Curbell Plastics Provides Materials to RIT’s Winning Baja SAE Race Team

HDPE sheets were used to make this year’s vehicle skid plate

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Beth Summers
Curbell Plastics, Inc.
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ORCHARD PARK, NY – September 25, 2018 – Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube and film continued its support of the RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) Baja SAE race team with HDPE sheet material donations for its’ 2018 all-terrain competition vehicle. The HDPE material was used to make the skid plate for this year’s vehicle protecting vital undercarriage mechanicals. Scott Moss, Senior Inside Sales Representative for Curbell Plastics Rochester location commented on the partnership with the RIT Baja Team, “We have been donating to the team for about 15 years providing materials used in prototypes and competition vehicles. It has been exciting for us to watch this team progress over the years.”

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The RIT Baja SAE all-terrain vehicle competing in one of its events with the HDPE sheet material supplied by Curbell Plastics used as a skid plate.

To compete in the Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition, engineering students are tasked with designing and building a single-seat, all-terrain vehicle. The prototype must be a reliable, maintainable, ergonomic, and economic production vehicle that would serve a recreational user market. The students learn to work together as a team to design, engineer, build, test, promote, and compete with a vehicle while remaining within the SAE rule limitations. This provides an opportunity for the students to experience the production cycle first hand under many different conditions as well as the importance of the manufacturing and marketing processes for the production of an all-terrain vehicle.

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The RIT Baja SAE Team with their award winning competition vehicle.

RIT Baja SAE competes in international competitions sponsored and organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers. This year the team competed in 3 regional competitions earning first place in Maryland, third place in Kansas, and first place in Oregon securing them a first place finish overall at the Baja SAE North American Competition. The team was honored with the Mike Schmidt Memorial Iron Team Award by having the most points earned from all three of the North American Competitions.

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The muddied RIT Baja SAE vehicle with some of the trophies won.

According to Dana Eschler, Mechanical Engineering Student and Baja SAE Frame Lead, “This award is incredibly special to us as it is in honor of the founding member of the second iteration of our team, Mike Schmidt. Mike sadly passed away in an accident prior to his graduation from RIT. This is the first time in 16 years that the team has won this award.”

About Curbell Plastics

Curbell Plastics, Inc. strategy of investing for the long term and focusing on customer needs has led the organization to grow into one of the nation’s Top Five plastic materials distributors serving commercial and industrial customers since 1942.

Curbell supplies plastic sheet, rod, tube and film materials as well as adhesives and fabricated plastic parts to thousands of commercial businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies while offering innovative services, creative problem solving and next-day delivery. Curbell Plastics has ISO 9001 certification for nine of their locations and corporate headquarters as well as ITAR and EAR compliance. A subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., Curbell Plastics is a privately held company with a 76-year history headquartered in Orchard Park, New York.