Weatherhaven and AAR sign licensing agreement for new HERCon™ product in the US market

First time unique patented 5-1 hard-walled expandable will be offered in US market Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada – Weatherhaven, one of the world’s leading providers of re-deployable shelter systems, announced today that it has signed a licensing agreement with AAR for its new Hardwall Expandable Redeployable Container (HERCon™), to serve a significant segment of the United States market. AAR, a leading aerospace and defence company in the U.S., will have rights to market as well as manufacture, the HERCon™ product for all services and agencies within the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, as well as the Department of Justice. Weatherhaven’s unique design concept for this container system, which received a U.S. Patent in May 2012, is that it enables two, four-foot wide, containers to be connected and shipped as a single ISO eight-foot container footprint. When the walls are fully expanded, these units become 2 x 400 square foot hard-wall buildings, creating more than 800 square feet of shelter, or more than 5-1 expandability from its original ISO shipping footprint of 160 square feet (8’x20’). The unit can be fully deployed within 15 minutes and can also be pre-fabricated to fold out in to apartment units, dormitories, kitchens, medical centres and washrooms. AAR will be the first company to have the right to offer these units for sale in the United States. “This unique design has been in development for more than 6 years and has been very successfully trialed in Africa and South America,” said Ray Castelli, CEO of Weatherhaven. “We’ve proven that the ability to rapidly deploy fives times the space of an ISO container, quickly...

Weatherhaven lands $60m military contract

(PORT COQUITLAM) – The first mobile shelter unit of a $60 million “Made in BC” procurement program was unveiled today, showcasing state-of-the-art engineering, design, and manufacturing from around the Lower Mainland. More than forty-seven BC companies have contributed as part of the supply chain to build these world-class structures, under contract to Burnaby-based Weatherhaven. Eight of those companies, representing more than 90% of the value of the work effort, were invited to participate in the event today. When fully deployed on military vehicles, these shelters can be outfitted into more than thirty configurations including command centres, medical clinics and kitchens. A key feature of these units is an on-board mechanical room, which enables each unit to operate independently. These vehicles will be used to support both domestic needs as well as peacekeeping and humanitarian missions around the world. Weatherhaven CEO, Ray Castelli marked the occasion by leading a tour of the final assembly facility located at Wesgar Completions in Port Coquitlam. Castelli was joined by the Honourable James Moore, Minister Responsible for British Columbia, Keith Day, facility operator and Wesgar CEO, and representatives from key supplier companies involved in the project. “These new military truck bodies represent world class design and manufacturing capability,” Castelli explained. “Part of our business strategy, as well as one of our contractual obligations under Canada’s Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) program, is to build and enable a local supply chain capable of doing world class manufacturing to challenging military specifications. We’re extremely proud of what our BC supply chain team partners have been able to achieve,” he added. “These state of the art units are...
Weatherhaven Rides to Conquer Cancer

Weatherhaven Rides to Conquer Cancer

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the ride, and very grateful thank you to those who came to support us. We cycled just under 250km in two days, through wind, rain, mud, and at the end a little sunshine. We had some blood, seat and tears, we earned every penny, yet still our achievement pales in comparison to the courage, and strength that is required by those caring for and suffering from the many forms of Cancer. This was a very humbling experience, talking with Cancer Victors on the ride (one of the people I spoke with said he wasn’t a Cancer Survivor and was a Cancer Victor) makes you realise how strong they are, and if that wasn’t enough there were the riders on tricycles, and fixed speed bikes who always seemed to be ahead of us. Our fundraising was exceptional, we ranked 8th out of 339 teams on a per rider donation, we outperformed the likes of Team CTV, ICBC, KPMG etc. This is a massive achievement and something that we should not be modest about. We have to give credit to the internal fundraising team for organising the 50/50’s, BBQ’s, Breakfasts, Auctions, Pub Nights, etc; our partners TriMetal, Seagull, Wespac, RedDOT, Frontier, and our other suppliers that helped us; last but not least our riders who did an excellent job fundraising on their own. We are already planning what we should do next, so if anyone is interested in a ride please let me know (we might do a different ride or our own ride), I will be doing the RTCC again in 2013. The main...