If you are from Schuykill County then you probably know the Raricks.
Emil Rarick Fuel Service was started in 1940 by Emil Rarick Sr. He and his wife Mary were able to purchase a coal truck and began their own coal delivery business. After school and on weekends Emil would take his young son, also named Emil, with him on coal deliveries to customers in Pine Grove and surrounding towns in Schuylkill County.
Because young Emil was in the truck so much, Emil’s father kept his favorite book, Henry the Helicopter by Eleanor Graham in the glove box for Emil to read in between deliveries. As the family business grew, Emil’s father would tell him, "Emil, you don’t buy customers, you earn them." One customer at a time the Rarick’s built a thriving coal delivery company.
Emil Rarick standing with his first oil delivery truck
Emil’s mother did not want their son in the coal industry. She paid for Emil to attend college at Williamsport Community College, where he majored in large equipment engineering. When Emil graduated college, he worked for a local company. Emil married his wife Debra in 1974.
When his parents were ready to retire, Emil & Debra purchased the business from Emil’s parents. In 1991 they began selling heating oil as well as coal. Debra ran the coal operation and Emil delivered heating oil. In 2012 Emil and Debra sold off the coal business to dedicate their time to the growing fuel oil business.
The Rarick family has lived on route 125 (now called Tremont Road) their entire lives. This includes Debra, whose family home is just up the road from where they live today! The office location sits on the ground where Emil played as a child.
Over the years the company has grown to and delivers throughout Schuylkill County and in select locations in surrounding Cumberland County. Emil & Debra take great pride in delivering quality heating oil that is competitively priced.
Emil & Debra Rarick
WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY?
"Great people and driver's are friendly and they are dependable highly recommend this company"
"Very nice and pleasant people answering the phones! Prices are awesome! Always fast to deliver and always nice once they are at my house! Love this company! Very helpful all the time!!!"
"Very nice workers and GREAT prices. Also they always deliver quickly"