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Columbus McKinnon Appoints Kathryn V. Roedel to Board of Directors

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Columbus
McKinnon Corporation
(NASDAQ:CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer
and marketer of material handling products, technologies and services,
announced the appointment of Kathryn (Kathy) V. Roedel to its Board of
Directors, effective October 22, 2017. Including Ms. Roedel, Columbus
McKinnon's Board of Directors is again composed of nine directors, eight
of whom are independent. Ms. Roedel will serve on the Audit Committee
and the Compensation and Succession Committee. She will stand for
election at the Company's annual shareholder meeting on July 23, 2018.

"Kathy brings additional breadth of executive leadership
experience and continued diversity to the Board. We expect her
demonstrated expertise in technology, operations, product development,
customer experience and supply chain logistics to be of great value as
we implement stronger operating systems to drive returns and
strategically position ourselves as a leading industrial technology
company in the material handling market," commented Ernest R. Verebelyi,
Chairman of the Board. "We believe this addition is a positive
contribution to our Board succession plans and provides for strong
continuity while implementing positive change."

Ms. Roedel was most recently Executive Vice President at Select Comfort
Corporation (NASDAQ:SCSS), a vertically integrated retailer and
manufacturer of the Sleep Number Bed in the U.S., where she served since
2005 in a variety of leadership positions. Ms. Roedel was instrumental
in creating the architecture of customer experience strategies for
Select Comfort, including pioneering the introduction of the ‘net
promoter system.'

Prior to her tenure at Select Comfort, Ms. Roedel held VP and General
Management positions with General Electric spanning 22 years. She served
at GE Healthcare, where she developed long range global strategy and
innovated business models in manufacturing, six sigma and services
organizations. While with GE Information Services, Ms. Roedel devised
new capabilities in software product introduction and sourcing.

Ms. Roedel is a Director for Generac Power Systems (NYSE:GNRC), where
she is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. She is also
a member of the Board of Directors for The Jones Family of Companies, a
private, family-owned manufacturer serving the mattress and packaging
industries. Ms. Roedel graduated with a B.S., Mechanical Engineering
from Michigan State University.

About Columbus McKinnon

Columbus McKinnon is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer and
marketer of material handling products, technologies, systems and
services, which efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position and
secure materials. Key products include hoists, cranes, actuators,
rigging tools, light rail work stations and digital power and motion
control systems. 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 at http://www.cmworks.com.

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, the
effectiveness of new products 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.

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