Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

SERVICE AND GRATITUDE

Sunday was Veteran’s Day, a holiday that originated as Armistice Day to commemorate the agreement that ended World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. Its name was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954. This year’s holiday marked … Continue reading

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Steam Locomotive Moved with Care and Precision

Barnhart is often called to move cargo large and small and sometimes even antique. Barnhart’s Spokane branch was hired to move a 1920’s era Forney steam locomotive from its site at the Pullman Depot Heritage Center in Pullman to the … Continue reading

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Blade Bar Revolutionizing Wind Projects

You wouldn’t expect a crane company to devise a system for wind maintenance projects that requires fewer cranes, but that’s what we’ve done with our custom designed blade bar. The blade bar replaces the industry standard two crane method for … Continue reading

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Broken Blade Removal A Multi-Branch Effort

When a wind turbine blade breaks, removing it at over 300 feet from the ground can be a challenge. Barnhart was called to a wind farm in Illinois to remove a broken blade from a wind turbine. The other two … Continue reading

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Lock Gate Replacement Becoming a Barnhart Specialty

Barnhart was recently hired for a project at the Holt Lock and Dam on the Black Warrior River in Alabama to remove and replace the lock’s lower mitre gate, our third lock replacement project in the past couple of years. … Continue reading

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Barnhart Opens First Ohio Branch with Selinsky Acquisition

Barnhart will expand its services into Ohio through a recent agreement with Selinsky Force based in Canton. Barnhart will purchase the company’s crane and rigging operations, including all associated personnel and equipment. Those resources include crane service with a lifting … Continue reading

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LOAD TESTING HELPS ENSURE PROJECT SAFETY

Load testing of equipment is a critical operation and often a requirement under industry standards. It ensures safety of equipment, and most importantly, people. When should you do it? By ASME standards, all lifting equipment that has been fabricated, altered, … Continue reading

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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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