ABOUT US

The Sound of a New Day

Our longstanding commitment to exceptional service, reliability, and quality has sustained our family business over multiple generations. Today, we’re proud to offer a clean, renewable product that will benefit our customers, our country, and our world – so that we may sustain that commitment for generations to come.

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The Sound of a New Day

Our longstanding commitment to exceptional service, reliability, and quality has sustained our family business over multiple generations. Today, we’re proud to offer a clean, renewable product that will benefit our customers, our country, and our world – so that we may sustain that commitment for generations to come.

Learn more

Our Story

Celebrating 70 Years

When Jack Powell and Dick Franck bought a tiny Seattle oil and coal distribution company, Harry Truman was president, and the city was living through the coldest January in its history.

The year was 1950 and the two friends and fraternity brothers had recently graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in business.

To determine who would hold the official title of president, the two played a game of gin rummy, which Powell won, with a deck of cards still stored safely at the Sound Oil office today. Each year thereafter, Franck and Powell took turns holding the title.

Jack and Dick did it all, from running the business to making sales calls and delivering oil. The two were not only successful business partners, but also lifelong friends. They enjoyed working together for many years until Dick’s passing in 2003. Jack continued on, guiding Sound Oil for the remainder of his life – another 14 years.

The backbone of the company was the partnership of Powell and Franck, and the continued ownership and involvement of their two families. Dick’s son Jim has served as Vice President for over 16 years, and Jack’s daughter Marilyn has been President since 2011.

Sound Oil now stands proudly as a majority woman-owned business. Together, Jim, Marilyn and their sisters have continued the commitment to quality and customer service that has grown Sound Oil into the beloved company it is today.

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Our Story

Celebrating 70 Years

When Jack Powell and Dick Franck bought a tiny Seattle oil and coal distribution company, Harry Truman was president, and the city was living through the coldest January in its history.

The year was 1950 and the two friends and fraternity brothers had recently graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in business.

To determine who would hold the official title of president, the two played a game of gin rummy, which Powell won, with a deck of cards still stored safely at the Sound Oil office today. Each year thereafter, Franck and Powell took turns holding the title.

Jack and Dick did it all, from running the business to making sales calls and delivering oil. The two were not only successful business partners, but also lifelong friends. They enjoyed working together for many years until Dick’s passing in 2004. Jack continued on, guiding Sound Oil for the remainder of his life – another 14 years.

The backbone of the company was the partnership of Powell and Franck, and the continued ownership and involvement of their two families. Dick’s son Jim has served as Vice President for over 16 years, and Jack’s daughter Marilyn has been President since 2011.

Sound Oil now stands proudly as a majority woman-owned business. Together, Jim, Marilyn and their sisters have continued the commitment to quality and customer service that has grown Sound Oil into the beloved company it is today.

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Proudly Serving

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20+ year customers
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30+ year customers
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50+ year customers

Our Story

Celebrating 70 Years

When Jack Powell and Dick Franck bought a tiny Seattle oil and coal distribution company, Harry Truman was president, and the city was living through the coldest January in its history.

The year was 1950 and the two friends and fraternity brothers had recently graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in business.

To determine who would hold the official title of president, the two played a game of gin rummy, which Powell won, with a deck of cards still stored safely at the Sound Oil office today. Each year thereafter, Franck and Powell took turns holding the title.

Jack and Dick did it all, from running the business to making sales calls and delivering oil. The two were not only successful business partners, but also lifelong friends. They enjoyed working together for many years until Dick’s passing in 2003. Jack continued on, guiding Sound Oil for the remainder of his life – another 14 years.

The backbone of the company was the partnership of Powell and Franck, and the continued ownership and involvement of their two families. Dick’s son Jim has served as Vice President for over 16 years, and Jack’s daughter Marilyn has been President since 2011.

Sound Oil now stands proudly as a majority woman-owned business. Together, Jim, Marilyn and their sisters have continued the commitment to quality and customer service that has grown Sound Oil into the beloved company it is today.

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Proudly Serving

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20+ year customers
0
30+ year customers
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50+ year customers

Proudly Serving

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20+ year customers
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30+ year customers
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50+ year customers

A Proud Legacy

Sound Oil has been a pleasure to work with, friendly and professional. If you’re doing business with them, you are in good hands!

Cathleen P.

Sound Oil came out same day to restart our oil furnace at no charge when it wasn’t working correctly. Our experience with this company has surpassed others… I’m expecting we’ll have a long and happy relationship together.

Lila K.

The staff and technicians at Sound Oil have given us excellent service since 2016.

Molly C.

Thanks to Sound Oil for helping a long-standing elderly Customer with her oil bill. It’s good to know there are caring companies like this in Seattle.

M.R.

We are very impressed by their customer service and will be loyal customers for as long as we live in the neighborhood.

Jasmine P.

Jim Franck, Marilyn Powell Jensen, and co-founder Jack Powell

We would welcome the opportunity to serve you.

24-HOUR SERVICE

206.725.6300

ADDRESS

6346 Rainier Avenue South

Seattle, WA 98118

BUSINESS HOURS

Weekday: 7:30am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 6:00pm