CCG’s leadership team has decades of experience developing components for the wire & cable and optical fiber industries.
Charles Glew, President
Barbara Cioffi, Vice President, Operations
Richard Speer, Product and Technical Services Manager
Nick Rosa, Extrusion Product Development & Engineering Supervisor
Dan Messmer, Sales Engineer
Charlie started Cable Components Group, LLC (CCG) in 1998 to manufacture extruded profiles for wire, cable and fiber-optic applications. CCG first introduced a twisted-pair separator or filler called 6LAN Crossweb to enhance electrical performance in communication cables, while providing cost effective materials for the stringent fire-retardancy and low-smoke requirements of the National Electric Code. In 2016, Charlie led the company’s vertical integration by investing $3.3 million in four compounding lines, including two Buss Kneader Lines (55 mm and 58 mm) and two twin-screw compounding lines. Today, CCG’s extruded cable fillers and compounded products are manufactured in CCG’s 58,000 square foot facility in Pawcatuck, Conn.
Over his career, Charlie has published and presented numerous articles at meetings and conferences held by Wire Association International (WAI), Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), the International Cable Connectivity Symposium (IWCS), the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and Focus Wire & Cable. His most recent paper, “The Future of Material Selection Criteria for Power over Local Area Networks,” was presented at the 65th IWCS Conference in 2016. He previously presented “Chemically Foamable Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) – The Beneficial Technical and Economic Aspects of Foamed FEP Insulation for Plenum Cable Applications” at the 61st IWCS Conference in 2012.
Articles published by Charlie include, “Improved Low Smoke Fire Retardant Compounds for Plenum Cables,” “The Evolving Materials Trend for UTP Data Grade Cables,” “Halogen vs. Non-Halogen Materials for Telecommunications Wire & Cable,” “A Comprehensive Approach to Fire Hazard Assessment of Wire and Cable Materials” and “Materials Selection Criteria and Fire Retardancy Requirements for the National Electric Code.” WAI awarded him the most meritorious technical paper presented for the Electrical Division in 1992.
He currently holds 26 U.S. and international patents focusing on fire-retardant and foamable materials for wire and cable applications. FluoroFoam®, a chemically foamable fluorinated ethylene propylene used for plenum cable applications, a highly successful commercialized product, received a patent in 2006. An updated FluoroFoam patent was recently granted.
Charlie holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Bryant University. After graduating from college, Charlie was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1984 as a captain after 14 years of service.
Vice President, Operations
Barbara joined CCG in 2010 as a customer service manager. Putting her 28 years of experience in the wire and cable industry to use, she was soon promoted to director of operations and customer service. Currently, as vice president, operations, she is responsible for overseeing all operations, including engineering, product development, sales and marketing, and quality assurance. Her focus and dedication to quality and on-time delivery has enabled CCG to build a reputation for high-quality, just-in-time delivery solutions.
“Since joining CCG, Barbara has continuously demonstrated her ability to build strong customer relationships and provide leadership to CCG’s sales, marketing and product development teams,” President Charles Glew said. “Barbara’s leadership will help CCG continue operating as a vibrant organization, committed to product innovation, new market development and customer service with the highest product quality.”
Product and Technical Services Manager
Richard joined CCG in 2012 to focus on the development and application of chemically foamable materials that can be used in high-temperature applications. Richard’s background as a senior development engineer and product development engineering manager for premise cable and connectivity at TE Connectivity AMP Netconnect has enabled him to significantly increase sales of CCG’s patented FluoroFoam®.
Richard has been in the wire & cable and connector industry for more than 35 years and holds five international patents. He was an active member of the Telecommunications Industry Association’s TR-42.7 for 13 years. He is currently a member of the National Fire Protection Association and is a UL Standards Technical Panel member for UL 13.
Extrusion Product Development & Engineering Supervisor
Nick joined CCG in July 2012 as a project engineer. He excelled in the company’s hands-on management training program, which included extrusion process engineering for a wide range of CCG products, such as crosswebs, tapes, tubes, multi-filaments and mono-filaments. He quickly moved into a product engineering role, where he focused on lightweighting a broad range of chemically foamable materials, from fluoropolymers to polyolefins to engineered resins.
As extrusion product development & engineering supervisor, Nick is responsible for spearheading the key developmental products for CCG from development to market introduction. He is focused on growing the existing and new customer base for our engineered resins, as well as lightweighting materials by foaming these materials for use in insulation, jacketing, films, tubing and multi-filament/non-woven applications.
Dan joined the CCG team in 2014. Through CCG’s engineering training program, he quickly gained the experience to work with customers and solve problems successfully, while remaining focused on cost effective and innovative solutions for wire & cable manufacturers.
As sales engineer, Dan is responsible for outside sales, as well as providing technical resources for customers during product design and implementation for fillers, insulation, jacketing and specialty compounding applications. He is focused on providing the highest level of customer service for customers throughout North America, as well as introducing new customers to CCG’s expanding product portfolio.
Dan graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration.