Three Generations of
Commitment to L.I.C.
The Plaxall family has been a proud community leader
in Western Queens for over 70 years
It began with
Louis Pfohl founded Plaxall in the heart of Long Island City over 70 years ago with the help of his wife Pauline Mathis. A pioneer in the plastics industry as the originator of the process known as Thermoforming, he immediately recognized Long Island City’s potential as not only a manufacturing hub but also a bustling neighborhood for families that offered opportunities for diverse business growth.
Louis Pfohl believed L.I.C. held great promise as a bustling neighborhood for families and diverse business growth – a community reflecting the entrepreneurial spirit he embodied, but also accommodating inspiring changes.
Honoring a legacy
Pfohl’s children – Ann Pfohl Kirby, James Pfohl and Lynn Pfohl Quigley – worked to honor that vision, and expand Plaxall’s reach in the community beyond plastics, to real estate and civic advocacy. Seven decades after opening its doors on 46th Avenue, Plaxall remains committed to investing broadly in L.I.C.’s future. The family business is currently overseen by three of Pfohl’s fifteen grandchildren: Paula Kirby, Tony Pfohl and Matthew Quigley. Plaxall has worked to cultivate a community within its properties,
from providing space for local community groups like LIC Boathouse, Recycle-a-Bicycle and Art-O-Mat, to co-founding and sponsoring the popular LIC Flea & Food on its waterfront lot. At the same time Plaxall proudly supports local businesses and civic organizations such as the Coalition for Queens, the Jacob A. Riis Settlement House, LIC Cultural Alliance and the Long Island City Partnership, among many others, through the Mathis Pfohl Foundation and – in several cases -active Board membership.
Plaxall today, and
Plaxall founder Louis Pfohl always believed it was only a matter of time before Long Island City evolved from a manufacturing hub to a thriving mixed-use community. So with his 46th Avenue factory up and running in the 1950s, he started to invest in local real estate and began the purchase and rehabilitation of nearby properties. That business grew under the leadership of his children, James, Ann and Lynn, and eventually his grandson Andrew Louis Kirby, who worked in the business from the early ’90s until 2014.
In commitment to his firm belief in his transformation of Long Island City, Louis Pfohl purchased a 5-story factory and, with the addition of 5 stories and modern amenities, developed Hunters Point Plaza, one of the first modern office buildings on the south end of Jackson Avenue and, for a time, the tallest building in the neighborhood. The Plaxall real estate business continues to offer an array of attractive commercial spaces today under the the leadership of managing directors Paula Kirby, Tony Pfohl and Matthew Quigley.
Being a good neighbor
We’ve been a proud supporter of numerous outstanding community organizations for generations. These groups have helped make both LIC and New York a better place to live, work, and visit.