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Conex Cable LLC
www.conexcable.com / HQ: DeKalb, Ill. / Employees: 35 / Specialty: Aluminum-clad and galvanized steel wire / Charles Dobbel, plant manager: "We are a very lean and mean company."

Midwest

A Single Source

conex cable increases its offerings by adding a
galvanized steel wire production line. by jim harris

plant manager charles dobbel (left)
and production manager brian starr
are dedicated to monitoring conex's
manufacturing quality.

Conex Cable LLC prides itself on
its ability to react quickly to its customers' needs. "We can make anything happen in an emergency or on
short notice; our quick response is
our greatest strength," says Jerry
Bills, a consultant to the company for
more than 25 years. "We recently had
a customer from California call us to
say they needed something to be in
Hawaii in a hurry. That was prepared
for shipment the next day."
The company's management team
is in constant contact with its customers as well as sales, manufacturing and
facility teams. "We are a very lean and
mean company," says Plant Manager
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Charles Dobbel, a 14-year veteran of
the company with 40-plus years of industry experience.
"We have a small management staff
that gives us the ability to take action
when needed without going through
corporate bureaucracy," he adds.
Conex in recent years has added to
its capabilities in response to customer demands. The company, which specializes in producing aluminum-clad
(AS) steel wire, in 2015 expanded its
manufacturing facility in DeKalb, Ill.,
to also produce galvanized steel wire.
The facility began producing galvanized steel wire the following year.
The $3.5 million expansion project

made Conex the only company in the
United States to offer both AS and galvanized wire. "This gives our customers one source for both products,"
Bills says.
The company supplies both AS and
galvanized steel wire to customers
such as electric utilities, cable manufacturers, telephone companies and
accessory manufacturers.
Both types of wire are used for applications including as guy and messenger wires and overhead ground
and shield wires on electrical transmission and distribution lines. A
large portion of the company's electric utility customers are involved in


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