Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

How to Slightly Improve in 2022

Does the idea of making and keeping New Year’s resolutions seem too overwhelming or doomed to failure?  Here’s a sample of some simple suggestions from The Guardian’s “100 Ways to Slightly Improve Your Life Without Really Trying” article to inspire … Continue reading

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The Season of Miracles

The final days leading up to Christmas are filled with last-minute shopping, errands and travel. Amid the chaos, take a moment to focus on the essence of the holidays. This video brings new life to an Old Master, Bartholome’-Esteban Murillo, … Continue reading

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INFRASTRUCTURE BILL GOOD NEWS FOR HEAVY HAUL

President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law Nov. 15. It will deliver $550 billion of new federal investments in America’s infrastructure over five years. The law will touch everything from bridges and roads to the nation’s broadband, … Continue reading

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LABOR WOES MAY WORSEN OVER REGULATIONS

According to a recent article in Fortune, “Overall, nonfarm employment in the U.S. is down by 4.2 million, or 2.8%, from its pre-pandemic level. This is according to the latest October figures from the BLS. Others estimate it could be higher. … Continue reading

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WHAT IS AN SPMT?

Acronyms are common in the world of rigging and heavy transport.  You’ll often hear PST, SPMT. What does the alphabet soup of acronyms mean?   A PST is a model of a Goldhofer trailer and generally referred to as a self-propelled … Continue reading

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Tribute to a Fallen Hero

Flags were flying as Corporal Daegan Page came home to Omaha, Nebraska on Friday, Sept. 17 to a hero’s welcome. It was also his final rest. Cpl. Page was among the 13 service members killed in the suicide bombing at … Continue reading

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TEN RULES OF CUSTOMER SERVICE

Barnhart started in 1969 with one branch and a handful of loyal customers. Today, there are more than 50 branches across the United States and the customer list has grown accordingly. That’s in part because of attention to customer service … Continue reading

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BARNHART GIVES NEW LIFE TO ABANDONED BUILDING

In the early morning hours on a frigid night in Jan. 2014, the Rose Bowl, a popular entertainment spot in Mason City, IA, caught fire. The bowling alley and restaurant was a local fixture since the 1960s. Presidential and other … Continue reading

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Crane and Rigging Plus a Whole Lot More

Barnhart provides advanced planning and engineering services in addition to the crane and rigging service we’re most known for. Continue reading

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Demonstration Explores Undersea Vehicle Transport

Barnhart was recently part of a demonstration at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in Southern California involving vehicles that will probe the depths of the ocean. The demonstration was part of a U.S. Navy project. According to a press release … Continue reading

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