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Tomcat UK, PCM Form Partnership

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Tomcat UK Ltd has acquired PCM, a division of Pfaff Silberblau Ltd, uniting two of Europe's leading master distributors of Columbus McKinnon Chain Hoists.

The deal was announced at the September 11 opening of the PLASA show in London by Mitch Clark, president of Tonmcat Global, and Thomas Dory, CEO of Pfaff Silberblau GmbH, and will include the transfer of the PCM brand and Pfaff’s distributorship of the Columbus McKinnon Entertainment Lodestar Hoists to Tomcat UK. Pfaff will no longer market products under the PCM banner.

“We will continue to market our extensive selection of ‘backstage” equipment, including the UK’s most comprehensive range of electric and manual winches, chain hoists, personnel lifts and the award-winning Unibar lifting system,” said Pfaff UK MD Paul Kelly. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Tomcat UK and are eager to continue the partnership between Pfaff and Tomcat UK,” Kelly added.

Tomcat UK will now be the sole master distributor of Columbus McKinnon Chain Hoists in the UK. “The transfer will be seamless for both PCM and Tomcat customers,” stated Tomcat UK GM, Tony Dickson. “PCM customers will now have access to staging, lighting and support systems as well as hoists in one phone call. By bringing together our experience we can offer more to customers than we can by acting separately."

Dickson was a divisional manager for PCM prior to his move to Tomcat UK last May. “Working with the PCM crew again will be such a pleasure,” he stated. "With most of my old team intact at Pfaff, the great team we have here at Tomcat UK Ltd and the Brilliant Stages crew there is nothing we cannot do for the entertainment industry in the way of stage, truss and rigging,” Dickson said.

“We are very excited about this partnership," says Clark. "The level of experience and expertise with Columbus McKinnon Chain Hoists as well as the power to provide the best deals now available to the customer cannot be matched outside of Columbus McKinnon itself. We feel the combined resources will strengthen technical and design support as well as develop new projects. — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner