For most of our history, CGT was owned by five generations of the Chaplin family. We have survived two world wars and many trade-related challenges over the decades.
This year, we are celebrating our 150th anniversary — we’re almost as old as Canada! Read on for 10 fun facts that you didn’t know about CGT and our history:
- CGT began as an exporter of wagon wheels and axe handles.
- In our earlier years, we were known for producing things such as rain coats, wallpaper, and shower curtains.
- CGT has been supplying pool liners for 50 years and is now the number one provider of in-ground pool liners in the world today.
- CGT began producing the “polymeric film” used on modern car seat coverings and instrument panels in the 1990s. We now manufacture over 60 million yards of polymeric film each year.
- CGT has an innovation centre in Changshu, China — where we are working on the next generation of polymeric films.
- We are proud to have been the manufacturer of the Ford Model T convertible tops in the early 1900s. After all, it was the Model T that put the world on wheels.
- CGT is the largest manufacturer of automotive surface materials in the world. Our materials are used in almost by mainstream automobile brands.
- CGT employs over 1200 people globally.
- Nearly 60 percent of our 500-employee Cambridge workforce have been with CGT for more than a decade.
- In June 2019, CGT completed the restoration of the former Waterworks Park in Cambridge, Ontario. Now known as CGT Fields, the ballpark is home to the Cambridge Minor Baseball Association.