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Press release from CNW Group

Antoine Auclair appointed Richelieu Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Antoine Auclair appointed Richelieu Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer11:48 EDT Wednesday, October 19, 2011MONTREAL, Oct. 19, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Management of Richelieu Hardware Ltd. (TSX: RCH) today announced the appointment of Antoine Auclair to the position of Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Auclair will thereby replace Alain Giasson, who is leaving the position he held since 2004 at Richelieu to meet new challenges as an investor-entrepreneur, as announced last July. This appointment will take effect on November 21, 2011. As such, Mr. Auclair will report directly to Richard Lord, President and Chief Executive Officer, and will be a member of Richelieu's Management Committee.Prior to joining Richelieu's management, Mr. Auclair held the position of Vice-President and Controller at CAE Inc. since 2006. His solid experience was also acquired in several management and finance related positions within major corporations such as Bell Nordiq and Bombardier Aerospace. ProfileRichelieu is a leading North American distributor, importer and manufacturer of specialty hardware and complementary products. Its products are targeted to an extensive customer base of kitchen and bathroom cabinet, furniture, and window and door manufacturers plus the residential and commercial woodworking industry, as well as a large customer base of hardware retailers, including renovation superstores. Richelieu offers customers a broad mix of high-end products sourced from manufacturers around the world. Its product selection consists of more than 90,000 different items targeted to a base of some 70,000 customers who are served by 59 centres in North America - 34 distribution centres in Canada, 23 in the United States and two manufacturing plants in Canada, specifically Cedan Industries Inc. which specializes in the manufacture of a wide variety of veneer sheets and edgebanding products and Menuiserie des Pins Ltée which manufactures components for the window and door industry and a broad selection of decorative mouldings.For further information: Richard Lord  President and Chief Executive Officer Tel: (514) 336-4144   www.richelieu.com