A joint venture of Caster Concepts Inc., Albion, Mich., and a producer of ultracompact shock-absorption products and designs has obtained a grant from a National Institutes of Health agency to study and document the effectiveness of its products in reducing noise levels in manufacturing environments. "Preventing occupational noise-induced hearing loss is top priority, says Elmer Lee, Ph.D., founder of CasterShoX, the joint business, and founder of AxleShoX, Ann Arbor, Mich. "This grant will help strengthen our understanding of the noise problem in the industrial workplace and give us the information needed to create well-focused shock-absorption products." The grant through the Small Business Innovation Research Program from the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders lets CasterShoX study how its shock absorption systems used in industrial caster and conveyor systems reduce noise levels in manufacturing settings. Caster Concepts manufactures industrial cutters and wheels. Visit casterconcepts.com for more information.