BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2012) - Weatherhaven, one of the world's leading providers of re-deployable shelter systems, announced today that it has signed a licensing agreement with AAR for its new Hardwall Expandable Redeployable Container (HERCon™), to serve a significant segment of the United States market.
AAR, a leading aerospace and defence company in the U.S., will have rights to market as well as manufacture, the HERCon™ product for all services and agencies within the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, as well as the Department of Justice.
Weatherhaven's unique design concept for this container system, which received a U.S. Patent in May 2012, is that it enables two, four-foot wide, containers to be connected and shipped as a single ISO eight-foot container footprint. When the walls are fully expanded, these units become 2 x 400 square foot hard-wall buildings, creating more than 800 square feet of shelter, or more than 5-1 expandability from its original ISO shipping footprint of 160 square feet (8'x20'). The unit can be fully deployed within 15 minutes and can also be pre-fabricated to fold out in to apartment units, dormitories, kitchens, medical centres and washrooms. AAR will be the first company to have the right to offer these units for sale in the United States.
"This unique design has been in development for more than 6 years and has been very successfully trialed in Africa and South America," said Ray Castelli, CEO of Weatherhaven. "We've proven that the ability to rapidly deploy fives times the space of an ISO container, quickly and efficiently, vastly increases the customer's capability and product benefit," he added.
"This product is a world class innovation and huge step forward in providing rapidly deployed shelters for the disaster relief and the defense/security market in the U.S.," said Lee Krantz, Vice President and General Manager of AAR Mobility Systems.
Weatherhaven and AAR have successfully collaborated in the U.S. market previously. In 1999, AAR licensed Weatherhaven's patented fabric sided Mobile Expandable Container Configuration, the MECC™, and since then, they have been able to manufacture and sell more than 1,700 of the units to the U.S. military and government customers.
"Given that there is a much broader set of potential applications for this product, we are hopeful we'll be able to far exceed this level of success with the HERCon™ product in the U.S. market," concluded Castelli.
Weatherhaven is a leading provider of re-deployable shelters, camp and systems for remote sites around the world. The company engineers, manufactures and installs customer shelter systems for a wide variety of commercial, military and medical applications. With strategic partnerships in many countries and manufacturing facilities on three continents, the company has grown from being a dominant Canadian domestic supplier to providing shelter systems and installations on all seven continents and deployments in more than 50 countries. More information can be found at www.weatherhaven.com.
AAR is a leading provider of value-added products and services to the worldwide aerospace and government and defense industries. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve aviation and government/defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.