As some competitors are closing and consolidating their distribution centers, Columbus McKinnon continues to invest in its network of warehouse facilities in North America. We’ve worked hard to strategically position our facilities across the country to align ourselves with the critical needs of our customers – one of which is fast delivery of our products. Randy Lewis

With that said, we are excited to announce a new expanded warehouse facility in Houston, Texas. To get the news firsthand, I reached out to Randy Lewis, our General Manager of our Warehouse Operations, to learn more about our new warehouse. Here is what he had to say:

“We already had a 30,000 square foot warehouse in Houston. Why did we decide to move?”
Several reasons factored into this move, but one of the main reasons is that this new facility gives us an additional 10,000 square feet of warehouse space. The building is greener with new high-efficiency lighting to save on energy costs.

“What are the benefits of the new facility to our customers?”
In the new building we have higher ceilings. With more vertical space, we increased our storage capacity to better support our customers in the central United States. More stock in Houston will decrease transportation lead times for central U.S. customers. It also provides additional storage for In-Stock Guarantee products and hoist-related goods.

The additional space in the new facility also makes us better equipped to handle the loading and unloading of trucks, resulting in a quicker turn around for will-call customers.

The location of the new facility is a big benefit. Within close proximity to refineries in the area, we will be better equipped to support the oil and gas markets.

“So, has the new facility opened its doors yet?”
Yes! We began operations on March 16.

“Where are CMCO’s warehouses located?”
We are where our customers are. We are in 4 of the 5 North American time zones and are strategically located near global transportation hubs and the major North American trade corridors.

Our warehouse locations include:

United States
Atlanta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Houston, Texas
Santa Fe Springs, California
Tonawanda, New York

Edmonton, Alberta
Cobourg, Ontario

Providing best-in-class service and delivery to our customers is a critical part of the way we do business. This new facility along with our existing warehouses in the U.S. and Canada puts us closer to our Channel Partners and end-users, no matter where they are located. This allows us to provide better service while reduce shipping times and costs for our customers.



Richard, a recent safety webinar attendee, asks:

“Do you need to load test when you replace the wire rope in an underhung hoist?”

Peter Cooke, CMCO Training Manager and Safety Webinar presenter, answers:

The replacement of wire rope or chain for underhung hoists is specifically excluded from load test requirements. The wire rope should have already been tested by the manufacturer during the production process. The technician should perform a test without a load to check lifting and lowering function, brake operation and to check limiting devices. Reference ASME B30.16 for further details.

Some wire rope manufacturers recommend breaking in the rope. After installing the rope and starting with a light load (based on manufacturer’s recommendations), run through 20-25 lifting and lowering cycles at a reduced speed, gradually increasing the weight up to full capacity, if possible. This will allow the rope to adjust and properly seat itself. After this break-in procedure, secure the hook block and disconnect the rope end to relax or correct any possible torque or twists developed during the new installation and break in.

Want to learn more about Wire Rope Inspection and Maintenance of Underhung Hoists? Check out our recent safety webinar for yourself:


Columbus McKinnon Products and Services on Display at Tradeshows

March 6, 2015

Trade shows are a great way for us to meet Channel Partners and end users, and to showcase our latest products and services. We’re always excited to connect with business associates and make new friends. Representatives from our Columbus McKinnon de Mexico and Duff-Norton facilities participated in Expo-Manufactura, a trade show held recently in Monterrey City, […]

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Customer Questions Acceleration Time on Variable Frequency Drives

February 26, 2015

Tom, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor and recent safety webinar attendee, asked the following question on variable frequency drives: 3-step infinitely variable control is 1st detent slow speed, 2nd detent HOLD, 3rd detent acceleration. If the application absolutely requires less than 2.0 second acceleration (Lodestar) can anything be done to accommodate? Chris Zgoda, Corporate […]

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OSHA update: Facts about Current Sling Regulations

February 19, 2015

February 19, 2015  Today, we are posting updates to this blog article originally posted in 2011. This article continues to be one of our most visited, and we feel it our duty to keep this very important safety information up to date.   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the following regulations for […]

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In-Depth Chain and Sling Inspection Part #1: Twisting & Bending

February 13, 2015

This article is Part 1 of a 6-part blog series that will cover what professional riggers should consider when performing a chain & sling in-depth inspection. Today, we’ll discuss the effect of twisting and bending. Consider that chain is evaluated by applying loads in a pure tensile link end-to-link-end fashion and rated accordingly. Rigging chain around […]

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Does Welding Spatter Warrant the Replacement of a Chain?

February 5, 2015

Joe, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor and recent safety webinar attendee, asks: “Does welding spatter warrant the replacement of a chain?” Peter Cooke, CMCO Training Manager and Safety Webinar presenter, answers: Yes, weld spatter does warrant chain replacement. Weld spatter should be considered as heat damage. Because hoist chain is heat treated, any heat 410 degrees […]

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Santa Fe Springs Warehouse and Training Center Serve West Coast Market

January 29, 2015

Whether you’re located in the eastern United States or the northwest region of Canada, Columbus McKinnon is nearby. With warehouses located in Atlanta, Georgia; Tonawanda, New York; Edmonton, Alberta and Cobourg, Ontario, Canada; we are strategically located to meet the needs of customers across North America. Further improving our ability to serve our customers, we […]

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Columbus McKinnon now Better Equipped to Support Customers in Asia

January 20, 2015

Columbus McKinnon China officially opened its new facility in Hangzhou, China, on August 21, 2014. Many of our valued customers and distributors witnessed the event, alongside nearly 200 CMCO Asia Associates. Columbus McKinnon invested $6.4 million in the new facility. This investment will enable a 40% increase in capacity and give us the ability to […]

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Our Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014

January 13, 2015

As we look back at 2014 and begin planning for 2015, it’s interesting to see which of our blog topics were the most valuable and interesting to our readers last year.  With all of our blog posts, we look to provide you with valuable information to help keep you safe and make your job easier. […]

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