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Columbus McKinnon Overview

Buffalo, NY
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (CMCO)
Industrial Manufacturing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

Working at Columbus McKinnon

The phrase "need a lift?"takes on a whole new meaning at Columbus McKinnon. The company is one of North America's largest producers of equipment for lifting, positioning, or securing all kinds of large materials. Columbus ... Read more

Mission: To be the global leader in providing products and application knowledge to help customers lift, position or secure materials easily and safely.

Columbus McKinnon – Why Work For Us?


Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO) is a leading designer and manufacturer of material handling products, systems and services which efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position or secure material. Columbus McKinnon's key products include hoists, cranes, actuators, chain and forged attachments. The Company's products serve a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications that require the safety and quality provided by Columbus McKinnon's superior product design and engineering know-how. The Company's stable of well known brand names include CM, Coffing, Duff-Norton, Pfaff, Shaw-Box and Yale. These brands hold a commanding share in the U.S. market and a growing presence abroad. Headquartered in Amherst, NY, Columbus McKinnon has a long and rich history of accomplishments dating back to 1875.


Our Associates are a tremendously important part of our Columbus McKinnon Corporate Strategy,
as indicated by the following reference in our "Core Values" and "Guiding Principles":

We value innovation, quality and craftsmanship in all aspects of performance:

  • By being innovators in the highest quality products, services, and processes.
  • By actively participating on teams that continually improve our business.
  • By encouraging creative, cooperative, value-added activity.

We value each other and our diverse backgrounds:

  • By being honest, fair and respectful.
  • By enabling, recognizing, and rewarding superior performance and not accepting complacency.
  • By communicating openly and directly, but always tactfully.
  • By providing a safe, pleasant working environment that allows each Associate
    to perform to the maximum of their abilities.

These Core Values are part of the foundation for our strategy to achieve Superior Customer Excellence; our Key Initiatives, of which "People Excellence" is one, are built upon this foundation.

People Excellence includes our goal to have Associates in our operations who are working in challenging, exciting, and rewarding positions in a pleasant and safe work environment, with opportunities for career growth.  Associate, management and leadership training and development are all emphasized.

Please take a look at the career opportunities that we have to offer. We feel strongly that your growth in Columbus McKinnon Corporation will help our growth! 

Columbus McKinnon Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, affirms in policy and practice to recruit, hire, train, and promote, in all job classifications, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic.  Columbus McKinnon Corporation will not discriminate against persons because of their disability, including  disabled veterans, and will make responsible accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees and applicants with disabilities.

undefinedWe are passionate about helping our customers succeed:

  • By understanding and exceeding their unique needs
  • By responding and delivering on a timely basis

We innovate and strive for quality, safety and continuous improvement in all aspects of performance:

  • By delivering the highest quality products, services, and processes
  • By creating a world class safety environment
  • By using Lean principles and actively involving employees to continually improve our business
  • By partnering with best in class suppliers

We value our people and our diverse backgrounds:

  • By being honest, fair, and respectful
  • By communicating openly and directly, but always tactfully
  • By providing a team-oriented working environment that encourages each Associate to perform to the maximum of his/her abilities
  • By striving to make our Company a great place to work

We strive for success in all aspects of our business and value all of our stakeholders:

  • By seeking a healthy profit
  • By holding ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct
  • By being action-oriented, while always considering the implications of our actions
  • By recognizing superior performance
  • By being a model corporate citizen, contributing to the communities in which we operate

Columbus McKinnon Reviews

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    I have been working at Columbus McKinnon full-time (More than 3 years)


    The CEO has a clear vision and rolled out new vision and values that are exciting and going in the right direction. Some of the newer leaders are bringing an energy that is refreshing and inspiring. Like anywhere, this company is not perfect but for the first time in a long time we believe we might actually be on the right track. The company is doing well financially and hope that means we all share in the success somehow.


    Need more diversity...there are practically no women or minorities in leadership roles. Seems they are trying to make progress on diversity with some of the newer hires in management but still a long way to go. Some of the people in charge have been here a long time and do not really live the values just rolled out.

    Advice to Management

    I want management to know there are a LOT of people excited to see the improvements and want you to keep going. Keep investing in people at all levels. There are great, loyal people here who want to help the company do well, just show us the company cares about us in return. Communicate more often from the top...we want to know what is going on. Make sure the people in management actually live the values if you want to be successful in changing this place.

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Columbus McKinnon Photos

Columbus McKinnon photo of: Our Getzville Associates participating in a local blood drive.
Columbus McKinnon photo of: Weenie Wednesday with CEO, Mark Morelli, joining in the fun.
Columbus McKinnon photo of: Team Columbus McKinnon competing at the Dragon Boat Race for charity.
Columbus McKinnon photo of: Welcome 2018 Interns!
Columbus McKinnon photo of: Employees dug deep to help out a great cause and raised almost $17,900 for a local charity, Cornerstone Manor.
Columbus McKinnon photo of: University of Buffalo Ice Cream Truck Day
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Columbus McKinnon Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Getzville, NY
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    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Columbus McKinnon (Getzville, NY) in March 2016.


    I met with Human Resources Manager, then the department heads. Went through and thoroughly discussed resume and experiences. Discussed why I was interested in position, what the position entailed, etc. Whole interview lasted about 1 hour and was contacted within the next three days.

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