From our founding in 1889 to the end of WWII, the sale and delivery of coal and firewood was a key business for The Sarjeant Company.
By 1952, Sarjeants diversified into the selling and distribution of fuel and oil as it was now in wide use. With the purchase of a Barrie company in 1952, Sarjeants acquired oil tanks, fuel pumps, scales, stocks and equipment.
With the sale of the downtown property in 1970, fuel and oil facilities were built along with office buildings and the concrete plant at The Sarjeant Company current location, on Sarjeant Drive, near Dunlop Street.
We grew over the years integrating fuel and oil businesses from several companies in the Simcoe Muskoka areas. Our culture of caring for our customers and employees meshed with other companies who felt the same way.
And Sarjeants continues to grow in 2014 with the introduction of propane into our product line. Sarjeant Fuels is focused on providing the best products and service to you our valued customers.
Today, we have four commercial cardlock fuel depots located in Midland, Orillia, Timmins, and Barrie. The cardlock fuel depots are a hive of activity 24/7 where trucks fuel up using a system that is both computerized and automated.
Sarjeant Fuels is now the largest independent petroleum distributor in Simcoe County. We supply fuel and oil to commercial/institutional customers, as well as to construction sites, marinas, and many home heating customers throughout Simcoe County.
Today, we are proud to be the largest independent petroleum distributor in Simcoe County.
Thanks to your purchases, in the past 10 years we have donated over 2 million dollars to the Simcoe and Muskoka communities we serve. We have invested in things that matter to all of us: our hospitals, our college and university, our art gallery, our youth sports programs, and more. Your continued patronage will enable us to continue supporting our community for another 125 years. Thank you.
The Huntsville Otters, based out of the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville, Ontario, is an important part of the Huntsville community.
Encouraging community spirit and volunteerism, fellowship, hard work and positive life skills, The Sarjeant Company is proud to be a sponsor of the Huntsville Minor Hockey League. Click here to learn more about the league.
A not-for-profit, registered charitable organization, Hospice Huntsville provides care and support to individuals and their families in the Huntsville area who are facing end of life situations. Hospice Huntsville is primarily funded by voluntary donations, churches, service clubs, in memoriams, planned fund-raising and some government funding, while all services Hospice Huntsville offers are at no cost to those they serve.
In July, 2011, the ground was broken on what is now a new3500 square-foot facility which houses five fully integrated bedrooms with private bathrooms, a common living room, kitchen and office space. The hospice operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide patients and their families with services such as grief support, pain and symptom management and education. To achieve this, the Hospice was relying on gift-in-kind support from the local businesses in the Huntsville community.
Numerous local businesses committed their support to the building of the residential hospice, including The Sarjeant Company, which donated $20,000 of concrete for the building.
With support such as this, Hospice Huntsville can continue to provide care and support, along with professional training programs for new volunteers, formal grief support programs and the maintenance of two palliative care rooms at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Click here to learn more about the Hospice Huntsville.
Bowl for Kids Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters' premier fun-raising event where people get together with friends, family, and co-workers and have a fun time bowling in support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs in local communities. Sarjeants is glad to have donated to the event, which helps the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization match children with adult mentors who support them through fun and freindship-building.
The Barrie and District chapter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program is currently serving over 200 children within their 6 mentoring programs.Click here to learn more about the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake event.
The annual Barrie Construction Association Ride for Cancer is designed to raise money and awareness for the Simcoe-Muskoka chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society. Involving a scenic motorcycle ride, barbecues, and lots of fun, The Sarjeant Co helps enable the event by donating its facilities, condiments and some volunteering efforts from its employees.
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers, whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. Providing peer support, transportation services, practical support and more, the Simcoe-Muskoka chapter is continually holding fundraising and awareness raising events to aid the fight against cancer. Click here to learn more about the Canadian Cancer Society and its Simcoe-Muskoka chapter, and here for more information on the BCA .
A not-for-profit club, the Barrie Baycats are Barrie’s own Intercounty Baseball League club. Playing home games in the Barrie Community Sports Complex, Sarjeants supports the local Baycats team by routinely purchasing season tickets.
Click here to learn more about the Barrie Baycats, and remember to support your local sports teams!
Through its 34,000 community-based clubs and 1.2 million members worldwide, Rotary International volunteers in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, eradicate polio and much more. Rotary provides community minded business and professional men and women with an enjoyable and organized way to make a contribution to our city and to those in need around the world.
Sarjeants is heavily involved with Rotary, with Scott Elliott, President and CEO of Sarjeants, himself a member of the Rotary Club of Barrie, investing much of his time in events such as Barrie’s Kempenfest, the Festival of Trees and other community fundraisers that the club organizes. “If you’ve sat in a chair, I’ve set it up”, Scott says.
