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Pencils and Smiles: A Personal Effort To Help School Children in Zimbabwe

Pencils & Smiles: A Personal Effort To Bring School Supplies to Students in Zimbabwe

By:  Fadzai Mavindidze

Moved by the story of a grandmother who walked over 5 miles to my grandfather’s homestead to borrow a pencil so that her grandchild could attend school, I made the decision to make a difference. Pencils and Smiles is an initiative that aims to ease the adverse effects of unimaginable situations and circumstances such as these, caused by poverty, which are robbing children in this little village, Mazvihwa in Zvishavane Zimbabwe, of their basic right to education.

Pencils and Smiles seeks to bridge the gap between education and poverty. We endeavor to motivate and encourage those less privileged, giving them hope for a better future and an opportunity to tower above the effects of the poverty they are born into.

Mission of Pencils and Smiles:

To make the learning process an enjoyable and fruitful experience through provision of necessary tools and equipment  for every child. 

  • We want to equip these children and give them hope, we want to plant smiles on each and every one of them and keep them looking forward to going to school.
  • We believe every child deserves a chance and an opportunity to reach their fullest potential regardless of their financial backgrounds. We believe we can do something to make it happen.
  • We started out by making sure each child had a pencil so they wouldn’t stay at home because they had nothing to write with.
  • We then moved on to distributing not only pencils but other stationery too for the upper grades (grades 3 to 7).

In October 2017,  we launched the first library system for the younger grades, kindergarten to grade 3 and we also distributed toys and visual aids that help to stimulate the little ones’ minds. 

Pencils and Smiles has also been privileged as guest of honor at Gwamadube primary school for 2 consecutive years starting in 2016. We provide prizes for excelling and outstanding students and also award a semester’s worth of school fees and supply uniforms for every top student from kindergarten to the 7th grade.

We are not stopping here.

To find out how you can help Fadzai in this personal effort* to help these children. Contact: pencils.smiles@gmail.com 


*Pencils and Smiles is a personal effort and not a registered 501 c3.  It has no affiliation with Gibbs Wire & Steel.

The Gibbs Team ‘Toys for Tots’ Toy Drive

The Gibbs Connecticut Team Exceeded Goals For Annual “Toys for Tots” Campaign

The generous staff and community of people at Gibbs came together this Holiday Season to collect a near truckload of toys for the Marine’s, ‘Toys for Tots’ campaign.  A friendly, competitive spirit, between the office and manufacturing department, proved to be the catalyst for a successful toy drive.   

We’re proud of the efforts of all that coordinated and donated. 



Gibbs Launches A Contest of Ideas! Win $1000, $500, or $300!


Invent or Create a Product or Service Utilizing Stainless Steel Coil Scrap and/or Excess Inventory and Win Up to $1000.00!

Gibbs is looking for a creative use of our scrap and excess inventory created from our slitting process. Slitting is a metal cutting process that ‘slices’ narrower coils from a wider coil.  The coil cutting process requires us to take an outer edge cut or a “side-cut” that frequently becomes scrap. In addition, the coil cutting process can produce shavings, which also become scrap. The ‘middle material’, or prime coil material, is utilized for many applications but, we may have overages of excess of prime coil inventory on our shelves, that goes unused.

Rather than scrap the side-cuts, shavings, and prime excess inventory, we’d like you to suggest a use, re-use, re-purpose, creation, service, or invention!  You may suggest an idea from one or all of the forms of excess material we have!

We want your ideas and we’re giving away $1000.00, $500.00, and $300.00 prizes!

Visit the Contest Website: GibbsMetalsContest.com

Contest begins on December 1, 2017, at 8:00am EST and ends at 5:00pm EST on March 1, 2018. Only three Entries per person allowed. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C., Mexico, and Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority. Prizes consist of a $1000 USD award for to the best idea (Grand Prize), $500 USD for Second Place, and $300 USD for Third Place. Odds of winning depend on the number and caliber of entries received; winning Entries will be chosen according to judging criteria. Total ARV of all Prizes is $1800 USD. Winners are responsible for all taxes associated with the prize. Subject to full Official Rules at . Sponsor: Gibbs Wire & Steel Co., Inc.  Void in Quebec, and where prohibited by law.

Gibbs Canada

Strip & Wire Close-Up - Gibbs of Brampton, Canada!

Located in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, our facility provides strip and wire products throughout Canada. We stock a vast inventory of wire and strip for many industries including; spring, automotive, aerospace, electronics, medical, oil & gas, chemical processing, pulp/paper, and more. Our materials include stainless steel, carbon, specialty metals, and red metals. We provide precision slitting capabilities for light gauge strip as thin as .002″ and as narrow as .024″.  We can provide exceptionally tight tolerances, as well as, a variety of edges and winding options.

Round Wire


  • Min 0.005 in / .127 mm
  • Max 0.625 in / 15.875 mm


Carbon Steel:

Music Wire, Phosphate Coated Music Wire, Corrostan Music Wire, Preco Z Music Wire, Preco N Music Wire, OTMB Spring Wire Class I, OTMB Spring Wire Class II, OT Chrome Vanadium CQ, OT Chrome Vanadium VQ, OT Chrome Silicon CQ, OT Chrom Silicon VQ, Hard Drawn MB Spring Wire, Galvanized Hard Drawn MB Spring Wire Class I

Stainless Steel:

302, 302 Nickel Coated, 316, 17-7PH, 17-7PH Nickel Coated

Specialty Metals:

Inconel X750 Spring Wire, Inconel 600 Spring Wire

Red Metals:

Phos Bronze Spring Wire






Strip Coil


  • Min     0.0020 in /  0.0508 mm
  • Max    0.062 in / 1.575 mm


  • Min  0.024 in / 0 .6096 mm
  • Max    24 in / 609.6 mm

Gibbs can precision slit light gauge coil/foil to exceptionally narrow widths, to 0.024″/0.6096mm.

Contact Sales for specific tolerances on your thickness/width strip request.


Stainless Steel Strip:

201, 301, 301 high yield, 302, 304, 304L, 305, 316, 316L, 316Ti, 17-7 PH, 420

Carbon Steel Strip:

1008, 1050, 1060, 1070, 1074, 1075, 1095

Specialty Metal Strip:

Inconel® 600, Inconel® 625, X750, 800H, Ti Grade 2, Hastelloy® B3, Incoloy® 825, Duplex 2205, Alloy 20

Red Metals Strip:

Phosphor Bronze, Beryllium Copper

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Phone: 905.791.6811
Fax: 905.791.9588

301 Stainless Steel Strip Excess Inventory Available!

301 High Yield and 304 Tempered Finished Cuts In Stock - Order Now!

Gibbs has pre-cut quantities of 301 stainless steel tempered strip in light gauge sizes and ready for immediate shipment.  Please view our off the shelf finished cut items here: https://www.gibbswire.com/finished-cuts/.  These finished cuts are ideal for prototype orders or small jobs.  

If you don’t see the size or item you need, send us your requirement here:

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