SARATOGA SPRINGS — B&B Plumbing and Heating celebrated a major milestone on Thursday, marking 25 years of business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.
B&B is a locally-owned plumbing, heating, and cooling company based in Saratoga Springs. Co-owner B.J. Kozlowski emphasized the company’s local roots, saying it is meaningful to be recognized by the community.
“The whole start of B&B was that a local company could serve a local town,” said Kozlowski. “I think we’re doing that, and it’s being reflected in the people that showed up today.”
Saratoga Springs Commi-ssioner of Finance Minita Sangvhi was in attendance, along with Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce vice president of communications Richard Snyder, and representatives from the offices of Senator Jim Tedisco and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner.
Members of the Bill Benton Foundation were also on hand. Benton was one of the founders of B&B, and passed away in 2021. The Bill Benton Foundation is a non-profit group founded in his memory to help individuals in the trades with things such as tuition, tools, certifications, and licenses, according to their website.
Sangvhi spoke, introducing a proclamation from the city declaring May 18 to be ‘B&B Plumbing Day.’
“You’ve got a phenomenal crew, and you guys have been doing incredible work,” said Sanghvi. “This is really the key of our community, the small businesses, quality service that keeps our city and our community running and humming along. So we appreciate all that you guys do here.”
B&B was founded in 1998 by Sonny Bonacio and Benton. Kozlowski joined the company in 2012, and today is a co-owner with Bonacio.
“This means a lot to me, a lot to Sonny, a lot to all of our employees,” said Kozlowski. “We’ve strived really hard to get here. … We’ve gone through some heartbreak in the past few years, but our goal is to hang in strong, and I think we’re doing that pretty well. This is a big milestone for us.”
Kozlowski said he began working in the industry at age 16, and his experience since has “gone beyond what I could ever imagine.”
“Joining a partnership with Sonny and Billy was just an incredible opportunity,” said Kozlowski. “This is all I’ve ever done, this is all I ever want to do. I love what I do everyday. That’s what’s going to help keep us here, I think.”
B&B Plumbing is located at 25 Station Avenue, Unit A in Saratoga Springs.