CALGARY, ALBERTA, April 3, 2009 — Tricap Partners II LP (“Tricap”), part of the Brookfield Asset Management Inc. group of companies, is pleased to announce that its newly established subsidiary, Hammerstone Corporation (“Hammerstone” or the “Company”), has successfully purchased the assets of Birch Mountain Resources Ltd. from PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. as Interim Receiver.
Hammerstone’s assets include approximately 1 billion tonnes of limestone reserves within the Athabasca oil sands of Alberta to the north of Fort McMurray. These reserves are located in the existing Muskeg Valley Quarry and related “Hammerstone Project” which collectively encompass over 50 years of production life within its 3,600 acres. The Hammerstone Project, which is subject to regulatory approval, contemplates expanded quarry operations together with lime and cement plants. The Company also acquired permits and leases for limestone and other minerals covering over 700,000 additional acres in the surrounding region.
Tricap is also pleased to announce that Terry Owen has been appointed President of Hammerstone. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Owen was the President of Trimac Transportation Services Inc., the leading provider of bulk trucking and logistics services in North America.
In commenting on the completion of the purchase Mr. Owen said: “I am very pleased to be associated with Hammerstone and Brookfield Asset Management. Brookfield has a long and successful history in the mining industry and we are excited about the opportunity to work together with Tricap in launching a new, well-capitalized company and establishing ourselves as a leading supplier of high quality crushed limestone products in Western Canada. The vast limestone reserves acquired by Hammerstone are in the heart of the oil sands area of Alberta where the long-term prospects for growth remain very positive”.
Mr. Owen also added: “Our new management team and dedicated group of employees in place at our quarry look forward to working with the First Nations communities and providing our ‘Limestone Advantage’ products to our customers.”
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President, Hammerstone Corporation
Brookfield Asset Management Inc., focused on property, power and infrastructure assets, has approximately US$80 billion of assets under management and is co-listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges under the symbol BAM and BAM.A, respectively and on NYSE Euronext under the symbol BAMA. For more information, please visit the company’s web site at www.brookfield.com.
Tricap was established by Brookfield Asset Management to provide a source of patient, long-term capital and strategic assistance to mid-market companies based in North America. With strong industry and financial management expertise, Tricap is well positioned to assist companies in building value over the long-term.
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