Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

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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CRANE PERFORMS CRITICAL ROLE IN SULLY STORY

Clint Eastwood’s latest movie, “Sully,” follows the story of the legendary pilot Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger and his successful landing of a crippled U.S. Airways plane in the frigid waters of the Hudson River in January 2009. The masterful … Continue reading

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BARNHART PLAYS A PART IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPECTACLE ON SATURDAY

When the Virginia Tech Hokies take the field against the University of Tennessee Volunteers in the Pilot Flying J Battle of Bristol this Saturday, Sept. 10, in Bristol, Tenn., several records are likely to be shattered. The game, which will … Continue reading

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BEATING THE HEAT BEFORE IT BEATS YOU

The summer is winding down, but the weather is still brutal.  With temperatures soaring into the 90s in some parts of the country, care must be taken when working outdoors to prevent heat-related illnesses. In this video, Barnhart Safety Trainer Daniel … Continue reading

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ENGINEERING ALTERNATIVE SAVES CUSTOMER TIME AND MONEY

At a recent project at a heavy industrial site outside of Austin, Barnhart’s engineers did what they do best, finding a safe and cost-effective solution for their customers. Barnhart was hired to remove and reinstall three large generators. The customer’s … Continue reading

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Improve Processes to Stay on Schedule and Critical Path

Here’s six tips to help your outages and turnarounds go more smoothly.  1. Make up your mind – Much of outage rigging is on the critical path. The earlier the rigging contractor is chosen, the more consistent and efficient the delivery can … Continue reading

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HOW TO AVOID HAND INJURIES

Hand injuries are all too common in an industrial setting.  In this video, Barnhart Safety Trainer Daniel Voss has some suggestions to keep your hands safe on the job.  After all, safety is one of Barnhart’s core values. Here are … Continue reading

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