Notre-Dame, New Brunswick’s Sparta Manufacturing is a world-class designer and manufacturer of innovative equipment and solutions for the recycling sector. For over 30 years, the company has been working towards a greener economy and cleaner planet, becoming a leading provider of technology for the construction and demolition (C&D), organics, and single-stream recycling industries. 2023 has proven to be a banner year for Sparta, with an innovative made-in-NB solution launched to transform its single-stream business.

Introducing The Olympus

This spring saw the official debut of Sparta’s OlympusTM Accelerated Ballistic Separator at WasteExpo 2023 in New Orleans. The Olympus is equipped with conveyor belts integrated with ballistic paddles, allowing it to easily separate 2D materials (paper and cardboard) from 3D materials (bottles, cans, plastic containers). Owner and President Bruno Lagacé says the Olympus is designed to be a low-maintenance, high-throughput solution for customers in the single-stream space and was warmly received by Expo attendees. “We were in the booth for three days at the Expo, and even with eight of us could barely keep up with customer interest. Not only customers, but competitors were interested too. This debut was a real milestone for the company.”

See the Olympus in action here.

Supporting Growth and Innovation

Lagacé says support for the Olympus was provided by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) and highlights the positive feedback received from the federal agency representatives. “We have been fortunate to have had great federal and provincial partners as we brought the Olympus to market,” he says. “NRC IRAP provided valuable advisory services and funding support to advance the development of the equipment designed by our engineers, and we are now working with Opportunities NB for support as we look to continue our growth and recruit more talent.”

Sparta already exports its solutions across most of North America, and the Olympus will further its push into the large single-stream market, which means more growth, and likely more recruiting as the Olympus finds its early adopters. He says that while the competition for talent is tough, Sparta considers New Brunswick a great place to find talented, hard-working people. “Probably the top benefit of being in New Brunswick is on the human resource side of things. People are trustworthy here, there’s a real sense of pride in doing great work. We’re very proud of the team we’ve managed to put together here.”

The company has onboarded several new hires over the past six months and is still growing, with multiple positions currently available. To see the full slate of openings, visit Sparta’s careers page here.

“We’re growing at a fast rate, but a controlled one. Anyone interested in joining a great team that is committed to a greener tomorrow and bringing made-in-NB innovation to the world should connect with us. This is a New Brunswick company, and we intend to keep it that way.”

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