Category: Community Service

Safety Remains Top of Mind with Third Annual Safety Calendar Contest

Safety Remains Top of Mind with Third Annual Safety Calendar Contest

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Safety should always be at the core of how a company operates – and Columbus McKinnon is no exception. Over our long history, the safety of our employees and customers has remained paramount and is a continued focus for us as we move into 2016.

Safety at Work, Home or Play

As part of our continued commitment to safety, we kicked off our third annual Safety Calendar Contest last year. We asked the children and grandchildren of our Associates around the world to submit drawings on the theme of “Safety at Work, Home or Play.” The children took this contest to heart and we received 90 entries from 12 of our locations in 9 countries around the world. The entries we received were creative and inspiring!

A group of artists spent hours poring over the entries to choose to 13 winners and 9 runners-up that would be featured in the 2016 calendar. Judging was based on originality, artistic merit and expression of the safety theme.

In addition to creating great artwork, it is encouraging to see the safety messages our children are expressing. The messages for 2016 covered swim and fire safety, the importance of wearing protective equipment, and good decision making while driving (avoiding alcohol and watching for pedestrians). A new topic covered this year was internet safety. As the future workforce, it is important to instill a safety-conscious work ethic in children at a young age. You can never start too young!

It’s our goal at Columbus McKinnon to help our customers lift, position and secure items in a safe and productive way and we will continue to develop products, services and training to achieve just that. Happy New Year and we look forward to sharing new and useful information to keep safety top of mind throughout the coming year.

This post was written by Laura Miller, former Corporate Health & Safety Manager for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Columbus McKinnon Associates Give Back to Local Communities

Columbus McKinnon Associates Give Back to Local Communities

Did you know that 31% of all charitable giving occurs during the month of December or that 12% of all giving during 2014 happened on the last three days of the year?

The holidays are a great reminder that we all have so much to be thankful for. One of the best ways to show gratitude is by giving back to our community and helping those who are less fortunate. Columbus McKinnon Associates are no strangers to this and give thousands of dollars in donations to help people locally.

Here are a few highlights from 2015. Click on each photo to learn more about the specific charity.

Long Reach Long Riders
Ken Tilson, an Associate from our facility in Damascus, Virginia, took a 7-day (450+ mile) ride with the Long Reach Long Riders, an organization that raises money for Behind the Scenes – An Initiative of The PLASA Foundation. This is the organization’s 12th charity ride.
Angel Tree Program
Our Ohio Associates (Lisbon and Salem plants) helped over 40 children in need through their Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
Wadesboro Primary School
Associates from CMCO’s facility in Wadesboro, North Carolina, partnered with the Wadesboro Primary School to donate non-perishable food items, gifts, clothing and school uniforms plus gift cards to support 22 needy children and their families.
Toys for Tots
Kim Hake, an employee from CES Material Handling, along with Duff-Norton Associates, volunteered and collected toys to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.

 

 

Text Santa
Heading overseas, the CMCO Chester team, located in the United Kingdom, dressed up and spread some holiday cheer while making donations to “Text Santa,” a group that supports organizations like Make-a-Wish® UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Save the Children.

Associates at our corporate office in Amherst, New York, actively supported a variety of organizations over the course of 2015.

Light The Night Walk
Amherst Associates participated in the LLS Light The Night Walk to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Corporate Challenge
They also walked and ran their way through the Corporate Challenge to raise money for local charities.

Make-A-Wish

In addition, each year, the Amherst team raises funds for a specific charity of their choice. This year, employees donated more than $10,000 to the Make-a-Wish® foundation.  The organization’s mission is to grant the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. CMCO’s donation went to support a child named Drew who has been diagnosed with sickle-cell disease.

Last but not least, accepting the #DogBiscuitChallenge from Uniland Development Company, CMCO’s very own Kurt Wozniak, Vice President – Americas, ate dog biscuits to benefit the SPCA, raising more than $700 for the organization. Watch Kurt eat all 7 dog biscuits in our video!

