RTL-Robinson Enterprises and Westcan Bulk Transport Partnership Announcement
TriWest Capital Partners of Calgary, Alberta (“TriWest”) is pleased to announce that RTL-Robinson Enterprises Ltd. (“RTL”), a TriWest Fund II portfolio company, and Westcan Bulk Transport Ltd. (“Westcan”) combined operations on May 1, 2007 to create the largest niche commodity hauler in Western Canada and the dominant Alberta – NWT transportation / infrastructure company. RTL and Westcan have a long history of working together productively. By formalizing this partnership, the combined business will be better positioned to serve new and existing customers.
Established in 1968, RTL is the largest transportation and construction company in the Northwest Territories, and is the largest private sector employer in Yellowknife. The Company’s primary operation is the transportation of freight and fuel to Yellowknife and beyond. Best known for its vital role in supplying fuel, equipment and other provisions to the multi-billion dollar diamond industry, RTL delivers thousands of truckloads each winter season via an ice road that it has historically helped to construct and maintain. With a large fleet of aircraft ranging from Twin Otters to Dash-8s and Buffalos, the Company also provides passenger and cargo charter services to its many customers in Northern Canada’s thriving resource and tourism industries. In addition to its transportation services, RTL has established itself as a leading contractor for civil construction projects in the region, providing a diverse range of services including highway construction, water and sewer installation, site development and excavation, crushing activities and concrete manufacturing.
Established in 1968, Westcan is a Western Canadian leader in the transportation of liquid and dry bulk commodities. Typical products hauled include fuel, asphalt, ammonia, fertilizers, grains, ethanol, salt, sulphur and lime. From its seven company-owned terminals/warehouses and three leased facilities, Westcan services customers throughout Western and Northern Canada. Its fleet of assets is among the best and most modern in use today and includes fuel tankers, hopper bottoms, banana boats, pressure vessels, convertibles, end dumps, side dumps, poodles, stainless steel tankers, insulated tankers, liquid tankers and pneumatics.
Founded in 1998, TriWest is one of Canada’s leading private equity firms. It is entrepreneurial, independent and based in Western Canada. TriWest makes significant equity investments in profitable companies and works in partnership with management to create opportunities for further growth and superior financial returns.
For more information, please contact:
Jeff Belford, Managing Director
Cody Church, Managing Director
Lorne Jacobson, Managing Director
Kevin Jenkins, Managing Director
TriWest Capital Partners
Suite 3210, 150-6th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3Y7
(403) 225-1144 www.triwest.ca