Fenestration Review

Everlast opens Thunder Bay distribution centre

October 1, 2018
By Vince Porcelli Everlast sales manager
Rob Buie

After many years of shipping product to Thunder Bay, Ont., from its Etobicoke facility and supporting the community from afar, Everlast has decide to take up residence in this lovely town to the north. After months of careful consideration and scouting the company turned to a long-standing and established window and door company in town, A & R Ross, and made a offer to purchase them. The offer was accepted and closed Oct. 1. Everlast’s history in the window and door business spans over six decades and acquiring another historic mainstay in the industry just seemed a logical step.

Everlast’s new Thunder Bay distribution centre is 3,000 square feet on a half-acre lot at 612 High Street. it consists of a showroom and warehouse. Two employees, manager Rob Buie and TJ Chiodo will staff the location, supplying the full Everlast line as well as products from Plygem, Mitten vinyl siding and components and Cardinal sealed units to an area approximately 200 kilometers around the city. New construction and dealers will be the main market. Both Buie and Chiodo come to Everlast from A&R Ross with many years of experience in the community.

“For the past seven years we have serviced Thunder Bay and established a good name for ourselves and our products so we felt it was time to make a full-time presence in the community,” said Mike Bruno, Everlast president. “This will allow us to expand our product offering such as our Energy Star-rated aluminum windows and storm doors. I see a need for a design centre for windows and doors as customer requirements are becoming more specific, and mainstream, beyond what the local lumber yards can provide. Basically, the timing is right for to bring the Everlast experience to residents of Thunder Bay.”