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Certified Insulation Energy Appraisers

October 5th, 2015 by mknoll

On August 18 and 19, 2015, Calvin Brasel, Randy Sanders, and John Staalenburg participated in an Insulation Energy Appraisal Program (IEAP) training course.  The 2-day accredited IEAP course teaches students how to review mechanical system specifics and use the latest 3E Plus software to determine the optimal insulation thickness and corresponding energy and dollar savings for a project.  Brasel, Sanders, and Staalenburg all passed the accompanying exam, and can now boast of their status as Certified Insulation Energy Appraisers.

As certified appraisers, Brasel, Sanders, and Staalenburg can offer our clients certified insulation energy appraisals to determine possible insulation improvements and their value.

The Energy Appraisal Process:
1. An energy appraisal first involves an onsite facility walk-through.  The appraiser will gather data on the insulated and uninsulated piping, ductwork, and equipment. The customer can determine the extent of the audit – the entire facility or maybe just the boiler room.

2. Back at the office, the analysis process begins. Using 3e Plus software, the appraiser will determine actual Btu losses and greenhouse gas emission levels for each system and piece of equipment.

3. An extensive final report will provide recommendations based on the results, as well as potential cost savings through effective mechanical insulation. The report will provide exact payback times and return on investment (ROI) for each system.

4. The most important step is taking advantage of the potential cost and energy savings, and moving forward with the installation of the insulation.

2014 Review

March 23rd, 2015 by mknoll

2014 was a great year of growth for Fit Tight Covers.

  • The locations of our customers expanded to Canada and throughout the United States, including Colorado, Iowa, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
  • New industries we served: Sound attenuation, fracking, beer distilleries, aerospace, military, and a variety of specialized manufacturing, including computer chips and drywall.
  • Continued to serve the following industries: Chemical, refining, power, wastewater, medical, oil & gas, construction, and all steam-condensate and water systems.
  • Fully automated our design and fabricating services through our industry specific software and machinery.
  • Added sales and services staff, reducing request-for-quote turnaround time to 2 days or less.
  • Increased manufacturing staff, decreasing typical delivery times to less than 2 weeks.
  • Exhibited at the 2014 Coal-Gen Show.

The Fit Tight Team is excited about 2015!  Our customers can continue to expect our excellent customer service and commitment to quality.  We are currently testing 3D modeling software that we plan to implement by the end of the year.

As always, contact us with any questions.  We are proud to promise a response within a day to all inquiries.



June 5th, 2014 by mknoll

A product developed in-house several years ago, Fit Tight Covers is proud to display the TightWrap info on our website.  Many of our customers appreciate TightWrap as a quick alternative to our custom covers. 

Click here for more information.

Calvin’s Weekly Update

October 30th, 2013 by mknoll

MICA Fall Meeting

I recently attended the Midwest Insulation Contractors Association Fall Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. This was my second MICA meeting since we joined early this year.

Once again I was impressed by the quality of the presentations and the speakers. Mr. Beau Reid’s presentation on “Managing your Health Care Options in a Changing Environment” was very informative and a little scary. I hope our elected officials get this figured out sooner rather than later.

Fit Tight Covers participated in the table top display event portion of the meeting. I always enjoy talking to the contractors and other associate members. I think this type of event is the perfect environment to meet new people and discuss new ideas and trends in our industry. What a great way to show off our product and inform potential customers how Fit tight Covers can help them with their removable insulation cover needs. GREAT JOB MICA!

Visit the MICA website for more information.

Calvin Brasel
FTC General Manager

Calvin’s Weekly Update

October 13th, 2013 by mknoll

Ebara International

I flew to Nevada the first week of October for a project with Ebara International.  Ebara needs blankets for sound attenuation for four vessels that will be part of the largest floating natural gas platform in the world.  This platform will be located between Australia and FTC to Ebara MapIndonesia.  At the last minute, we learned from our customer that we had a 12 hour window to measure the equipment before it shipped.  I was very pleased we were able to schedule our flights and provide our normal service on very short notice.  All the Ebara personnel involved were top-notch, and the organization is clearly very well organized.  I especially appreciated the cooperation from the shipping department, headed up by Rick Maus, for setting up the equipment in a convenient location for measurements.

