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Posted: Oct 31, 2016 | by Jean Williamson | none
United Way 2016

United Way Committee Members (Pictured Left to Right): Amber Smith, Debbie Collins, Jennifer Ginn, Phil Damuth, Megan Henry, Traci Archiopoli, Sam Murphy

Damuth Trane associates work hard for the Company and a great cause! The 2016 United Way campaign launched the end of September and the grand finale on Friday, October 28th was an afternoon to remember.  It was a fun time to celebrate exceeding their goal.

The associate event included a catered lunch by Pollards and a variety of games that associates could pay a $1 to enjoy friendly competition and win great prizes.

“Damuth Trane has been a strong supporter of the United Way since the Company was founded in 1970,” said Phil Damuth, Vice President.   “United Way is a great organization that addresses many needs of our community and we’re proud to be a contributor.”

Throughout the campaign, a committee of dedicated associates organized fund raisers like Candy and Flower Grams, Blue Jean Fridays, BINGO and a yard sale.  Undoubtedly, one of the most successful events:  purchasing duct tape that was used to tape Vice President Phil Damuth to the fence.  Great times for a great cause!




Posted: Jul 29, 2016 | by Whitney Vaughan | none

After a collective 46 years of devoted work at Damuth Trane Doug Schmidt and Suzanne Scheier are preparing to retire in August 2016. Doug Schmidt, Westside Service Technician has committed 18 years of exemplary work at Damuth Trane. Suzanne Scheier, Start-Up & Warranty Administrator has dedicated 28 years of exceptional service to the company. The Damuth Trane Team congratulates both individuals as they enter well-deserved retirement.


Doug Schmidt (2)Doug Schmidt is originally from South-Central Pennsylvania. He joined the United States Navy in 1959 where he was stationed on a guided-missile destroyer in Mayport, Florida.  Schmidt was honorably discharged in 1963 as a Machinist Mate Second Class. He began his civilian HVAC career with York in 1964. He was a part of the development of the York Marine Division in Norfolk. After 15 years employed with York, Schmidt moved on to work with other large contracting companies including Carrier. He joined the Damuth Trane Team in 1998. During his time at Damuth Trane, Schmidt was responsible for providing service for clients in Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Suffolk, and Surry Virginia. Schmidt looks forward to his next chapter which includes spending time with family. He has three children, three grandchildren, and anticipates that they will keep him quite busy.


Suzanne ScheierSuzanne Scheier joined Damuth Trane in 1988 as a part of the Administration Team and later moved to the BAS Contracting Team where she helped launch many new customer offerings including controls. Scheier has been recognized for her diligence and efficiency throughout her career with Damuth Trane. She has received internal and external kudos on numerous projects. Before her last day Scheier sent a company-wide email stating “I will miss you! These past 28-years have been memorable and I am a little sad to be leaving.  I have had some long and meaningful relationships with many of you, but I’m not moving away, I’m just moving on.  Please stay in touch!” Scheier plans to enjoy her summer by trying new activities which include working with her son at his Real Estate Business. She also intends to continue the engaging mission of ministering to women in jail and the community.


“We appreciate the dedicated works of Doug and Suzanne. We wish them both well in their respective next chapters. They’ve brought great experience and perspective to our team. We are fortunate to have had them aboard. Suzanne and Doug will certainly be missed” Clint Damuth, President says in regards to the recent retirements.


Coworkers celebrated Doug Schmidt at an offsite gathering on July 19th. An internal retirement luncheon was held honoring Suzanne Scheier at the Damuth Trane Office on Friday July 29th.  Friends, coworkers and well-wishers were in attendance at both events.


Posted: Jul 25, 2016 | by Whitney Vaughan | none

Vince Constande, Safety Director and Phil Damuth, Vice President with Damuth Trane, accepted the Paragon Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Virginia Chapter (ABC-VA) on Thursday, July 14, 2016 for the company’s proven commitment to safety.


“This award confirms that our associates are doing the best they can to maintain a safe working environment for themselves and fellow employees. It is because of them that we were chosen for this,” commented Constande in regards to the award.


The Paragon Award was established by the ABC-VA Safety Committee to reward members for excellence in the field of safety. ABC-VA, AH&T Insurance, and Travelers sponsored this prestigious program, honoring members who have a proven commitment to safety.

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Posted: Jun 24, 2016 | by Jean Williamson | none

For the third consecutive year, Damuth Trane was honored to receive the Subcontractor Safety Performance Award from Jacobs Technology at their annual General Manager’s Safety Conference. This event was held in June and was sponsored by their Joint Jacobs/Subcontractor Safety Steering Committee. This award recognized Damuth Trane for working over 1,000 incident-free man hours over the last year while performing construction at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

“This is a great example of our commitment to safety,” says Clint Damuth, President of Damuth Trane. “Our extensive, on-going training process keeps our team prepared for all types of project environments.”

It is the objective of Damuth Trane to provide a safe work environment for all clients and associates and to prevent accidents in all aspects of its business operations. To accomplish this objective, every associate is dedicated to safety while conducting business for Damuth Trane. We also actively participate in our clients’ internal safety programs. Safety and health is a part of every operation and each associate’s responsibility at all levels.


Posted: Jun 15, 2016 | by Whitney Vaughan | none

Damuth Trane has supported the United Way organization for over 20 years and plans to continue the relationship for years to come. Damuth Trane aided the non-profit’s mission by hosting a yearlong United Way Drive. This year Damuth Trane surpassed previous years and received the Gold Giver Award; which means over 60% of employees donated $75 or more to the cause.

United Way of South Hampton Roads provides leadership that brings resources together to reduce poverty, increase educational attainment and minimize health disparities for our most vulnerable neighbors.

A committee of dedicated employees organized fundraisers, events, pledge programs, and educational platforms. Holiday events were especially impactful. For example, Candy and Flower Grams, Blue Jean Fridays, and The Annual Halloween Costume Contest are just a few of the many events that helped Damuth Trane in surpassing their goal for this year’s campaign. The true reward for our employees is the positive impact their hard work and donations have on the community.

Thank you to all participating Damuth Trane employees, Campaign Committee Co-Chairs Dianne Riddick and Megan Henry, and committee members Jen Ginn, Debbie Collins, Traci Archiopoli, and Sue Lee.

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