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Rucci Oil Company: a history of comfort

Rucci Oil History, heating oil & HVAC services staten island In 1927, Joseph Rucci founded Rucci Coal and Ice. There were no refrigerators back then, but there were iceboxes. Every day of the week Joseph made regular door-to-door deliveries of block ice to his customers. An icebox was the common appliance for providing refrigeration in the home before safe refrigerants made compact electric refrigerators possible. Coal was burned to heat homes in winter in those days, so the Rucci Coal truck would make deliveries to homes and businesses. Joseph had to haul tons of coal one burlap bag at a time into his customers’ coal bins, which were located in the basement. It was brutally hard, backbreaking work—a far cry from the way we deliver heating oil today.

When heating oil became a popular alternative to coal in the mid-1930s, we bought our first tank truck. As soon as he was old enough, Joseph’s son, Andrew Rucci was at work with his dad, making oil deliveries and fixing boilers and furnaces. In 1961, not long after he returned from college and military service, Andrew was named president of Rucci Oil Company. In this capacity, Andrew expanded the business by acquiring more than 20 local oil delivery companies through the years, expanded the service department to include installations for both residential and commercial customers, and expanding the coverage area from Staten Island to include Manhattan and Brooklyn as well.

Today, we deliver heating oil and service to more than 5000 homes all over Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and parts of New Jersey.

In the early years, Rucci Oil operated out of the homes of Joseph and then Andrew Rucci. In 1975, Rucci Oil Company bought and renovated the building we still occupy at 1693 Richmond Terrace. This location was chosen because of its proximity to our customers and to nearby oil terminals. Our headquarters also had to be large enough to accommodate our office with storage areas for our fuel trucks. We maintain a complete repair facility on site to maintain our fleet.

Over the years we have continually improved our home office with enhancements that make us more responsive to our customers. In the late 1970s, we were one of the first residential heating oil delivery companies to use a computer system for billing, posting, and making delivery schedules.

In the early 1990s, the third generation of Ruccis stepped into carry on the family tradition. In 1996, Andrew’s son Roy Rucci was named president of Rucci Oil, and his brother Andrew Rucci Jr. became vice-president of the company. Andrew had just received his HVAC certification, and Rucci Oil Company began installing and servicing central air conditioning systems that year. They also trained all of their techs in gas heating equipment repair, so that they could offer gas boiler or gas furnace repair service to their customers.

Today, Rucci Oil is one of the largest heating oil delivery companies in our area, with residential and commercial customers all over Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and parts of New Jersey. At any given time in the heating season we have over 12 oil delivery trucks on the road, and we have a fleet of 18 service and repair vehicles. In addition to heating oil, we deliver#4 and #6 commercial fuel oils to our municipal and commercial customers. We also deliver diesel fuels and BioFuel, and we recently became a natural gas dealer as well.

Our techs are trained to service the full range of residential and commercial heating and air conditioning equipment. In addition to boilers, furnaces and water heaters, we are experts at designing and installing central heating and air conditioning systems and accessory products, including air purification devices, humidifiers, programmable thermostats and more.

For more than 82 years, Rucci Oil Company has been engaged in the business of keeping our customers warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe and comfortable all year long. Thanks to our loyal customers, we plan to be doing so for many more years to come.