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The roots of Chester Hoist date back to the 1920's when Mr. Hal Wright Sr. developed the Wright Hoist in Lisbon, Ohio. The Wright Hoist Company was sold in 1928 and later moved to York, Pennsylvania. In 1942, Mr. Hal Wright Jr. followed his father into the hoist business and started the Chester Manufacturing Company. Using a design similar to his father's he began manufacturing hoists in Lisbon, Ohio under the Chester brand name.

Since the 1940's high quality standards and qualification testing have positioned Chester Hoist as a major supplier of hoists to the U.S. Military. In fact, Chester Hoist is still the only qualified supplier for certain classes of hoists for the Department of Defense.

In 1986 Chester Hoist purchased the Coffing Worm Drive Electric Wire Rope Hoist line from the Duff-Norton Company and began manufacturing the line in Lisbon under the Chester Label. In 1989 Chester Hoist began manufacturing ultra low headroom electric chain hoists. This line, in addition to low headroom wire rope hoists and "Zephyr" low headroom manual hoists, makes Chester the industry leader in close headroom hoists. Chester offers the lowest headroom available in more models and capacities of manual and electric hoists than any other domestic manufacturer. In 1995 Chester Hoist became part of the Columbus McKinnon family of companies. Columbus McKinnon is a broad line designer, manufacturer and supplier of material handling products and integrated material handling solutions with 3400 employees at 76 locations in 14 countries and 11,000 distributors worldwide.

Today, the employees of Chester Hoist continue to build high quality, custom made and specialty hoisting products in our original location in Lisbon, Ohio. With virtually no employee turnover, most of our associates are making their careers at Chester. This dedication and longevity results in a level of craftsmanship and expertise unmatched in our industry. Our people are truly our greatest asset. Since our beginning our continued success has been the result of our willingness and ability to customize our products to meet the specific needs of our customers.
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CHESTER HOIST, a Columbus McKinnon brand • P.O. Box 449 Lisbon Ohio 44432 • Phone: (330) 424-7248 • Fax: (330) 424-3126 Email: sales@chesterhoist.com