This situation demonstrates that Fit Tight Covers is willing to do whatever we can to satisfy our customers.  We’re located in Evansville, Indiana, but we are willing to travel anywhere.  Just give us a call, and we will find a way to get to you when you need us.

More info on Ebara available at their website.

Calvin’s Weekly Update

October 10th, 2013 by mknoll

Automated Cutting Machine

Since the purchase of our automated cutting machine in April 2013, we have put forth tremendous effort in switching over production from being completely hand built to using the automated plotting and cutting machine.


At the end of August we were able to successfully move 100% of production to the new process.  The design phase now consists of a CAD stem variant replacing hand drawn fabrication drawings.  We are able to use the machine and system on the fabrics and the insulation.   Fantastic!!!!!!!

The video on our home page shows the CNC Machine in action.


Announcing Randy Sanders!

July 10th, 2013 by mknoll

53234 RandySanders.FitTightFit Tight Covers recently hired Randy Sanders to serve in Field Services. Prior to joining Fit Tight Covers, a provider of custom removable insulation systems, Sanders served for six years as an industrial and commercial insulator for Gribbins Insulation.

At Fit Tight Covers, Sanders specializes in onsite measuring for the custom design and fabrication of removable insulation covers for commercial and industrial mechanical piping and equipment. Fit Tight Covers are produced in Evansville, Indiana, and shipped to clients across the United States, from California to New York.


Fit Tight Covers joins CSIA and MICA

February 14th, 2013 by mknoll

Fit Tight Covers announced today it has joined two mechanical insulation industry associations — the Central States Insulation Association (CSIA) and the Midwest Insulation Contractors Association (MICA).

CSIA MICA joint logo

As a fabricator of removable insulation covers for industrial and commercial insulation systems, Fit Tight Covers joins CSIA as a “distributor/fabricator” and MICA as an “associate member,” along with other manufacturers and distributors. Membership in these two trade associations will help raise awareness of the benefits of removable covers as a simple, cost-effective alternative for traditional mechanical insulation.

Fit Tight design specialist Calvin Brasel explains, “CSIA and MICA offer unique networking opportunities with many leaders within the mechanical insulation industry, and we look forward to sharing with them the Fit Tight commitment to quality and innovation.”

CSIA and MICA serve to facilitate communication, leadership, and educational opportunities among commercial and industrial insulation and abatement contractors within their respective regions, as well as manufacturers, distributors, and material supply firms from across the country and beyond. Both are regional affiliates of the National Insulation Association and offer various educational and networking opportunities throughout the year. CSIA serves 48 union contractors in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Established in 1956, MICA is the proud creator of the National Commercial and Industrial Insulation Standards Manual. Its 70 contractor members are located throughout 12 Midwestern states, including North Dakota, Arkansas, Nebraska and Illinois.


August 9th, 2012 by mknoll

EVANSVILLE, Ind., August 9, 2012 – Fit Tight Covers will be exhibiting at the 2012 COAL-GEN Conference and Exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky. Company vice president Brian Willett will attend the event along with Calvin Brasel and Trib Slagle.

This year’s COAL-GEN will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center.  Exhibition hours are from noon to 6pm on August 15, and 10am to 5pm on August 16.

At Booth 532, Fit Tight Covers will offer attendees the opportunity to experience custom insulation covers on a model mechanical system.  Booth visitors will be able to remove and re-install Fit Tight Covers while truly feeling the quality and workmanship.

As emphasized by company vice president Brian Willett, “We look forward to the COAL-GEN trade show as an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the highest quality, most durable custom insulation covers available.”

Click here to download your free pass to attend the exhibition as a guest of Fit Tight Covers.

With a decade of service to the coal sector, COAL-GEN is the industry’s most dynamic event covering the latest topics affecting the design, development, upgrading, operation and maintenance of coal-fueled power plants.  With an anticipated attendance of over 3,500 industry professionals and more than 250 exhibitors, COAL-GEN is the industry’s largest event focused on the solutions of today and the technologies of tomorrow.

On the Move!

March 20th, 2012 by mknoll

Design Specialist Calvin Brasel visited 3M’s facilities in Cynthiana, Kentucky, recently to present our top-of-the-line Fit Tight Covers.  We are proud to be given the opportunity to help with the production of everyone’s favorite office supply, Post-it notes!