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History

TIGHITCO, Inc. is an industry leader in the design, fabrication, and assembly of engineered components for aerospace and industrial applications. Our “Design-Build-Low Cost Manufacturing” approach provides customers with a complete solution to their technical challenges. In addition, the Lean and Continuous Improvement philosophy we employ emphasizes efficiency while maintaining the flexibility necessary to support our different customers.  We view our customers as partners and our goal is to achieve the highest level of customer satisfaction and be the preferred solution provider.

TIGHITCO is comprised of three divisions, Insulation Products, Aerostructures, and Overhaul Support Services, supported by 6 facilities located throughout North America.

TIGHITCO Insulation Products Group

The Insulation Products Group began in 1944 as part of the H. I. Thompson Company. In 1960 a new facility was opened in Atlanta, Georgia and the name was changed to HITCO. In 1991 The InterTech Group of South Carolina acquired the Insulation Products Group in Atlanta creating TIGHITCO, Inc.

Today the Atlanta location is TIGHITCO’s center of excellence for insulation products providing innovative solutions to meet our aerospace and commercial customers’ heat shield, insulation, and fire protection requirements. Primary products include encapsulated metal, sewn and molded insulation blankets and other products using similar manufacturing techniques.

In addition to engineering and fabrication in Atlanta, insulation and sewn products are manufactured in our TIGHITCO Latinoamerica facility in San Luis Potosì, Mexico. This location was established in 2001 to meet our customers’ needs for low cost and labor-intensive solutions.

TIGHITCO Aerostructures Division

The Aerostructures Division began in 1972 as Ellcott Manufacturing in Vernon, Connecticut and was acquired by TIGHITCO in 1997. In 2007 the facility moved to Berlin, Connecticut and changed its name to the Aerostructures Division.

The Aerostructures Division designs, engineers and manufactures complex composite structures and assemblies. This includes autoclave co-cured carbon fiber structures, metal and honeycomb bonded panels, sheet metal and machined components, and final assembly of entire products.

In 2008 the Aerostructures Division established a low-cost sheet metal center of excellence in Chihuahua, Mexico, with full fabrication, hyrdoform, heat treat and chemical processing capabilities.

In response to customer demands the Aerostructures Division expanded capacity in 2013 with a new facility in Ladson, South Carolina, just north of Charleston. With full autoclave composite fabrication and structural assembly capabilities, this facility opens new opportunities to provide solutions to our customers.

With manufacturing and engineering capabilities ranging from individual components all the way up to full assemblies, supported by manufacturing in Berlin, Ladson, San Luis Potosì, and Chihuahua, TIGHITCO can provide our customers high-quality, cost-effective structural solutions.

TIGHITCO Overhaul Support Services

Overhaul Support Services (OSS) began operations in East Granby, Connecticut in 1998. This facility was established to provide overhaul and repair of dynamic components for rotorcraft and was acquired by TIGHITCO in 2008. Overhaul Support Services is an FAA authorized repair station providing specialized services for helicopter dynamic components such as gearboxes, transmissions, rotor heads and rotor blades.