October 04, 2010 17:24 ET

Westeel Announces Global Alliance With Buhler Industries

Grain Handling Equipment Added to Company's Offering

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2010) - Westeel, one of Canada's foremost manufacturers of steel storage products, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a global strategic alliance with Buhler Industries Inc., manufacturer of the Versatile® and Farm King brands of agricultural equipment. Both companies are headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Under the first phase of the alliance, Westeel will market, under the Westeel brand, Buhler manufactured grain handling equipment through its Canadian distribution chain. The products will include portable grain augers, grain cleaners and grain vacs, all manufactured to the exacting standards and quality associated with the Westeel brand.

"This is tremendous news – not just for Westeel and Buhler's customers and employees – but also for Manitoba and Canada as it marks the coming together of two major Canadian agricultural manufacturers to become more competitive both internationally and domestically," said André Granger, Westeel's Vice President and General Manager. "This alliance will allow both companies to grow their respective brands and markets in new and exciting ways."

Granger said that further details about the alliance, as well as the alliance's subsequent phases, will be announced at a later date.

Westeel, a valued business of Vicwest Income Fund, maintains its head office and four production facilities in Western Canada as well as operates branch offices in St. Simon, Quebec and Fargo, North Dakota. Its range of steel storage products include a wide range of on-farm and commercial storage solutions for today's agricultural industry, as well as custom storage solutions to meet the needs of the petroleum and industrial sectors. The company exports its products across North America and to more than 30 countries around the world.

Vicwest Income Fund is a publicly traded income fund and is traded on the TSX under the symbol VIC.UN.

Contact Information

  • Westeel
    Andre Granger
    Vice President and General Manager
    (204) 233-7133