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Volume 11, Issue 22, June 16, 2011

Association News

CHHMA Welcomes New Member Company 
The CHHMA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following new CHHMA member company:

Blanco Canada Inc. - Manufacturer of Blanco kitchen sinks, accessories and faucets. A division of a German parent company. They are located in Mississauga, Ontario and have a manufacturing facility in Etobicoke, Ontario.

CHHMA Scholarship Program Deadline July 15th  

The CHHMA is once again pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for children of employees of our member companies to apply for a scholarship to help offset the cost of post-secondary education. Five to seven scholarships are awarded each year. Successful candidates receive $1,000 CDN per year for the first two years of study leading to a diploma or degree from an accredited community college or university.  The CHHMA must receive applications from potential candidates no later than July 15th.  Read More >>

CHHMA GO KART Night Set for September 1st in Mirabel, Quebec   

The Canadian Grand Prix took place last weekend in Montreal but we know the real top race drivers will be at the CHHMA Soiree Karting/Go Kart Night in Mirabel, Quebec on Thursday, September 1st.  The event will be held at the Circuit ICAR motorsports complex located 20 minutes north of Montreal.  Read More >>

Member News

New Employment Announcement for Acme United Limited

Acme United would like to announce that Greg Lemire has joined the company as National Business Development Manager and will be responsible for the Canadian Hardware, Big Box and Mass Market Retail business in order to further build and develop the Clauss, Camillus & Westcott brands. Prior to joining Acme United, Greg spent time with Henkel Consumer Adhesives, Shurtech Brands and Cantech as their National Account Manager. The Clauss brand covers products in Lawn & Garden, Hand Tools and Housewares, Camillus knives are high quality sport knives and The Westcott brand offers products in the school, office and hobby channel.

Greg can be reached at or 647-351-1650.

Industry News

RioCan to Build "Flagship" Target Canada Store 
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust reported last week that it will be building the first purpose-built Target store in Canada in Toronto's west-end (Weston Rd & St. Clair). The store will be 130,000 square feet and was described as the "lagship" store for the chain.  Read More >>

In Memoriam - Jim McComb 

The industry was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Jim McComb at his home in Winnipeg on June 6th.  Jim was the principal in the McComb & Associates Inc. hardware sales agency where he worked along side his wife Doris. Jim also leaves behind daughters Samantha, Stacie and son Michael who all worked at the company at one time or another and where Samantha continues to work. One of Jim and Doris's passions was their spectacular backyard garden which was shown to many garden people in the Winnipeg area.  Jim will be missed by his many friends in the industry.  A celebration of Jim's life was held earlier this week on Monday, June 13 in Winnipeg. For further info, see:

Stewardship News 

EEQ Update: Bill 88 Now in Effect After Several Months of Waiting

Over a year after the Commission des transports et de l'environnement began its work to amend the Environment Quality Act and the compensation plan, Bill 88 finally came into effect on June 13, 2011. EEQ has said they have reservations regarding the changes brought in by the Bill.  Read More >>
Stewardship Ontario Reminder

Stewardship Ontario would like to remind stewards the second quarter Blue Box invoices were sent out on June 1, 2011 and payments are due on June 30, 2011.

If you have any questions, please contact Stewardship Ontario at 1-888-288-3360 or

Economic News

May Home Sales Remain Stable

According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)'s latest statistics released yesterday, national resale housing activity remained stable in May compared to April. Seasonally adjusted national home sales activity edged down by less than 1% in May compared to April.  Read More >>

RBC Economics Forecasts 3.2% Growth for Canada in 2011  

According to the latest outlook from RBC Economics, Canada's economy will grow by 3.2% this year, helped by high commodity prices and improvement in the U.S. economy. RBC expects Canada's GDP will grow at a 3.1% pace in 2012.  Read More >>

Canada Adds 22,300 Jobs in May  

Canada's unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in more than two years as a combination of more jobs and fewer people seeking work pushed the rate down to 7.4% in May from 7.6% in April. A year ago, the rate was 8.1% and had peaked at 8.7% during the recession.  Statistics Canada reported last Friday that 22,300 new jobs were created in May, following April's strong pick up of 58,000 jobs. However, May's number stemmed more from fewer Canadians actively looking for work (27,800 fewer) than from any job growth.  Read More >>

U.S. Retail Sales Decline for First Time in 11 Months 

The Commerce Department said on Tuesday that U.S. retail sales fell in May for the first time in 11 months, dragged down by a sharp drop in sales from auto dealerships. Total retail sales slipped 0.2% last month, after a revised increase of 0.3% from 0.5% in April.  Read More >>

 CHHMA Events For 2011

Soiree Karting/Go Karting Night
Thursday, September 1
Circuit ICAR, Mirabel, Quebec

Industry Memorial Golf Classic
Tuesday, September 27
Blue Springs Golf Club, Acton, Ontario

Industry Cocktail
Tuesday, November 29
Location TBA, Montreal, Quebec

To register for all events visit our website at or call Pam Winter at (416) 282-0022 ext.21.


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"Eye On Our Industry" is published by the CHHMA as an information resource for our members. Member input regarding content and format is welcomed. Please contact Michael Jorgenson by email:, or call at (416) 282-0022, ext. 34. CHHMA is located at 1335 Morningside Ave., Suite 101, Scarborough, ON, M1B 5M4

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