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City of Huntington, Indiana

City of Huntington, Indiana

“It is very exciting to present this new product to community members. These will provide some seating in areas that we haven’t had before and replace some benches that were becoming unsafe due to rust and cracking,” Parks Superintendent Steve Yoder said. “I also love the QR code option on each bench that will not only explain how the bench is made but also highlight things going on in our amazing community."

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Harris County Commissioner's Office (Houston, TX)

Harris County Commissioner's Office (Houston, TX)

Commissioner Briones joins forces with Energy Corridor, Shell for unique gathering space and art mural. Harris County Commissioner Lesley Briones in partnership with Shell and the Energy Corridor District officially opened the gathering space and container art mural at Energy...

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Maquoketa Sentinel-Press (Iowa)

Maquoketa Sentinel-Press (Iowa)

"Vestas and Canvus went above and beyond for the project,” said Carrie Herring. 

Herring also reached out to Canvus, a company Vestas uses to help produce products with recycled blades. Canvus also agreed to donate a uniquely painted recycled bench for the area and to paint and seal the recycled fiberglass blades for the wall. 

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KCRG-TV (Cedar Rapids, IA)

KCRG-TV (Cedar Rapids, IA)

“When you make goals for yourself, that helps you prepare for your future to be successful,” says Herring. “Being in Girl Scouts and helping with community projects helped me make goals for my future.”

A Maquoketa Parks Department crew helped create the pit, raking out gravel, framing the octagon, pouring cement, and assembling the recycled materials into the pit.

A bench was also made from recycled blades, and the company, Canvus, painted and sealed the bench at no charge.

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Tehachapi News

Tehachapi News

“When the American Legion talked about a way to honor Gilbert Mitchell, the timing worked out perfectly, as we were able to help them through this collaboration with the recently donated benches,” City Manager Greg Garrett said in a news release. “We felt it was appropriate to make sure the first of six benches to be placed throughout the city be given to the American Legion for our veteran community.”

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KGET-TV (NBC Bakersfield, CA)

KGET-TV (NBC Bakersfield, CA)

Commander Lynn Eckert with the American Legion in Tehachapi says, “There is a man. There is a face. There is a vet who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us, for our freedom, and we need to recognize him.”

After two years of planning, a one-of-a-kind bench honoring Mitchell was created by a company called, Canvus. Canvus uses wind turbine blades and recycles them into memorials.

Tehachapi councilmember and Veteran, Phil Smith says, “The lower portion is a larger portion of a wind turbine blade, and the upper portion is more toward the tip.”

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The Bakersfield Californian

The Bakersfield Californian

“I have been looking for a way to honor Gilbert Mitchell’s service and recognize him as Tehachapi’s only MIA,” Post 221 commander Lynn Eckert said in a news release.

The bench is custom-made from wind turbine blades and was donated to the city of Tehachapi by Canvus, a company that creates functional art from retired blades.

“The opportunity to dedicate this bench to (Gilbert) is something the American Legion is happy to work with the city of Tehachapi and Canvus,” Eckert said.

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The Villager Newspaper

The Villager Newspaper

Each piece was handcrafted at Canvus’ 110,000 sq-ft manufacturing facility in Avon, Ohio. Two of the pieces were painted by local Cleveland artists Lisa Quine and Lacy Talley. Each product includes a QR code that people can scan to learn more about the Canvus product, why PPG donated them, and the latest information from the city of Avon.

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23ABC News (Bakersfield, CA)

23ABC News (Bakersfield, CA)

“It’s a beautiful day in Tehachapi and it’s a beautiful day to honor one of our local heroes,” Linda Stivers said.

Linda Stivers grew up going to school with Gilbert, and they graduated high school together in 1959.

"He, in our senior class, he was voted most likely to succeed," Stivers said. "I remember him, as we all grew up together, as being very dependable and a very well-mannered young man."

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