Adam Madkour Jr., president of Saratoga Spring Water Co., was shocked this week when the office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer called to say his spring water would be served at the presidential inauguration.
“It was a complete surprise. They called on Wednesday,” Madkour said.
Schumer visited the Geyser Road company Friday to tour the plant and announce that the blue bottles of Saratoga Spring Water will be served in Washington after the inauguration of the president Jan. 21.
“We are very hopeful that the exposure will help us,” Madkour said. He hopes people from across the country will see the company’s trademark blue bottles, taste the sparkling water and put in orders.
Schumer, D-N.Y., is chairman of the 2013 Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and helps to choose which food, beverages and performers are featured at the presidential inauguration.
“Saratoga Spring Water has long been one of my favorite beverages of choice, so when given the opportunity to share its iconic blue bottle with hundreds of guests at the presidential inauguration, it was a no-brainer,” he said.
Having Saratoga water served in Washington after the inauguration “helps the company, helps the county, the track and anything with Saratoga in its name,” Schumer said.
He said the Saratoga water would be served at a luncheon for 232 dignitaries held immediately after the inauguration in the Statuary Hall (dome room) of the Capitol. The invited guests include the president and vice president, former presidents, justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, members of the president’s cabinet and leaders of the House and Senate.
Saratoga Spring Water Co., founded in 1872, is a privately held company owned by the Madkour family. The company employs 22 people in its bottling plant near the underground spring that supplies the water.
The company made news two years ago when it announced that it was selling its water in China. Madkour said Friday that the China sales are still “a small percentage of our sales, but we are working on growing it.”
He said Chinese business leaders approached the Saratoga Spring Water Co. and said they loved the Saratoga water and would like to see it sold in their home country. The company decided to start marketing it in high-end nightclubs and restaurants in China.
The company sells water in 37 states and some other countries, including China, Aruba and Bermuda.
“We are growing, not by leaps and bounds, but we are growing,” Madkour said after leading Schumer, local officials and reporters on a tour of the bottling plant. Mayor Scott Johnson and members of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce also took the tour.
Schumer, when asked about the sluggish economy, said that “we are starting to create jobs for employees, not lose them.
“But the job growth is too slow; [Democrats and Republicans in Washington] need to come together,” he said about creating more jobs.
Schumer praised Saratoga County leaders for creating jobs in the current economic climate. He said the county leads the state in job creation and is near the top of the national list of counties increasing their labor forces.