Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

BARNHART DELIVERS COMPONENTS FOR WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

Barnhart Crane & Rigging has been selected by space agency NASA to transport components for its Space Launch System (SLS). SLS will be the world’s most powerful rocket for deep-space missions. The project will involve delivery of a steel mock-up … Continue reading

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INNOVATIVE LIFT ALLOWS PROJECT TO PROCEED SAFELY

Barnhart was hired to devise an innovative lift system for a rigging project at a nuclear plant in Louisiana. The process was outlined in a recent article in Cranes Today. One of the plant’s two 35-year-old clarifiers was taken offline … Continue reading

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AN UNPREDICTABLE FINALE TO AN EPIC GAME

For most of the game during Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, victory for the Atlanta Falcons seemed assured. Despite having won four previous Super Bowl titles and being three-point favorites, the New England Patriots were behind at halftime 21-3. By … Continue reading

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“BICYCLE CHAIN” RIGGING HARD TO BEAT

The adjustable rigging link system (ARLS) is a cool tool in Barnhart’s equipment arsenal. The ARLS is unique to the industry and offers some big advantages. Used primarily for high-capacity loads, the system resembles a large bicycle chain. The length of … Continue reading

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EARLY PLANNING SHORTENS PLANT’S OUTAGE SCHEDULE

Work during outages and shutdowns requires proper planning, management, and innovative solutions to keep overall costs down. A job Barnhart performed at a nuclear power plant exemplifies those standards. Barnhart was hired to remove and replace two feedwater heaters (FWH) … Continue reading

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A Christmas Truce

During World War I on Christmas Day in 1914, British soldiers stationed on the Western Front heard an unusual sound. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
 Alles schläft, einsam wacht… German soldiers were singing “Silent Night,” a gesture of goodwill that began … Continue reading

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Gate Removal Project Goes Off Without a Hitch

Barnhart recently performed a project at the Armistead I. Selden Lock and Dam on the Black Warrior River to provide the lifting systems for removing and replacing two 60-year-old downstream miter gates. The gates were 61’ wide x 46’ tall … Continue reading

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OUR THANKSGIVING BLESSING

As Thanksgiving approaches, we take stock of what we are thankful for in our lives. The list for most of us includes gratitude for our loved ones, our health, our homes, and God’s grace. We are thankful for all those … Continue reading

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FALL SAFETY FOR ALL SEASONS

It’s fitting that during this season of football, colorful leaves and crisp breezes, we also focus on the kind of fall that can be dangerous. In this industry, and others, it’s common for our teams to work on projects far … Continue reading

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BARNHART NAMED A TOP 50 SPECIALTY CONTRACTOR

The Engineering News Record (ENR) recently announced their list of the Top 600 Specialty Contractors in the nation according to revenue. Barnhart cracked the top 50 for the first time, coming at #48. According to the ENR announcement, the construction … Continue reading

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