Sentra-Sota Sheet Metal, Inc. was founded on May 26, 1982 by Ben Bechtold and Jerry Vogt. The company name, Sentra-Sota, was selected in recognition of their central Minnesota background. With humble beginnings in their garages, both men dreamed of building a successful business in the HVAC and architectural sheet metal industry.
Their dream became a reality as the company quickly outgrew the confines of their garages. In 1984 they set up shop in a larger location on Roosevelt Road in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
As the company continued to grow the decision to purchase a building of their own was made. In 1990, Sentra-Sota Sheet Metal moved into its second shop on Clearwater Road in St. Cloud. Within a couple of years nine employees had been added to the Sentra-Sota Sheet Metal family, among them Jeff Bechtold, Jeff Popp, and Jeff Waletzko.
After many years in the sheet metal trade, Jerry Vogt decided to retire from the industry in 1996. His partner, Ben Bechtold, then took over full ownership of the company.
Sentra-Sota Sheet Metal continued to grow and expand; in September of 1999 they moved to their current home at 3075 3rd Street South, Waite Park, Minnesota. Over the course of the next 8 years, Sentra-Sota Sheet Metal expanded its employee base to 27.
In 2006, after 42 years in the trade, 24 of which he served as owner, Ben Bechtold retired from Sentra-Sota Sheet Metal, Inc. At that time, Jeff Bechtold, Jeff Popp and Jeff Waletzko purchased Ben's shares and took on their current roles as owner operators of Sentra-Sota Sheet Metal.
Over the years Sentra-Sota Sheet Metal has taken on many challenges. It has seen economical fluctuations, and ever changing industry standards. Throughout the changes and challenges Sentra-Sota Sheet Metal has found opportunities for maintaining growth and development.
We look forward to continuing the relationships that were built over the years and remain strong in our resolve to stand behind our work and commitment to our customers.