Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

“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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BARNHART TO GIVE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT WORLD CRANE AND TRANSPORT SUMMIT

Alan Barnhart, Barnhart owner and president, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth World Crane and Transport Summit at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami Nov. 12-13. The top-level, two-day conference and gala dinner, organized by KHL Group, has become … Continue reading

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The iPhone 6: A Fellow Cool Tool

Anyone who thought Apple had lost its cool factor was proven wrong after the opening weekend of the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus when sales topped $10 million. That beat last year’s iPhone 5S opening weekend by … Continue reading

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BURGERS, BOOKS, AND BARNHART: A WEEK’S WORTH OF ACQUISITIONS

Acquisitions have been in the news lately.  Last week alone, Burger King merged with Tim Hortons and Amazon announced that it will acquire Twitch, a video service aimed at gamers.  While the reasons for mergers and acquisitions vary, generally they … Continue reading

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BRIDGE REPLACEMENT: ALL IN A WEEKEND’S WORK

When a bridge is replaced on an active highway, time is of the essence. That was the case with a recent Barnhart project for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT).  The company was hired to replace both the eastbound and … Continue reading

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CENTER STAGE AT THE WORLD CUP

As Brazilians mourn the shocking lopsided loss of their beloved home team and face the prospect of a hated rival winning the FIFA World Cup, soccer fans around the world are looking ahead to the Sunday final between Germany and … Continue reading

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INNOVATIVE SYSTEM RESULTS IN SC&RA JOB OF THE YEAR FOR BARNHART

When you specialize in crane and rigging services, you often encounter unusual challenges, many in mid-air.  That was the case with a project Barnhart Crane and Rigging completed last spring which recently received SC&RA’s Rigging Job of the Year, under … Continue reading

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