Our Story


Our presence in two Virginia regions (Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore), Northeast North Carolina and Bermuda as a progressive and innovative company dates back to 1970 when Don Damuth, founder, purchased the Trane Commercial franchise. That day, Damuth with 9 employees embarked on a journey that led to where we are today — the leading provider of solutions that will help create and sustain a healthy building environment.

Significant milestones:

1970s

  • Products – All Trane commercial, residential, industrial and truck refrigeration.
  • Oil shortage – Focus turned to providing energy efficient systems (and it remains a focal point).

1980s

  • Office building construction boomed!
  • Equipment in existing buildings aged.
  • Expanded the service and parts offerings.
  • Building Automation team was formed.
  • Focus shifted to building systems vs. individual pieces of equipment.

1990s

  • Focused on Turnkey / Performance Contracting.
  • Moved the Parts location to Virginia Beach. Added wholesaler type products to the portfolio. (We now have 3 locations.)
  • Headquarters moved to current facility; 50k+ square foot building in Cavalier Industrial Park, Chesapeake.

2000s

  • In 2003, Don Damuth’s oldest son, Clint, was promoted to President / General Manager after more than 15 years in the business.
  • Began offering Intelligent Services, this allows client’s to gain insights of their building’s performance through active monitoring and assessing energy performance with energy assessments.

Today  

  • We remain a family-owned and operated business under the leadership of Clint Damuth, President.
  • We employ 200 professionals, including over 60 specialized service and controls technicians and 9 certified energy managers.
  • Our goal remains the same: To provide clients with the best possible service and be their trusted partner by helping them to maintain a safe, healthy building environment through every phase of a building's life.
  • To learn more about our history, click here

Clint Damuth (Left), Phil Damuth (Right)

Terry Thompson, Parts Store Team Leader

"I work at Damuth Trane because you are treated as a valued member of the organization, there is opportunity for growth, and the company’s culture of doing what is right for its cliental and associates."

Terry Thompson, Parts Store Team Leader
Damuth Trane