Curbell Plastics Relocates to Larger Waukegan Facility from Gurnee

Officials from Curbell Plastics and City of Waukegan gather for a recent ribbon cutting of the new facility. – Curbell Plastics photo

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by Long Hwa-shu

Curbell Plastics Inc., a leading supplier of plastic materials, has moved its Chicago operations to Waukegan from Gurnee to better serve its Chicago and Milwaukee area customers.

The 21,000-square-foot new location at 1070 S. Northpoint Blvd. is more than three times bigger than its former facility of 6,000 square feet in Gurnee. It houses offices and a warehouse.

“Waukegan offers Curbell Plastics a strategic location in the Midwest, serving both Chicago and Milwaukee,” said Gerry Helbig, president of the privately-held company.

Curbell is one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheets, rods, tubes, films, adhesives, sealants and prototyping materials. It has locations across the country.

“It is part of our larger plan for continued growth and it is a critical location for both our orthotics and prosthetics and our industrial plastics sales operations,” he added.

The building for the company’s new location had been vacant for more than six months. Renovations were mainly for electrical and communications with minor remodeling in the office area, the company said.

Curbell is one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheets, rods, tubes, films, adhesives, sealants and prototyping materials. It has locations across the country.

The Waukegan facility which went into operation on Jan. 16 provides Corbell with a distribution gateway to its western locations including Colorado, Arizona, California and Washington, the company said. Six employees are working at the new location with more to be added as operations grow.

The larger warehouse allows for expanded inventory and the ability to store customer specific materials. A new computerized panel saw will provide additional cutting capabilities to meet custom material requirements for customers, the company said.

Curbell, headquartered in Orchard Park, just outside of Buffalo, N.Y, is marking its 75 years in business this year. It started out as a machine shop in downtown Buffalo that expanded into plastics after an aircraft company inquired if the shop owners could fabricate some airplane parts with a relatively new material then – plastics.

Curbell established its Chicago-area presence in 2014 when it acquired O&P Enterprises which enabled the company to expand into the orthotics and prosthetics.

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