Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

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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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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