Columbus McKinnon recently opened “CMCO University” in Mexico. The facility will be used to give training to customers, channel partners, and employees. The campus is located within the Santiago Tianguistenco manufacturing plant, near the city of Toluca. It includes 80 square meters of classroom training space and 300 square meters of laboratories and workshops.
“CMCO University is 100% dedicated to delivering knowledge for the operation, installation and repair of hoist and rigging products.” said Rosangel Garcia, Training Coordinator for Latin America. She continued, “When we designed the facility, we modeled the classroom and workshop after the training facility in Tonawanda, New York, USA.”
The modifications to the classroom building and shop floor were completed in November 2012 and officially opened for internal training at that time. The first training class for Columbus McKinnon customers was held in February.
Future plans include additional training classes for customers throughout the Latin America region. The ability to provide education within the region, in the customers’ local language, is a key element in the CMCO strategy of staying close to the customer.