WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2012) - Westeel, one of Canada's foremost manufacturers of steel storage products since 1905, has entered into an agreement with the FWS Group of Companies, a design-build constructor of grain handling and commodity processing facilities throughout North America for over 55 years, to build Westeel commercial systems throughout Western Canada. Available immediately, this relationship will enhance the offerings that both companies provide by utilizing Westeel's experience within the grain storage industry and FWS' expertise in commercial grain infrastructure project construction and management.
"Working alongside a longstanding local Winnipeg company such as FWS is an exciting opportunity", said André Granger, Westeel's President & General Manager. "This partnership will offer customers a convenient turnkey solution for all their commercial steel storage requirements."
"FWS is very excited to forge this new relationship with Westeel. Having direct access to Westeel's high-quality commercial product line will further enhance our turnkey product offering." said Randy Roller, FWS' Vice President & General Manager. "With the recent changes in Canadian grain marketing, we believe there will be a significant shift to how grain will be stored and handled throughout Western Canada. By offering a premier steel storage option to our concrete slipform designs, we will increase the ability to meet our clients ever changing requirements."
Westeel is a division of Vicwest Corporation. It is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where it operates one of its five production facilities in Western Canada. Westeel's comprehensive catalogue of steel storage products includes 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 petroleum and industrial sectors. The company exports its product across North America and to more than 30 countries around the world. Vicwest Inc. is traded on the TSX under the symbol VIC.
FWS Group of Companies is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba with branch offices in Saskatoon, Calgary, and Vancouver and is privately owned with a significant employee share ownership component. Operating domestically and internationally, FWS' diverse product offering includes slipform concrete storage and processing facilities within the agricultural, mining, food, and alternative energy markets as well as construction of offices, commercial spaces, and multi-family homes.