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Charles Industries, LLC
An Amphenol Company

1450 American Lane
20th Floor
Schaumburg, IL
60173-5492 USA



Company Profile
Charles Industries, LLC is a diversified manufacturer and marketer of high-technology systems for Telecommunications, Wireless, Broadband Cable, Utility, Government, Municipality and OEM markets. Charles supplies a comprehensive line of environmental enclosure solutions for copper, fiber, coax and wireless backhaul applications. Founded in 1968, Charles has built a solid reputation of product innovation, outstanding customer service, and field-proven performance. Today, Charles products service the networks of all major North American telecommunications wireline and wireless carriers.

Business Strategy and Growth Goals
Charles continues to grow through a strategic focus that is consistent with the initial founding philosophy—to be the best-cost solution provider in the markets we serve.  Charles is seeking to continue its track record of profitable growth through a balance of internal product development as well as product line acquisitions and partnerships that replenish as well as build its product portfolios within the markets it serves.

Markets Served

  • Telecommunications Providers (IXC, ILEC, IOC)

  • Telecommunications Contractors and Engineering Firms

  • Wireless Providers

  • Broadband Cable (MSO, PCO)

  • Utility Providers

  • Government / Military / Municipalities

  • Transportation

  • Oil and Gas

  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)

Growth Products
Charles is approaching new growth through Innovative Enclosed Solutions — environmental enclosures for fiber, wireless and copper-based communication networks. These enclosures may protect active electronics and passive interconnection for both outdoor and indoor applications at residential neighborhoods, multi-dwelling units (MDU), business parks, strip malls, cellular sites, base stations and other distribution points. Charles manufactures both metallic and non-metallic environmental enclosures in many form factors for both indoor and outdoor applications, including cabinets, terminals, pedestals, below grade enclosures, and multi-purpose housings.

Core Competencies

  • Technical skills in Research & Development Engineering, including mechanical design, software applications, power and thermal management, environmental protection and system integration.

  • Advanced Vertically-Integrated Operations, including sheet metal fabrication, state of the art powder coating application, plastic injection and extrusion molding and forming, and electrical and mechanical assembly.

  • Channel Expertise, including an experienced direct sales team complemented by a comprehensive distribution network and 24-hour technical assistance.

  • Quality Assurance and Customer Satisfaction through Continuous Improvement.  All facilities are ISO 9000 / TL 9000 registered.

Ideal Acquisition Target Profile
A growing or established related business that:

  • Allows Charles to expand current products in new and related markets

  • Provides value-add capability to Charles' portfolio of enclosures

  • Adds logical product extensions in markets currently served

Sample of Past Acquisitions

Company Product Lines Acquired
Wescom Division
(from Rockwell International)
DuaLine Plus, D4 Channel banks, T1 Repeaters, NIUs, Span Termination Systems
Alcatel Product Lines
(from Alcatel USA)
D448 Channel Banks, 1218 DLC, T1 Office Repeaters,  239 Repeaters, Apparatus Cases
Lucent Flexterm Product Lines
(from Lucent Technologies Inc)
Flexterm Aerial Terminal Closures, Cable Terminal Housing
Corning Cable Systems CATV Enclosures 
(from Corning Cable Systems)
Outside Plant Non-Metallic Enclosures
NewBasis Non-Metallic Below Grade Enclosures

Management Principles
Charles actively manages the companies it acquires along the following principles:

  • To ensure customer satisfaction through customer service that is seamlessly transitioned and backed by Charles' 50+ years of experience

  • To assimilate the acquisition quickly and completely

  • To manage for sustained profitability

  • To act with integrity regarding all matters associated with the divestiture / acquisition process, including the details that are not explicitly covered in the purchase agreement

Charles Contact

John Sieber
General Manager

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