Plastics shapes distributor Curbell Plastics is supplying materials to manufacturers for protective equipment used at hospitals and temporary care facilities during the COVID-19 crisis.
The equipment is used to protect medical professionals and patients, officials with Orchard Park, N.Y.-based Curbell said in a news release.
Acrylic, glycol-modified PET and polycarbonate sheet supplied by Curbell is being used for windows, glove boxes, intubation covers and safety shields. Face shields are being made from clear thin-gauge sheet and film materials.
Curbell also is supplying Kydex-brand materials as a solution to offer resistance to harsh disinfectants and bacteriological growth for medical furniture and equipment housings. Expanded PVC is being used to create hospital room wall partitions and medical workstations, and high density polyethylene sheet is being used for hospital bed components.
In addition, Curbell has supplied acrylic and polycarbonate materials to manufacturers for cashier shields and walk-up windows at grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, clinics and hospitals, officials said.
"Our company is well positioned to lend expertise and provide inventory to businesses that make equipment, and manufacturers who are shifting production to help meet the demand needed to fight this pandemic," President Gerry Helbig said in the release.
Curbell, founded in 1942, supplies performance plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, adhesives, sealants and prototyping materials for manufacturing to thousands of businesses, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.
In the last eight years, Curbell has made seven acquisitions, most recently buying the plastics business of Great Lakes Plastic Co. Inc. of nearby Buffalo in November.