Released on September 19, 2007
Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation (SGCC) Buckley Belanger today announced the signing of an agreement with North American Railcar Corporation (NARC) for the exclusive rights to manufacture and sell model rail car replicas of the new SGCC grain hopper cars. This agreement will see the SGCC receive a royalty for each model railcar replica manufactured and sold with the SGCC's newly branded and copyright design and all future designs.
"This is truly an innovative approach to promoting our province and increasing the profitability of the SGCC," Belanger said. "I can see these model SGCC hopper cars becoming a significant promotional item for our province."
NARC is a subsidiary of Pacific Western Rail Systems, which is located in Surrey, British Columbia and is one of North America's largest retail outlet for model rail cars. The SGCC and NARC have signed an agreement which gives NARC the exclusive rights to use the new SGCC hopper car design for the manufacture and sale of model hopper car replicas worldwide.
"As far as I am aware, this agreement is the first of its kind anywhere," NARC president Dan Huberman said. "As a result of this agreement North American Railcar Corporation can now make the investments necessary to create a model that accurately replicates the SGCC hopper car in every minute detail. At the same time the SGCC will receive royalties for the use of its design."
It is anticipated that these model SGCC hopper cars will be available through North American Railcar Corporation in early 2008.
For more information, contact:
Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation
North American Rail Car Corporation
Surrey, British Columbia