Respected Leader Among Specialty Contractors

Since 1985, our team has worked diligently to earn—and maintain—our reputation as insulation experts. Our founder, Jim Gribbins, has fostered the company’s success by focusing on the core values of integrity, safety, quality, and service. Today, the Gribbins management team leads the organization’s growth with decisions reflecting these core values. In 2021, we responded to our customers’ requests by starting a scaffolding division.

Gribbins Through the Years

1985: Gribbins Insulation opens — Jim Gribbins bidding work, Leslee Gribbins handling administrative needs, and Gary Goebel, Gary Jordan, and Kenny Reitman as insulators
1989: Hire first office employee, Vickie Dubord
1991: Hire Mark Gribbins as Estimator
1997: Hire Patrick Wahl as Controller
1998: Hire Brian Willett as Safety Manager
2002: Open a branch office in Louisville, KY
2006: Receive highest safety honor at National Insulation Association for the first time
2007: Hire JD Smothers as Area Manager
2008: Open a branch office in Terre Haute, IN
2008: Manager Mark Gribbins and Brian Willett become owners
2008: Hire Kyle Forrester as Estimator/Project
2009: Receive NMAPC ZISA Award for the first time
2010: Open a branch office in Calvert City, KY
2010: Hire Megan Knoll as Director of Marketing
2011: Named one of America’s Safest Companies
2012: Complete Duke Energy ICCP Project, largest job to date

2013: 400,000 hours worked in a year
Open a branch office in Indianapolis, IN
Crystal Eagle Award Winner from MICCS (1st specialty contractor to ever receive)
2018: Go live with new ERP Software, Vista
2019: Hire Grant Gribbins as Estimator
2019: Holding company for Gribbins entities renamed Gribbins Specialty Group
2020: Elite Environmental becomes part of Gribbins Specialty Group
2021: Purchase ACS to expand into Nashville, TN
2021: Start a Scaffolding Division
2022: Megan Knoll and Grant Gribbins become owners
2022: Open a branch office in Nashville, TN
2022: Brian Willett promoted to President; Jim Gribbins remains as Chairman
2022: Hire Kevin Rock as VP of Finance when Patrick Wahl retires
2022: JD Smothers promoted to Northern Vice President
2022: Kyle Forrester promoted to Southern Vice President
2023: Over 550,000 hours worked in a year with Zero Recordables
2024: Open a branch office in Akron, Ohio

Our Beginning as an Insulation Contractor

On April 1, 1985, Gribbins Insulation opened for business near downtown Evansville, Indiana. Our entire operation consisted of founder Jim Gribbins as estimator, his wife, Leslee, as receptionist, and three insulators.

Throughout our five locations in Indiana and Kentucky and Illinois, about 50 employees work in our offices, and we average about 200 insulators in the field. Since 1985, we have completed projects in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Kansas, Texas, West Virginia, Florida, Michigan, and Alabama, as well as the Bahamas. Our participation in industry associations has introduced us to a broad network of industry support, and we are proud to be the largest insulation contractor in the Tri-State area.

Elite Environmental was added as a sister company in 2018, offering abatement and restoration services to our customers. In 2021, we hired an experienced scaffolding manager to run a scaffolding division under Gribbins.

Construction Safety Program Contributes to Our Success, And Yours

The Gribbins safety program has earned more than 50 safety awards since 2010.  Founder, Jim Gribbins is passionate about protecting our employees—and yours. He states, “Our core values – integrity, safety, quality, and service – all have a common thread: Safety. Every team member at Gribbins, including the person we hired yesterday and the person we may hire tomorrow, must place safety in front of all actions. There is absolutely no task that is so important or necessary that we might consider sacrificing safety, to even the slightest degree, in an effort to perform the task.”

Ethical, Midwest Union Insulation Contractor

As a family-owned company, our values reflect our solid, down-to-earth Midwestern roots. We believe that steadfastly maintaining our reputation for excellence has enabled us to not only grow our business, it’s also facilitated growth for our team members and customers, as well.

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