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Aexcel Corp. (vacuum lifts)

Aexcel Corp. of Mentor produces traffic safety paints and coatings in more than 500 formulations. Products are sealed, stored and transported from the manufacturing facility in five-gallon buckets that range in weight from 50 to 75 pounds. Previously, employees had to manually lift these buckets all day. Thanks to a recent safety grant, the company purchased two portable vacuum lifts. Employees now simply maneuver the portable pneumatic devices, pushing a button to elevate the bucket, which keeps employees safer and increases productivity.