Charles Industries Ltd.

Charles Industries Ltd.

Charles Industries Ltd.

Charles is a privately-held, diversified manufacturing and technology company with corporate headquarters in the Schaumburg Towers of Schaumburg, Illinois (western suburb of Chicago) and five U.S. based 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.

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1450 American Lane 20th Floor , Schaumburg, , Illinois 60173 5492 USA
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Communications / Telecom / Datacom
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Globally (various continents)
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Over the years, Charles has successfully balanced growth through innovative and cost-effective engineering and manufacturing, and over 25 strategic acquisitions that include Rockwell International's Wescom division (1991), Alcatel's T1 Channel Bank product lines (1998), and the molded high density polyethylene (HDPE) below grade enclosure product line from NewBasis (10/2012). The below grade enclosure line complements Charles' existing enclosures, expands applications for current telecommunications, cable and broadband customers, and allows Charles to introduce new products and accelerate growth in the newest markets served by Charles - wireless, utility and vertical markets.

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 47 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.

Telecommunications / CATV / Utilities / Dot 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 orders 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 CUBE design incorporates flexibility 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, oil fields, wind farms, solar fields,  lift stations, and traffic systems.

Charles has leveraged the metal fabrication capabilities to expand its portfolio of passive fiber optic enclosure solutions, both indoor and outdoor, for Fiber-to-the-Business and Residential Multi-Dwelling Units.  Our 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 portfolio of enclosures aimed at protecting and maximizing the value of infrastructure investments from wireline and wireless operators in support of the migration to 4G wireless technology.  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 product lines include riser pipes, terminal blocks, network interface devices, apparatus cases, cable stubs, load coils, and building entrance housings.

Charles is also aiding service providers in their efforts to lower wireline twisted pair copper network operating costs with products like T1 mini-repeaters, T1 span termination equipment, T1 channel banks and a compact 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 lines. 

Marine & Industrial  SOLID POWER

Charles’ Marine and Industrial Group strives to provide “Solid Power” solutions for recreational boaters, workboats, and industrial equipment.  Marine product lines include marine UL Listed electronic switching and ferroresonant battery chargers, power cables and adapters, isolation & boosting transformers, and onboard communications systems. Industrial product lines include power inverters, battery chargers and electronic transformers.

Charles Intelligent Marine Chargers (IMC) represent the latest in advanced battery charging capabilities Their rugged design, configurable settings and revolutionary “man-machine” interface make these chargers the most intelligent chargers on the market and the first choice for serious boaters.

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 prosper.

Our Strength Is Our People
We recognize that our strength comes from our employees...our customers...our partners…our suppliers...and the communities in which we operate. Our entrepreneurial tradition is fostered by the attitude that problems are opportunities to be tackled with intensity of effort and a sense of urgency. At Charles, we don’t just talk about the future...we make it happen.