In 1946, after returning to Ridgefield from service in the armed forces, Frank and Fred Montanari started Montanari Fuel Oil Company. They began with the purchase of a fuel oil truck and a long list of friends, several of whom became customers.
In order to make ends meet while getting the company on sound footing, both Frank and Fred kept their regular jobs and made deliveries, some of which were made by Frank and Fred’s brother, Andy Sr., who was still in high school at the time. It wasn't too long before a handful of customers became a steadily growing list and the future looked brighter.
In 1951, Fred left the company to take on the challenge of entering the real estate and insurance field.
Shortly thereafter, Andy Sr. joined Frank and headed the burner service division. Frank, as president, assumed responsibility for overall staff and delivery operation. Andy Sr., as vice president, and his staff directed installation and repair.
Ensuing years brought expanding facilities and a larger staff using the most modern office and technical equipment to serve the company’s constantly growing customer base.
To broaden its area of service, Montanari Fuel acquired Ridgefield Oil and the DaSilva Fuel Oil Company of Danbury several years ago.
In 1996, 50 years after he first opened the doors, Frank Montanari decided it was time to rest and enjoy the fruits of his labor. He looked back with pride in his accomplishments and forward to travel, golf, and relaxation.
However, the Montanari story continues. Frank handed over the reins to his brother, Andy Sr., and the company continues to grow with service being known as top-quality.