Orchard Park, NY, June 27, 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, made a critical donation and shared their expertise to help the Patrick Henry High School Robotics team in Ashland, Virginia. The “Official Robot Constructors of Ashland” as the team is called, participated in the Chesapeake Group for Robotics Competition with their most successful outcome to date, advancing to the quarter-finals and semi-finals in two competitions.
The high school team, comprised of students in grades 9-12, had six weeks to design and build a robot under specifications provided by the Chesapeake Group with a “Steamroller” theme. The team reached out to Curbell Plastics for support. Dan Kane, Business Manager of Curbell Plastics, Ashland, VA visited with the group to learn more about the project and how the company could help. Kane recommended the team use polycarbonate for a bucket that was a critical part of the robot used to complete tasks outlined by the competition. Curbell Plastics donated the polycarbonate and the fabrication of the bucket to the team.
According to Amanda DiMasa, biology teacher and robotic team coach, “Our team tries hard to keep our designs simple and relatively inexpensive because we do not have deep resources. Curbell’s help was crucial to helping us build the robot. The recommendation of the polycarbonate was important since the bucket really took a beating in the competition and our original material choice would not have held up.”
Kane added, “We were so pleased to help out our hometown high school and we hope that we can be involved in the future. While we could have just donated money or materials, it was great to be able to get to know the team and support them in building their design using a material that was a good fit for the project.”
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.