By Peter Chow

Several years ago, one of my neighbours at my cottage at Pointe Louise ran a company in Sault Ste Marie called Spilltech. He would tell me about his company. He said he had around 25 employees. His company manufactured chemicals and equipment for cleaning small oil spills.

One day he told me that Spilltech had received an offer of tax incentives to move to Alabama. He really liked living in Sault Ste Marie and wanted to stay here. So he asked SSM city hall to consider making a counter offer. He was flatly rejected.

Spilltech moved its manufacturing facility to Mobile, Alabama. Its corporate headquarters is in Atlanta.

The company’s name is Spilltech Environmental Inc. An online search gives a brief overview of the company.

“Spilltech Environmental, which also operates under the name Spilltech, is located in Mobile, Alabama. This organization primarily operates in the Polypropylene Resins business / industry within the Chemicals and Allied Products sector. This organization has been operating for approximately 49 years. Spilltech Environmental is estimated to generate $17.1 million in annual revenues, and employs approximately 80 people at this headquarters location and 85 total employees across all locations. This organization is engaged in manufacturing, importing and exporting activities at this facility.”

The Mobile plant encompasses 160,000 sq ft. In addition to the Mobile plant, there are 4 other facilities across the country – in Texas, Pennsylvania, Washington state and Ontario, Canada.

Spilltech has dealerships all across the country. You can buy Spilltech products on Amazon.

Like the Honda plant that ended up in Alliston, Spilltech was an opportunity lost for this city.



  1. Completely absurd city management.
    Counter to what the city claims, and based on my experience opening & owning a business here – Sault Ste Marie is NOT open for business.
    That is, unless you’re one of the chosen few within the inner circle.

  2. Along with numerous other lost opportunities, in the city that declared English as the city’s official language and the sole language for provision of municipal services. If you don’t like living in this near broke, shrinking retirement town you best be moving on.

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