As a business, Sarjeants has helped support Rotary’s initiatives, including sponsoring events such as the Annual Rotary Club of Barrie Fun Run (including entering a Sarjeants team), Kempenfelt Rotary’s Taste of the World, and various other sponsorships and donations.
Rotary continues to help support and improve communities around the world, including our own, and Sarjeants is proud to be so closely involved with its efforts. Click here to learn more about Rotary.
A not-for-profit, charitable organization committed to building a vibrant, healthy and creative community, The MacLarenArtCentre, is the regional public art gallery serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a permanent collection of 26,600 works of art held in trust for the public and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, public art projects, education activities and special events.
In the Spring of 2011, The Sarjeant Company, in conjunction with the MacLaren Art Center, launched The Sarjeant Design Project and commissioned a local artist to visit five local schools and design art for our concrete mixer drums. Designed to foster the creative talents of young people in the Barrie community, Sarjeants enabled The MacLaren to hire regional artist Tim Laurin to lead workshops with 85 high-school students at five Barrie high schools. In May of 2011, each design was displayed in the MacLaren's Molson Community Gallery on an inventive "drum roll" that showed the 360-degree designs off to best effect. Ultimately, four designs were selected for transfer to the truck drums and the beginning of this new fleet. Click here to view a video of The Sarjeant Design Project and here to view an article by the Barrie Advance.
Four winners were selected by a jury of professional artists and Autotrim Barrie produced digital vinyl prints on 4 full sized Sarjeant 9m3 concrete trucks.
Sarjeants also supports the MacLarenArtCentre through regular Black Tie Gala sponsorships and various other donations.
The MacLaren continues to educate and enlighten the community with exhibitions, workshops, special events and community activities nurture artistic talent, inspire creativity and stimulate intellectual curiosity. Our award-winning education department offers art appreciation and hands-on programmes for all ages, interests and abilities including lectures, panels, artist talks and much more, and Sarjeants is proud to be associated with it. Click here to learn more about the MacLarenArtCentre.
Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) is an artist-driven, award winning theatre company based in Barrie. The company was founded in 2003 by Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak and has produced fifty productions concentrating largely on new and neglected work.
In 2010, TIFT and Birdland Theatre co-produced Assassins in Toronto. This critically acclaimed production sold out its entire run and won the Dora Award for Best Musical. It was remounted in January, 2011 with five new cast members and once again, it sold out for 6 weeks, including two extensions.
Recognising the importance of fostering people and talent in the local arts community, Sarjeants is a regular Gold Sponsor of TIFT. This, along with Sarjeant’s other contributions to the arts, including events such as Sarjeant’s Design Project - Concrete Mixer Art which saw a local artist commissioned to visit four local schools and have students design art to be displayed on our concrete mixer drums, earned Sarjeants the 2011 Business Award at the 2011 Barrie Arts Awards.
Talk is Free Theatre continues to expand the education of artists and the community on the art and business of theatre through a broad range of outreach and development programs. Click here to learn more about TIFT and their work in the local community.
The Barrie Minor Hockey Association develops, encourages and maximizes the hockey opportunities for all players and volunteers. A valuable part of Barrie’s local community, Sarjeants is a regular annual team sponsor.
The Barrie Minor Hockey Association continues to encourage community spirit and volunteerism, fellowship, hard work and positive life skills. Click here to learn more about the Barrie Minor Hockey Association.
Gilda’s Club is an international network of affiliate clubhouses – non-residential, homelike meeting places where men, women and children living with cancer, as well as their friends and families, meet to learn how to live with cancer. Open to all regardless of income, type of cancer or stage of illness, Gilda’s Club’s mission is to “ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community”.
The Gilda’s Club of Barrie, opened in 2010, is quite a story, and involves over $1,000,000 worth of donated time, labour and materials from a vast range of local businesses, from project management to the building’s signs. Sarjeant’s contributed by donating concrete for the 10,000 square foot building, which now stands at 10 Quarry Ridge Road in Barrie, which went on to receive over 6,500 visits during the first six months of 2011 alone.
Gilda’s Club Barrie is continuing to see growth in its program calendar, lectures and workshops and social activities. Click here for more information on Gilda’s Club Barrie.
With enrolment of over 10,000 full-time students across its seven campuses throughout the Simcoe-Muskoka districts, and with programs spanning from apprenticeships to degree programs through its University Partnership Centre, Georgian College is a critical component of the local educational and economic structure.
