He said he hopes to break ground on an expansion of the bottling facility in November, which should be up and running in May.
With two children, Abigail,1, and Carter, 3, he said he was hopeful there will be a fourth generation in the business.
But “in this industry you really have to love what you do,” he said. “That’s me in a nutshell. I feel very fortunate very day.”
Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, presented proclamations from their respective legislative bodies. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, presented a citation for the Otsego Chamber of Commerce being named the state Chamber of the Year. A copy will be kept in the Library of Congress, Heegan said.
“I always enjoy this event,” Seward said. “It’s a wonderful celebration of small business, which is the backbone of the economy. I applaud the chamber for its selections,” he said. “They outdid themselves.”