Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

CRANE PLAYS MAJOR ROLE IN RECORD-BREAKING BURGER FEAT

Barnhart Crane has been called to do some unusual things. For example, we installed several 3,000 lb bronze sculptures by Fernando Botero outside a Memphis Museum.  We moved an antique locomotive to Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros baseball stadium.   … Continue reading

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Impressive Crane Power

At Barnhart, we appreciate amazing crane feats and this demonstration from Liebherr is pretty impressive, even when captured by amateur video.  A crane lifting a crane lifting a crane…

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THE WINDS OF AUGUST

To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, August is the cruelest month, that is, when it comes to hurricanes.  Just take a look at some of the more damaging hurricanes in the past 50 years: Hurricane Katrina – August 29, 2005 Hurricane Andrew … Continue reading

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Headline: DETERMINING STABILITY FOCUS OF AUGUST 2ND WEBINAR

In keeping with Barnhart Crane’s commitment to safety, quality service and continuous improvement, join us for the webinar: WHAT’S YOUR TIPPING POINT? How to Determine Stability for Rigging, Heavy Haul, & Construction Activities August 2, 2012 11 AM CT REGISTER … Continue reading

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WHAT’S YOUR TIPPING POINT?

The topic of stability is one that we rarely consider or discuss, but it is a reality that affects us every second of every day. If a lamp or a box fan falls over the consequences may be minimal.  More … Continue reading

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THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE (AND YELLOW)

On this 4th of July, families across America will gather for a day of picnics and parties featuring hot dogs and hamburgers and amazing nighttime displays of fireworks. Speaking of hotdogs, another lesser-known staple of 4th of July celebrations is … Continue reading

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A BALANCING ACT

On June 15th, Nik Wallenda a seventh-generation circus performer, and scion of the famous Flying Wallendas crossed Niagara Falls on a two-inch wire, the first man to walk over the Niagara Gorge in 116 years.  Suspended 200 feet in the … Continue reading

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PARTING WORDS

The recent commencement speech given by English teacher David McCullough Jr. to the graduating class of Wellesley High School has ignited a firestorm of controversy with its simple message: You are not special. You are not exceptional. The speech has … Continue reading

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LIVE BARNHART WEBINAR TO SHOWCASE ENGINEERING CONSIDERATIONS

On Thursday, June 7th, Jim Yates, PE, Barnhart Crane & Rigging’s senior vice president of engineering and technical services, will be featured in Industrial Training International’s (ITI) live showcase webinar presentation entitled ‘Heavy Intermodal Lift & Transport – Engineering Considerations.’ … Continue reading

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BARNHART’S HEAVY HAUL THROUGH MISSISSIPPI

This week, Barnhart Crane & Rigging moved heat exchangers from Bigbee Valley, MS to their eventual home at a Mississippi Power plant site in Kemper County on Highway 493 near DeKalb. 

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