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How to Protect Yourself from Material Allocations

With disruptions to supply chains this year, we have learned a lot about how to keep your stock full when inventory is limited.

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CGM will be closed on Monday, May 31 for the Memorial Day Holiday

We will still be available for you in a Glue-Mergency!

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What You Can Do Now to Prepare for Future Sustainability Regulations

The world has its sights set on a sustainable future – including sustainable manufacturing and packaging.

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Which Glue to Use? Terminology & Everything You Need to Know About Glue!

Your handy glue glossary to help you decide which glue is right for you.

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CGM offers many digital safe & operating options to reduce paper use and lower our carbon footprint.

Creating ways to not only save paper but also time is our thing! We offer some new solutions for you!

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April 11 Marks the 14th Annual “Good Deeds Day”

We are inspired by how this day came to be and thought we would share some information we learned!

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CGM will be closed on Friday, April 2nd for Good Friday

We are still here for you in the event of a Glue-Mergency!

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Are you using the right NOZZLE for your HOT MELT application?

CGM breaks down the questions you should be asking to achieve optimum performance!

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How to Get Started with Implementing Sustainable Manufacturing Processes

Shoppers are seeking sustainable products AND packaging. Here’s how you can deliver.

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Meet Chicago Glue’s Glue-Mergency Service Van

We’re hitting the road in our brand-new service vehicle, stocked full of common adhesive equipment parts!

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HUDDLE UP!

CGM thought they could do without the daily huddle...Then the unthinkable happened!

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How Often Should Hot Melt Equipment Filters be Replaced?

Time for a Tech Talk! CGM answers your burning questions!

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Can My Bulk Hot Melt be Made Into Glue Sticks?

CGM breaks down this sticky situation with what you need to know.

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How the Graco InvisiPac Hot Melt System Can Help You Go Green

Prioritize sustainability, improve production efficiency, and stabilize your glue consumption rates.

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GOT STRING? Not all string is good string when it comes to hot melt!

CGM welcomes Joe Hetzer from H.B. Fuller – our guest blogger this month - to offer solutions to “Stringing”.

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UH-OH “GLUE-MERGENCY!” Make sure you never find yourself in a world without glue.

How CGM can help you avoid unnecessary repairs and downtime with preventative maintenance.

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CGM Introduces a New Customer Portal to Provide Next Level Customer Service - 24/7/365.

Place orders and check the status any time of the day. Register at Chicagoglue.com to get started!

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Happy National Seafood Bisque Soup Day! 10/19/2020!

CGM celebrates today by putting a spotlight on Red Lobster for their continued commitment to sustainability.

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Like a Leopard Can Change Its Spots, We Can Custom Make Adhesive Spots for Your Next Project!

Our Inside Sales Rep Becky Grotjan gives a great example of how we think about adhesive “spots” 24/7/364 so you don’t have to!

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“Recycle Villain” How Pringles® is working to remove this title with new recyclable packaging.

When we find a story of how companies are coming up with innovative ways to “go green” we just have to share!

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Hot Melt Pump Issues? We Will Have You ROCKIN’ ON Soon!

Before you repair or purchase a new machine, try these solutions to get over your pump hump!

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I Hope This Blog Post Makes You Fall Asleep!

We are excited to welcome back one of our favorite guest bloggers – Marcus Newman - along with Dr. Gary Schaffel. They offer insight on how to get a better night’s sleep.

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Would You Like to Have a Chat?

Live webchat is now available at chicagoglue.com!

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CASE STUDY: A Solution to Downtime, Adhesive Waste, and Unexpected Expenses

Read on to learn how CGM worked with Gold Standard Baking to reduce the stress of adhesive line problems using InvisiPac.

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Breakthrough for Diagnosing Covid-19 Quickly!

3M is developing a paper-based coronavirus test that could give results in minutes.

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Stick to the Bottle, Not the Machinery!

We warmly welcome our guest blogger Steve Shelby of H.B. Fuller to discuss how Evolution™ 2043 raises the bar in innovation and sustainability.

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CGM will be closed on 9/7/2020 for Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! Don't forget to double check your adhesive stock before the holiday weekend.

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FDA, USDA Issue Recommendations for PPE Shortage During COVID-19 Pandemic.

CGM has EPA Registered Disinfectants in Stock and Ready to Ship

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What is YOUR Unique Adhesive Application?

Our own Inside Sales Rep, Becky Grotjan, breaks down how CGM can help you with the right glue and adhesive choice!

