Vicwest Inc. Appoints Michael W. Mackey to Board of Directors

OAKVILLE, ON, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Vicwest Inc. (the "Company") (TSX: VIC, VIC.DB) today announced the immediate appointment to its Board of Directors of Michael W. Mackey, a distinguished Canadian business executive with more than 30 years of corporate finance and strategic governance experience.

Mr. Mackey, a Chartered Accountant, served as Partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP from 1987 until his retirement in 2010. During his extensive career at Deloitte he served as a member of its Financial Advisory Leadership Committee and provided specialized advice to companies throughout North America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.  Today, Mr. Mackey is Chairman of Candu Energy Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX: SNC), a member of the Board of Governors of Trent University, and serves on the Advisory Panel on Resolution at Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC). Mr. Mackey is a graduate of Wilfred Laurier University with a B.A. degree and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

"Mr. Mackey's broad corporate finance and corporate governance expertise, combined with his extensive international business contacts are extremely relevant as we build our capabilities in global markets and meet our primary mission of creating value," said Fraser Berrill, Chairman of the Board of Vicwest Inc. "We are confident that Michael will make an outstanding contribution to the strategic development of our business."

ABOUT VICWEST INC.
Vicwest Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of engineered storage and handling systems for grain, fertilizer and liquid storage as well as building construction products for agriculture, commercial, industrial and residential markets. We operate through two strategically aligned divisions: Vicwest Building Products and Westeel.  With approximately 7,000 customers, 1,200 dedicated employees and 34 business partners, we are positioned for growth in domestic and international markets.  Vicwest Inc. is a member of the S&P/TSX SmallCap Index. For more information, visit www.vicwestinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this news release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws.  Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, management's beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts.  Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "outlook", "objective", "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "should", "plans" or "continue", or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events.  Such forward-looking statements reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such statements.  Readers are encouraged to review the most recently filed Management's Discussion and Analysis and other disclosure documents filed by the Company with Canadian securities regulatory agencies and commissions. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this press release and except as required by applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE: Vicwest Inc.

For further information:

Colin Osborne
President & Chief Executive Officer
Vicwest Inc.
Tel:  (905) 469-5700
ir@vicwestinc.com

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