Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

430-TON GENERATOR TILT TAKES SECONDS

Barnhart was tasked with engineering and executing the up-ending and down-ending of a 430-ton generator.  The team successfully completed the task despite the low head room and only ½” of clearance in the floor opening.  See how they did it … Continue reading

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BARNHART ANNOUNCES MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN HEAVY LIFTING

Today, engineers from Barnhart Crane & Rigging are expected to announce a major breakthough that will completely revolutionize the heavy lifting industry. In an afternoon press conference, Barnhart will reveal an electromagnetic levitation lifting device that can be used to … Continue reading

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UNIQUE SERVICE OFFERS NEW TRANSPORT OPTIONS

Barnhart, in a partnership with a leading barge company, is offering customers a unique service called the River Train along the navigable U.S. river systems. Using a fleet of 3000 hopper barges, Barnhart can transport nearly any oversized project cargo of … Continue reading

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EXCHANGER BUNDLE REPLACEMENT DURING TURNAROUND A CHALLENGE FOR BARNHART

During a spring turnaround at a petroleum refinery in Illinois, Barnhart was asked to remove and replace eight heat exchanger bundles. Four were located on the second level and four were on the third level of the unit. The challenge … Continue reading

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VIDEO CASE STUDY: NUCLEAR POWER PLANT OUTAGE

Barnhart was hired by a Wisconsin nuclear power plant to remove and replace four feedwater heaters, a condensate cooler, and two main feed pump motor skids during a spring outage. They then repeated the process in a fall outage in … Continue reading

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REDUCING COST THROUGH BETTER PLANNING ON YOUR NEXT OUTAGE

The old saying “time is money” is never more true than with turnarounds, shutdowns and outages requiring cranes and other specialized equipment.  The need to reduce cost through better planning is where Barnhart’s national network of branches, people, and deep … Continue reading

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“BEST OF” PROJECTS HIGHLIGHTED IN LIFTING LETTER

There’s never a dull moment at Barnhart. Over the course of a year, we perform hundreds of projects for customers each with its own set of challenges. We compile the “best of” in our Lifting Letter newsletter which highlights projects of … Continue reading

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HERO CATS, MUTANT SPIDERS AND ICE BUCKET MIRACLES

There’s a long list of contenders for the year’s top viral videos.  But you can always count on anything with kids and animals to be near the top. There was Tara the hero cat, whose brave assault on a dog … Continue reading

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DIRTY JOBS AND THE WAR ON WORK

“Work is not something you do to afford to do the good stuff in life. Work is part of the good stuff.” This was the message of Barnhart president and CEO Alan Barnhart in his keynote speech which celebrated work … Continue reading

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THE ARRIVAL OF A CHRISTMAS TRADITION

The centerpiece of the holiday season in New York City is the awe-inspiring Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.  Each year, a special tree is selected and its entrance to Manhattan is greeted with as much excitement as the arrival of Santa’s … Continue reading

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