Think of him as a big watchdog – or, watchgorilla – for your yard.
The Barnes and Noble Gorilla Bookstore at PSU has partnered with a local plastics company to begin selling large, plastic gorillas perfect for gardens, offices – pretty much anywhere you’d like to see a nearly 4-foot-tall Gus.
Manufactured by Charloma, Inc., a small plastics company in Cherryvale, Kan., the sale of the gorillas supports the Charloma Gorilla Scholarship, a new scholarship fund that provides money to students majoring in plastics engineering technology who have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Derek Renfro, engineering sales manager for Charloma, said the original mold was developed by a student during PSU’s centennial in 2003. After the castings were complete, Charloma framed the mold and has been manufacturing the very detailed, seated Gorilla ever since. The gorillas sell for $115 each – $25 of which goes to the scholarship fund.
“We’re always trying to figure out a way to support plastics students,” said Renfro, adding that several PSU alumni work for the company.
The first Charloma Gorilla Scholarships will be awarded this spring for next fall’s academic semester. To purchase one, contact the bookstore at 620-235-4875.