Canada Pipe Company Ltd. Reaches Settlement with Competition Bureau

    HAMILTON, ON, Dec. 20 /CNW/ - Canada Pipe Company Ltd. is pleased that it
has reached an agreement to resolve the Competition Bureau's abuse of
dominance case concerning the loyalty-based rebate program offered by its
Bibby's Ste-Croix division. The matter has been resolved by way of a Consent
Agreement as filed with the Competition Tribunal today.
    As part of the settlement, Canada Pipe has agreed to introduce an
additional rebate program which enables distributors purchasing a certain
proportion of their cast iron drain waste and vent products from Canada Pipe
to qualify for rebates and discounts. This new rebate program will soon be
available to Canadian distributors as an alternative to Bibby Ste-Croix's
existing loyalty based rebate program (known as the "Stocking Distributor
Program") which will continue to be offered to Canadian distributors.
    "We are pleased to have reached a compromise with the Competition Bureau
to put an end to this matter. We look forward to putting this experience
behind us and moving forward by continuing to provide our customers with the
best possible products and service." said Tom Leonard, Vice President and
general manager of Canada Pipe. "We will continue to offer our Stocking
Distributor Program in Canada and will introduce a new rebate program as
described in the Consent Agreement. As a domestic manufacturer facing
increased pressure from imported products, Canada Pipe views these discount
programs as fundamental to sustaining its ability to compete and maintaining
over 400 manufacturing jobs in Canada."

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Tom Leonard, (510) 633-5288,
Bibby Ste-Croix; Anita Banicevic, (416) 863-5523, Davies Ward Phillips &
Vineberg LLP

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