Orgill flexes Canadian muscle – Orgill made an acquisition described as an alliance to provide independent Canadian building material dealers and hardware stores “a competitive foothold against big-box stores in Canada.”

The Memphis-based distributor’s wholly owned subsidiary Orgill Canada Hardlines agreed to acquire the hardlines assets of TIM-BR MART Group’s distribution arm, Chalifour Canada.

The transaction is subject to government regulatory review. Terms of the deal were not released.

“Orgill Canada Hardlines will combine the best of both Chalifour and Orgill,” sais Ron Beal, chairman, president and CEO of Orgill, Inc. “The new company will service the Canadian independent hardlines retailer, and will not offer a separate banner. Our goal is to be inclusive rather than exclusive, and we will focus on providing a unique mix of products, competitive pricing, and cutting-edge services to help the independent retailer profitably compete in his or her local market throughout Canada.”

Orgill Canada’s acquisition of the assets will include their complete ownership and operation of Chalifour Canada’s London, Ontario, distribution center, as well as the ownership of the hardware inventory in Chalifour Canada’s Surrey, B.C. facility. TIM-BR MART will maintain ownership and operation of their lumber and building material (LBM) distribution center in St-Nicolas, Quebec, and continue to operate their Surrey facility, including Orgill Canada’s hardlines offering from that location. Orgill Canada will ultimately integrate Orgill’s current Canadian operations into the London facility.

TIM-BR MART is a member-owned organization serving building material and hardware retailers, commercial dealers and manufacturers.

“The strategic alliance resulting from this transaction will offer both our membership and the Canadian independent at large, many competitive advantages; they will have access to a Canadian hardlines distribution solution that will offer an expanded product selection, combined hardware buying power, hardlines security of supply, and international import opportunities,” said Bernie Owens, president of the TIM-BR Mart Group. “Ultimately, the alliance will provide the independent building material and hardware entrepreneur with a solid foundation to better compete every day against the growing big-box store formats in Canada.”