VANCOUVER, June 30, 2015 /CNW/ - WesternOne Inc. ("WesternOne") (Toronto Stock Exchange: WEQ, WEQ.DB, and WEQ.DB.C) today announced that it has appointed Obie Erickson as Britco's President, effective July 1, 2015.
Mr. Erickson has been with Britco for over 26 years and has extensive experience leading teams in the design and construction of Britco's full range of modular products. He has served as Britco's Vice President of Manufacturing since WesternOne's acquisition of Britco in 2011, and has been acting as interim President of Britco's Canadian operations since his appointment on March 19, 2015.
"We are very excited with today's announcement. Obie has played a key role in creating the internal systems and modular production processes within our manufacturing facilities in Agassiz and Penticton in British Columbia, and Edmonton in Alberta," said Peter Blake, CEO of WesternOne.
In his new role as President, Obie has three primary mandates:
Obie will continue to champion Britco's environment, health and safety efforts, including Britco's Building Safely Together and Destination Zero initiatives that are designed to eliminate injuries that result in first aid treatment or recordable incidents. With an aggregated plant safety record of over 3300 days without a lost time injury and almost 1400 days lost time injury free on our major site projects, the safety of our employees is a top priority at Britco.
Secondly, Obie is focused on ensuring that Britco's partnerships create meaningful long-term opportunities for First Nations. 2014 marked a very important year for Aboriginal Relations at Britco. Three new Aboriginal agreements with First Nations in British Columbia were penned, resulting in a total of nine partnerships. These partnerships include opportunities for revenue sharing, job training, skills development and business development. Business development opportunities are focused on linking Britco's operations with Aboriginal business communities for the benefit of both partners.
Finally, Obie is focused on pursuing modular construction and leasing growth opportunities in Canada and monitoring production levels to meet the demands of the energy, commercial and other potential markets, including the nascent LNG industry in British Columbia.
WesternOne seeks to acquire and grow businesses in the construction and infrastructure services sectors in order to generate value for its shareholders.
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SOURCE WesternOne Inc.
For further information: Andrew Greig, Manager of Investor Relations, WesternOne Inc., Suite 910, 925 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2, Phone: (604) 678-4042, E-mail: [email protected]