New CM Black Phosphate Load Chain Features a Dull Black Finish that Absorbs Light

Press Release Summary:

  • Reduces reflection and visibility during performances and are used in entertainment industry applications
  • Meets corrosion resistance specifications when properly lubricated and maintained
  • Available for all CM Lodestar and Prostar electric chain motors

Original Press Release:

Columbus McKinnon Introduces Black Phosphate Load Chain for The Entertainment Industry

Special black finish absorbs light to reduce reflection and visibility during performances

Getzville, N.Y., March 26, 2019 – Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of motion control products, technologies and services for material handling, announces the introduction of CM black phosphate load chain for entertainment industry applications. Developed by the company’s chain experts in Lexington, Tennessee, this new chain features a dull black finish that absorbs light, reducing reflection and visibility during performances.

When properly lubricated and maintained, this chain meets the same corrosion resistance specifications as our zinc-plated chain and has a smooth surface. CM black phosphate load chain, like all CM Star Grade load chain, is covered under our motors’ industry-leading warranties and provides the high-quality, reliable performance that entertainment professionals have come to demand when suspending equipment over audiences and performers. CM black phosphate load chain is available for all CM Lodestar and Prostar electric chain motors.

Columbus McKinnon Entertainment Technology (CM-ET) is the entertainment industry leader in providing quality lifting and positioning equipment for riggers around the globe. From international sporting events and tours to Broadway musicals and theaters, event organizers and production companies rely on CM-ET products to make sure the show goes on.

To learn more about CM-ET black phosphate loadchain, or any of our products for the entertainment industry, call Columbus McKinnon Channel Services at 800-888-0985 or visit

About Columbus

McKinnon Columbus McKinnon is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of motion control products, technologies, systems and services that efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position and secure materials. Key products include hoists, crane components, 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.


Christie Lagowski

Senior Communications Specialist

Columbus McKinnon Corporation


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