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.


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.

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2 Replies to “Columbus McKinnon Associates Give Back to Local Communities”

  1. Jim,
    Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate your years of dedication to our company. It is nice to see that even in your retirement, you continue to stay engaged on our blog.
    Our best wishes to you,

  2. Good photo’s — enjoyed looking at them.
    I retired from CMCO Lisbon,Ohio operations in July 2014.
    Had 20 yrs. working out in the shop & 20 repair parts
    sales at the Chester Hoist plant.

    Take care & keep up the good work!

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