About Our Building Supply Company
Igloo ensures sure your complete materials package arrives on time and in superior condition. Our Edmonton office delivers close to home and to remote Northern communities.
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. At Hay River, the Mackenzie Highway and the Canadian National Railroad end. Barges, boats, planes and snowmobiles carry supplies from the town to every Northern community all the way to Tuktoyaktuk. The hub of the North, Hay River was the right place for a hardware and lumber store. Don Stewart, born and raised there, understood ice and cold and was an expert planner. His company, Igloo Building Supplies, became the company you could trust to deliver any order, anywhere, on time.
In 1984, Don’s son Barry took a six-week trip to Edmonton, Alberta to investigate the possibility of opening a Southern office. Six weeks turned to six months. 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 there is always a demand for a company you can trust to deliver quality anywhere, on time.
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 world-wide, Igloo has developed a philsophy and management style that thrives on challenge and growth. Our customers benefit daily from the evolution of our business.
Only the Best
Member in Good Standing
We’re committed to being an ethical and responsible part of our community. Igloo is a member of the Independent Lumber Dealers Co-operative – a valuable group dedicated to keeping prices down for the customer by facilitating volume purchases. We are also proud members of the Western Retail Lumber Association, an interest group dedicated to maintaining best practice within its membership.
We Make it Simple
- We package, crate, and ship your materials inner city, over highways, ice roads, and on barges.
- We manage the logistics and provide technical advise.
- One supplier for multiple building supply streams.
- Our planning, attention to detail, and experience make your job simple.
Building Supply Streams
“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 deliverying value, efficiency and excellence to the home owner.”
Barry Stewart – President of Igloo