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Home Hardware rolling out its contractor trade shows

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Home Hardware's contractor shows are now rolling out across Canada. They offer a chance to see hot new products, watch demos, and network with your fellow construction professionals

Home Hardware Stores Limited kicked off its annual series of Tough as Nails Contractor Tradeshows last week in London, Ontario. This popular series of tradeshows will stop in six more cities across Canada, offering contractors, renovators, builders and tradespeople the opportunity to learn about new products and network with fellow professionals.

“Every Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Building Centre across Canada is a local, family-owned business,” said Bruce White, vice-president, Merchandise & Marketing – Lumber & Building Materials, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “We strive to continue to be a trusted resource for contractors in our communities by providing quality products and superior service. These shows allow us to reinforce the many ways in which we work to be the building centre of choice for homebuilders and homeowners.”

Over 5,500 contractors attend the invitation-only tradeshows each year. Attendees to the trade shows come from the surrounding communities, and are provided transportation into each city by Home Hardware Building Centre Dealers. In addition to London, this year’s shows will be held in Ottawa, Barrie, Calgary, Winnipeg, Kelowna and Halifax.

“I love attending the Home Hardware Building Centre Tough as Nails Contractor Show. It is a great opportunity to talk with suppliers about their products,” said contractor Mark Hofstee, owner of Rammik Renovations & Restorations in Guelph, Ontario. “It is fun to be able to test your skills in the contests. I highly recommend this tradeshow to fellow contractors.”


Featuring more than 75 hardware and building materials suppliers at each show, exhibitor booths are set up with experts on hand to answer questions, offer ideas, explain new products and trends and provide hands-on demonstrations. Contractors in attendance can experience firsthand innovative products and services designed to help them on the job, and enjoy the opportunity to have fun with their professional peers by taking part in the tradeshow’s popular Contractor Skills Competitions.

At each show thousands of dollars in giveaways and door prizes are awarded including a $2,500 travel voucher. In addition, attendees from all 7 shows are entered for a chance to win a grand prize, a 2013 Toyota Tundra vehicle. In 2012, this exciting grand prize was awarded to Matthew Taylor, a local contractor from Belleville, Ontario.

Canadians who visited were given the opportunity to submit an online ballot to win a 2012 Toyota RAV4. Corey Newcomb of Saanich, British Columbia was the lucky recipient of the vehicle.

“Home Hardware Stores Limited values the roles both homeowners and homebuilders play in building and renovation projects,” said Paul Straus, President and CEO, Home Hardware Limited. “We will continue to support and care for our customers across Canada by providing them with the supplies and information they need to complete the best work possible.”


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