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Sault fuel distributor marks decade as best managed company

McDougall Energy maintains platinum-level status on national excellence list
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A global pandemic didn't get in the way of McDougall Energy achieving its tenth year of recognized operations excellence.

This month, the Sault Ste. Marie-headquartered company marks a decade on Deloitte's list of Canada's Best Managed Companies, which sets a national standard for the overall business performance of ventures earning annual revenue of $25 million and over.

Companies are vetted through an independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices.

Businesses achieve platinum-level status after having remained on the list for seven or more consecutive years.

Darren McDougall, the company's president, applauded the "resilience and determination” demonstrated by McDougall Energy's group of companies through 2020.

Despite what he called a "challenging year,” McDougall Energy closed an acquisition that resulted in three new divisions, increased the company’s service offerings, number of employees, and expanded the geographical footprint into new regions of southwestern Ontario.

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“Since the beginning of COVID-19 lockdowns in March 2020, our focus has been and continues to be on our employees’ and customers' health and safety and ensuring a thriving company,” McDougall said in a May 5 news release.

“As we continue to work through this crisis, we remain focused on the longer-term view of customer relationships, investing in growth opportunities in new and existing markets, and enhancing technological capabilities. We are optimistic about our ability to work together and make the best decisions for our customers, our team members, and the communities we serve based on circumstances at the time.”

Established in 1949, McDougall Energy distributes and markets propane, Esso and Shell fuel products and lubricants in various regions across Ontario and Western Canada, serving households, businesses, motorists and wholesale energy customers.

The company is currently in its third generation of family ownership. Joining McDougall at the helm are his brother Chris, the company's vice-president of supply and distribution, and his sister, Jennifer, the director of human resources.