Orchard Park, NY, September 26, 2017 – Orchard Park-based Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, adhesives, sealants, and prototyping materials, has combined its environmental efforts to reuse and recycle materials with its support for education in the Cincinnati area. The Curbell Plastics Cincinnati location has provided a variety of materials to a local daycare center, the Loveland School District, and the Loveland High School Robotics team that may have otherwise been added to a landfill. The donations are part of an effort to reduce Curbell’s impact on the environment and also to help schools with materials that can be used for educational and extracurricular projects.
For the second year in a row Curbell Plastics has donated materials including ABS, PETG, polycarbonate, acrylic, UHMW, and Type I PVC to the Loveland FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team, the “Bionic Tigers,” to help them design and build a robot to compete in the State of Ohio Championships. In addition to materials, Curbell also worked with the students to help them determine the best types of materials to meet their design and competition challenges, mentoring them throughout the process.
According to Dan Talbott, District Inside Sales Manager for Curbell Plastics, “our Cincinnati employees wanted to do more than just provide materials and thought it would be a better educational experience to challenge the students to search out what they thought would work best.” Dan commented, “We really wanted to engage the students and give them a sense of how to determine the best material for the particular challenge. By doing the initial research, they are gaining a lot of knowledge that can be useful for the team and for future careers which is more valuable than a simple donation. We see this as a way to encourage students to consider careers as engineers, scientists, and researchers along with introducing them to the world of performance plastics.”
Curbell Plastics is also a regular contributor to the elementary and middle school in the Loveland School District and to a local daycare center. Materials donated to the elementary and middle schools include ABS, PETG, acrylic, polycarbonate, UHMW, and Celtec® which are used for various prototyping applications as part of their curriculum. FOME-COR® sheets were donated to the daycare center for craft projects. As part of an overall corporate environmental focus, the Cincinnati location welcomes requests for plastics and is delighted to share excess materials when possible.
According to Dan, “It is a win-win when we can provide materials that can be used in arts or science classes that schools might not otherwise have access to, while helping Curbell limit waste and find ways to reuse or recycle leftover materials.” The branch responds to requests for donations and sometimes pro-actively reaches out to see if schools or daycare centers have a need for excess materials.
Curbell Plastics, Inc. strategy of investing for the long term and focusing on customer needs has led the organization to grow from a small machine shop to one of the nation’s leading suppliers of plastic materials serving commercial and industrial customers since 1942. Curbell not only supplies plastic materials in nearly every form for thousands of commercial businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies but also provides innovative services, creative problem solving, and next-day delivery. Curbell Plastics has ISO 9001 certification for nine of their locations and corporate headquarters as well as ITAR and EAR compliance. A subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., Curbell Plastics is a privately held company with a 75-year history headquartered in Orchard Park, New York.