Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

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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FACT OR FICTION?

A recent article on thoughtcatalog.com, describes the “23 Things Everyone Believes that Have Been Disproven by MythBusters.” Here are just a few goodies. Dropping a penny off the side of the Empire State Building could kill someone. No, it couldn’t. … Continue reading

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PROGRAM HELPS BARNHART ADD JOBS IN MEMPHIS

Barnhart, based in Memphis, was awarded an 11-year Payment-in-Lieu-of-Tax (PILOT) tax incentive in June that will add 20 new jobs and expand the company’s presence in that city. The PILOT was awarded by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and … Continue reading

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BARNHART EFFICIENCY AT WORK IN KENTUCKY

Barnhart’s new team in the Ohio Valley is in the middle of a major project for a chemical plant in Calvert City, Kentucky.  The team was hired to offload, move and set three chemical columns weighing up to 200,000 lbs. … Continue reading

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BARNHART MOVES BERTHA IN AN “ENGINEERING MARVEL”

A mammoth project is underway in Seattle to replace the Alaska Way Viaduct with a new State Route 99.   To dig the tunnel that goes beneath the city, the contractor brought in the world’s largest Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) ever … Continue reading

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MOVING HISTORY

When the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis started a major renovation in November 2012, they were looking for a company that had experience moving sculptures and fragile and delicate items. They turned to Barnhart because we not only successfully … Continue reading

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RISING TO THE OCCASION

For the first half of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Monday night, it appeared an upset was in the making.  Michigan, the underdog, was outplaying the much-hyped Louisville, the team widely predicted to win.  Leading the charge for the Wolverines was … Continue reading

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Quality and Safety on Wind Projects: How to plan for safety and quality to maximize budget, schedule and wind power production

by Julian Bell, Signal Energy Constructors Everyone pays a lot of attention to the four major construction issues: safety, quality, schedule and budget.  Of these, safety and quality are typically the least discussed during the project award process.  “Good” quality and … Continue reading

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BARNHART ACQUIRES STEEL CITY

Even in an economy that is still far from robust, Barnhart is always looking for ways to expand our services and equipment inventory to better serve our customers. So pardon our enthusiasm and this moment of self-promotion as we announce our … Continue reading

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SUPER BOWL ADS: GOATS, GAGS AND GRIT

Everyone knows that football is only part of the Super Bowl spectacle.  The half time show featuring a headliner, pyrotechnics, and an occasional wardrobe malfunction brings in its share of viewers.  But when it comes to hype, the ads get … Continue reading

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