The History of CM Hoist School

Mountain Productions’ CM Hoist School is entering its 32nd year of annual training, and we couldn’t be more excited. Since its creation in 1985, the CM Hoist School has grown immensely from a small-town training session to a world-wide education experience, drawing the best trainers and talent in the entertainment industry from all across the globe.

But how did we get to where we are today?

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We took a nostalgic trip back in time to explore the history of our CM Hoist School. As the industry grew and evolved throughout time, so did our training. 32 years later, our school has expanded with more students, bigger workshop areas, and more seminars and vendors showcased than ever before.

Join us in reminiscing the “good ol’ days” and the early years of the CM Hoist School over at our website. Click here to read more!

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2017 CM Hoist School Registration Now Open!

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Get Inspired, Get Trained, Get to Work

Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Join us on March 20th for five days of professional hoist maintenance and rigging training at our 32nd Annual CM Hoist School! We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 event, and we’d like to invite you to hit the books, learn from the best, and receive your Road Technician Certification at the CM Hoist School. We all know the value of proper training and education—the time is now to improve your skill and learn the safest, most efficient ways to advance your career.

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[Q+A] Insight from the Experts – Ed Leahy and The Chicago Flyhouse

We’re excited to host Ed Leahy from Chicago Flyhouse as the new rigging trainer at our 32nd CM Hoist School event. Ed is a veteran of the rigging industry, working with the world renowned Chicago Shakespeare Theater as their Technical Director before transitioning to The Chicago Flyhouse Inc. as their Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager. Chicago Flyhouse is a diverse production company providing a wide range of theatrical rigging services, including stage/studio rigging, automation, softgoods, safety/fall protection, and more. Ed took some time to talk to us about the Safer Venue program (Chicago Flyhouse’s rigging inspection program), what he’s seen change in the industry over the years, his career launch into rigging and more.

Ed Leahy from The Chicago Flyhouse

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31 Years of Training: The 2016 CM Hoist School Event Recap

Click here to view the full 2016 CM Hoist School Photo Album on Facebook

It’s one of our favorite times of the year, and now that it’s over, we’re already brainstorming how to make next year even better. Our 2016 CM Hoist School welcomed attendees from all over the country, and representatives from 7 major industry brands who came together for 5 days of hands-on training, education and fun. (If you’re like us, we love getting our hands dirty with some motor maintenance!)

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Attendees shuttled into Mountain Productions on Monday, ready to jump right in to class. Half of our students were introduced to Dave Carmack and began their training in Lodestar maintenance and repair, while the other students sat with Eric Rouse for the rigging seminar.

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10 Things You’ll Love About Our CM Hoist School

The 31st Annual CM Hoist School: February 29th – March 4th
March is one of our favorite times of the year, because we bring in the month hosting our Annual CM Hoist School. For 30 years, Mountain Productions has been educating and providing the resources necessary to start a career in entertainment rigging and production. Our Hoist School takes a deep dive into chain hoist maintenance with one of the leading manufacturers in entertainment, Columbus McKinnon. But why should you attend our 31st year? Here are 10 things we’re sure you’ll enjoy if you attend:

1) Mountain Productions’ campus
Students are welcomed to Mountain Productions with a tour of our operations. As you walk through the multiple buildings and offices at our location, you’ll see familiar equipment, and probably something new along the way. We take pride in maintaining our workspace, and invite you to see where it’s all made!
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Mountain Productions’ 2014 CM Hoist School

We’d like to thank everyone who attended our 29th Annual CM Hoist School, as well as our vendors and seminar leaders. This was the first year that the Hoist School was extended to 5 full days, and students were treated to extended rigging and motor classes taught by CM’s Dave Carmack and ETCP certified rigger, Eric Rouse.

Other seminars included a truss class led by James Thomas Engineering’s Tray Allen, a seminar covering slings with Spanset’s Jeff Wallace, and education in motor control and load monitoring with Motion Laboratories’ Mike Webb. Below are a few pictures from Hoist School week. If anyone who attended has pictures they would like to share, please post them in a comment to this blog or to our Facebook page. (www.facebook.com/mountainproductionsinc) We’d love to see them!

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Get ready for Hoist School with this exclusive training package deal!

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We want to make sure that everyone gets the most out of our Hoist School this upcoming March. Mountain Productions’ convenient Online Lodestar Maintenance Training course is the perfect way to prepare for the more in-depth seminars at Hoist School. Our team has put together a special offer that allows you to engage in both our online training and Hoist School at a reduced rate.

Now, when you purchase both 1 license for our Online CM Lodestar Maintenance Training and 1 registration for the 29th Annual CM Hoist School, you’ll only pay $1195 total*, saving yourself $150.

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Extended 5 Day Training – Mountain Productions’ 29th Annual CM Hoist School

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Mountain Productions is excited to announce that we will be celebrating our 29th year of CM Hoist School by extending the training to a full 5 days!

March 10th – March 14th of 2014

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We’ve listened to your feedback, and have added another day to our Hoist School, allowing for more time in rigging seminars and hands-on training. It’s the same quality education at a more comfortable pace. This is the first year in the Hoist School’s history that will host a 5 day session.

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Another Successful Year for CM Hoist School

Mountain Productions would like to thank everyone who attended our 2013 CM Hoist School this past week. It was the 28th year for the event, and Mountain was introduced to a diverse group of individuals who were excited to be a part of this tradition. It’s also exciting to note that this year’s Hoist School had the largest attendance in the event’s history.

The seminars were taught by some familiar faces, including Dave Carmack (CM / Hoist Use & Maintenance), Eric Rouse (ETCP Certified Rigger / Rigging Principles), Trey Allen (James Thomas Engineering / Truss Management), Mike Webb (Motion Laboratories / Motor Control & Load Monitoring), Mark O’Brien (Rosebrand / Stage Curtains & Tracking) and Matt Smith (Capital Safety / Fall Protection).

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