Chester Hoist Develops Hand Chain Hoist for Demanding Customer Application

December 4, 2014

Chester Hoist, a Columbus McKinnon brand, specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality, custom-made hoists for unique and challenging applications. So, when our customer came to us with a special need for a hand chain hoist to raise and move large rolls, Chester Hoist was put to the task. The customer had a long […]

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Columbus McKinnon Associates Touching Lives One Charity at a Time

November 26, 2014

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 […]

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A Chain Sling Question from the Mining Industry

November 20, 2014

Here is a question from Adam, a mobile crane operator working in the mining industry, who regards proper rigging equipment and practices as a major safety priority: “We have a 1-inch GR80 chain sling, 30 feet in length that is around ten years old and in good condition, although there is inner link wear throughout the […]

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Going to LDI? Stop by and Visit Columbus McKinnon

November 13, 2014

The 27th annual Live Design International (LDI) Show kicks off next week. This year, show organizers are expecting more than 8,000 attendees – representing 72 countries – who work in theater, concert halls, outdoor production venues, houses of worship, theme parks and a variety of other live entertainment venues. They are coming to LDI to see the […]

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Ask Questions, Share Stories, Get Engaged on Social Media

November 3, 2014

We decided to shift gears this week and show you a little of what we’ve been up to on social media lately. We have many exciting conversations and interactions happening there every day with our Channel Partners, end users and material handling professionals around the world. All of you reach out to us for different […]

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Columbus McKinnon Expands Training Offering to Include NCCCO Certification Program

October 28, 2014

Columbus McKinnon has expanded its comprehensive offering of product and safety training to include NCCCO written and practical certification exams for Overhead Crane Operator Training. The first class will be held November 11-13 at our training center in Tonawanda, N.Y. Columbus McKinnon’s Overhead Crane Operator Training class is comprised of classroom and hands-on training designed to […]

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A Day in the Life of CMCO University

October 15, 2014

Working for Columbus McKinnon for the last fifteen years, I have had the privilege of working with a lot of great people and products. Wanting to get a bit more hands-on experience with CMCO hoists and rigging products, I recently completed our CMCO University course at our Niagara Training Center and am more motivated than […]

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Is Your Material Handling Equipment Tough Enough for Arctic Environments?

October 7, 2014

  With increasing demand for the exploration and production of natural resources in North Dakota, Alaska and other northern regions in the U.S. and Canada, there is a growing need for cranes and lifting equipment that can withstand exposure to ultra-cold temperatures. When selecting and specifying these products, careful consideration must be given to site […]

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Resources for Rigging Safety at your Fingertips

September 26, 2014

Many of you work with chain and rigging equipment every day; that’s why Columbus McKinnon works hard to promote the safe and proper use of all rigging products regardless of industry or application. Relying on 139 years of experience in the material handling industry, we’re continually striving to expand and improve our comprehensive offering of […]

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Can Lever Tools be Used to Adjust Slings?

September 17, 2014

Richard, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor and recent safety webinar attendee, asks:  “Is it acceptable to use lever tools to shorten or lengthen slings? Are there any concerns of locking up the lever tool brake?”   Peter Cooke, CMCO Training Manager and Safety Webinar presenter, answers: Your first step is to go to the […]

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