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)

Jonathan, Peninsula Service Technician

"The focus on training and opportunity for career growth makes Damuth Trane a good place to come to. A steady client base and quality reputation make it a great place to build a career.”

Jonathan, Peninsula Service Technician
Damuth Trane