Production Commercial Firm ‘Stark’, Ltd extracts sand which is used in metallurgy, glass-making, and dry building mix production. At first, it was able to produce metallurgy sand only, so the company depended on the demand for metal a lot. That is why they had designed and applied new unique techniques of sand concentration (by washing the sand, they reduced the ammount of clay and other admixtures in it), which resulted in expansion of the range of goods.
Today PCF ‘Stark’, Ltd produces sand of the following kinds: ОВС-020-В, ВС-030-В, ВС-040-1, ВС-050-1, С-070-1, PK-020-З, PK-030-З, PK-040-З, PK-050-З, PK-070-З.
The company’s success may partially be explained by the machinery it has. During the 90s, when all that businessmen cared about was their well-lined pockets, the management of the company invested all the money into the development of the production, which now is a competitive high-tech enterprise with over 200 emloyees.
It is also the biggest taxpayer of the Shevchenkovsky Area of Kharkivs’ka Oblast’ which as a matter of fact forms its budget.
The sand pit you see in the picture, has an area of 270 000 square meters.
Its weight-carrying ability is 25-35 tons!
When there are no vehicles within the field of vision, the pit looks like an exotic beach!
The laden truck rushes to the concentration machine, while another truck takes its place.
Here they work 24 hours a day, but stop in winter when frosts come. The break will last until spring. They say that in the 90s they came across a human’s site and a mammoth’s remains here during an extraction!
While some workers do sand extraction, others close down some lots by covering them with the ground and restoring the black earth.
This is a sand washing and concentration installation.
To extract sand, they have to remove the upper layer of the black earth and clay.
The sky keeps getting overcast…
They load in onto the train…
…to deliver it to the purchaser.
One of the sand concentration installations.
Piles of many-coloured sand form extraterrestrial sceneries!
More finished product.
A dryer. Here some of the sand gets packed into sacks.
The tour around ‘Stark’ coincided with a raider’s attempt to capture the company, so who knows if you will ever have a chance to see it again.
Location: Kharkivs’ka Oblast’