PAWCATUCK, Conn., March 28, 2017 – Cable Components Group (CCG) announced today that it has named Jacob LaBelle to the position of Compound Development Supervisor. Jake recently relocated to Westerly, R.I. from Pittsfield, Mass.
Upon the completion of a six-month immersion program in both compounding and extrusion, the goal is for Jake to take over responsibility for supervising all aspects of compounding, including formulation, processing and materials testing. He will lead the development of compounds for wire and cable insulation, jacketing, cable fillers, and fiber-optic blown tubing. Compounds will be developed from polyolefins, fluoropolymers and engineered resins, with the addition of fire retardants, nano particles, foaming agents and other value-adding ingredients.
“Jake’s appointment is part of CCG’s commitment to developing industry-leading compounds in the wire and cable and fiber-optic markets,” according to CCG President Charles Glew. “Working with CCG’s product development team and sales engineers, Jake will develop an in-depth understanding of the performance characteristics of customer needs, which he will apply to all new compound development.”
Last year, CCG invested $3 million to develop two Buss Kneader lines that provide the ability to compound materials at below-standard temperatures, enabling foaming agents and high levels of flame retardants to be incorporated into products without degradation. CCG also has a high-temperature, twin-screw line that serves as a workhouse for compounding CCG’s flagship FluoroFoam® product.
LaBelle previously served as a Research Engineer for Global Application Technology at SABIC in Pittsfield, Mass., where he led a team focused on disruptive thermoplastic fiber technologies, nonwovens and composites for applications in aerospace and energy storage. Before that, he was a process engineer at Solutia Inc. in Springfield, Mass. He has five patent applications pending, including two for international patents.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is earning a Master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering from Arizona State University, Tempe. He was an assistant coach for the Taconic High School varsity boys’ ice hockey team.
About Cable Components Group
Cable Components Group (CCG), founded in 1998, designs, engineers and manufactures extruded products for wire and cable, fiber optic cables and industrial nonwovens. CCG’s 6-LAN™ crosswebs are foamed and include patented designs for Category 6, 6e and 6A LAN cables. CCG’s FluoroFoam® is a patented chemical foaming agent of fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) or perfluoro methyl alkoxy (MFA) for use in insulations, tapes and 6-LAN crosswebs. Foamed fluorine-based products are particularly suited for the evolving Power over Ethernet (POE) or Power over LAN standards. These standards require materials with enhanced thermal stability, and foamed FEP or MFA insulation and jacketing offer an added safety margin for POE applications.
CCG is focused on innovative new products for wire, cable and fiber topic applications. The investment into three new compounding lines gives CCG an opportunity to vertically integrate materials to service our customers with innovative, higher temperature-rated, fire retardant and foamable materials. Compounding also opens the door to broadening its commitment to highly thermally stable insulation and jacketing grades for both riser (CMR) and plenum (CMP) cable applications.