Archives for April 2013

Climbing the walls

Richelieu offers an array of decorative panels to enhance interior spaces, such as FormArt (pictured) decorative panels, Sibu high-quality decorative surfaces, Dekodur high-pressure laminate, brick and stone and many more. These panels emulate the shape, patterns and textures of various materials and create bold focal points for elegant wall cladding. These decorative panels are part […]

Ruling on car wash

Training and supervision By Jeremy Warning On November 30, 2012, the Ontario Court of Justice released its decision in R. v. 679052 Ontario Limited (c.o.b. as Auction Reconditioning Centre), 2012 ONCJ 747 (CanLII).The Auction Reconditioning Centre (“Company”) operated a business in which it cleaned automobiles at its facility in Milton, Ont. This cleaning service was […]

Smart hands

Intelligence from making things When we use the term intelligence, it is very likely that we are talking about mental functioning. The IQ tests that we will have taken will have been addressed to how our minds work. Our cerebral abilities will have been measured. And, as a consequence, we will have gained a sense […]

By and for estimators

Prime6400 is a Windows-based estimating and management application designed specifically for the architectural woodwork, millwork and casework industry. The program is designed by an estimator for estimators, which means no programming is required and fast setup is possible. The end result should be easier training and fast/accurate estimating. A separate library can be added for […]

Canadian home sales rise in March

According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales edged upward on a month-over-month basis in March 2013 but stayed well below levels recorded one year ago. Highlights: National home sales rose 2.4% from February to March. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity came in 15.3% below levels in March 2012. […]

CMA awards now open

The Cabinet Makers Association is now accepting entries for its 2013 Wood Diamond Awards, which recognize excellence in projects submitted by North American cabinet manufacturers. Canadians have won some Diamond Awards in recent years, too. Good luck!

The February building permits report

Statistics Canada has come out with its latest report on building permits in Canada. The report includes the following: Building permits totalled $6.0 billion in February, a 1.7% increase from January. Higher construction intentions in the non-residential sector in eight provinces, led by Alberta, more than offset a decline in the residential sector. Construction intentions in the […]

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Succession planning - outside the box

Actually, I mean that literally. How are you going to sell your company before you’re dead? One model tells people to ignore the question. Nobody wants to talk about it. I certainly don’t. Still, talking about it is better than not. Here’s why. People that ignore the succession question are admitting they may have what […]

PPG completes AkzoNobel acquisition

PPG Industries announced that it has finalized the acquisition of the North American architectural coatings business of Akzo Nobel N.V., Amsterdam, in a deal valued at $1.05 billion. “We are pleased to have successfully completed this acquisition, the second-largest in our company’s history, as it further extends PPG’s architectural coatings business in the United States, […]