RONA INC.



RONA INC.
Matériaux Coupal



Matériaux Coupal

October 19, 2010 14:19 ET

RONA Inc.: Materiaux Coupal Acquires Boiseries Signees

Transaction gives Matériaux Coupal stronger presence in indoor staircase systems market

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2010) - Matériaux Coupal, a member of the RONA commercial and professional market division and a leader in sales of building materials for housing professionals in the Greater Montreal Area, today announced that it has acquired Boiseries Signées, a major Quebec-based manufacturer of made-to-measure prefabricated, factory built staircases.

Founded in 1993, Boiseries Signées offers its customers a one-stop solution for stairway and staircase projects, from preliminary measurements through to delivery and installation. Its facilities, totalling 8500 square feet in area, are located at 2630 Wilfred-Hamel Boulevard West in Quebec City. The company employs some 40 people and manufactures all its staircases to measure in its own factory – complete with a display room next door to the fabrication plant.

"The acquisition of Boiseries Signées enhances our presence in the indoor staircase systems market and puts our finishing services, known as the Boiseries Pro brand, in a more advantageous position," says Matériaux Coupal president François Doucet. "At the same time, it makes us the only company offering a complete line of indoor finishing products, hardwood floors and staircases, including a tailormade installation option, to our customers among contractors in the building trades. This really strengthens our appeal to housing and homebuilding professionals in the Greater Montreal Area and allows us penetrate the Quebec City market as well. We're also proud to welcome such a fine team of dedicated workers to the Coupal family – people who are well known in our sector for their innovative ideas."

Boiseries Signées president Alain Rousseau and general manager Luc Bouchard are also very pleased with the deal. "We're delighted to be joining forces with Matériaux Coupal. It's a natural development from the close partnership we've worked in together for the past 5 years. We're really enthusiastic about the prospect of continuing to grow and develop as part of Matériaux Coupal. We're convinced there will be major advantages for both our customers and our employees."

About Materiaux Coupal

Materiaux Coupal, a 51% owned subsidiary of RONA inc., specializes in sales of building materials and hardware to the residential and commercial construction and renovation industry. It operates 10 sales outlets in the province of Quebec: in Boisbriand, Granby, Henryville, L'Assomption, Laval, Napierville, Pierrefonds, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Lambert and Vaudreuil. Together, these stores total roughly 50,000 square feet in sales area (besides some 2 million square feet of outdoor lumberyards) and employs over 450 people. Matériaux Coupal also operates two fabrication plants under the Structures Truss Experts name in Granby and Saint-Lin-Laurentides, producing trusses, beams and joists, and prefabricated walls; employing 200 people. For Boiseries Pro activities, Matériaux Coupal has one factory and an indoor finishing warehouse in Mirabel and Granby, with a total combined area of 33,000 square feet.

About RONA

RONA is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products. The company operates a network of nearly 700 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With close to 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. For more information, please visit rona.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media:
    RONA inc.
    Daniel Richard
    Director, Corporate Communications
    514-599-5900, extension 5751
    daniel.richard@rona.ca
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    Financial Community:
    RONA inc.
    Stephane Milot
    Senior Director, Investor Relations
    514-599-5951
    stephane.milot@rona.ca