Utility Cart stores, secures, and maneuvers equipment.

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Ladder Cart provides safe, secure means of transporting 6 ft step ladder, as well as other awkward materials, such as 4 ft fluorescent bulbs. It includes tool and material shelves, as well as locking metal cabinet option and perforations that support standard ¼ in. metal tool hooks. Height of work surface eliminates having to bend over while working on cart.

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Rubbermaid Introduces the Ladder Cart

An Innovative Design for an Easier Way to Store, Secure and Maneuver Equipment

Las Vegas (October 19, 2005) - Rubbermaid Commercial Products continues to bring innovative product ideas to the industry with today's introduction of the Ladder Cart, an enhanced maintenance cart with unique ladder management. The design of this "next generation utility cart" provides an easier way for facilities maintenance professionals, mechanics, building maintenance contractors and tradesmen to store, secure and maneuver equipment.

Rubbermaid's Ladder Cart addresses a significant gap in facilities maintenance by providing a safe, secure means of transporting a 6' step ladder, as well as other awkward materials such as 4' florescent bulbs. With tool and material shelves, plus a locking metal cabinet option, a wide range of maintenance and repair tasks can be conducted more safely and efficiently: changing light bulbs, replacing ceiling tiles, cleaning high areas and more. Tools and materials that heretofore required multiple trips can now be delivered to the site of the task in a single trip.

"Our customers made it very clear that they needed innovation around tool and material transporting. We spent time with them, observing their work, and the modifications they were making to existing carts in their attempts to enhance productivity," reports Dale Maza, Product Manager for Ladder Cart at Rubbermaid Commercial Products. "With Ladder Cart, we're solving the transport and on-site work surface requirements, and helping them further by providing an optimal work height, configurability, and a number of very neat details, like our clamping posts."

In addition to solving ladder management issues, Rubbermaid's Ladder Cart serves as a comfortable, stable and durable working platform. The cart's footprint is more compact that other utility carts, making it easier to store and maneuver. By smarter utilization of vertical space Ladder Cart capacity exceeds that of carts that are wider and longer.

Unique Benefits
The enhanced design of Rubbermaid's Ladder Cart offers several key benefits to end users in four core areas: safety/ergonomics, maneuverability, security and storage capacity. "We set out to differentiate our product from our competitors by not only providing an innovative solution for ladder management, but also improving other aspects of a material handling cart that would be beneficial to our customers," states Maza.

o Safety/Ergonomics
- Designed with safety in mind, the Ladder Cart has a higher work surface height eliminating bending over while working on the cart for improved ergonomics; this cart improvement puts less physical strain on the end user.
o Maneuverability
- Crafted to meet optimal storage and transportation parameters, the Ladder Cart was designed with a smaller footprint to allow for an easy to handle and stable platform.
o Security
- Provides greater security than traditional utility carts, the Ladder Cart offers an optional metal locking cabinet for storing valuable tools and equipment; perferation in the panels allows light in enhancing contect visibility; perferations support standard ¼ inch metal tool hooks (widely available).
o Storage Capacity
- Utilization of vertical space increases storage capacity; shelves make organization of tools and equipment much easier.

For more information about the Rubbermaid Ladder Cart, visit the Rubbermaid Commercial Products Web site at www.rcpworksmarter.com or 800-347-9800.

ABOUT Rubbermaid Commercial Products
Rubbermaid Commercial Products, headquartered in Winchester, VA, is an ISO 9001:2000 manufacturer of innovative, solution-based products for commercial and institutional markets worldwide. Since 1968, RCP has pioneered technologies and system solutions in the categories of food service, sanitary maintenance, waste handling, material transport and safety products. A 1999 merger joining Rubbermaid Inc. with the Newell Co. formed Newell Rubbermaid Inc., a $6.5 billion global product powerhouse. RCP is a division of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. and continues to develop innovative products.

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