Uptown Greenville, NC


CMI Plastics Designs ‘Pirate Hat’ for ECU

Greenville, NC (October 29, 2009) – CMI Plastics, one of Pitt County’s newest industries, has created a hat just in time for Halloween and the next ECU home game. The black pirate hat was designed exclusively for ECU.

The “Pirate Hat” is a patent-pending design created by CMI president, Steve Hasselbach, Jr., who came up with the final design after about eight prototypes. “There was nothing on the market in terms of an inexpensive party-type, disposable hat for ECU games,” Hasselbach explains.

Daniel Pierce, an ECU MBA student interning at CMI Plastics, linked Hasselbach with John Palmer, merchandising manager for ECU, who agreed that it was a good idea.

Palmer comments, “The best thing about the hats is that they are so inexpensive.” The adult hat is $3.00 and the youth hat is $2.00.

Currently available in Dowdy Student Stores in the Wright Building on campus, the hats will also be available before the nationally televised ECU/Virginia Tech game on November 5. Look for them pre-game, in the Dowdy Student Stores Tailgate Trailer at Gate 5. If sales are good, more hats will be available in different styles and colors. Hasselbach mentioned that he is also working on similar items for parties and events.

CMI Plastics, a third generation company known for its ingenuity in the industry, continues to create innovative products for new and existing clients. Hasselbach’s creativity along with a desire to partner in his new community may result in a win-win for both our university and our industrial community.

The hats will be 25% off at the Dowdy Student Stores, October 28-31, along with other black apparel for Halloween and the upcoming “black-out” game November 5.