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Company History

Company History

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What makes Downey Energy stand out from other companies is that it has been family owned and operated since its founding in 1917. From management to service techs, there have been - and still are - Downey family members ready to serve you. Chances are, when you call, there will be a Downey in the office to take your call. And as a family business, our #1 goal is to treat you like a member of our family!

Since the beginning, there has always been a Downey at the helm:

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1917

Jeremiah V. Downey opens his business on 21 Church Street in Cold Spring, NY in April, 1917. The Company offered heating and plumbing services, sheet metal work, and roofing (tin and slate roofs).

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1923

Downey purchases its first company truck – a Ford Model T.

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1928

Jeremiah R. Downey, son of Jeremiah V. Downey, joins the business as a partner. He continued to work with the Company until 1980 – a total of 52 years!

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1930

1930: Downey installs the first oil burner on Lewis Lane in nearby Garrison, NY. Joseph Landolfi joins Downey. Mr. Landolfi would be part of the Downey team until his retirement in 1974, giving him a total of 44 years of service with the Company – all of them working with Jeremiah R. Downey.

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1935

Company founder Jeremiah V. Downey passes away in February. Jeremiah R. Downey takes the reins as President. The Company moves from Church Street to Chestnut Street.

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1947

Jeremiah R. Downey’s son joins the firm, staying until 1950 when he took employment at the U.S. Military Academy.

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1955

Downey moves from Chestnut Street to its current location on Route 9D in Cold Spring.

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1957

Major oil companies discontinue home fuel delivery. Downey purchases its first fuel delivery truck. Lawrence J. Downey graduates college and begins working for the company.

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1963

The Company is incorporated as Jeremiah R. Downey Oil Corporation. Downey continues to offer heating and plumbing service for homes and businesses, and now installs water lines and offers other commercial services. Downey also begins offering 24/7 service.

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1985

1985: Lawrence M. Downey Jr. joins the Company and stays until 1989, when he starts a plumbing supply business in Poughkeepsie. NY.

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1989

Cary J. Downey joins the Company as a delivery driver. He currently serves as President.

1989
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2008

Downey Oil launches its first company website.

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2011

Now offering Oilheat, propane and diesel, the Downey Oil Company changes its name to Downey Energy and introduces the Downey Dollars Loyalty Rewards Program and a number of new online services.

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2013

Cary J. Downey starts the Company’s propane division, including home delivery and service.

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2016

Downey Energy introduces its new newsletter, The Talk Downtown, along with a new Referral Rewards program and a mobile-friendly website, DowneyEnergyNy.com.

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2017

Downey Energy celebrates 100 years serving our neighbors in the Putnam County area.

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