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Chuck Keeley was appointed the President of CGR Products in 1995. He has also served on the Gasket Fabricator Association board since 2011, of which CGR has been a member for over 20 years. Chuck graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Greensboro, North Carolina.


  1. Running an Effective Meeting

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    Do you want your credibility to skyrocket? Learn how to run great meetings! I was recently attending a social gathering and a gentleman that served on a committee where I was the chair over 10 plus years ago came up to me and introduced me to his wife as the guy who ran the best […]

  2. Making a Decision

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    Over my career, I have had the opportunity to experience many decisions being made, a nice way to say I’m getting old. I have seen good ones and bad ones and I have made good ones and bad ones. Ultimately, over 90% of the value any person is to any organization is directly related to […]

  3. Open Cell vs. Closed Cell Foam: What’s the Difference?

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    At CGR Products, we field a lot of questions about the differences between open and closed cell foam. To address these inquiries, we’ll be comparing the two types of foam and outlining the unique benefits and properties of each. When deciding on a material for your specific project, it’s important to understand which kind of […]

  4. Using 3M Thinsulate to Manufacture Lighter, Quieter Cars

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    With mounting public concern over sustainability and increasingly strict fuel economy regulations, automakers worldwide are now focusing their efforts on lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. In fact, by 2025, automaker fleets in the United States and Europe will need to average more than 60 miles per gallon. To meet these new guidelines, automakers must implement  incremental […]

  5. New Year, New Videos! See What We’ve Been Doing at CGR

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    Water jet cutting, kiss cutting, custom die work — it was all on display at our Wisconsin Open House this past October. Our team was on-hand to help guests get acquainted with some of these state of the art machines, and took the opportunity to chat about some of our most successful recent projects. See […]

  6. CGR’s Open House: Facility Tour, New Equipment and More

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    CGR Products will be hosting an open house at our Wisconsin facility — offering tours of our ISO 9001:2008-certified facility and showcasing our new high-quality equipment. We want to show you our new state-of-the-art machinery used for our custom cutting and fabrication services. Our equipment is involved in a number of manufacturing processes, including die […]

  7. Which Gasket Materials Are OEMs Using in Your Industry?

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    Construction applications and marine applications are both regularly exposed to extreme environments — from dust and chemicals to humidity and fluctuating temperatures. With conditions like this, specialty materials are required. CGR routinely works with OEMs whose products undergo these conditions, during which we’ll partner with industry-leading suppliers to make sure their materials and our manufacturing […]

  8. 3 Reasons Manufacturing is Coming Back to America

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    Everyone is familiar with offshoring — the process of sending manufacturing projects across seas in an effort to save costs has been in practice since the 1960s. But now a new trend is emerging called reshoring. Also known as “inshoring” or “backshoring,” reshoring manufacturing is returning previously offshored manufacturing processes back to America. The original […]

  9. How Can OEMs Cut Costs and Optimize Their Supply Chain?

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    For original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the stress of product design and manufacturing often overshadows the maintenance of a lean supply chain. Supply chain optimization is an initiative that always seems attractive, but it can be difficult to pinpoint just where to start. According to a recent TMG-IMG study, OEM supply chain management and optimization can […]

  10. Meet the New Knife Cutting Machine at CGR: Flashcut Flex HD

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    Knife cutting is one of the fastest and most precise methods for producing parts. From prototypes to final products, no matter the shape or size of a design, knife cutting technology offers flawless production for a wide range of materials. We’re excited to feature brand new technology to the CGR Fleet from ATOM. “Cutting”-edge tooling, […]