Home Hardware Building Centre's Popular Tough as Nails Contractor Tradeshow Returns for 2013

ST. JACOB'S, ON, Jan. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The familiar sights of building supplies and power tools will welcome contractors from across Canada, as Home Hardware Stores Limited kicks off its annual series of Tough as Nails Contractor Tradeshows in London, Ontario on January 9. This exciting series of tradeshows will stop in seven cities across Canada, offering contractors, renovators, builders and trades people 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 tradeshows come from the surrounding communities, and are provided transportation into each city by Home Hardware Building Centre Dealers. This year's tradeshows will take place in London, 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.

The Tough as Nails Contractor Tradeshow is one of many ways in which Home Hardware cares for homebuilders, renovators and trades people. This past October, during Renovation Month, Home Hardware worked closely with Toyota Canada and the Canadian Home Builders Association to inform Canadians of the importance of choosing a professional contractor when considering a renovation.

Canadians who visited www.renomonthcontest.com 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."

Reasons to work with a professional contractor
Whether renovating a home to bring it up to current standards or to make it more comfortable and energy-efficient, the first call should be to a professional contractor. Working with a trust-worthy, qualified expert will allow your ideas to reach their full potential and produce a final product that adds value to your home and enjoyment to your life.

A helpful tip: do your own research, hire a professional and insist on a written contract to make the renovation process a positive one.

About Home Hardware Stores Limited
100% Canadian owned and operated, Home Hardware Stores Limited has a presence in every Canadian province and territory and is the country's largest independent, Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials and furniture cooperative. Founded on January 1, 1964 by 122 independent hardware Dealers, the cooperative now includes close to 1,100 stores, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners, with annual collective retail sales of more than $5 billion. Home Hardware's independent Dealer-Owners, recognized by the North American Retail Hardware Association as Canada's best-trained Dealer group, have access to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products, a world-class distribution system and draw upon the power of Home Hardware's network to provide their local communities with top quality products and services at competitive prices.

Image with caption: " Attendees from across Canada enjoyed the Tough as Nails Contractor Tradeshow experience in 2012. (CNW Group/Home Hardware Stores Limited)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130108_C4564_PHOTO_EN_22348.jpg

SOURCE: Home Hardware Stores Limited

For further information:

Rob Wallace, Public Relations & Promotional Events Manager, Home Hardware Stores Limited at 519-664-4710 or rob.wallace@homehardware.ca.

Lindsey Dietrich, Public Relations Coordinator, Home Hardware Stores Limited at 519-664-2252 ext. 6676 or lindsey.dietrich@homehardware.ca.

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