CG Thermal Leadership


Richard Chandler, President

After commissioned service in the US Army and an MBA degree, Chandler began his career in industry in 1974 with the Graphite Products Division of Carborundum Company. Shortly afterward, this was renamed the Metaullics Systems Division, with Chandler as General Manager. One of the major products produced by this Division was graphite heat exchangers of all major types including shell and tube, cross-bored block and cubic heat exchangers. Also, this Division was responsible for designing and introducing to the chemical process industry the revolutionary SiC-tubed heat exchanger now sold by CG Thermal under the Umax® name. In 1993, the Division was spun off from Carborundum Company, and acquired by a group of investors including Chandler. The heat exchanger business achieved unprecedented growth and success under this group, including establishment of a plant in China to serve that fast-growing market. The business was acquired by Carbone Lorraine in 1998.

In 2010, Chandler led a group of key past employees of the Metaullics Systems Division to re-constitute this business, and bring to the CPE the same commitment to design excellence, quality and customer care that led to the division’s previous success. Product offerings of the new company, CG Thermal LLC, include a complete line of graphite and ceramic heat exchangers and fluoropolymer lined components.

Greg Becherer, VP Sales and Marketing

Greg began his career as an Application Engineer with BW Rogers Co., a distributor of many lines of equipment for the CPE. He then moved The Carborundum Company in 1987, where he learned the application and design of graphite heat exchangers from the bottom up. After the Division was sold to Carbone, Greg took on the job of Sr. VP, Sales and Marketing of the AstroCosmos Division, becoming an expert in the applications of reactive metal heat exchangers and process equipment, in addition to graphite and ceramics.

Greg has been involved in almost every aspect of the graphite and ceramic corrosion resistant heat exchanger market, including design and application engineering, development of advanced design heat exchangers, and the full range of sales, marketing, and international business development activities. With his extensive CPE experience, and a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Greg is a recognized expert in corrosive heat transfer applications.

Greg is a principal and charter member of CG Thermal LLC, and brings his considerable technical expertise and knowledge of the needs of the CPE to our customers.

Steve Hairston, Manager Process Engineering and Compliance

Steve has had a varied technical background and career, with B.S. degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. In 1988, he accepted a position at the BP America Research Center doing work which included developing forming and firing techniques for the SiC ceramic used in Umax® ceramic heat exchangers.

He joined the Metaullics Systems Co. in 1997, where he was involved in all aspects of process engineering and manufacturing of graphite and ceramic chemical process equipment, including process/quality control, safety management, equipment design and operating cost reduction projects. He was responsible for the new plant design and start-up in China including specification and design of equipment, installation and start up, training of plant personnel, and quality/process control.

Steve is a principal and charter member of CG Thermal LLC, and brings his excellent background and experience to our company and to the customers in the CPE which we serve.

B. David Hudson, Principal and Charter Member

After receiving his B.S.M.E. and M.B.A. degrees, David began his career with the Pfaudler Company, where he had complete engineering responsibility for thermal and mechanical design of their glass and alloy heat exchangers, for a period of 20 years. Then, after the Metaullics Heat Exchanger Division (then owned by BP America) was merged with Pfaudler, David took on additional responsibility for the design and sizing of graphite heat exchangers.

In 1987, David joined the Metaullics Systems Company as Engineering Manager for the Heat Exchanger Group. In that position, he was instrumental in the design of the award winning Hexoloy® ceramic heat exchanger, which continues at CG Thermal under the Umax® trade name. In total, David has almost 40 years of experience in mechanical design and thermal sizing of corrosion resistant heat exchangers for the CPE.

He is a principal and charter member of CG Thermal LLC.

Aaron Viet, Engineering Design Manager

Aaron became part of the CG Thermal design team in 2014, bringing with him over a decade of graphite equipment design.  A graduate of Virginia Western University he has been involved with all aspects of graphite equipment design since 2006.  Prior to joining CG Thermal in 2014 he had been the Design Engineering Manager for Mersen USA (formally Carbone of America) since 2010.

Aaron is the acting Chairperson for the ASME Sub-Group of Graphite Pressure Equipment where he has been a member since 2010.  He is also a member of the ASME Section VIII main committee and part of NBIC Subgroup graphite working group.   His working knowledge of code design rules,  extensive hands-on design experience, and practical approach brings high value to all of our projects..


Joan Bova, Technical Sales Manager

Joanie began her career as an application engineer for cooling tower and closed circuit cooling products at Baltimore Aircoil Company. She expanded her involvement with heat transfer equipment while working with James R. McQuaide, Inc., a sales organization in the Philadelphia area representing equipment lines focused on commercial cooling.

In 2014, Joanie joined CG Thermal where her main role is to provide technical support to our customers and sales team.  She is involved in all products and applications, with a focus on the steel pickling and specialty metal processing.  She is well versed in the AspenTech software and assists in evaluating thermal selections.  She enjoys meeting customers and potential customers to more fully understand their processes and help evaluate options or upgrades. Joanie works closely with both engineering and production to ensure  the customer receives the best possible product to meet their requirements.

Joan holds a degree of Mechanical Engineering from The University of Notre Dame, and is a member of AIST.


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