Home Hardware Dealers Celebrate Maple Leaf Day with Nationwide Tree Planting

    Partnership with Tree Canada will see trees planted in communities across

    ST. JACOBS, ON, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Home Hardware stores across the country,
in partnership with Tree Canada, will celebrate Maple Leaf Day by planting
trees in 12 communities across Canada.
    "Our Dealers are proud to be involved with Tree Canada and give back to
the communities where they live and do business," said Paul Straus, Vice
President and CEO of Home Hardware Stores Limited. "Planting trees creates
more beautiful surroundings, benefits the environment and provides a higher
quality of life for all Canadians."
    For the last eight years, Home Hardware has partnered with Tree Canada to
plant trees in neighbourhoods and communities across Canada. In addition to
the thousands of native evergreen trees that Dealers have planted over the
years, the company has donated more than $300,000 to Tree Canada, who will be
planting their 75 millionth tree in 2007. These funds were raised through the
sale of specially selected items.
    The 'average' Canadian city tree will absorb about 200 kg of carbon over
an 80 year period. On an annual basis, this translates to 2.5 kg of carbon per
    "Home Hardware's contribution to Tree Canada over the last eight years
has had - and will continue to have - a significant impact in communities
across Canada aesthetically and by enhancing wildlife habitat and reducing the
effects of global warming, " said Michael Rosen, President, Tree Canada.
"Ultimately, these contributions will help improve our schoolyards, parks and
the countryside for generations to come."

    The following Home Hardware Stores will be participating in Maple Leaf
    Day tree plants:

    -   Crescent Home Hardware, Fort Erie, Ontario (September 26th)
    -   Ingersoll Home Centre Ltd., Ingersoll, Ontario - (Fall 2007)
    -   Iroquois Falls Home Hardware, Iroquois Falls, Ontario
        (September 26th)
    -   McNaughton Home Hardware Building Centre, Newbury, Ontario (Fall
    -   Meuble Home Furniture, St. Isidore, Ontario (September 25th)
    -   Winchester Home Hardware, Winchester, Ontario (September 26th)
    -   Sunnybrook Home Hardware, Palgrave, Ontario (Completed September
    -   Neepawa Home Hardware, Neepawa, Manitoba (September 26th)
    -   Craig Home Hardware Building Centre, Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan
        (September 27th)
    -   Strathmore Home Hardware, Strathmore, Alberta (September 27th)
    -   Home Hardware Building Centre - Merritt, Merritt, British Columbia
        (September 26th)
    -   West's Home Hardware, Castlegar, British Columbia (September 26th)

    About Home Hardware Stores Limited

    Home Hardware Stores Limited is Canada's largest independent hardware,
lumber and building materials and furniture retailer with more than 1,000
stores across Canada, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home
Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. Dealers have access to
100,000 quality brand name and private label products and the company has
annual retail sales of $4.6 billion. The cooperative was founded on January 1,
1964 by 128 independent hardware Dealers.

    About the Tree Canada Foundation

    Tree Canada is a charitable organization established to encourage
Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. To
date, Tree Canada has engaged more than 60 Canadian companies and government
agencies to support the planting of more than 75 million trees, the greening
of more than 400 schoolyards, seven national urban forestry conferences, and
other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and
maintaining trees. More information about Tree Canada is available at

For further information:

For further information: Rob Wallace, Public Relations and Promotional
Events Manager, Home Hardware Stores Limited at (519) 664-2252

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