Sharpen your pencils and grab your gloves. Class is almost in session for Mountain Productions’ 33rd Annual CM Hoist School. Established in 1985, our CM Hoist School has a legacy of professionalism and excitement that is synonymous with the Mountain Productions brand.

1985 - 1990 - 2000 - 2010 - 2015 - 2018

Throughout the first few years of our CM Hoist School, Mountain Productions quickly established a reputation for both excellence and for fun, but on a much smaller scale than what we’ve produced in recent years. With a few more than a dozen students in a small classroom, it was almost difficult to imagine that, within a few years, our CM Hoist School would grow to a 60-person capacity, creating competitive enrollment. The hoist maintenance seminar was first taught by CM’s Wally Blount, founder of CM’s entertainment division and industry legend. Wally’s role at CM and participation at our Hoist School from day one was an enormous benefit to the quality of the school and we are proud to have him as a celebrated part of our history. Mountain Productions’ CM Hoist School experienced a variety of trainers throughout its history, but our commitment to providing hands-on training with family-like interaction is one aspect that has remained very much the same.

1985 - 1990 - 2000 - 2010 - 2015 - 2018

By the new millennium, we knew CM Hoist School would forever be engrained with our legacy. Since its inception, the training grew to incorporate new seminars and more students, while still maintaining its tight-knit feel. By 2001, Mountain Productions would have their first international student enrolled. Cedric Dumas, of France, decided to join Hoist School because it would give him the “credibility” he needed to succeed in the entertainment industry. The CM Hoist School was now on the international level, providing quality training to students all across the globe. We welcomed David Carmack, CM Product Specialist, as our hoist maintenance seminar leader in the 2000s, and have welcomed David back every year since.

1985 - 1990 - 2000 - 2010 - 2015 - 2018

Mountain Productions’ CM Hoist School would reach an unprecedented height by 2010. The school grew to be very robust, continuing to focus on chain hoist maintenance and rigging, but with additional industry professionals involved leading seminars on truss loading and motor control. The school expanded into a larger area on Mountain Productions’ campus, and its popularity drew in full classes of attendees each year. In 2014, we also added another day to our CM Hoist School, totaling 5 days of training to fully offer the best hands-on training sessions available.

1985 - 1990 - 2000 - 2010 - 2015 - 2018

2015 was a special year for the CM Hoist School, as Mountain Productions celebrated its 30th year of training and education. Longevity is important to us, and we’ve stood behind the value of proper training since day one. For the 2015 CM Hoist School, our seminar list expanded even more, and attendees sat in on brand new sessions with Richard Cadena, of Lighting and Sound America, and Mike Garl, from Tomcat, along with Hoist School’s returning vendors.

The partnership between Mountain Productions and Columbus McKinnon made the CM Hoist School possible for 30 years, and CM commemorated this achievement by awarding Mountain Productions with an honorary plaque that stands proudly in our office today.

1985 - 1990 - 2000 - 2010 - 2015 - 2018

You might be asking, after 32 years, how much more can change? The answer: everything! The state of entertainment production is evolving, with new equipment, new standards and new workflows being introduced almost daily. We’ve been preparing for our 2018 CM Hoist School since last year’s event ended and we can’t wait to welcome a new class of dedicated professionals. For the 33rd Annual CM Hoist School, we’ve added new vendor sessions, interactive equipment showcases, revamped our rigging seminar with the help of The Chicago Flyhouse, and much more.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of CM Hoist School history!

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We guarantee our CM Hoist School will inspire, prepare and educate you for a safe and successful career in the industry you love.

33rd Annual CM Hoist School


80 New Frederick St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

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