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The "Germ Terminator" targets shopping carts with UV rays

The aptly named Germ Terminator aims to conquer the world of germ-ridden shopping carts in supermarkets and other stores by using ultraviolet rays to kill bacteria on the carts' handlebars.

The origin of the Germ Terminator began when Danny Glenn, Fleet Cleaning Supply chief executive officer, was talking with a friend about building a machine to clean shopping carts. Glenn didn’t think much of the conversation at first, but the idea of a machine designed to kill germs stayed with him.

Glenn, who has had plenty of experience designing automated car washes over the years, started doing some research into building a shopping cart sanitation system.

Once the research was done, Glenn brought the idea to Fleet Cleaning Supply chief financial officer Paul Stamm, who Glenn had worked with on a previous project involving ultraviolet germicidal lights. Both Glenn and Stamm spent months designing the prototype at the East Tennessee State University Innovation Laboratory, a business incubator designed to help entrepreneurs with establishing businesses in the region.

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