By Bera Dunau
The Daily Star
---- — Thursday was marked by the 65th anniversary celebration of Drogen Electric Supply.
Founded in 1948 by Paul and Mildred Drogen as a light bulb store on Main Street in Oneonta, Drogen soon expanded into numerous other areas of the electric supply business.
Now based out of a single location on 244 River St. and run by the couple’s son, Arnie Drogen, Drogen serves customers in Otsego, Delaware, Chenango and Broome counties.
The 65th Anniversary celebration was for employees and longtime customers, suppliers and friends of the business. The event included an electrical trade show, an antique car show, music from folk band Fetish Lane, and barbecue from Pit-Crew Bar-B-Que. There were also drawings for tickets to a PGA event in Rochester and New York Yankees tickets.
“A good six months, maybe longer,” said Arnie Drogen, when asked how long the anniversary celebration had been in the works for, comparing the undertaking to that of a wedding.
Despite the occasional drizzle of rain the event was well attended, and the area under the trade show tent buzzed with activity. Arnie Drogen estimated that approximately 200 people showed up.
“We have developed such amazing great relationships with our customers over the years,” said Drogen, when asked for his thoughts on the event. “We really have a close rapport with (the) people who are here.”
There were also speeches from Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller, Howard Katz from Leviton Manufacturing, Mike Lancaster from General Electric, Sean Kenny, Vice President of Affiliated Distributors, Scott Wilson from Eaton Corporation and Mr. Drogen Himself.
“Having a family owned company that still exists 65 years later is pretty remarkable,” said Mayor Miller, who issued an official proclamation honoring Drogen Electric Supply at the event.
Drogen was also presented with a crystal from General Electric and an award from EATON Corporation. A plaque from Leviton Manufacturing, along with a personal note from their CEO, was promised for the next day.
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BERA DUNAU is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at email@example.com.