Sustaining our tradition of conveying exellence.
We are an internationally recognized conveyor belt manufacturer, fabricator and distributor offering customized conveyor belting, modular plastic belting, urethane timing belts, and motorized pulleys. We have been earning trust with our customers by providing the best solutions to their conveying needs for over 70 years. With nine facilities in the United States and one in Mexico, Sparks can take care of you regardless of size or location. Learn more about our products to see how we can work together to get your business rolling.
We value our people and work ethic.
Personally earn the trust of colleagues, customers, suppliers, partners, shareholders and community - in every interaction.
Learn by Doing
Have a bias toward action and look at every experience as a learning opportunity.
Steward our Legacy
Preserve the legacy of our founders while reinventing the business for the next generation.
Be a team player; place our shared fate above personal ambition.
Here’s what our employees have to say about working at Sparks.
I enjoy working at Sparks because of the great people and company culture. They value their employees and show it through planning many family outings and offering job stability even through hard economic times.Donald Walker Belting Fabricator
I enjoy working for a company that invests in their employees and provides opportunities to constantly learn and grow. Sparks has a great work environment with employees that work together as a team.Jen Matz Cost Accountant
I have been working in the Urethane Department for 20 years and it's like getting paid to work with play-dough! Every day brings new challenges and opportunities to solve them. We have a great group of people working together and helping each other out whenever it is needed.Al Koopmans Production Team Lead
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From humble beginnings to the industry leader we are today our people never stopped innovating.
Established in 1946.
A.J. Sparks & Company was established in 1946 by Arthur J. Sparks. Arthur was an entrepreneur and is remembered as the founder of thin ply belting. The company gained recognition with post World War II belting solutions for automation, particularly with the automotive industry.
From 1964 to 1982, A.J. Sparks expanded by acquiring and/or starting operations in New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, and California. A.J. Sparks also diversified by acquiring unrelated companies (Cadey Aluminum Foundry, Enterprise Brass Works Corporation, Miller Metal Products, and John Henry Printing Company). In addition, A.J. Sparks established the business of A.J.S. Development Corporation to manage its real estate property development.
Sparks Belting is born.
In 1982, JSJ Corporation purchased the belting division of A.J. Sparks and Company and the name was changed to Sparks Belting Company.
In the mid 80's, Sparks expanded its belting product line by adding European style belting. Sparks also added motorized pulleys, supported by a trading agreement with a supply partners in England. Sparks believed pulleys were a natural fit to the core business of conveyor belting. Sparks purchased the assets of the British supply partner in the mid 90's. Within a few years, the product was retired and Sparks establish a trading agreement for an improved product design with a new supply partner.
Expansion into new markets.
In the late 90's, Sparks expanded into emerging international markets by establishing operations outside of the United States. A belting branch was started in 1998 in Monterrey, Mexico. In 1999, Sparks opened a belting branch in Tianjin, China. In order to focus on markets in North America, Sparks sold the belting operation in China in 2002. In 2003, Sparks acquired American Belting in New Jersey as part of its acquisition strategy for external growth.
The present and future of Sparks.
Today, Sparks functions with four primary product lines: Belting, Dura-Drive Plus motorized pulleys, Dura-Tech timing belts, and Dura-Lock Modular Plastic, .
Belting includes more than 150 different styles. Sparks purchases rolls and converts the rolls to specific belts by sizing and fabricating the roll material. They are sold directly to industrial users and manufacturers of conveyor systems.
Dura Drive Plus is our line of motorized pulleys. Dura Drive Plus utilizes component parts and assembles the components to meet motor, speed, and dimensional requirements of customers. They, too, are sold directly to industrial users and manufacturers of conveyor systems.
Sparks assembles and sells modular plastic belting throughout North America to original equipment manufacturers and end users. See our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.