Sinclair’s Home Heating is owned by Doug Sinclair Jr. His dad, Doug Sr. owned Sinclair Fuels. Doug Jr. worked with him very successfully for several years. In 2001, Doug Jr. went on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, following 9/11. His Dad subsequently sold the oil business.
In 2003, Doug Jr. started Sinclair’s Home Heating, on his own with one truck, one driver, and one burner tech, himself. The intention was to leave his full-time position at the guard base, which he acquired after he fulfilled his active-duty obligations. As life would go, he did not get done at the Base until June 2019. For 16 years he worked his “part-time” oil business on nights and weekends.
He delivered oil and did all the burner work. As this is a small family-owned business, there were no other employees. Now that life does not consist of two 40-hour per week jobs for Doug, we are now looking to grow our business into what he hoped when he started on his own 18 years ago.
In 2013, Doug met Shelly. She joined him in life and in the business as the “tamer of the paperwork and phone lines.” Together, they have been successfully servicing customers with their heating needs for the last eight years.
From the start, Doug continued doing all the delivery and service work for us. Steve, otherwise known as “you’re not Doug,” started driving part-time for us. We are pleased he has joined our work family and look forward to having him with us full-time this fall.
Moving forward with our plan to grow the business, we have added propane delivery to our list of services as of May 2021. We also have purchased property on Route 2 in Hermon to construct an office building. By Fall 2021, we hope to move there. We look forward to adding to our customer base in the coming years, supporting and giving back to our community.