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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 ... 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

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    I have been working at Columbus McKinnon full-time (More than 5 years)


    It's exciting to work for a global company that is open to changing its culture where employees can learn and grow while earning good wages. People are great to work with at this company!


    Reduce the amount of overtime worked.

    Advice to Management

    Hold everyone accountable to add value every day to our products and processes so that CMCO remains strong in our markets.

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Columbus McKinnon Photos

Columbus McKinnon photo of: A big thanks to our Buffalo Associates who donated $1,250 to Cornerstone Manor (Buffalo City Mission) in exchange for the opportunity of some pie throwing fun! (50 pies to be exact!)
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
Columbus McKinnon photo of: CMCO Controllers Conference
Columbus McKinnon photo of: Our CMCO team in Hungary participating in a cooking competition for the best Lecsó!
Columbus McKinnon photo of: Halloween Fun! One of our Associates creatively dressed us as our top selling hoist for Halloween!
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Columbus McKinnon Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Columbus McKinnon (Getzville, NY) in February 2017.


    Interviews were not difficult and were friendly; however, it was a very long and drawn out process. There should not be more than 3 interviews and this consisted of 4 over a period of 3 weeks. I felt it was inconsiderate to my situation- especially because they were aware of a pending job offer I was considering.

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