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ABOUT US

The History of Igloo Building Supplies Group Ltd. 

Any Order, Anywhere, On Time.

In the 1950s, Don Stewart was in the right place at the right time – Hay River, a small Northern town on the shores of Canada’s Great Slave Lake. In Hay River, the Mackenzie Highway and the Canadian National Railroad end. Barges, boats, planes and snowmobiles carry supplies from the town to remote Northern communities, all the way to Tuktoyaktuk. Known as the "Hub of the North", Hay River was the right place for a hardware store. It didn't take long for Don Stewart's company - Igloo Building Supplies -  to become the one company you could trust to deliver any order, anywhere, on time.

Expanding South.

In 1984, Don’s son Barry, took a six-week trip to Edmonton, Alberta to investigate the possibility of opening a southern location. Six weeks turned into six months and in the end, Barry never returned home to Hay River. Instead, he established an Edmonton operation. Today, Igloo Building Supplies Group Ltd. is Edmonton’s largest supplier of building materials. Although the climate in Edmonton wasn’t as harsh and unforgiving as Canada’s North, Igloo quickly discovered the demand for a company to deliver quality, anywhere, on time.

Continued Expansion.

In 1994, Igloo purchased the building supply company, Northern Eauclaire. One year later, Igloo opened a truss-making plant in Edmonton. Today, Igloo has operations in Yellowknife, Cornwall, and Edmonton.

 

 

 

 

 

Dedication to Quality.

Barry Stewart’s dedication to quality hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2004, Barry found himself the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes business leaders that demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success through innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment.

From its tiny roots in Canada’s North to its present-day status as a major supplier of building materials worldwide, Igloo has developed a philosophy and management style that thrives on challenge and growth. Our customers benefit daily from the evolution of our business.

The Start

Igloo Building Supplies opens it's doors to the public.

Igloo opens a Yellowknife retail store. 

Yellowknife Expansion

1984

Igloo Builds Trusses

Igloo diversifies; truss manufacturing becomes a part of our core.

1994

2001

Igloo opens a drywall distribution channel. 

Igloo Drywall Distribution

Cabo Expansion

Igloo opens a 'customer service' hub in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  

2004

2018

Design Studio

Igloo opens its first design outlet. 

Igloo's newest product line offers a wide variety of lighting selections.

Lighting

Culiacan Expansion

1957

1992

Igloo Building Supplies opens it's doors to the public.

Edmonton Expansion

Igloo grows its divisions by introducing electrical , siding, and flooring.

Acquisition of Northern Eau Claire

1995

2003

2017

Igloo Building Supplies opens it's doors to the public.

Heading East

Igloo introduces a drywall application division through the purchase of Performance Drywall.

Drywall  

Our Valleyfield, Quebec branch closes it's doors and relocates to the area of Cornwall, Ontario.

Re-location 

Igloo's Performance Drywall and DCL Drywall amalgamate

Igloo expands it's services by adding electrical, flooring and siding.

Supply & Install Growth

Drywall Growth

2019

We Strive For Excellence 

MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING 

​​Igloo is a long-standing member of the Independent Lumber Dealers Co-operative – a leading buying group, comprised of 21 of Canada's largest independent home improvement organizations. We are also a proud member of the Western Retail Lumber Association, an interest group dedicated to maintaining best practices within its membership. We strive for quality, which is why we became an active member of the Western Wood Truss Association of Alberta. Together, with other members, we set standards of excellence through the development of quality control programs and procedures in both, design and manufacturing.

WE MAKE IT SIMPLE

We're one supplier for multiple building streams. We'll package, crate, and ship your materials over highways, ice roads, and barges. We can manage the logistics and provide technical advice along the way. Our planning, attention to detail, and experience make your job simple.

LEAN MANAGEMENT 

 Igloo incorporates continuous improvement to effectively and efficiently serve our customers better. We are continually evolving, educating ourselves both internally and externally to grow as a leader in the industry.

60

Years

Established

11

Building Supply

Streams

6

Locations

“Igloo will continue to add to our range of products and services to the customers. But our vision is to go well beyond just providing products and services. We want to be the partner of choice to the home builder in delivering value, efficiency and excellence to the homeowner.”

BARRY STEWART – PRESIDENT OF IGLOO