Robies History

Robies was founded right here on Cape Cod in 1959 by Gerhard “Gerry” Robichaud. From the very beginning, Gerry set the standard for service and quality to his customers, not only for himself but also for the growing staff of professionals at Robies.

Gerry initially focused on refrigeration for the Cape’s tourism-dependent restaurants and lodging establishments — which is why the company was initially called “Robies Refrigeration.” Professionalism, quality work and customer service have always been cornerstones of the business.

From the Robies archives: An image of one of the original service vehicles.
A black and white photo of a Robies Refrigeration vehicle

Over time Robies has grown to focus primarily on residential heating and cooling. We still offer — and excel at — refrigeration services as well as commercial heating and cooling. Gerry’s two sons, John and Jim, have been involved with the business from a young age. John was Gerry’s lead service technician for many years and worked tirelessly to help build Robies into one of the most respected and recommended contractors on Cape Cod. Jim has helped grow the Installation Department at Robies with his residential comfort knowledge and expertise. Both Jim and John understand the unique needs of Cape Cod homeowners and business managers and which solutions tend to be the best ones given our “unique” weather here on the Cape.

Working alongside Gerry was his wife Virginia “Ginny” Robichaud, who was involved with the office administration for many years. She and Gerry loved Robies and the family of staff and technicians that came to work here. They would be proud of what the company has become.

From the Robies archives: Gerry Robichaud with the children in front of an old Robies service vehicle
A sepia toned image of the Robies warehouse during winter time covered in snow

John’s two sons are now heavily involved with the business as well. Michael has partnered with Cameron Natale to run the Robies Installation Department, which has grown and matured in recent years to field numerous installation teams which perform their work at a high level of professionalism, quality and cleanliness. Stephen has stepped into John’s role as President of the company and is dedicated to continuing the culture of high-quality service and installation work paired with excellent customer service that was so important to his father and grandfather.

Robies has grown by leaps and bounds since 1959. The company is now a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer – the only dealer with this designation on Cape Cod. Carrier is a well-respected brand for heating and air conditioning and is the perfect fit for Robies. Robies recently renovated its office, and everyone at the business looks forward to a bright, successful future here on Cape Cod.