Grande West Transportation Group Inc.
TSX VENTURE : BUS

Grande West Transportation Group Inc.

June 01, 2015 11:03 ET

Grande West Signs Exclusive Distribution Agreement for the United States

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 1, 2015) - Grande West Transportation Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BUS) ("Grande West" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exclusive bus distribution agreement with ABG Distribution LLC ("ABG"), operating nationwide as the Alliance Bus Group.

Under the terms of this agreement, ABG will distribute, market, sell and provide full service support for Grande West manufactured "vicinity" buses through its established sales and service locations and select appointed dealers.

In a yearly sales market of over 16,000 small to mid-sized bus sales, market opportunity for the Vicinity branded buses is estimated to be approximately 1000 per year. Terms for contract exclusivity will require ABG to develop and maintain a 25% market share.

"We are pleased and excited to have this distribution agreement with ABG as it allows Grand West to fast-track a presence in the U.S. market with a well-established and highly reputable distribution network. Given our very competitive pricing and high quality product, it should allow ABG to gain a substantial market share," commented William Trainer, President and CEO of Grande West Transportation.

Vicinity buses are "FMVSS" certified and fully compliant to sell in the United States as noted in a news release dated April 8, 2015.

The Vicinity is a heavy-duty mid-sized, low floor bus that is ideal for use in transit operations, community, airport, university and hotel shuttle services that require rigorous duty cycles. ABG will offer the Vicinity buses in 27.5', 30' and 35' lengths.

"ABG is excited to offer the Vicinity buses into the USA market," said Doug Dunn, ABG President and CEO. "Grande West and the Vicinity bus reputation for quality, reliability and innovation, with their Canadian customers aligns with our mission of providing market leading solutions to our customers."

About ABG Distribution LLC

ABG Distribution LLC is a division of the Alliance Bus Group and is a leading provider to the transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings that cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre-owned full size highway coaches and transit buses, mid-size shuttle and transit vehicles, and custom transportation vehicles. A comprehensive after sales service network supports customers with maintenance repairs, collision services and a full supporting parts inventory. Financing and leasing options are also available through the company's financial services group.

About Grande West Transportation Group

Grande West is a Canadian bus manufacturer who designed, engineered and manufactures Vicinity buses. With little competition in the "mid-size" bus range, Grande West has set itself apart from others with the Vicinity bus - a heavy duty mid-size, true community transit bus now in operation in many municipalities across Canada.

The Vicinity is designed with affordability, accessibility and global responsibility in mind. It costs significantly less than a regular 40 foot transit bus, burns less fuel, emits less harmful emissions, has lower maintenance costs and is considerably more durable than cut-away buses which are based on a truck chassis.

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes certain "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" (collectively "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, including without limitation, statements regarding the use of proceeds from the Private Placement, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are frequently, but not always, identified by words such as "expects", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "potential", "possible", and similar expressions, or statements that events, conditions, or results "will", "may", "could", or "should" occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Grande West's expectations include uncertainties relating to the receipt of final approval from the TSX-V; and other risk and uncertainties disclosed in Grande West's reports and documents filed with applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time. Grande West's forward-looking statements reflect the beliefs, opinions and projections on the date the statements are made. Grande West assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors, should they change, except as required by law.

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