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Founded in 1968, Charles is a privately-held, diversified manufacturing and technology company with corporate headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Illinois and five U.S. manufacturing centers. Charles sells quality products, services and innovative solutions to telecommunications, utility, government, and industrial markets worldwide. Charles is proud of its Midwest manufacturing roots that position it to effectively compete in an ever-changing marketplace. Over the years, Charles has successfully balanced growth through innovative and cost-effective engineering and manufacturing, and over 25 strategic acquisitions.

Driven by "Customer Satisfaction through Continuous Improvement," Charles' strategic initiative for growth stands clear - to enable our internal and external Customers to better serve their Customers. Leveraging more than 49 years of expertise, Charles remains committed to providing solutions that are innovative, reliable, competitively priced, provide customer value, and backed by industry-leading customer service and field support.

Telecom / BROADBAND CABLE / UTILITIES & TRANSPORTATION
INNOVATIVE ENCLOSED SOLUTIONS™

Charles supplies a comprehensive line of active and passive, metallic and non-metallic environmental enclosure solutions for communications and power distribution applications. 

Charles Universal Broadband Enclosures (CUBE) are constructed of welded aluminum and built to withstand the elements while providing superior protection for active electronics in all environments. Designed to house a variety of communications equipment, CUBE customers can take advantage of Charles' Engineering and Factory Integration capabilities to bring a complete turn-key solution ready to install and turn-up on the same day. The expansive CUBE product line incorporates flexibility in design to quickly customize dimensions and functionalities which when combined with our optimized manufacturing facility, enables customers to get a "right fit" solution. Today, CUBEs are being used at a variety of remote sites, including cell-towers, business parks, campuses, strip malls, sports stadiums, oil fields, wind farms, solar fields, lift stations, and traffic systems. 

Charles leverages its extensive design and manufacturing background in metallic and non-metallic fabrication and molding capabilities to offer an expansive its portfolio of passive fiber optic enclosure solutions for indoor and outdoor applications. Whether it's Fiber-to-the-Business, residential multi-dwelling units (MDU)/multi-tenant units (MTU), or cell site Charles Fiber Interconnect (CFIT) and Building Terminals (CFBT) provide a wide range of solutions for both active and passive optical networks. 

Charles Fiber Distribution Point™ (CFDP) and Buried Distribution Optical (BDO) pedestals provide industry leading environmental protection for above-grade fiber splice points and are a critical part of many broadband stimulus related construction projects. The CFDP and BDO lines were an evolutionary leap from Charles Pedlock® copper pedestals, the industry's first non-metallic buried cable terminal housing, which has proven to be the pedestal of choice amongst major and independent telephone and CATV companies for its high-quality, durability and low installation and maintenance costs. 

Charles has developed a broad portfolio of enclosures aimed at protecting and maximizing the value of infrastructure investments by wireline and wireless operators to support the migration to 4G wireless technologies. CUBE, CFIT, CFDP, Below Grade Enclosure (CBGE) and Multi-Purpose Housing (CMPH) product lines have been positioned to support this critical industry trend. 

Other Outside Plant and critical infrastructure product lines include telecom and utility riser pipes, utility riser line and wire guards, terminal blocks, network interface devices, apparatus cases, cable stubs, load coils, and building entrance housings. 

Charles continues to support service providers in their efforts to lower wireline twisted pair copper network operating costs with T1 mini-repeaters and a compact 1RU channel bank product, the 360-80 ICB. In addition, Charles continues to offer product lines that help deliver extended-reach DSL to hard-to-reach subscribers, such as our SmartCoil and HVDL solutions.

Industrial 

Charles' Industrial Group offers a broad line of standard and custom transformers including power, isolation, current, surface mount, audio and switching transformers.

CUSTOMER SERVICE, QUALITY, INNOVATION, INTEGRATION...
Our success is built upon our core competencies.

Building Long-Term Relationships 
Through integrity, mutual respect, communication, initiative and teamwork; by committing to continuous improvement through strategic planning, technological innovation and cost-effective operations; by encouraging and enhancing vertical integration in our manufacturing operations; by building on our current strengths and developing new competencies to enable our customers to better serve their customers. 

Our Strength Is Our People and our Partnerships 
At Charles, we recognize that our strength comes from our employees, our customer partners, our suppliers, and the communities in which we operate. Our entrepreneurial tradition is fostered by a culture that values intensity of effort and sense of urgency, where problems are opportunities yet to be tackled. We don't just talk about the future; we create a way and make it happen with innovative solutions that add customer value.

Advanced Vertically Integrated Operations

*      Plastic Fabrication and Processes
*   Injection Molding; 25-1,100 ton
*   Plastic Extrusion – Profile, Sheet & Pipe
*   Rotational Molding
*   Vacuum Forming
*   Spin (Frictional) Welding

*      Sheet Metal Fabrication, Stamping & Forming *   CNC Turret Punching
*   Fabrivision Laser Inspection
*   Brake Press Bending (35t/80t/110t)
*   MIG, TIG & Spot Welding

*      In-house Powder Coating (GAT/Parker Ionics)

*     Coil and Transformer Design, Winding, Assembly and Testing

*      Electro-Mechanical Assembly, Integration and Testing

*      Fiber Optic Component Assembly, Integration & Testing  

*      Advanced Composite Material Formulation & Design
*   Light Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)
*   Vacuum Infusion / Vacuum Bag Processing
*   Open Molding
*   DMS 5-Axis CNC Router
*   Eastman Eagle Static Cutting Table  

*      Silk-Screen & Pad Printing

*      Integration of communication equipment with power and protection ready for site installation and turn-up

*      Robotic and automated process integration

*      Fully integrated in-house design and development - PTC Creo and PTC Windchill MCAD

*      Social & Environmental Compliance

Quality Assurance: CSCI

*      CSCI (Customer Satisfaction through Continuous Improvement) Quality Management System

*      All facilities TL 9000 registered & ISO 9001 registered

*      Products meet UL & cUL, FCC, NEBS, Telcordia, GR-487, GR-13 CORE, NEMA TC19, ANSI/SCTE, and other standards as specified by our customers

Engineering Research & Development
From Concept through Completion

*      Our highly qualified and experienced engineering team leverages multiple engineering disciplines to develop innovative solutions that add value to our products and value to our customers.

*      Manage all aspects of design and development and design including mechanical, electrical, printed-circuit board layout and software applications
*   Mechanical engineers specializing in 
hardware fabrication, thermal management, and system integration

*   Electrical engineers specializing in hardware design and integration

*      Extensive customer collaboration during concept, development and prototype phases 

*      Research & Development simulation tools, design verification tools, and advanced prototyping capabilities

*      Environmental, Functional and Long Duration Testing Labs for customer, agency and validation testing

Supply Chain Management (SCM)

*       Fully Integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (BPCS) & Agile Document Control Systems

*      Supply Chain Management & Procurement systems

*      Global purchasing resources

*      VMI and Key Supplier Partnering

*      Supplier measurement tracking

Human Resources Capabilities/Commitments

*      Greater than 40 percent of workforce has five or more years of service with Charles

*      Continuous professional and educational development programs

*      Adherence to governmental, safety and environmental workplace guidelines

NORTH AMERICA LOCATIONS:

•  Illinois Rolling Meadows: World Headquarters (all groups)
Casey
Marshall
Rantoul
•  Florida Okeechobee
•  Missouri Canton
 

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