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Company benefits from article published in our April edition.

Company benefits from article published in our April edition

It's the type of reader response we like to hear about.

An article in the April issue of Northern Ontario Business helped boost business for a Sault Ste. Marie company.

The company is Spill Tech Industries Inc., a manufacturer of a sorbent which can absorb 20 to 25 times its weight in oil or other industrial liquids.

According to Gene Farquhar, vice-president and founder of the company, the Northern Ontario Business article helped him locate two distributors for his products.

"We're finalizing a deal with a distributor in Barrie, and Mills Supply is our distributor in North Bay, Timmins and the Sault," said Farquhar.

Farquhar was in Sudbury for the Sudbury and District Chamber of Commerce's Environmental Exposition last month, and while attending the show he was called in to help clean up an oil spill at a car dealership in the city.

"I've made contacts with Inco and Ontario Hydro while I've been here," he said when interviewed during the exposition.

Farquhar said the spill at the car dealership illustrates the need for smaller operations to invest in spill-control equipment. He said businesses using or storing oil or other similar substances will be required to have some method of dealing with spills and will be held responsible for clean-up efforts under new guidelines proposed by the Ministry of the Environment.

In anticipation, Spill Tech has started manufacturing and marketing a spill-containment kit which sells for less than $80.

"Our market is anywhere there's oil," Farquhar said.

One place where there is lots of oil and a need to contain it is the Persian Gulf.

Spill Tech is attempting to land contracts with several international organizations to provide clean-up equipment for 400 miles of shoreline in the gulf. If the contracts are signed, it could mean millions of dollars of revenue for the company.

Farquhar added that Spill Tech's facilities are more than capable of handling the increase in business.

"We'll just go from one eight-hour shift to three shifts working around the clock," he said.

PHOTO : Spill Tech Industries Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie manufactures sorbent which can absorb 20 to 25 times its weight in oil.
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Title Annotation:Spill Tech Industries Inc.; Northern Ontario Business
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
Date:Jun 1, 1991
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