Columbus McKinnon Turns 140 | Construction News

Columbus McKinnon Corporation is celebrating its 140th anniversary as a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems, and services.

Designed to efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position, and secure materials, its key products include hoists, cranes, actuators, rigging tools, and digital power and motion control systems that are used everywhere from offshore oil platforms to international sporting events.

“Service, innovation, quality products, and engineered solutions have been the foundation of Columbus McKinnon for the past 140 years and will propel us into the future,” said Tim Tevens, president and chief executive officer. “We will not deviate from our mission to provide safe and productive solutions for our customers. As we celebrate our 140th anniversary, we look toward the future and the next 140 years of invention and growth.”

Started in 1875, Columbus McKinnon has a long history of innovation includes many significant advances in the material handling industry. Some of those include: invention of the Weston Screw Load Brake; the world’s first alloy chain; the Hammerlok, the world’s first mechanical chain coupling link; the first worm- gear actuator business; and early development of the rack-and-pinion mechanical jack.

The company’s CM Lodestar electric chain hoist, first introduced in 1955, is relied on by material-handling professionals around the world for the most demanding and challenging applications. Columbus McKinnon was also the first to develop turnkey systems specifically designed for the reduction of scrap tires into valuable, tire‐derived materials.

Most recently, Columbus McKinnon acquired Magnetek, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of digital power and motion control solutions for material handling, elevators and mining applications. With that acquisition, Columbus McKinnon gains technology, capabilities and the value of the Magnetek brand to create more competitive and comprehensive material handling solutions.

Headquartered in Amherst, N.Y., Columbus McKinnon has approximately 3,000 employees in more than 70 sales, manufacturing and warehousing facilities worldwide.