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Wendy Reuer, Published October 19 2012

TRADE TALK: Ergologistics’ hand truck garners award

Fargo-based Ergologistics received an award from the Wall Street Journal this week for its Lift’n Buddy mobile lifting device.

The electric hand truck was named the best Technology Design.

Lift’n Buddy, made to reduce injuries from repetitive lifting, combines a standard two-wheeler’s durability with automatic lifting capabilities.

The Wall Street Journal reported receiving 536 applications for the award from more than two dozen countries. Of those, 172 entries were chosen by editors and reporters and forwarded to an independent panel of judges who picked 37 winners in 18 categories.

Ergologistics is a startup company based at the North Dakota State University Technology Incubator that introduced the Lift’n Buddy in 2011.

Lift’n Buddy was named the 2012 Gold Edison Award winner earlier this year.

Startup company forms

A startup company in Colfax, N.D., recently signed a license agreement with the North Dakota State University Research Foundation.

The company, c2renew corp., will market new technology developed by the Research Foundation that creates performance-driven biocomposite materials by incorporating agricultural byproducts into plastics.

The green technology was developed by Chad Ulven, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at NDSU. Ulven and his team of researchers focused on using the new technology with agricultural applications.

It offsets the cost of using petroleum-based polymers/plastics by using products considered waste.

Colombia trade mission

The recent North Dakota trade mission to Colombia was a reported success.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says North Dakota’s first trade mission to Colombia in four years shows promise for a long and profitable trade relationship.

Representatives from Case New Holland, ECHO Bear Cat, JM Grain, Lura Enterprises, Northarvest Bean Growers and RDO Equipment joined state officials in meeting with potential buyers in the cities of Bogota and Medellin.

“We came out with what I see to be a very desirable distributor for this market,” David McIntyre of ECHO Bear Cat said in a statement. “This trade mission certainly opened doors for us.”

North Dakota businesses have the advantage of not yet filling tariff rate quotas set by the new U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530