Quality, Commitment, Service, and Satisfaction

Key Personnel

Name Position
Robert B. Gawne Chief Executive Officer
Jerry L. Robinson President
Gary Valdisera Vice President of Operations
Patricia Suhr Vice President of Finance
Joseph Puckett Operations Manager – Specialty Division
William Mould Director of Safety
Billy Blank Operations Manager – North Carolina Division

Our renowned reputation in the professional metal works industry began modestly in 1940, when Paul W. Stromberg, a veteran of the Navy and U.S. Merchant Marine founded Stromberg Sheet Metal Works of Washington, using his unique expertise to assist the military with extensive work for the War and Navy Departments during World War II. In 1950, Stromberg hired a young engineer named Cavet Snyder and together, the two were able to lead the growing company through years of rapid expansion. In 1958, Mr. Robert Gawne, a 1950 graduate of Notre Dame with a BS in Mechanical Engineering was hired as Chief Engineer, further leading the way towards making Stromberg Metal Works, Inc. an industry leader in all facets of metals works throughout New England.

After nearly 30 years of service, Gawne purchased Stromberg Sheet Metal, Inc. from the then current owners in 1987. Proudly proclaiming the company an employee-owned and operated entity, Gawne and 102 employees became the new owners of Stromberg Sheet Metal, Inc. through an Employee Stock Option Plan. With this practice instilled, Stromberg continues to operate as a company completely populated with the leading experts in all fields of metal works, from project planning and design, to selecting the most-current and modern equipment on the market and providing the necessary expertise in utilization.

Robert B. Gawne – CEO, Tour Leader

He was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950-1953. He was a Mechanical Engineer for Chatelain, Gauger & Nolan FAIA from 1953-1958. Gawne contributed to SMACNA (National) rewrite of Low Pressure Duct Construction Standards – 1976 Edition. In 1988 Gawne became National President of the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB); he was also past President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Sheet Metal Contractors. He is Chairman of Local 100 Apprentice Committee (since 1971) and a member of ASHRAE, SMACNA, MCA, Local 100 Board of Trustees and the State of Maryland HVAC Review Board.

Jerry L. Robinson – President

Jerry Robinson started in the construction industry right out of High School 1969 as a Sheet Metal Apprentice with Local #102 1969 thru 1972 and became Journeyman Mechanic. From 1969-1976, he was employed by Pierce Associates in Alexandria, Virginia, before becoming an Instructor at Sheet Metal Workers Local #100 Training School in 1973 – a position he kept part-time as he began his career with Stromberg Metal Works, Inc., in 1976. In 1984, he moved into the Estimating Division and in 1987, became part of the Gawne group that purchased Stromberg in that same year. He was soon promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations 1987 and was promoted to President in 2006.

Since 1940, Stromberg Metal Works, Inc. has functioned with one single philosophy in mind – Quality, Commitment, Service and Satisfaction. If you’re in the Baltimore, Beltsville, or Linthicum areas, stop in and talk with one of our many experts about our many services and available metal works equipment. Or, contact us today at 301-931-1000 to let us know your project’s specialized metal work needs!