Carrier Transicold of Detroit is commemorating 50 years of serving eastern Michigan’s transport refrigeration providers, those vital links of the “cold-chain” that safely deliver food and other refrigerated essentials to supermarkets, restaurants, and foodservice operations.
The dealership celebrated its golden anniversary September 16 with customers and employees at an open house in its facility at 1180 John A Papalas Drive in Lincoln Park. Carrier Transicold of Detroit is part of the North American dealer network of Carrier Transicold, a provider of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility.
“Our dealership was built on the principles of respecting customers and providing them exceptional service at a fair price,” said Mark Sparkman, president and owner of the Carrier Transicold of Detroit, which was founded in 1967 by his father, Earl Sparkman, and uncle, John Sparkman. “We are incredibly proud that this formula has sustained us and helped us grow over five decades. Our founders, our loyal employees and our great customers deserve the credit for our continued success.”
Established as Transport Refrigeration Service by the now-retired Sparkman brothers, the operation was among the earliest to join the Carrier Transicold North America dealer network in the 1970s.
Since 2006 Carrier Transicold of Detroit has operated out of its current 30,000-square-foot facility, where it sells, installs and services truck, trailer and shipping container refrigeration units that help to preserve and protect perishable goods as they move from farm to fork. The dealership has 28 employees, including 14 service technicians, and it operates six mobile units enabling 24/7 emergency service.
Carrier Transicold of Detroit has been consistently recognized for outstanding performance by Carrier Transicold, having been named Dealer of the Year five times and achieving Carrier Transicold’s NextLevel2 Platinum Award for customer satisfaction, business investment, service proficiency, sales performance and growth every year since the award was established.
As part of its community support initiatives, Carrier Transicold of Detroit is a participant in Carrier Transicold’s national program in support of the Feeding America network, funded by a $150,000 grant from United Technologies Corporation. Through this program, Carrier Transicold of Detroit is installing transport refrigeration units on vehicles used by qualifying food bank operations serving the Detroit metropolitan area.