About Us

A Team You Can Trust

Company Overview

  • 21 years in business, family owned
  • Over 400 companies served
  • Highly experienced & skilled
  • Adobe, Google, and Microsoft professionals
Sparks Milling Digital celebrating 20 years in business! 1997-2017

Background

With origins in the agriculture industry, our name comes from our old family business "Sparks Milling Company", a flour milling operation dating to the 1800's in Alton, Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Jim McLaughlin founded our company in 1997 as Option Technologies, Inc., a custom software firm specializing in database systems for manufacturing operations. We helped our clients manage quality, automate processes, and streamline operations at high-tech manufacturers like Hydromat, Inc., and large industrial plants and distribution centers at Archer Daniels Midland, Cassens / Chrysler, and Lanter Distribution.

In 2009, we re-branded as Sparks Milling Digital in order to focus our marketing, technology, and creative work for organizations ranging in size from Fortune 50 to small local operations in a range of industries from manufacturing to agriculture to non-profit.

Leadership

Cheri McLaughlin, President, Sparks Milling Digital

Cheri McLaughlin
President
Google Certified Professional

Jim McLaughlin, Executive Producer, Sparks Milling Digital

Jim McLaughlin
Executive Producer, MCP

Mike Hoenig, Technical Director, Sparks Milling Digital

Mike Hoenig
Technical Director, MCSE