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Gribbins Insulation Adds Safety Coordinator, Kent Kafka

Evansville, Indiana – In its ongoing commitment to exceeding industry safety standards, Gribbins Insulation announces the addition of Kent Kafka as Safety Coordinator. In his new post, Kafka reports to Trevor Atherton, Safety Manager, and notes he is excited about working with fellow Safety Coordinators, Rick Jordan and Connor McCoy. Kafka brings over 20 years of expertise to Gribbins, including prior experience as an Indiana OSHA Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer, as well serving as an Industrial Hygienist/Safety Consultant. In describing what drew him to Gribbins, Kafka explains, “Gribbins’s outstanding reputation for safety, and literally, a room full of safety awards, and the opportunity to perform training attracted me to the position.” He adds, “What I find most impressive about Gribbins’s projects is the use of the latest technology and state of the art methods of producing and installing insulation, all while using the safest methods and going beyond what the OSHA standards require.” In discussing his responsibility as a member of the Gribbins team, he states, “As a Safety Coordinator, the key role is to serve as a resource for insulators and provide an additional pair of eyes, and options on how to perform the job safely as a team.”

Kafka holds a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a Master of Science degree, both in Microbiology, from the University of Illinois. His professional certifications include Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, Licensed Asbestos Building Inspector, Asbestos Project Supervisor, Water Damage Restoration, and Applied Microbial Remediation. Kafka is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association local chapter.

A native of Aurora, Illinois, Kafka has resided in the Indianapolis area for more than two decades. Although based in the Gribbins Indianapolis office, he will conduct training and provide support at the various Gribbins facilities and project sites. In his personal life, Kent is actively involved in his children’s sports and musical activities.

Founded in 1985, Gribbins Insulation is a commercial and industrial mechanical insulation contractor serving the Midwestern United States. Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, the company has five branch offices in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.

Core Values Update

In 2010, Gribbins Insulation formally published our core values as: Integrity, Safety, Quality, Productivity, and Innovation. As part of our management and sales retreat in May 2017, we took a hard look at those values, which we want to be the foundation of our decision-making, whether in the office or on the jobsite, in vendor dealings or internal policies.  During that conversation, we realized that Productivity and Innovation, although important, are not part of the foundation on which we perform work and make decisions.  We feel that a core value is something you are not willing to sacrifice.  We are willing to sacrifice productivity and innovation for integrity, safety, and quality.  

Also, we decided to include Service as a core value.  Gribbins Insulation is very committed to service to all stakeholders in our work, including employees, customers, vendors, and owners.  

As a result, our updated core values are:


Profit should be the result of good business.  We say what we mean and do what we say, inspiring trust in our customers, our partners, and our employees.  We strive to “do the right thing” in all situations.


No job is more important that YOU.  Safety is our culture, a value incorporated into every decision.  Through our award-winning safety program, we work hard to ensure all employees return home every day without a scratch, and we believe every employee is accountable for that goal.


We are committed to doing things right and will not sacrifice quality to save time, meet a schedule, or lower a price.  Our comprehensive training programs and extensive supplier network allow the men and women who lead the charge to keep quality at the forefront of what we do.


Our team works hard to anticipate needs and react quickly to exceed those expectations.  Through professionalism, consistent communications, and friendliness, we strive to provide a superior experience for our customers as well as our fellow employees.  We want our clients to ask for us and our employees to stay with us

NEW Points Redemption Site!

The NEW safety points redemption site is live and ready for employees to place orders!

The new website allows employees to check their live safety points balance and order items online.  Employees may choose to have the items shipped to their home or to the Evansville office for pickup.


Your username is your first initial and full last name. Your password is your birthdate in this format – MM/DD/YYYY. After entering this information, click “sign in.”

 EXAMPLE: John Smith born on May 12, 1979

Username: jsmith

Password: 05/12/1979

For detailed instructions for the new points website, click here: gribbinspoints.com Instructions


To redeem your points for tools, review the list of tools here – Gribbins Tool Catalog – then send an email to Vickie Dubord (vdubord@gribbins.com) and Stacey Forrester (sforrester@gribbins.com).  


Please contact Jessica King at Oswald Marketing with questions about your balance or logging in.  Her email address is jessicak@oswaldmarketing.com and you can call her at 812-426-0335.  Of course, you can always contact the safety department as well.

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