Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

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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THE STARBUCKS LESSON

Fast Company’s list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies includes Starbucks.  Why is a company that makes a pretty unimaginative product like a cup of coffee consistently rank among the most creative companies worldwide? One big reason is the … Continue reading

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Nuclear Plant Upgrade Project Wins Barnhart SC&RA Rigging Job of the Year

The team at Barnhart Crane and Rigging is always up for a challenge.  But when we were contacted about a nuclear plant in Two Rivers, WI, we knew we had our work cut out for us.  That work has won … Continue reading

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‘Big Al’ handles a range of heavy lifting at the Port of Mobile, AL

Barnhart’s barge-mounted ‘Big Al’ lifts a lot of equipment used to upgrade the port cranes at the Port of Mobile in Alabama. View Detailed PDF

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DID SOMEONE ORDER AN INSTANT BRIDGE?

The New York Times ran an article last week, profiling the replacement of a span of the River Street Bridge in Boston. What was remarkable about the project is that instead of taking two years, the replacement took place over … Continue reading

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End of an Era?

The Space Shuttle Discovery landed in Washington, DC yesterday in preparation for going on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.  It is a big deal for guys like me who were moved to consider engineering as a … Continue reading

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