exterior projects, ...READ MORE

Three reasons why Canadians spend big money on basements

January 18, 2017 by John Bleasby An analysis of 2016 renovation projects by the national referral firm TrustedPros gives insight into the type of work and the budgets assigned to a wide range of renovation projects across the country, region-by-region. One interesting finding was ...READ MORE
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