Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

Meredith Portman is a freelance writer who specializes in heavy industry, healthcare and education.

CRITICAL BACKUP GENERATORS HAULED BY BARNHART

Barnhart crews from the Memphis branch recently transported two 310,00 natural gas-fired generators to a substation in Tallahassee. The substation serves critical customers including Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and the Tallahassee Police Department, and the move was part of continued efforts … Continue reading

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Heavy Load Turns Heads in Tulsa

Last week, Barnhart’s heavy haul of a massive piece of equipment drew onlookers along the route in Oklahoma. The 317,000 lbs. unit, known as a coker bubble tower, started at a fabricator in Sand Springs. Barnhart loaded it onto two … Continue reading

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COLD WEATHER AND LOAD SIZE POSE A CHALLENGE IN HAUL PROJECT

Barnhart was hired to haul a 435,000-pound turbine to Dexter, Minn., a journey of over 1000 miles that originated in Alberta, Canada. The turbine was brought to the border town of Sweet Grass, Mont. where it was staged on stands. … Continue reading

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Christmas from the Moon

It was 1968, a year of tumultuous events, marked by the shocking assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. But as the year came to a close, millions raised their eyes to the skies for the hopeful message of … Continue reading

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Tips On Choosing the Right Size Crane

To properly size and select a crane for a job many factors must be considered to determine the right type of crane and corresponding capacity. Should it be a heavy lift crane? Boom truck crane? Rough Terrain crane? Weight and … Continue reading

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PHOENIX BRANCH PLAYS UNIQUE ROLE IN EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Barnhart’s Phoenix branch occupies a unique niche. Nearly 68,000 square feet of its 72,000 square foot facility is devoted to storage of a very specific kind. The facility acts as a response center for the SAFER (Strategic Alliance for Flex … Continue reading

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NEW KENTUCKY BRANCH OPENS TO BETTER SERVE CUSTOMERS

Barnhart has opened a second location in Kentucky with a new facility in Calvert City, joining Owensboro in the Bluegrass State. “While we have been providing crane and rigging services and heavy transportation in the Calvert City area for many … Continue reading

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WATERWAYS JOURNAL FEATURES LOCK AND DAM PROJECTS

Barnhart has been busy addressing critical infrastructure needs at waterways across the southeast. Their work on three lock and dam projects, including one featured in a blog last month, was recently profiled in Waterways Journal. These projects utilized both traditional … Continue reading

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Kentucky Project Enlists Services of Big Al

A project at a lock and dam in Kentucky required Barnhart to bring out the big guns, otherwise known as Big Al. Big Al is Barnhart’s barge-mounted heavy lift crane based in the Port of Mobile in Alabama. It was … Continue reading

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ENGINEERING KEY TO R & R PROJECT SUCCESS

A pulp and paper mill in Alabama needed to replace a 28’ long X 8’ diameter, 34,000 lb. deaerator. The unit was located just below the roofline of a 100’ tall building. The traditional method of lifting the piece through … Continue reading

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