We are grateful to all of our Associates who have contributed their time and resources to such worthy causes. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

Gisela Clark
Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
Safety Takes Center Stage at Columbus McKinnon with Second Annual Safety Calendar Contest

Safety Takes Center Stage at Columbus McKinnon with Second Annual Safety Calendar Contest

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Throughout Columbus McKinnon’s 140 year history, safety has always been an important part of the way we do business. Not only is the safety of our Associates important, but the safety of our customers is also a primary focus in the development of our products, services and training programs.

In the spirit of our focus on safety, we kicked off our second annual Safety Calendar Contest last year. We asked the children and grandchildren of our Associates around the world to submit drawings on the theme of “Safety at Work, Home or Play.” The children truly took this contest to heart and we received nearly 100 entries from 14 of our locations in 10 countries around the world. The entries we received were quite creative!

We asked an artist from Buffalo, N.Y., C. Mari Pack, to choose 15 winners and 16 runners-up that would be featured in the 2015 calendar. Judging was based on originality, artistic merit and expression of the safety theme.

In addition to creating great artwork, it is encouraging to see the safety messages our children are expressing. As the future workforce, it is important to instill a safety-conscious work ethic in children at a young age.

It’s our goal at Columbus McKinnon to help our customers lift, position and secure items in a safe and productive way. Throughout 2015 and into the coming years, we will continue to focus on safety and help our customers meet this goal. Happy New Year to all of you. Stay tuned for more great articles on material handling product safety, training courses and other helpful topics to keep you working safe all year long.

This post was written by Laura Miller, former Corporate Health & Safety Manager for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Columbus McKinnon Associates Touching Lives One Charity at a Time

Columbus McKinnon Associates Touching Lives One Charity at a Time

Thanksgiving is here and we have a lot to be thankful for. One of the best ways to show gratitude is to give back to our community by helping those less fortunate.

At Columbus McKinnon, volunteering and working with our local charities is very important to us. We know that many of you feel the same way and invest your time and resources in community service. We want to honor the charities that you support.

For the next six weeks, we would like you to share a photo with us of a community service event you did with your company or your family along with a link to the charity. Please send your photos to cmcolive@cmworks.com or you can post them on our Facebook page. We will create an album there and would love to have your event and charity included!

To kick things off, I would like to share three recent community outreach events within Columbus McKinnon and the charities we supported:

Ok, now its your turn. There are so many great causes out there deserving of our time and investment. Share your story! We can’t wait to hear about the difference you are making in your communities!

Gisela Clark
Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
Columbus McKinnon Sponsors Annual Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit the Justin Foundation

Columbus McKinnon Sponsors Annual Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit the Justin Foundation

Anyone for a round of golf? I think we would have a few takers especially if it were to benefit a charity. Our Columbus McKinnon Damascus, Virginia Operations recently sponsored the first of what we hope will become an Annual Charity Golf Tournament to support the Justin Foundation.

What is the Justin Foundation?

The Justin Foundation is named after Justin Ernest Hamby who died on September 28, 2002, at the age of 19.  Justin had a difficult time in school due to a learning disability and was trying very hard to “fit in” somewhere. Despite having a supportive and loving family, Justin made a bad decision one night and died from a fatal dose of methadone.  The mission of the foundation is to reach out to youth in our community, just like Justin, who may be struggling and need guidance and support during the difficult teenage years.

“The Justin Foundation really called out to us. Being a small community, many people knew Justin and his family and some of our employees had family members or friends who had received support from the Justin Foundation,” according to Michael Pinson, Human Resources Manager for Columbus McKinnon Damascus, Virginia Operations.

