About ECF

Founded in 1994, ECF is nationally recognized as an industry leader in liquid terminal design and construction. ECF is vertically integrated with qualified and experienced design, construction, and management professionals.

Headquartered in Columbia, IL, just outside of St. Louis, ECF works throughout North America completing industrial/mechanical projects. Our design and construction expertise includes asphalt blending and storage, refined products, crude oil and renewable fuels.

From ground up facilities to expansion and renovations, ECF is your industry partner for terminal services. ECF also has a fabrication division with experience in new process systems, polymer modified asphalt blending systems and process modification systems that can be easily integrated into existing plants and terminals.



Al Meitl


Al started ECF Inc. in 1994 as a small welding and industrial insulation company in Moweaqua, Illinois, with just 20 employees. ECF now has a team of more than 100 professionals offering a full complement of services from inception through startup and more than 25 years of proven experience. As a single-source partner for terminal design and construction, the leadership under the guidance of Al and his team have a solid past performance of bringing projects to completion on time, within budget while exceeding customer expectations.

Keith Baalmann


Keith has more than 20 years of experience in industrial construction project management, design, scheduling, site safety, contract management, and quality control with a focus on the asphalt storage terminal industry. He has experience with projects ranging from +$20 million ground up green & brown field projects to minor additions and expansions in existing terminals. At ECF, he manages all day-to-day operations and is the direct point of contact for customer and project development and leads new projects from concept to completion. Keith focuses on project safety, owner satisfaction, and project schedule from start to completion.

Pat Shay


Pat is the manager of all insulation and tracing operations at ECF and has more than 25 years of experience with the company. Pat has a wealth of experience in the industry as a superintendent, site manager and division manager. He holds certifications in Construction Management Training, Construction Productivity Training and Construction Leadership/Personnel Training. He is an accomplished leader in executing project contracts and developing customer relations on a nationwide basis while utilizing skills in estimating, scheduling, client coordination, construction safety and profitability.

Curt Macke


Curt has almost 20 years of experience with ECF and in the industry. He holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering with a Structural Emphasis from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Tom DeLorbe


ECF’s newest member of the team has more than 30+ years of experience in the industry and is overseeing ECF’s business development bringing increased value to customers and shareholders. Tom has a degree in Industrial Production Management from University of Northern Iowa. He has a wealth of experience and talent having worked with Koch Industries as the Operations Manager for the Western U.S., and as the International Operations Manager and Director of Compliance for China, Russia, Brazil and Mexico. He has also worked for SemGroup Energy Partners, L.P. with roles in Business Development, Asphalt Sales Manager for Western U.S., President of SemMaterials, L.P. Mexico, and Vice President of Corporate Services.

Cindy Prewett


Cindy has more than 21 years of experience with the company and is responsible for all human resources and administrative functions at the company.


At ECF, we are committed to building long-term relationships based on quality products installed in a safe working environment with customer service second to none.

Getting the job right remains the goal today.

ECF’s customers range from the largest petroleum refiners to third-party re-sellers to regional road contractors. No matter who the customer is or where they are located, ECF stands firm in its mission to provide a superior standard of expertise, safety and customer service regardless of the size of project. With an uncompromising dedication to the principals of safe workplace practices, precise planning and personal follow through, the ECF team is committed to building long-term customer relationships.

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