Pollak Industries

Pollak Industries is a manufacturing division of Arc Gateway, providing various training and employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.  Program participants have opportunities to earn an income and develop marketable skills and habits. They can choose to do sub-contract work or manufacture plant sleeves, survey stakes or concrete products.

Plant Sleeves

Employees at Pollak Industries manufacture plant sleeves in various standard and custom sizes. The plant sleeves are made from 50 lb., wet-strength Kraft paper. These products are shipped all over the nation to growers and nursery operators. Pollak Industries maintains many different sizes of plant sleeves in inventory, and other sizes are available by special order (up to 48’’ high).  


For pricing and sizes, click here.

Mardi Gras Bead Recycling

By collecting and selling bundles of beads, The Arc Gateway supports our community’s effort to recycle and reuse materials instead of generating waste. We are also generating revenues that help sustain our programs while providing vocational training and job opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.


For a list of donation sites, click here.


To purchase Mardi Gras beads, contact Sondra Massraf at 432-9161.

Survey Stakes

Lumber is cut into survey and grade stakes which are purchased by local surveyors, paving and grading contractors and building contractors in Florida and Alabama. Pollak Industries manufactures over 1 million survey stakes made from #2-#4 grade yellow pine each year, including hubs, wedges, laths and special products.


For pricing and sizes, click here.

Concrete Products

Workers in the concrete department pour cement to make parking bumpers, air conditioner pads, stepping stones, splash blocks, survey monuments and other items, such as mobile home pads. We also work with customers to create individual concrete products. 


For pricing and more information, click here.

Delivery Services

Delivery is available throughout the Panhandle area. Prices vary according to destination.  For pricing, please call 438-5022 or e-mail chicks@arc-gateway.org.

Meet our Manager at Pollak Industries

Carol Hicks, 850-438-5022, chicks@arc-gateway.org


Manager, Pollak Industries and Community-Based Employment Carol Hicks was born and raised in southern California (the mountains and small towns… not Los Angeles!). She earned her college degree at University of California at Santa Barbara and came to Florida in 1979 while traveling with her cousin. Like so many others, they both got “sand in our shoes” and decided to stay. Carol found a job with Arc Gateway in 1981 at Pollak Training Center as a behavior assistant. She transferred to Pollak Industries in 1982 as a skills trainer and moved up to vocational evaluator and then as the developmental training program coordinator until 1990, when she left that program to manage the agency’s Community-Based Employment. Carol now manages both Community-Based Employment and Pollak Industries.

Pollak Industries

2313 Truman Avenue

Pensacola, FL 32503


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