Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, announced today the launch of its new Lodestar Electric Chain Hoist. Building on the CM Lodestar 50-year tradition of excellence, the advancements made to this product were engineered to meet American and international standards for use in all types of lifts and applications. In addition, the new design provides for a longer service life and improved serviceability, performance and safety. The new Lodestar has a capacity range up to 3 tons.

Timothy T. Tevens, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The Lodestar Electric Chain Hoist has long been an industry standard for lifting and positioning and it is our belief that it is one of the most durable and widely used chain hoists in the market today. These latest features and improvements demonstrate our commitment to innovate our products and remain the industry standard. Offering the highest quality Made-in-the-USA hoists that meet international standards is an integral part of our plan to grow sales and expand market share.”

The new CM Lodestar Electric Chain Hoist features a control panel with finger-safe wiring and plug and play connectors, allowing for quick voltage change, access to terminal strips, and simple fuse installation. The clutch is now located outside of the transmission, providing reduced downtime for maintenance and improved safety in the event of an overload. Additional improvements include an 80% reduction in sound pressure and enhancements to improve chain life.

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About Columbus McKinnon

Columbus McKinnon is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems and services, which efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position and secure materials. Key products include hoists, cranes, actuators and lifting and rigging tools. The Company is focused on commercial and industrial applications that require the safety and quality provided by its superior design and engineering know-how. Comprehensive information on Columbus McKinnon is available on its website at

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