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Sustainable Packaging Innovations are Here to Stay!

CGM recognizes companies who reflect broader industry trends, including composability/biodegradability, reusability, and recyclability.

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3 Steps is All it Takes for CGM to Troubleshoot Your Production Downtime and Save Money

Your production lines are the heartbeat of your business and we want to help you ensure that they are performing at the highest efficiency possible.

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Adhesives and Eye Surgery? What is the Connection?

Researchers Develop Adhesive Hydrogel for Treating Corneal Perforation

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Have You Ever Wondered Why Your Cookie Box Feels Like it is Cemented Shut When You Are Opening a New Box?

A guest blog from Nate Schneider; Technical Section Leader – Regulatory Stewardship Health, Hygiene, and Consumables with H.B. Fuller., a longtime supplier and collaborating partner with CGM answers this question and more!

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Robotics is Transforming the Packaging Industry.

CGM takes a look at how this trend can benefit any packaging operation.

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CGM Understands the Changes in Food Packaging.

When you schedule a complimentary audit with us, we can assure you stay ahead of the trends.

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CGM Tackles “Working from Home with Kids”

Look no further! We have the ultimate list of 100 ways to keep your kids busy this summer.

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We Love Celebrating Innovation Achievements in Adhesive Science.

Congratulations to Ms. Elisa Arikan for bridging the gender gap in this industry by winning this prestigious award.

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Balancing Water-Based Adhesives and Viscosity

CGM outlines some issues that may be causing your water-based adhesives to under-perform

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CGM Will Be Closed on Friday, July 3rd.

Happy Fourth of July! Don't forget to double check your adhesive stock before the holiday weekend.

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Hot Melt Viscosity? Boiling Pasta? 40% Adhesive Reduction?

CGM ties this all together with a proven solution!

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Module Technology – Making the Right Choice

CGM helps you determine the best choice for your application.

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Nik Lukic

Congratulations! Nik has been a part of the CGM team for 1 year!

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Question: What’s the Difference Between 450 Years and 1 Year?

Answer: Bio-Degradable Time of Plastic vs. Animal Plant Based Drinking Bottles.

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CGM Featured on Adhesives & Sealants Industry’s Podcast

Adam Norton shares how CGM supported Systematics in supplying face shields to healthcare workers.

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Why We Invested in a Technology Partnership

A guest blog from DataQuest Solutions, a longtime technology partner of Chicago Glue.

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CGM Transitions Back to Working Together Safely.

We seek to collaborate with our customers, suppliers and employees for the best possible strategy.

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Looking Out for Each Other With Social Distancing Practices & Oranges

Yes, oranges! Find out how eating an orange can boost your mood while self-isolating.

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Ever Wonder How to Change the Temperature on Nordson ProBlue®**?

CGM makes changing the temperature on a Nordson ProBlue® easy!

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CGM Will Be Closed on Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day

Don't forget to double check your adhesive stock before the holiday weekend.

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Case Study: Leveraging Adhesive Technology to Support Healthcare Workers

Learn how Chicago Glue and Systematics are supporting healthcare workers during the global pandemic.

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Our Co-Founder Irwin Katz is Proud to be a Boilermaker!

Purdue University creates a non-toxic adhesive alternative to what is currently available - based on what marine animals make themselves.

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CGM Welcomes Becky Grotjan to the Team!

Becky joined CGM in November of 2019

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CGM Implements 5S Methodology

How we put "shine", "set", "shine", "standardize" and "sustain" into action!

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CGM offers digital solutions to reduce paper use and lower our carbon footprint.

Did you know? We offer safe and secure electronic invoicing and accept electronic payments.

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CGM recognizes everyday as Earth Day

April 22nd is the 50th anniversary of the world coming together to build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and planet.

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CGM will be closed Friday 4/10 for Good Friday

Don't forget to double check your adhesive stock before the holiday weekend.

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Adam Norton

Congratulations! Adam has been part of the CGM team for 6 years

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CGM’s Essential Guide to Movies During Physical Distancing

In last week’s internal newsletter, we challenged our employees to put together a list of binge-worthy TV shows and movies to enjoy over the weekend while practicing physical distancing. Below is a collaborative list from our team, however……one overachiever compiled a list by genre and added a synopsis and review. Are we missing a show you love? Let us know!

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Christian Montesdeoca

Christian is celebrating 2 years with CGM this March. Congratulations!

