Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

Barnhart Expands Service in the Northwest with Purchase of Strate Line

Barnhart is adding its first Idaho location with the company’s recent agreement to purchase Strate Line Inc, a Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based crane service company. The purchase will expand Barnhart’s ability to serve commercial, civil and heavy industrial customers in the northwestern … Continue reading

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Moving a Package Boiler with Inches to Spare

Barnhart has an extensive video library of equipment demonstrations, projects and case studies. In the video case study below, Barnhart was hired for a job at a pulp & paper plant in the Midwest. The project involved receiving a 400,000-pound package … Continue reading

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Job of the Year: Innovation and Custom Fabrication

Barnhart recently took home an SC&RA (Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association) Rigging Job of the Year award in the $750,000 to $2 million category. The company also received an award in the Under $150,000 category as well. The winning project … Continue reading

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DETAILED PLANNING RESULTS IN JOB OF THE YEAR AWARD

Faced with clearances of less than two inches, Barnhart pulled off a rigging challenge that resulted in a 2018 SC&RA award in the category of “Rigging Job of the Year Under $150,000.”  Barnhart has received Job of the Year recognition … Continue reading

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Engineering Team Shines in Plant Project

Barnhart was hired to remove and replace fuel heat exchangers at a nuclear plant in Wisconsin. The 14,750 lbs. vessels had to be maneuvered in a small space. To overcome the tight tolerances, the engineering team had to design a … Continue reading

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BARNHART TRANSPORTS IRREPLACEABLE DETECTORS

A recent haul by Barnhart involved one of the most enigmatic particles in the cosmos. Barnhart was hired to receive and transport two neutrino detectors, which were shipped from Europe. A neutrino detector is designed to capture and inspect neutrinos, … Continue reading

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Precise Engineering Results in Minimal Downtime During Outage

Barnhart was recently hired to remove and replace two feedwater heaters at a power plant in Kansas during a planned outage. But it wasn’t going to be easy. The project, which was featured in Cranes Today, had a number of … Continue reading

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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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