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“We have the ability to offer the entire spectrum so as to effectively address most any lifting application. ” -Gene Buer, vice president
COLUMBUS MCKINNON CAN ANSWER ANY COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL HOISTING CHALLENGE, THANKS TO ITS TECHNICAL EXPERTISE.
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are highly respected, market-leading brands in the industries they serve.” With its highly recognizable portfolio of brands, Columbus McKinnon provides products that can be found in virtually every industry and venue, including theme parks, offshore oil drilling rigs, manufacturing plants, mines and maintenance facilities. “Our products also can be found in the utility and construction industries,” Buer adds. “Linemen use them for pulling power lines, and construction companies use our products for rigging entire precast concrete ﬂoors into highrises. Our products are highly regarded for their safety, reliability and low total cost of ownership in demanding applications.” The Right Fit According to Buer, the success of Columbus McKinnon is based on the company’s ability to problem solve and innovate. “At the user level, we have excellent knowledge of the industries we serve, and when combined with our deep material handling knowledge, we provide the best application expertise in the market,” he adds. “We call it ‘intelligent lifting’ – understanding how our products create the best solution and overall value for our customers in various industries.”
For 135 years, Columbus McKinnon Corp. has been the go-to provider for companies wanting to lift or secure materials safely and easily. After the successful 1875 merger of Columbus Chain Co. and McKinnon Chain Co., Columbus McKinnon became a recognized leader in the chain industry and set its sights on expansion into related markets. Through a number of acquisitions, particularly over the past 20 years, Columbus McKinnon has become a market leader in the lifting and positioning of materials and payloads with a broad portfolio of rigging products, powered and manual chain hoists, as well as wire rope hoists and crane components. “We have several strong brands which have very loyal customers,” notes Gene Buer, vice president, Americas. “These brands are sold and serviced by an outstanding distributor network. Among the well-known brands in the Columbus McKinnon portfolio are CM, Yale, Coffing, Duff Norton and Pfaff. All of these
-----------------------------------------------[ P R O F I L E ] Columbus McKinnon Corp. www.cmworks.com Employees: 3,000 Headquarters: Amherst, N.Y. Specialty: Hoist and rigging manufacturer --------------------------------------------------------------
// Columbus McKinnon Corp.’s ability to innovate and solve problems related to lifting has been one of the most significant factors in the company’s success, it says.
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