Stark International gets federal funding to build new lab | Regional-Business | Business


Pictou County’s Stark International is getting a little help from the federal government to build an automated oil diagnostic and research laboratory at its facility.

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser announced the repayable contribution of $350,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to Stark International on March 10 on behalf of Economic Development and Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly.

The new laboratory will allow the company to research and develop cleaner oil recycling solutions and provide a space for diagnostic testing of transformer oil. Having this capability in-house will increase the company’s efficiency and productivity, ensuring it can continue providing competitive and cost-effective services to its customers while expanding into new markets. The project will also result in two full-time, skilled positions.

“Atlantic Canada is home to a vibrant advanced manufacturing sector and our government is committed to supporting its important work,” Fraser stated in a release. “Companies that strive for a cleaner economy, like Stark International, are an important part of our plan to reduce emissions and create economic opportunities across the country.”

Scott MacEachern, president of Stark International Inc. said they are excited by the opportunity to diversify their services to support customers while also furthering their commitment to environmental sustainability.

“This funding from ACOA and the federal government is vital for businesses like Stark who compete throughout North America and in international markets from right here in Pictou County,” he said.

Stark International offers a range of power transformer and substation services across North America, as well as a mobile fleet to provide on-site support to customers. The company also operates the only transformer oil recycling and rejuvenation facility in Nova Scotia.