The History of Roberts Mechanical
Grant Roberts Senior is the founder of RME. He spent 35 years as a service manager at a different representative firm and was dedicated 100% to his customer's service needs. Many customers will remember Sr. crawling around their mechanical room and resolving all the issues they had. His reputation for kind and dedicated service was second to none.
When that company chose to not offer field services any longer, Grant Sr. started RME in 2002 as a way to continue to service the customers he loved. Shortly after 2004, Grant Sr. unexpectedly passed away. His son, Grant Jr., moved over from the other company to take over RME and grow it into a full service representative firm. Today, Grant Roberts Jr. is still our proud owner and leader.
Grant Roberts Sr.
Meet Our Owner
Grant Roberts, Jr.
Grant Roberts Jr. started his boiler career as a young man at 14 years old. Each summer he would work full time assisting his Dad to open, clean, and inspect old firetube boilers. Grant reflects on his summer work, “I can remember coming home covered with soot from head to toe from brushing boiler tubes."
After graduating from Maple Heights HS in 1985 Grant did a short stint at Cleveland State University and then began full time employment at Home Centers Inc. (a local appliance store) where he quickly rose to becoming their youngest store manager in company history moving to Columbus, Ohio. Two years later, he and his wife moved back to Cleveland where Grant worked at Home Centers Inc. for two more years. After that, he then started work as a field tech under the tutelage of his father who was the service manager for a local representative firm. Grant spent nearly 10 years in the field becoming a master combustion tech focusing on commissioning and updating boiler burners and controls.
In 2002 the company made the decision to no longer offer field services in house. This is when Grant Sr. departed and started RME as a boiler service company. Grant Jr. continued as a salesman with the original company until which time his Dad suddenly passed in 2004. Grant Jr. departed from his company to complete his Dad’s book of work to make RME solvent for his Mother and family. This leap of faith was followed by his Mother Joyce Roberts also changing careers and coming into RME to run the accounting with the help of Christina Roberts (Grant's sister) who was already on board helping her Dad since 2002.
By 2006 Grant Jr. had grown the company from three employees to 14 and was awarded the Case Western Reserve Weatherhead 100 award finishing as the 3rd fastest growing start up company in the area. Of course, fast forward to today and after years of company success, Joyce is completely and comfortably retired and Christina has moved on to begin her own entrepreneurial venture as a business coach to many area businesses.
In his spare time Grant Jr. is a partner in a volleyball club where he’s trained hundreds of young women at the high level of junior Olympic Volleyball in the USAV and JVA world. Grant lives with his wife Karen and has two children Grant Paul and Meagan. “Life is good, and if nothing else, my story tells you that we all have guardian angles. I’m SURE my Dad has guided me from above through this whirlwind of both challenges and success. I owe it all to him!”