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Downey Energy: More Than a Century of Service

about downey oilThere aren’t a whole lot of businesses that have been around since Woodrow Wilson was in the White House. But Downey Energy has!

Over the years, we’ve gone from Model T’s to fully equipped service vans and delivery trucks. Our services have evolved and grown to include propane, the fuel of the future here in the Hudson Valley.

And over those years, ever since Jeremiah V. Downey began the business, in 1917, Downey Energy has stayed in the family. We’re on our fifth generation of Downey leadership with Carl J. Downey, who worked his way up from delivery driver to president. In that time, he expanded the business to propane delivery and service.

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Our Hudson Valley service area has grown to include Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County and northern Westchester County.

With such deep roots, we are committed to maintaining the high standards of quality and service that have kept us in business and given us customers who have been with us for decades.

Contact us to learn more about our services!

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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

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.

1935
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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.

1947
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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.

1957
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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.

1963
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1985

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

1985
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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.

2011
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2013

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

2013
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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.

2016
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2017

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

2016