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Lalo Mendoza

Congratulations! Lalo has been part of the CGM team for 12 years

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Maria Hernandez

Maria has been a part of the CGM team for 18 years! Congratulations!

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Tracy McMahon

Congratulations! Tracy is celebrating 9 years at CGM this February!

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Nirel Inman

Nirel is celebrating 26 years at CGM this December!

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CGM's Holiday Office Closures

We will be closed on 12/24, 12/25 and 12/31, 1/1

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Why Your Adhesive Equipment Needs Preventative Maintenance

Your adhesive equipment is important. Not only does it need to be checked and cleaned, but it deserves it!

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Beatriz Avila

Join us in congratulating Beatriz for 16 years at CGM!

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CGM Will Be Closed for Thanksgiving

Our offices will be closed on Thursday 11/28 and Friday 11/29

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Marisol Barrera

We're wishing a happy 8 year work anniversary to Marisol!

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Essential Technology to Keep Your Machines Running Smoothly

Asset Essentials software allows us to streamline our repair process so we can get your equipment back on the production line where it belongs faster than ever before.

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Michelle Weippert

Michelle is celebrating 4 years with Chicago Glue!

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Cold Weather is Upon Us! Are You Prepared?

Avoid a glue-mergency by ordering your adhesives, specifically your liquid adhesives, well in advance.

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Time-Based vs Distance-Based Pattern Controllers

How do you know which pattern controller to use? It all comes down to your production line.

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Brad Siegal

Join us in wishing Brad a happy work anniversary!

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How Dyne Levels Are Used for Troubleshooting Adhesive Applications

Dyne markers measure the surface energy of the materials they are applied to. Here's what each level means:

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Larson

Jennifer is celebrating 17 years at Chicago Glue & Machine!

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CGM Will Be Closed on Labor Day

Don't forget to double check your adhesive stock before the holiday weekend.

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Join Us in Welcoming CGM’s Newest Team Members!

We're thrilled to have Nikola and Jim on the CGM team.

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What’s the Impact of Environmentally Friendly Packaging on the Adhesive Industry?

The opportunity for innovation in the glue industry is unfolding before our eyes.

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Steve Hake

Join us in wishing a happy work anniversary to Steve this month!

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Francisco Miranda

Francisco is celebrating 17 years at Chicago Glue this July!

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Is the InvisiPac System Right for You?

If you want to save between 20% and 40% on glue, YES!

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How to Changeover Adhesive in Your Hot Melt Equipment

Follow our recommended steps below to make sure the transition to your new adhesive is as seamless as possible.

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CGM Will Be Closed on 7/4 and 7/5

Happy Fourth of July! Don't forget to double check your adhesive stock before the holiday weekend.

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Paula Nudo

Paula is celebrating five years at Chicago Glue this June!

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Omar Mendoza

This month Omar is celebrating 13 years with Chicago Glue.

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CGM Awarded H.B. Fuller’s “Distributor of the Year” Award

This award honors CGM’s leadership in the adhesive industry as well as our partnership, transparency, and loyalty to H.B. Fuller.

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4 Advantages of Metallocene Hot Melt Adhesives

Metallocenes have an overall better performance with four main advantages over EVAs.

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Rafael Palacio

Rafael is celebrating 28 years at Chicago Glue & Machine!

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Preventing Char in Hot Melt Adhesives

Here are ways you can be proactive in preventing char in your hot melt operations and keep your production line running smoothly.

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CGM Employee Spotlight: Nelson Fajardo

Nelson has been working at Chicago Glue for six years as a Machine Operator.

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What’s the Difference Between Resin and Dextrin Adhesives?

While they can sometimes be used in the same laminating applications, their features are quite different and can make a big impact on your application.

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CGM Will Be Closed on Good Friday 4/19

Please don't hesitate to call us at (630) 250-0700 if you have an emergency.

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CGM Celebrates 35 Years in Business!

Learn more about the founders of Chicago Glue & Machine, Irwin and Chuck.

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How to Prevent Oil in Air Lines from Shutting Down Your Adhesive Equipment

Did you know that oil in the air can be detrimental to your hot melt equipment?

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May the Force Be with You: The Science of Sticking

Have you ever wondered what makes glue sticky?

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Carlsberg Abandons Plastic Rings for Eco-Friendly Adhesive Solution

Not only is their adhesive solution impressive, but the impact it will have on the environment is even more unbelievable.

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