Company crane trucks no longer use conventional hydraulic oil – they have been converted to non-toxic, inherently biodegradable, non-carcinogenic and recyclable hydraulic fluid. Contributes to a cleaner and safer work environment for our people, and eliminates the risk of contamination due to an oil spill.
Sparlings celebrates its 60th anniversary. It is the oldest propane company in Canada.
Participated in the first round of annual P38 Code of Practice evaluations. This is the keystone initiative in a voluntary commitment to quantify performance, establish scoring against a series of measures, and identify areas for improvement. The Code of Practice is owned by P38 Inc., and was established in cooperation with Marsh Risk Consulting, Marsh Canada. It is a positive market differentiator, and represents the nation’s most rigorous Propane Marketer Performance Assessment.
A founding member of the new Canadian Propane Association (CPA) headquartered in Ottawa. Company President & CEO, Steven Sparling, is CPA’s first Chairman of the Board of Directors.
First propane company in Ontario to obtain a license to operate a propane pipeline/utility. Sparlings considers this the future of large-scale rural propane distribution.
First propane company in Canada to introduce a phone-first system. Sparlings is branding this technology “House Calls™” and it is designed to improve Customer service, delivery efficiency and safety. House Calls™ will automatically phone each Sparlings Customer (selected by SMART™ and scheduled for a next day delivery) the day before every delivery. During winter for example, a brief message will be left to remind Customers to have driveways clear and the propane tank(s) accessible.
Bruce Hulley, a veteran Sparlings transport driver, became the company’s first inductee in the Canadian Truck Driver Hall of Fame, as presented by the Canadian Private Motor Truck Council. During Bruce’s 25-year career with Sparlings, he was never involved in an at-fault accident, consistently demonstrated the highest levels of safety, reliability, Customer Service - and retired with an impeccable driving record.
A founding investor in P38 Inc. The first organization of its kind in Canada committed exclusively to funding propane research at leading institutions, to improving safety through analysis and a rigorous Code of Conduct initiative and to developing sustainable Clean energy propane markets through science.
First propane company in Canada to fully-integrate Dynamic Routing (a combination of GPS, on-board truck computers, real time 2-way communication, automated route sequencing, etc). This will improve delivery, efficiency and lower your cost for propane. We call it SMART™ (Sparlings Mapping and Routing Technology).
First propane corporate sponsor of the Emergency Service Training Centre (ESTC) - Located in Blyth, Ontario, ESTC is the largest emergency training facility in Ontario, providing essential front-line programs for fire, police, ambulance and industry.
Grant Sparling, Founder of Sparlings Propane, is honoured for Lifetime Achievement as the first recipient of a Crystal Flame from the Ontario Propane Association.
First multi-branch propane company to have “Quality Assessed Facilities” (bulk propane storage facilities) in the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) Quality Assurance Program.
First propane company in Canada to create a full-time position of GASCheck® Leader. The position reinforces Sparlings long-standing commitment to workplace, public and Consumer safety.
First multi-branch propane company to be a “Quality Assessed Contractor” in the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) Quality Assurance Program.
First propane company in Canada to implement Remote Tank Monitoring Technology. This enables Sparlings dispatchers and Customer Service Teams to monitor the amount of propane in a Customer’s tank via a secure web site and schedule deliveries accordingly.
First propane company in Canada to voluntarily install Wireless Remote Control Systems on all delivery and transport trucks. The remote enables drivers to safely control truck functions when out of - and away from - the cab.
First propane company in Canada to voluntarily implement a BioSecurity Awareness Program for its drivers, technical and support personnel involved in propane supply and maintenance services to sensitive agricultural operations.
First propane company in Canada to voluntarily establish a Propane Systems Monitoring Process. This process ensures each Sparlings tank is visually inspected at the time of each propane delivery and is subject to a documented annual inspection.
First propane company in Ontario dedicated to a Ford Factory Propane Sales and Service Fleet. Today, the Sparlings fleet consists of a variety of F-Series and Super Duty platforms, including V8 and V10 propane engines.
First propane company in Canada to voluntarily participate in the Gas Appliance System Check, or GASCheck® program. To date, thousands of documented GASCheck® inspections have been provided to Sparlings Customers.
First propane company in Ontario to establish an internal Emergency Response Team, and a Plan approved by Transport Canada. Sparlings ERAP 2-0220* outlines company response during transportation emergencies and incidents involving propane.
*The Sparlings Plan was adopted by the Ontario Propane Association in 1996. It served as the framework for the first Transport Canada approved Mutual Aid Emergency Response Plan for propane, ERAP 2-1672.