Orchard Park, NY, November 30, 2016 – Orchard Park-based Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, adhesives, sealants, and prototyping materials, helped an aspiring Eagle Scout with a project that provides hikers and sightseers with important information on the Appalachian Trail.
Mason Cobbler, a fifteen year old Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop #236, in Roanoke, Virginia was working on a project to build an informational kiosk on McAfee’s Knob Fire Road and Trail leading to McAffee’s Knob, one of the most popular and photographed spots on the entire 2,170 mile Appalachian Trail. When the Hidden Valley High School student needed a piece of clear polycarbonate sheet to cover and protect kiosk information from the elements, he researched possible companies for donations. This research led him to Curbell Plastics in Ashland, Virginia. According to Curbell Business Manager Dan Kane, “A donation to a project nearly three hours away is not something we usually consider, but our employees wanted to help.”
“A number of our employees have a special place in their heart for Eagle Scouts and thought this was a great project,” notes Kane. “We realized, however, that trying to ship the piece of polycarbonate Mason needed was going to be difficult and cost prohibitive. We were determined to help, so we worked with Mason to identify the specific material he needed and where he could purchase it locally. We then sent him a gift card to cover the cost.”
Cobbler partnered with the Roanoke Appalachian Club which helped remove the old signage and assisted him with compliance to the many regulations and specifications required by the National Forest Service. According to Cobbler, “Curbell Plastics was a huge help with this project which serves our community. I can’t thank them enough.”
The kiosk, which includes a large sign with a roof to provide shelter, was completed in August and provides detailed information (directions and safety tips) to hikers headed to this picturesque part of the Appalachian Trail. The polycarbonate sheet purchase made possible by Curbell’s donation provides a clear protective cover for the trail information shielding it from the elements preserving it for years to come.
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 74-year history headquartered in Orchard Park, New York.