Today, Westmore is a thriving 3rd generation industry leader.
Here’s how it all began….
In 1938 Patsy Bologna, an industrious 21 year old from Port Chester, New York, formed what would later become Westmore Fuel. Originally named Patsy’s Ice and Coal, the company grew steadily based on a philosophy of strong customer relationships and the promise of one’s word.
Throughout the early 40’s, despite the energy scarcities of the war effort, Patsy always kept his customers warm delivering coal to local families.
In 1947, Patsy’s brother Dom returned home from the war and led the company’s transition towards Oil Heat. Dom’s leadership and strong community ties, laid the foundation that became the hallmark of Westmore Fuel—customers are the best salespeople.
Patsy’s son Dick joined the company in 1957 after serving in the Air National Guard. As the demand for installation and repair of oil fired heating equipment grew, Dick learned the burner servicing trade, and built what is today our service department.
Under the combined leadership of Patsy, Dom, and Dick, the 70’s and 80’s would turn out to be a time of great growth for Westmore. During the tumultuous oil embargo of 1974, while many companies failed, Westmore’s consistent supply and strong base of loyal customers allowed the trio not only to succeed, but also acquire and rebuild several failed companies.
Having witnessed the effects of the oil embargo, Patsy, Dom and Dick put a plan in place to guarantee fuel supply to its customers — even under the most extreme conditions. As part of that plan, in 1982 Westmore purchased its first storage terminal, followed shortly thereafter with the purchase of a 1.2 million gallon marine storage terminal in Port Chester. The terminals, along with strategic supplier alliances; guaranteed Westmore customers with an uninterrupted supply of fuel.
By the early 80’s, Dick’s teenage son Rick entered the family business performing maintenance at the terminal. After graduating college in 1991, Rick joined Westmore full time. Over the years, Rick has worked in every aspect of the business, guiding Westmore’s transformation into a high-tech energy company. He was also instrumental in upgrading the online systems with account access for its customers.
Today, the world and the energy industry are very different from the one Patsy knew in 1938. But one thing has never changed — Westmore Fuel will always be there to meet your family’s energy needs.
Moving ahead through the 21st century, Westmore is well positioned and continually changing to meet the anticipated needs of customers. Offering full on-line customer access, remote wireless dispatch for fuel delivery and service, a fleet of vehicles equipped with GPS, and coordination with home security companies to be a first responder to low temperature settings at homes are just some of the innovations currently in place.