VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 1, 2016) - Grande West Transportation Group ("Grande West" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:BUS) announced today that it has entered into a new long-term production contract with the Weichai Group's International Export Bus Factory for the manufacture of the company's Vicinity buses.
Under the terms of the new agreement, Grande West has committed to expanding the production schedule to manufacture a minimum of 15 buses per month throughout 2017. This equates to over CND $60,000,000 in revenue, and management is confident it can comfortably meet or exceed minimum requirements under the new agreement.
Current firm orders for 2017 deliveries are now at 108 buses. This expansion will help Grande West meet the substantially increased demand for its Vicinity models and assure government authorities and private operators of the company's ability to manufacture and deliver Vicinity buses on a large scale.
The increased production also allows for significant cost reduction on both parts and shipping, thus increasing end margins. Contingent on whether 30' or 35' models are manufactured, savings to Grande West will range from $10,000 to $15,000 per bus.
CEO William Trainer stated that, "with the new agreement terms and recent debenture financing, we see no need for further equity financing and share dilution for current orders."
"2016 continues to be a busy year for Grande West. There are 20 units currently in production for delivery in Q4/16 and the sales pipeline across Canada and the U.S. continues to grow. With 2017 production now currently pre-booked with a minimum of 15 buses per month for delivery, we are prepared for this continued growth," says William Trainer, the Company's President and CEO.
"Since signing an LOI in November 2015, Grande West's relationship with the Weichai Group of companies continues to strengthen. Both parties will benefit from the Vicinity's growing footprint in the North American market. This is an exciting time in the evolution of Grande West."
About Grande West Transportation Group
Grande West is a Canadian bus manufacturer which designs, engineers and manufactures Vicinity buses for transit authorities and commercial enterprises. 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 for the North American market.
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 and emits less harmful emissions.
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