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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.

Posted: May 9, 2016 | by Jean Williamson | none

Damuth Trane has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star certification for 2016 for the Company’s main building located at 1100 Cavalier Blvd. in Chesapeake.  This certification signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.  Damuth Trane has been an ENERGY STAR certified building since 2001 and was the first commercial building in the Hampton Roads area to receive this certification.

“We are pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Clint Damuth, President of Damuth Trane.  “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  Damuth Trane improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.

 

Posted: Apr 22, 2016 | by Jean Williamson | none

In honor of the 46th annual Earth Day, Damuth Trane launched “I Choose to Reuse 30-Day Challenge,” an opportunity for employees to win prizes by ‘ditching’ items that are harmful for the environment.  Contestants must sign a pledge board to commit to the challenge.  There are four items they can choose to ‘ditch’ for 30 days:  single use coffee cups, plastic grocery bags, bottled water and disposable plates and utensils.  The more items they commit to ditch, the more prizes they could win.

“Our goal is to heighten awareness about how common, everyday products are hurting the environment,” said Sarah Mirkle, Human Resources Director at Damuth Trane.  “One small change can make a big difference.”

Posted: Apr 13, 2016 | by Jean Williamson | none

Damuth Trane is a proud sponsor of the 10th annual Hampton Roads Rubber Duck Race on Saturday, April 23rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Intercoastal Waterway at Great Bridge.  Thousands of rubber ducks will float down the Intercoastal Waterway, winning spectacular prizes for the lucky duck participants.  This free family event includes games for kids of all ages and there will be food vendors on-site with yummy treats.  All proceeds from this event go to CHIP (Children’s Health Investment Program), a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a healthy community by building a healthy child.  The health of our community depends on our ability to raise healthy, happy children who enter school ready to learn. CHIP offers a continuum of services that are tailored to meet the needs of all parents with children ages 0 to 6.

 

Posted: Dec 14, 2015 | by Jean Williamson | none

Damuth Trane has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Virginia for the 6th year in a row for 2016!  The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. This group is dedicated to finding and recognizing Virginia’s best employers. A two part assessment is used to gather detailed information about each company that applies for the award.  Part 1 is completed by the employer and Part 2 is completed by the employees of the company.

This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefitting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses.  The 2016 Best Places to Work in Virginia list is made up of 100 companies.

Below are the eligibility requirements:Best Places to Work VA 2016

  • Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • Be a publicly or privately held business;
  • Have a facility in the state of Virginia
  • Have at least 15 employees working in the state of Virginia
  • Must be in business a minimum of 1 year

Companies from across that state entered the two-part survey process. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience and was worth 75% of the total evaluation.  The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

For more information on the Best Places in Virginia program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkVA.com.

Posted: Oct 14, 2015 | by Jean Williamson | none

Trane HVAC Parts & Supplies is a proud sponsor of the 8th Annual Virginia School Plant Managers Association at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel on October 19-21! Be sure to join in for the 4th Annual Corn Hole Tournament on Sunday, October 18th to benefit the VSPMA Scholarship Fund.

“This conference is packed with Professional Learning Sessions for Facility Manager, Custodial Supervisors, and Front-Line Tradesman. Our theme this year is “Staying the Course” which signifies that every facility professional is always preparing for taking on the incoming challenges and the unknown obstacles that lie ahead.

From the opening of the Conference, through the many professionally developed learning sessions, outrageously large tradeshow, until the last luncheon, you can immerse yourself in the current challenges, solutions, and the culture of our industry. The Tradeshow is a gallery of Business Partners who will work hand in hand with our membership, all eager to show you the latest in technology, products, efficient systems and best practices that will make managing your schools that much easier.”
– www.vspma.org

The VSPMA’s mission is to support and enhance the instructional process and to promote educational facility improvements within their school divisions, and the Virginia Department of Education. We are proud to support such a great organization!

For more information about the event, visit www.vspma.org.

Posted: Sep 25, 2015 | by Jean Williamson | none

For the second 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 September 23, 2015 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.

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