THIS DOCUMENT CONSTITUTES PART OF A PROSPECTUS COVERING SECURITIES THAT
BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
COLUMBUS MCKINNON CORPORATION
G.L. INTERNATIONAL INC.
1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN
This prospectus provides important information regarding the G.L. International inc. 1997 Stock Option Plan
("Plan"). However, the prospectus is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Plan, copies of which may be
obtained upon request and without charge from Lois H. Demler, Secretary, Columbus McKinnon Corporation,
140 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, New York 14228-1197, (716) 689-5409, and to your Stock
Option Agreement. If you have any questions regarding this prospectus or the Plan, please contact Robert L.
Montgomery, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Columbus McKinnon Corporation, 140
John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, New York 14228-1197, (716) 689-5405.
In this prospectus "Company", "Columbus McKinnon", "we", "us", and "our" refer to Columbus McKinnon
Corporation. "GL" refers to G.L. International inc.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION
Columbus McKinnon files annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other documents with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC allows us to "incorporate" into this prospectus information we file
with the SEC in other documents. This means that we can disclose important information to you by referring to
other documents that contain that information. The information may include documents filed after the date of this
prospectus. We incorporate by reference the documents listed below and all future documents filed with the SEC
under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 until we terminate the offering
of shares covered by this prospectus.
You may request a copy of these documents and a copy of our most recent annual report to shareholders, and
any other reports, proxy statement and other communications distributed to sharehold