Beginning in 1991 as a distributing division of a major plastics manufacturer, Polywest Ltd was incorporated as a private company in 1995. Separating from its manufacturing parent and opening an independent location gave Polywest the ability to concentrate on marketing a synergistic line of liquid handling products to the agricultural and industrial markets. The objective was to offer main line products at a fair price, on a timely basis and with a degree of product knowledge that customers could trust.
Since 1995 the company has enjoyed unprecedented growth, establishing itself as the “Go To” supplier of quality liquid handling products. This success has been accomplished with name brand products from the most respected manufacturers in North America. Companies such as Norwesco, ZCL, Banjo Corporation, Spraying Systems, John Blue, Honda, GPI and Delavan have put their confidence in Polywest to offer their products professionally and at a price that will promote their continued growth.
Strategic acquisition has played a key role in Polywest’s growth and success. After acquiring the equipment of GreenDrop in 1996, Polywest undertook a substantive effort to take an industry accepted product line and evolve it to meet the changing liquid fertilizer market. Those changes have made Polywest the leader in liquid fertilizer application equipment not only in Canada, but also globally with product sales in the USA, Europe and Australia.
In late 1999 Polywest acquired the marketing and distribution rights of a below ground septic and holding tank product line to compliment its above ground polyethylene storage tanks. With the addition of Norwesco Water and Waste products, Infiltrator Systems septic chambers and Carlson Structural Glass fiberglass septic tanks, Polywest Ltd. became the most complete supplier of above and below ground storage and hauling tanks in Canada.
In 2011 Polywest Ltd. acquired Focus Industries Inc. and with it gained the exclusive marketing and manufacturing rights to The Handler® Crop Protection Systems along with distribution rights for complimentary, high quality products such as Banjo, Green Leaf and ZCL Composites.
The company evolution continued in 2013 with the acquisition of Westland Plastics, a successful 30 year old manufacturer of high quality rotationally molded plastic products. Westland’s products are sold into a wide variety of industries including agriculture, water, wastewater, marine, recreational vehicle and industrial. 2013 also marked the creation of our own shipping company, West-X Logistics, as well as the completion of a new 50,000 square foot Winnipeg Head Office and Distribution Centre. As a result, the Polywest business group now operates in three major Canadian centres (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Edmonton/Acheson) with the ability to distribute and ship its products to any of its points within 24 hours.
In 2014, Polywest continued to evolve. First, with the sale of our Prairie Pride line to PW Aire, giving Polywest the ability to better focus on our core competencies. Secondly, the full transition of Westland Plastics into the Polywest brand and the installation of a new rotomolding machine in our Winnipeg facility. As a result of these combined events, Polywest is now better equipped to serve both its customers and dealers.
2015/2016 have also seen some changed on the face of Polywest. Increased expansion into specialty niche products, like Safe-Fill, The Pro-Slide and The Pawd, as well as a significant expansion of sales forces in both Saskatchewan and Alberta, allow us to both expand our customer base as well as provide better service and support to our existing customers. We are excited for what the future holds.