Of Special Mention

The Columbus McKinnon Associates pictured above are playing at one of the holes sponsored by Blood Assurance.  We recently held a blood drive at our plant for their benefit.  All the golfers had a great time while raising a lot of money and awareness for an important cause.  After everything was tallied up, we raised approximately $3,750 for the Justin Foundation.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed their time and resources to make this event successful, especially the following local businesses:

Airgas Mid America, Alcorn Industrial Inc., Allstate Insurance, At Work, Atlas Gear Company, Blood Assurance, Bristol White Sox, Comfort Systems USA, Earle M Jorgensen Co., Electrocraft, Food Cuty, G&K  Services, Hamby Insurance & Financial Group LLC, Industrial Tool Services, Inc., J&B Janitorial Services, Kwik Kafe Of Tri-Cities, M S C Industrial Supply Corp., Master Gage & Tool Co., Master Model Craft Inc., Murphy, Inc., Office Place, Special-T- Manufacturing Corp, Triad Packaging Inc., and Virginia Highlands Community College.

Special thanks to Michael Pinson for sharing the story!

 

Gisela Clark
Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
The Impact of Community Service

The Impact of Community Service

I love to read stories about how companies reach out to help others in the community.  It is nice to focus on the positives for a change and see the good that is happening all around us. Instead of sharing one of our technical write-ups this week, we decided that it would be a good change to focus on what some of our Associates have been doing to impact their local communities over the last year.  Below are a few highlights:

  • Our CMCO Lexington, Tennessee facility has a very active Relay-For-Life Team. Throughout the year, the team hosted several fund raising events and participated in the Relay for Life event by setting up a Columbus McKinnon campsite. The team consists of approximately eight members and is supported by the entire Lexington workforce in some means or another. In 2012, they raised approximately $4000 for Relay for Life. This charity was chosen because of the tremendous impact cancer has had on our CM family. Everyone has a friend, family member, co-worker or neighbor who has been touched by this horrible disease. This year’s Relay event was a huge success, surpassing all expectations. Our county was able to raise over $114,000 to go towards the cure for cancer. Thank you Anthony Maness for sharing this story with us!
  • At our corporate office in Amherst, New York, the annual fundraiser efforts were for the Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Erie County.  Their mission is to help at-risk children reach their full potential through professionally supported mentoring relationships and well trained volunteers. More than $10,000 was raised to benefit this local organization. The above photo shows Melissa Wikle,  Tom Guagliardo, our representative from Big Brothers Big Sisters,  as well as 2 participants in the program, LuGuan Rodgers (Big Brother) and Diante (Little Brother), and Otto Gretzinger. Thank you team for making an impact in the lives of these children & teens!

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  • Earlier this year you may have read about a team of two from Columbus McKinnon who completed a 100-mile “Century” bicycle ride around Lake Tahoe  – to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Our team consisted of Rakesh Jobanputra, Cindy Dominske and Joshua Karczewski (Cindy was unable to join the team for the ride, but had a major role in fundraising efforts and support.) Above is a team photo of all the Western & Central NY Riders and Coaches. With the support of Associates and friends, our CMCO team was able to raise over $14,000! All of the support and donations will go a long way to help find a cure for blood cancers.  The event itself raised over $5 million. Talk about making a difference!
  • Last but not least, our team in Amherst raised more than $5,000 for the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. The above photo shows our team receiving a plaque from April Lucy in gratitude for our dedication to their cause. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this event a success, especially our Event Chairs, Tom Green and Paul Smielecki.

We are grateful to all of our associates who have contributed their time and resources to such worthy causes!

Gisela Clark
Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
Columbus McKinnon Associates Complete Century Ride for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Columbus McKinnon Associates Complete Century Ride for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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Earlier this month a team of two from Columbus McKinnon completed a ride of their lives – a 100-mile “Century” bicycle ride around Lake Tahoe  – to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Our team consisted of Rakesh Jobanputra, Cindy Dominske and Joshua Karczewski (Cindy was unable to join the team for the ride, but had a major role in fundraising efforts and support.) The ride was through mountainous and hilly terrain and each rider completed the 100 mile track (no tag team efforts here!)  This was truly an amazing experience for our riders, not to mention what a BEAUTIFUL place. Above is a team photo of all the Western & Central NY Riders and Coaches. There were approximately 3000 riders from all over the country. The fundraising minimum was $3,800 per rider.

