Columbus McKinnon Names Jeff Armfield as Executive Director, Global Product Strategy and Development

Columbus McKinnon Names Jeff Armfield as Executive Director, Global Product
Strategy and Development

AMHERST, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Columbus McKinnon Corporation
(Nasdaq:CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material
handling products, announced today that, effective January 20, 2014, Jeff
Armfield has been named Executive Director, Global Product Strategy and
Development. Mr. Armfield will be responsible for developing a
cross-functional product development and engineering team with the goal of
improving the process of product design and execution plans centered around
market needs, while increasing the Company's development cadence. He will be
responsible for strategic planning of the Company's primary products and
brands across the globe focusing on world class quality, cost, delivery and
logistical performance.

Timothy T. Tevens, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Jeff
brings the leadership and experience needed to navigate effective new product
development from the design phase through execution globally. Product
development is a critical function to ensure that we successfully maintain our
strong market position in developed markets, and to drive further penetration
in emerging markets."

Prior to joining Columbus McKinnon, Mr. Armfield served as the Global Director
– Engineering and Product Management for AxleTech International, LLC, where he
had leadership responsibility for AxleTech's global product development. Prior
to that role, he had global business development responsibilities for the
company and led the construction, startup, and operation of AxleTech's North
American aftermarket operations facility in Troy, MI. Prior to AxleTech
International, Mr. Armfield was an engineering manager at Stewart & Stevenson
Tactical Vehicle Systems (now part of BAE Systems).

Mr. Armfield earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering
from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical
Engineering from Purdue University, and holds an MBA from the University of
Michigan with a Manufacturing Concentration credential from the University's
Tauber Institute for Global Operations.

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, actuators, cranes 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 web site at

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of
the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include,
but are not limited to, statements concerning future revenue and earnings,
involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could
cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from the results
expressed or implied by such statements, including general economic and
business conditions, conditions affecting the industries served by the Company
and its subsidiaries, conditions affecting the Company's customers and
suppliers, competitor responses to the Company's products and services, the
overall market acceptance of such products and services, the effect of
operating leverage, the pace of bookings relative to shipments, the ability to
expand into new markets and geographic regions, the success in acquiring new
business, the speed at which shipments improve, and other factors disclosed in
the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking
information contained in this release.

CONTACT: Gregory P. Rustowicz
         Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer
         Columbus McKinnon Corporation
         Investor Relations:
         Deborah K. Pawlowski
         Kei Advisors LLC
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