Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

ICY WATERS PRESENT A CHALLENGE TO BARNHART

Barnhart prides itself on keeping jobs on schedule, but sometimes Mother Nature trumps all our careful planning. Such was the case recently when Barnhart was hired by BP to move a knock out drum (KO) to a refinery in Ohio.  … Continue reading

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ALAN BARNHART NAMED TOP 25 NEWSMAKER BY ENGINEERING NEWS RECORD

Engineering News Record (ENR) recently named Alan Barnhart, owner and president of Barnhart Crane and Rigging, a “Top 25 Newsmaker” for his leadership of a company that successfully handled an extremely challenging project in Seattle last spring. Barnhart  planned and executed … Continue reading

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COMMON SENSE AND THE UNCOMMON COLD

Last week’s polar vortex dominated the headlines.  The weather phenomenon with the catchy, ominous name caused brutally cold weather that set records across the entire country. This arctic air mass also caused extreme temperature inversions. According to The Huffington Post, … Continue reading

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A SAFETY VIDEO THAT WILL MAKE YOU SMILE

One of the downsides of holiday travel –  in addition to crowded airports, long lines, snow delays, crying children and generally grouchy people – is that even once you’re on the plane, you’re not done. After you dodge getting whacked … Continue reading

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ATTENTION TO DETAIL TILL THE JOB IS COMPLETE

No matter what your college loyalties might be, if you’re a football fan, you were likely mesmerized by the Iron Bowl last weekend. This annual clash of football titans Alabama and Auburn is one the biggest rivalries in sports.  But … Continue reading

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THE POWER TO CHOOSE

Yesterday was election day, but since it was an off-year, there were few races across the country.  Therefore, those few in New Jersey, Virginia, Alabama and New York City garnered plenty of attention. Elections underscore our freedom of choice.  We … Continue reading

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THE VALUE OF RECOGNITION

Recently, Barnhart made the Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 600 Specialty Contractors for 2013 ranked at number 45. That honor means it was a good year for Barnhart. Companies are ranked according to revenue from 2012. That good news seems to … Continue reading

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AGING WIND TURBINES: PAY NOW OR PAY MORE LATER

In a recent article on website North American Wind Power, author John Clark cites statistics from the American Wind Energy Association that nearly $40 billion worth of wind installations in the U.S. came out of warranty in 2011.  Another 50% of … Continue reading

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HEAVY HAUL MAKES NEWS IN TENNESSEE

An ambitious hauling project was big news in Tennessee in August.  Barnhart was involved in transporting a mammoth absorption column, 14 feet in diameter and 140 feet long, from Knoxville to the U.S. Nitrogen plant site in Greenville, Tenn. The … Continue reading

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FIELD OF GLORY

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States that took 3,000 innocent lives. While the impact of that horrific event has lessened over the years, the images and accounts are unforgettable. Of the many … Continue reading

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