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Friday, June 27, 2008

Bucket Bagger invention makes man a hero

When we were watching the horrible affects of Hurricane Katrina on the news, there was a clip of several people filling bags with sand. I didn’t think a lot of it until my husband expressed his concern for how inefficient that process seemed. Then I realized there must be a better way. I of course didn’t act on the business idea, but I just read an article about Stacey Babiarz, a man who came up with the Bucket Bagger, sure enough, shortly after Hurricane Katrina. I bet he saw the same clip I did!

The Bucket Bagger fills 30 pound bags with sand in 6 seconds. The machine normally sells for $5400. When he designed the contraption, Stacey never dreamed he’d use it. He runs a small welding shop and storage business. Stacey lives in southern Wisconsin, an area currently devastated, like most of the Midwest, with lots of flooding. All of Stacey’s neighbors are frantically trying to save their houses by filling up sandbags. Now Stacey is giving away the Bucket Baggers to help the people of his community. According to CNN, so far, five homes have been destroyed in the flood. He and other volunteers have been producing 2500 sandbags an hour.

"I don't know how many countless homes we helped save," Babiarz said, choking up. "But I never dreamed I would become my own best customer. It makes me want to cry both ways, Cry out of happiness to be part of helping, and cry for the ones we lost."