With the support of associates and friends, our CMCO team was able to raise over $14,000! All of the support and donations will go a long way to help find a cure for blood cancers.  The event itself raised over $5 million. Talk about making a difference!

Joshua shared the following story with me about his favorite moment:

The  fundraising team who raised the most money was doing their ride for a 3 year old boy who was the son of one of the riders. During the inspiration dinner the night before the ride, they were presented a special award for raising the most funds. This young boy was diagnosed with leukemia last month and he was on stage with his dad. The boy leaned into the microphone and said, “Thank you for riding for me.” There was not a dry eye in the place. It made us all remember why we were there doing this. God bless that little boy and all the others like him who are put through such a rough experience way too early in life.

Below is photo of our Western New York team:

 

Over the past 14 years, more than 19,500 team members have raised over $65.8 million for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For those interested in making a donation to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, you can do so here.  Thank you for your support!

Gisela Clark
Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
“Like” Columbus McKinnon on Facebook and Help A Charity

“Like” Columbus McKinnon on Facebook and Help A Charity

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From now through January 31, 2012, Columbus McKinnon will make a $2.00 donation to The Food Bank of WNY for everyone who “likes” our Facebook page.

Did you know that each “like” is equivalent to donating 14 pounds of food to a family in need?  So, take a look at our new page. We will keep it fresh with industry trends, training updates, product launches, surveys, and contests.  If you like what you see, this charity will benefit immensely.

Buffalo Chase Corporate Challenge

Buffalo Chase Corporate Challenge

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This summer Columbus McKinnon Corporation participated in the 2011 Buffalo Chase Corporate Challenge. This year’s Corporate Challenge brought together 11,619 entrants from 389 Western New York companies. The Chase Corporate Challenge is Buffalo’s largest road race and biggest corporate celebration of the year. CMCO had a total of 50 participants running and walking in the event.

Corporate Challenge t-shirt The event was a success! The weather was beautiful, the race was well organized, and the presence of strong camaraderie surrounded Delaware Park. CMCO was also nominated as having one of the Top 10 Most Creative T-Shirt designs for the 2011 Chase Corporate Challenge. Although we did not win the contest, a BIG thank you goes out to Doug Mess and our Marketing Team for designing such a wonderful T-Shirt! Another thank you goes out to all of our participants for making the evening such an enjoyable event. We are already looking forward to it next year!

Duff-Norton Associates Provide Meals for the Hungry

Duff-Norton Associates Provide Meals for the Hungry

This past holiday season, Duff-Norton decided to conduct a food drive to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina which serves the hungry in 14 counties in North and South Carolina.
 
Duff-Norton associates were divided up into 5 teams and the competition began to collect the most needed items for the food bank.  The drive took place over a three week period and each week different types of items were collected.  The “prize” for the winning team each week was a free lunch provided by the management team.
 
During the first week the teams collected dry goods.  Duff-Norton associates collected 1,300 pounds of dry goods such as cereal, dried beans, pasta, rice, and peanut butter.  The second week canned goods were collected and a total of 1,714 pounds were collected.  During the third and final week of the drive, the teams collected non-food items such as laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, paper products and diapers.  In week three, Duff-Norton employees collected 1,117 pounds of non-food items.  Each weekly weigh-in was heavily anticipated and sometimes filled with drama as our Controller oversaw the process and verified the results.
 
Over the three week event, Duff-Norton associates collected over 4,100 pounds of food and other items for this worthy organization.  According to Second Harvest Food Bank, this will provide over 3,000 meals for the hungry in our area.

John Stewart
John Stewart is the Corporate Director of Quality and Lean at Columbus McKinnon Corporation.