March 15, 2010 14:30 ET

RONA Commits to the Future and Sustainable Development

RONA attends groundbreaking ceremony for Centre for Sustainable Development

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) - RONA inc. (TSX:RON), Canada's largest retailer and distributor of hardware, renovation and gardening products, took part today in a groundbreaking ceremony that marked the official start of construction of Montreal's new Centre for Sustainable Development (Maison du développement durable). Also present at the ceremony were Line Beauchamp, Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Alan DeSousa, City of Montreal Executive Committee Vice-chair and Head of sustainable development, and Sidney Ribaux, President of the Centre for Sustainable Development. RONA has made a $750,000 contribution in the form of a cash donation and building materials toward construction of the new Centre.

"RONA has taken a stand in favour of the future, a stand that can be seen in the number of initiatives our Company has introduced already," said RONA President and CEO Robert Dutton. "So it was only natural for us to get involved with the planned Centre for Sustainable Development, which will demonstrate that there are real, practical and economical solutions that respect the women and men of tomorrow and make a contribution that's consistent with this idea."

RONA also congratulated Sidney Ribaux and his team for their efforts in bringing this project to light. "Their vision and determination form the cornerstone of this environmentally and socially oriented project, whose mission is to make individuals and decision-makers more aware and to rethink our ways of building and renovating so we don't mortgage the future for generations to come," Dutton added.

RONA and sustainable development

Sustainable development is a core component of RONA's strategic plan. Key programs have been developed and introduced in response to the Company's concerns, particularly with regard to succession plans for employees, managers and dealer-owners. Also significant is the Company's ongoing support for the future of young people through the RONA Foundation and its policies on environmental issues.

As the industry leader in sustainable development, RONA encourages its customers to act eco-responsibly in a variety of ways with the help of numerous Company programs. Chief among these are the used paint recycling program (the first and largest of its kind in Canada), the RONA ECO and eco-responsible product lines (identified on the basis of rigorous life cycle analysis), a new policy banning the sale of synthetic or cosmetic pesticides and the innovative wood and forest products procurement policy that has earned the recognition of numerous organizations dedicated to protecting the environment.

About RONA

RONA is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products. RONA operates a network of close to 700 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With nearly 30,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 16 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network generates over $6 billion in annual retail sales. Please visit

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