Cedar Rapids-based Mortuary Lift has won second place in the National Funeral Directors Association’s annual Innovation Awards for its lightweight stair climbing system known as “the Stepper,” reports the Corridor Business Journal. The NFDA’s Innovation Awards recognize outstanding funeral service equipment, products and processes introduced commercially during the prior year. The Stepper promises to ease the toll lifting takes on workers in the funeral service industry. The average male funeral director in the United States is 50.6 years old, while the average female funeral director is 44.6, according to Census Bureau data compiled by datausa.io.