HISTORY OF TRENTON SHEET METAL

In 1912 Frederick F. Scheich, an Austro-Hungarian immigrant who had been trained as a tinsmith in his homeland, began his own business in the basement of his house in Trenton, New Jersey. For three years Fredrick used a bicycle as his only means of transportation to and from jobs, as well as delivering materials, until 1915 when he needed bigger quarters and a car. Five years later he moved again to 30 Adam Avenue in Trenton New Jersey where the business is still located today. By the 1920's Trenton Sheet Metal was one of the area's largest sheet metal fabrication houses, employing as many as 200 workers.

Before electric motors, Trenton Sheet Metal used belts to transmit power to each machine.

Joseph Somogyi, whose mother was a cleaning woman for the Scheichs, joined the firm in 1924 at the age of 14. He worked for three years as a helper until there was an opening for him in a five-year apprenticeship. Encouraged by his employer, Somogyi studied at night to get a high school diploma, and also took courses at the School of Industrial Arts. By 1939, when Scheich decided to retire, Joseph was running the business much of the time.

Following the founder's death, the firm was purchased in 1951 by four partners: George L. Fluck, Joseph P. Somogyi, Russell H. Bogert, and John B. Cole, Sr. Six years later Fluck retired, and the remaining three partners bought his share and that of the Scheich family. Since 1963 the firm has been entirely owned by the Somogyi family.

When the elder Somogyi retired in 1972, his sons, Robert and Raymond, split the running of the company. Robert, the president, looked after installations, while his younger brother, the vice-president, supervised the shop work. Marilyn Somogyi, Robert's wife, was the firm's secretary/treasurer.

In 1995 Robert Somogyi Sr. and his wife Marilyn retired and passed the reins to their only son, current president, Bob Somogyi. Bob's three son's Jesse, Justin, and Julian have also joined the company in recent years, sharing various business responsibilities.

Trenton Sheet Metal has remained the same size since the 1940's, employing 35 workers. Our present shop crew has over 100 years of combined hand-on experience in metal fabrication!