Curbell, Inc. is a privately-held company headquartered in Orchard Park, NY that operates two distinct companies: Curbell Plastics, Inc. and Curbell Medical Products, Inc.
Curbell Machine Company was founded in 1942 as a small machine shop in the heart of Buffalo's industrial district. Originally the internal machine shop for a macaroni manufacturer, the company discovered a new niche when approached by a local aerospace company to fabricate aircraft components from a relatively unknown material called "plastic." As the machine shop's expertise in plastic fabrication grew, other aerospace companies joined its client list, and soon the company became a separate entity, focusing exclusively on the custom fabrication of plastic components. The new company took the name "Curbell" from two of its major customers: Curtiss-Wright and Bell Aircraft.
After World War II, chemical manufacturers expanded their experimentation with plastics and introduced many new polymer materials into the industrial marketplace. These manufacturers approached Curbell Machine Company to become a distributor for their new materials. Curbell's distribution efforts were so successful, the company quickly spread across the state. To reflect the expanded nature of its operation, the company incorporated and changed its name to Curbell, Inc. Curbell continued to expand and, by the late 1970s, the company embarked on a major effort to create a national distribution network.
Today, Curbell Plastics is one of the nation's premier suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, and related materials, supplying hundreds of plastics products from distribution centers strategically located throughout the United States.
In 1960, General Electric Company introduced a line of hospital televisions and hired Curbell Plastics to vacuum form plastic housings for the wired remote control units, commonly known as "pillow speakers." When Curbell eventually began to not only fabricate the housings but also assemble completed units, Curbell Medical was born. The company leveraged its assembly expertise to build relationships with other television manufacturers, including Zenith, RCA and Admiral, until Curbell became the industry's largest supplier of replacement pillow speaker units. The company also began to privately label these products for the original equipment manufacturers. Over the next 40 years, Curbell Medical expanded its capabilities to include a full line of healthcare remote control and patient monitoring products.
Today, Curbell Medical is the largest manufacturer of signaling devices and related accessories for hospitals and nursing homes throughout the United States. In addition to its own products, Curbell Medical manufactures a variety of privately-labeled products for most of the major hospital communication system manufacturers in the country, and also distributes many other healthcare products.