In August of 2011, Georgian College officially opened its Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness, the largest building project in Georgian College history, ushering in a new era in health care education.Sarjeants is proud to have donated $250,000 toward the centre, which includes state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and clinics. Along withSarjeant’s donation, John and Margaret Elliott, both strong believers in education and how it improves industry and the community, donated $1,000,000 to the Centre.
With the new 172,000 sqaure ft building on its Barrie campus, Georgian College is able to double its full-time health and wellness students from 1,500 to 3,000, and is offering 15 full-time health and wellness programs along with several Continuing Education programs. For more information visit Georgian's website.
In September 2010, Lakehead University opened its state-of-the-art Orillia campus and residence complex, the first step in its development of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum university campus, and the only university in North America to be entirely designed and built to this standard.
The Sarjeant Company proudly donated $200,000 to Lakehead’s Your Bright Future Campaign. “Local higher-learning institutions not only allow our young people to receive their education closer to home, they are also a significant economic driver with far-reaching and long-lasting benefits. The team at Sarjeants is delighted to participate in this stage of Lakehead’s development, and looks forward to enhancing its relationship with the University in future years” said Sarjeant’s CEO, Scott Elliott.
Representing the highest in efficiency and environmental design, Lakehead’s new academic building is environmentally friendly in every way possible, and includes a green roofing system, a geothermal energy source, water collection ponds and much more, providing 5,000 – 7,000 students with a groundbreaking place to study flagship programs in environmental studies, business, criminology, and integrated arts and science.
For more information on Lakehead University and their Orillia campus, visit Lakehead’s website.
Spearheaded by The Weber Foundation, a private foundation founded by Reinhart Weber and his family, The Midland Cultural Centre (MCC) will be a self sustaining, inspiring and functional year-round facility for arts and culturein Huronia, designed to meet the need for a centre of teaching and performance in the vibrantly culture-rich North Simcoe area (Midland and Penetanguishene). An avid supporter of the arts, The Sarjeant Company donated $60,000 towards the project.
Located on King Street in the heart of downtown Midland, the MCC will provide a facility for local cultural groups, artists, and individuals to the benefit of the community at large. Arts and culture-related education will be provided through the sharing of skills, knowledge and ideas. Two objectives of the MCC are the development of an appreciation for the importance of the arts and culture by providing a facility to showcase them while enriching the lives of the citizens an visitors to the area.
For more information visit the MCC website.
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre is a 299-bed acute care community hospital based in Barrie, Ontario. RVH is the only hospital in Barrie and provides specialized services to patients from a huge geographical region - including Simcoe County and the districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound.
In the ealry 1900's, when RVH outgrew its 13-bed hospital and built a new facility on Ross Street, Sarjeants was one of the first local businesses to contribute. In 1989 when RVH launched its Building on a Century campaign to construct the Georgian Drive hospital, The Sarjeant Company pledged $500,000.
Now, RVH has embarked on the largest capital project in Simcoe-Muskoka history, a $450 million project featuring the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, to which John and Margaret Elliott have donated $500,000 and Sarjeants has also donated $500,000 for a total of $1,000,000.
The centre, which will be the only one of its kind between Newmarket and Sudbury, will provide advanced diagnostics, radiation treatment and follow-up cancer care to the almost half million people who live in Simcoe County and Muskoka. In its first year alone, the cancer centre will log over 60,000 patient visits.
Sarjeant's President and CEO, Scott Elliott, is himself heavily involved with RVH, having served eight years on its board of directors, from 2001 to 2009, including two years as chairperson. He currently serves as the RVH Foundation chairperson. The Foundation supports RVH with the necessary funding to bring urgently needed state-of-the-art medical equipment, facilities and health care programs close to home.
For more information on RVH, its expansion and the RVH Foundation, click here.
Run by the Essa Economic Development Committee, the Essa Riverbank Salmon Derby was started in 2003 with the proceeds raised from it put towards riverbank restoration and improvements in the four Essa fishing parks. Recognising the importance of preserving the environment in our community, Sarjeants has been a platinum sponsor of the event.
The Derby takes place along the banks of the Nottawasaga River just outside of Angus, ON, with the current record for the longest salmon caught being 90.5cm.
Click here to learn more about the Essa Riverbank Salmon Derby.
Located on Bayfield St in Barrie, The Salvation Army Bayside Mission runs 365 days of the year, supplying more than 78,000 meals and 6,000 bed days for those who have nowhere to call home.
For those people and their families facing challenges, The Salvation Army Bayside Mission Centre is a critical place to turn to for support, and Sarjeants is proud to have donated to help sustain the centre so it can continue to provide those essential services for our community’s disadvantaged.
Click here to learn more about The Salvation Army and the Bayside Mission Centre.