President Obama pays a visit to the West Side Market.

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The name Cleveland Vibrator might evoke a chortle or knitted brow depending on where a person's mind is. In reality, anyone who's ever tapped powdered sugar through a sieve to dust their beignets, shaken salt on a steak or flicked the side of a funnel to dislodge an obstruction has employed the same concept that industrial vibration uses.

The Vibra-Might, Cleveland Vibrator's signature pneumatic piston vibrator, jiggles, shakes and jostles on a much larger scale. Whether it's shaking feed grain out of a giant hopper to satiate a herd of hungry cows, or jostling tiny plastic medical staples into shipping containers, the Vibra-Might keeps products moving.

"Anywhere that there’s bulk material being touched, processed, handled, or packed," says Vice President Craig Macklin, "we’ll be there as an integral part of making that happen for lower cost, or just ensuring that people's production lines are up and running."

To write our book about The West Side Market, we spent two years digging into historical records, reading newspaper articles that spanned more than a century, and interviewing hundreds of people. We stumbled upon many little known facts but just as often we found inconsistencies, errors and bits of misinformation that had become accepted Market lore. So here, we do our best to debunk some of the most common myths and set the record straight.

The Market was once a train station?