Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

Barnhart Expands Midwest Presence with Purchase of Viant Crane

Barnhart has expanded into new territory with the recent acquisition of Viant Crane, adding a company dedicated to safety, reliability and performance.      With offices in Wisconsin and North Dakota, Viant focuses on clients in the Northland and Midwestern United … Continue reading

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Holiday Wishes for a Season of Miracles

This holiday season, we took inspiration from the movie classic, Miracle on 34th Street, to create this special Christmas message. Enjoy!

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350-MILE HAUL REQUIRES PATIENCE AND PLANNING

At a national laboratory in New Mexico, Barnhart was brought in to remove a 460,000-pound rotor and transport it across the state to a rail station in Clovis.  First, the rotor had to be removed from the stator housing and … Continue reading

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Fostering a Giving Spirit

As Thanksgiving approaches, we have much to be thankful for at Barnhart.  Our 50th anniversary, for one. Who knew that a company that started at a kitchen table with a handful of employees would grow to 45 branches nationwide and 1200 … Continue reading

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Barnhart’s Custom Rigging System Helps Move Vessel

Recently, a crew boat bound for Aruba got a lift from Barnhart.  The boat arrived at the Alabama State Docks where it needed to be moved from the water to an awaiting vessel. Premier Bulk Stevedoring, the company in charge … Continue reading

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Barnhart Wins International Transport Award

Barnhart received the Overland Transport Provider of the Year at the Heavy Lift global competition on Oct. 15 in Antwerp, Belgium. Continue reading

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BARNHART NAVIGATES TIGHT SQUEEZE AT A REFINERY

A refinery in Ohio had a problem. A 50-foot-long electrical shelter building had to be transported from one side of the plant to the other, a distance of about a half mile. However, while developing the in-plant transportation plan, it … Continue reading

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Miniature Crane Highlight of Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Skagit County in Burlington, Washington has long been a favorite attraction for kids. It features interactive exhibits, including a miniature tower crane, which was donated by Sicklesteel Cranes a decade ago. When the Children’s Museum decided … Continue reading

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How to Make Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages Successful

The old saying, “time is money,” is never more true than with shutdowns, turnarounds and outages (STOs) requiring cranes and other specialized equipment. Barnhart has extensive experience in this kind of work, so we’ve learned a thing or two and … Continue reading

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Teamwork and Innovation Win TVA Top Energy Award

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recently won the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Top Innovative Practice award for an inventive method of replacing three school-bus-sized feedwater heater bundles at their Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. We were proud to work with the TVA … Continue reading

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