The year was 1951, Harry S. Truman was President, I Love Lucy made its television debut on CBS, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye was published, Patti Page’s Tennessee Waltz became a hit record—and Bottini Fuel was born.
We asked our Dad to take some time out of his retirement to shed light on how everything got started 70 years ago. Read his memories in the article on this page.
There are very few companies in the Hudson Valley who have been around for this long. That only happens when you’ve had the fortitude and commitment to get through tough times. We’ve had our share—including oil embargoes and old-fashioned winters with enough snow and ice to give Santa pause.
In just the last 15 years, we’ve dealt with the Great Recession, bomb cyclones, wild price swings, and now COVID-19.
Through it all, we’ve tried to keep customers the center of our universe, and serving them well has been our true North Star.
We like to think that is the biggest secret to our longevity, and we can’t tell you how much we appreciate the opportunity to take care of you—now and in the years ahead.
Rick, Brian, Mark and Anthony Bottini, Sr.
Born in Wappingers Falls to immigrant parents from central Italy, Anthony Bottini Sr. got his first taste of the heating fuel business when he started helping his uncle, Dominick Bottini, make kerosene deliveries to local families.
“He would drive and I would bring in 50-gallon barrels of kerosene for people to use in their heaters,” he recalls.
Soon after Anthony graduated high school in 1949, his uncle passed away. He bought the business from his aunt in 1951 and started growing his fuel oil business.
“It made a big difference when I married my wife Jean in 1957. I was on the road and she worked from home answering phone calls from customers.”
Anthony and Jean are still together, though they passed the business on to their three sons 37 years ago.
As part of our 70th anniversary milestone, we want to give seven customers something big to celebrate.
If you enter our long-term customers contest and share something about your experiences with us, you’ll be eligible to get up to 150 gallons of oil or propane for only 70 cents per gallon.
Please share your thoughts/memories by filling out this form. Make sure to tell us how long you’ve been a customer.
Enter by April 30th. Seven winners will be chosen at random.
We look forward to reading your stories.