Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

VALVE REMOVAL UTILIZES CANTILEVER SYSTEM

During a turnaround at a refinery in Illinois, Barnhart had to devise a solution for removing and reinstalling an upper delta valve and five delta valve door assemblies on a coke drum.  The components had to be removed to facilitate … Continue reading

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Barnhart Engineers Provide Solutions for Drum Removal

At a recent job at a refinery in Illinois, Barnhart faced a challenge when removing and replacing a preflash tower reflux accumulator, or drum. The customer requested that Barnhart develop a plan that would avoid removing any additional equipment or … Continue reading

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BARNHART FEATURED IN NISSAN VIDEO

You might not think a crane and a truck would have much in common. But they do, as demonstrated in a short video, Common Core: Nissan Presents: Titans of Construction, part of a series of videos promoting the Nissan Titan … Continue reading

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TIGHT SCHEDULE AND OBSTACLES CHALLENGE BARNHART TEAM

Time is money during an outage, so the clock was ticking for a Barnhart project at a steel mill in Alabama. Barnhart had just five days to remove and replace a 146,500 lb. pinion stand. But before the project could … Continue reading

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CREATIVITY KEY TO JOB OF THE YEAR AWARDS FOR BARNHART

Barnhart was honored with two “Job of the Year” awards in the categories of “Rigging Job $750,000 – $2 Million” and “Rigging Job Under $150,000,” at the recent Specialized Crane and Rigging Association (SC&RA) annual conference Criteria for the awards … Continue reading

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WORLD’S LARGEST VIDEO DISPLAY GETS A LIFT FROM BARNHART

Barnhart frequently takes on mammoth undertakings, and occasionally encounters one of colossal proportions. Barnhart’s assignment was to design the method and perform the installation of the world’s largest outdoor, permanent, four-sided center-hung television display.  Nicknamed Colossus, the display was to … Continue reading

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R & R: It’s One of our Specialties

R & R is what we all look forward to, and we’re no different.  But the R & R most people long for – rest and relaxation – is a far cry from what drives us. Barnhart’s definition of R … Continue reading

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HEAVY HAUL DRAWS SPECTATORS

Barnhart’s heavy haul of a transformer to a power plant caught the attention of WGAL News 8 in Pennsylvania.  Weighing in at more than a million pounds, Barnhart’s custom-made 24-dolly transporter had plenty of spectators along its route. The vehicle … Continue reading

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Of Sleighs and Cranes

Every year on Christmas Eve, NORAD tracks Santa and his precious cargo offering updates as he leaves the North Pole and delivers presents to children around the world.  When not tasked with this essential duty, NORAD, a joint organization of the United … Continue reading

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Putting the Art in Barnhart

Barnhart has been hired for some unusual projects: to lift a 1950s garbage truck, install a generator on the roof of a high-rise, and set a lighthouse facade at a casino. In a recent job in Des Moines, Barnhart was … Continue reading

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