About CTI


About CTI

CTI, based in Sacramento, CA with its primary subsidiary based in Shanghai, China has established nearly two dozen strategic alliances throughout China.

The company is in a high-growth phase with patented technologies that strategically place it at the front of the pack in its industry sector and product group. CTI ships hundreds of containers every month into North America and Europe with a steady growth trend.

CTI’s customer base is primarily OEMs and Distributors, which use our components to make finished goods that are sold to the Building Trade through the ”Big Box” companies or through distribution.

News & Announcements





Griff Reid

President & CEO




Executive Vice President
Business Development


Susan Gould

Vice President of
Information Technology



Corporate Secretary & Board Director

Rich Brooks

Executive VP & CFO




Executive Vice President


Scott Orr

Vice President Sales
NE Region    


Ron erdahl

Executive Vice President Sales




General Operations Manager, China             



Chairman of the Board                                         




Frequently Asked Questions

How do you repair chipping?
Any spackel or DAP products work well. Just apply product and sand as normal.

Are the CarbonCoat SuperJambs similar to other gesso products out on the market?
NO. We have developed our own patent pending coating that has many additional additives including impact modifiers and plasticisers to help reduce chipping and increase the durability. CTI also uses a patent pending engineered substrate that helps eliminate warping, twisting and cupping.

Do all CTI CarbonCoat SuperJambs come pre-mitred and cut to size?
Yes. That is standard. CTI also has the ability to machine for hinges and strike, as well as special dado specifications.

Where can I find CTI CarbonCoat SuperJambs?
Please call CTI for more information at 916-551-1850; the product is located throughout the United States in most fine home improvement retailers.

Are CTI CarbonCoat SuperJambs primed or prefinished?
CTI CarbonCoat SuperJambs are "semi-prefinished" in that they have a finish quality white color and surface quality and require no prep work (putty, caulking, sanding, primer base coat) prior to the end-user applying the finish coat of their desired paint color.

Are CTI CarbonCoat SuperJambs weather resistant?
CTI CarbonCoat SuperJambs are intended for interior use only and it is recommended that they be painted with a washable (semi-gloss) interior grade paint. As such they meet the same performance standards as other interior moulding products.

Can I cut the legs down to heads and use my damaged material and how do I match the "picture frame quality" miter joints?
Yes. CTI CarbonCoat SuperJambs cut just like any other wood jamb. CTI has also developed a special cutter head for use in the field. The cutter head can be installed on any standard 10" radial arm saw and re-cut the dado in one cut. Customers purchasing $50,000 per month can "Lease" this CTI patent pending technology and hardware at a "zero coupon rate" (no cost).

Are the CTI Exterior Frames primed or pre-painted?
They are pre-finished with two coats of exterior grade UV inhibitor paint. These can also be re-painted to any color desired without any additional prep work.

Are the CTI Exterior Frames rot or insect resistant?
Though they are not warrantied as such, the CTI Exterior Frames are made from an aromatic species of the Cypress/Fir/Cedar family. As such, they are more resistant to rot and insect damage than standard fast growing Radiatta or Elliotti Pine and are also more dimensionally stable.


Ask CTI a Question

Tel (916) 551-1850


History of CTI

History of CTI

Griff Reid's great-great-grandfather, John D. Schafer, left his native Germany in 1847 to migrate to the United States...

A native of Bonn, Germany, John graduated from Bonn High School and attended college at Pruell, from which he graduated and at which he soon became an instructor in music. As a young man, he saw the Revolution coming and in 1847 bought passage for himself and his young bride to New York. Once they arrived in America, the young couple settled in Wisconsin, where Mrs. Schafer died in 1852. Now a widower, Griff's great-great-grandfather John went overland to California where he found a new gold rush under way. This time in the Rogue River diggings of Oregon. He spent 1854 in Rogue River country. He traveled the next year for South America to seek riches in the Argentine, Peru and Bolivia. He found no riches, however, and in 1861 returned to Wisconsin, which at that time was almost a German province.

In the Wisconsin community, young John D. taught music and languages, and in 1868 married a young widow, Anna Muller, who was to become the mother of his great grandfather Peter and his brothers Hubert and Albert. A year later, the young family set off for California on the new transcontinental railroad. They stopped briefly in San Francisco and then traveled by ship to Victoria, British Columbia and finally by boat to Olympia, Washington.

In 1870, Olympia was not only the capital of the Washington Territory, but also was one of its largest towns. However, city life was not for John Schafer. He wanted to work the land. Leaving his family in Olympia, he traveled to Little Rock, a settlement on the Black River. With the help of a few Indians, he began construction of a scow to transport equipment and provisions for a homestead in the wilds of western Washington. Once John found the spot he wanted to homestead, he felled a few trees and again with help of the Indians, constructed a rude house of logs, split shakes and a dirt floor. He returned to Olympia, loaded his wife and children into a four-horse drawn wagon and began the overland trek to their new home. It took them two days to reach their destination.

Over the next few years, after laboriously turning their 160 acres into farm to produce foodstuffs for their selves as well to sell, two more children were born to John and Anna--Hubert and Albert. These three brothers were destined to establish Schafer Brothers Logging Co., which over the next 50 years would become the largest logging and timber producer in the Northwest, employing over 7000 people.

Griff's father, John D., was born in Aberdeen, Washington, the headquarters of Schafer Brothers in 1937. Aberdeen was a true logging town and as was the case in those times, Aberdeen had suffered a devastating fire in 1900. Griff's other Great Grandfather, George B. Reid was a noted architect who had been brought out from St. Louis to design the city of Port Angeles, Washington. George B. was the city architect of St. Louis but the "Great Northwest" pulled him West just as it did John Schafer. Following the Aberdeen fire, Mr. Reid was called in and preceded to design the majority of the buildings that became the new Aberdeen.