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1971: Columbus McKinnon Begins Chain Production in Lexington, Tennessee  

Columbus McKinnon opens a new plant in Lexington, Tennessee, to produce carbon chain primarily used for the consumer market and transportation industry. Over the years, the Lexington facility progressed into the manufacturing of Grade 80 and Grade 100 Herc-Alloy overhead lifting chains, which began in the 1980s, as well as various hoist chains for both manual hoists and electric hoists in the 1990s.

With the acquisition of Lister Bolt in 1996, Lexington began production of large buoy chain, with up to 1-1/4” diameter links, for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Today, Lexington serves as Columbus McKinnon’s primary chain manufacturing facility. Products made there include our Herc-Alloy 800 and 1000 chain and components, transport chain and attachments, hoist chains, specialty chain for the entertainment industry and chain for government and military applications.

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