Orchard Park, N.Y., February 11, 2021 – Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s top suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, tapes, fabricated parts, and one of the largest suppliers of plastic sheet to the orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) market, recently donated over 2,500 pounds of plastic materials to the international nonprofit Range of Motion Project (ROMP).
While attending the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) exhibition in San Diego in 2019, Jeff Wilson, Senior Business Development Manager - Curbell O&P, met Lauren “LP” Panasewicz, Director of Development at ROMP. Learning about ROMP’s mission to provide high quality prosthetic care in underserved populations to enhance mobility and unlock human potential captured Jeff’s attention. In early 2020 as Curbell O&P was consolidating their Arlington, TX locations, Jeff remembered that conversation. Even with a new optimized racking system, Curbell O&P realized they did not have enough space to house the inventory of two locations in one. Taking a look at the extra plastic materials which included uncommonly used sheet sizes for O&P fabrication, a list was compiled of EVA materials for flexible inner liners (OP-TEK® Flex, OP-TEK® Flex Comfort and Proflex with silicone), Polypro, Copoly, LDPE, and Orfitrans™ Stiff.
Not wanting this material to end up in a landfill, and adhering to Curbell’s sustainability initiatives, Jeff contacted LP at ROMP and asked if they wanted any of the material. LP sent the list of materials to ROMP’s CEO and Executive Director David Krupa. When David saw the list, he immediately responded, “Can we have it all?” Curbell O&P was more than happy to oblige David’s request and prepared the materials for shipment to ROMP’s reopened location in Quito, Ecuador. Once tallied, the market value of the material exceeded $25,000.
As with any non-profit organization, ROMP has to stretch their funds as far as possible. David estimated that the Curbell O&P material donation would help anywhere from 500 to 700 patients in Ecuador. Jeff and the Curbell O&P team felt very fortunate to be able to help so many underprivileged patients along with keeping the material from going to a landfill.
About Curbell Plastics, Inc.
Curbell Plastics grew into one of the nation’s top plastic materials suppliers by investing for the long term and focusing foremost on the needs of its customers — a strategy that has set the company apart since its founding in 1942.
Curbell supplies performance plastics — durable and lightweight materials that minimize energy consumption and add value to countless commercial and industrial applications — to thousands of businesses, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies. The company also offers plastic film, adhesives, sealants, tapes, prototyping and tooling materials, and fabricated plastic parts. Its innovative services include a nationwide team of material experts to help customers solve engineering and application challenges.
Curbell Plastics, a privately held subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., has 21 locations nationwide and is based in Orchard Park, New York. It has ISO 9001 certification for eight of its locations and its corporate headquarters, and it maintains ITAR and EAR compliance company-wide.