Author Archives: Meredith Portman

About Meredith Portman

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

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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ACQUISITION OF HITE EXPANDS SERVICES IN THE NORTHWEST

Barnhart is always looking for better ways to serve customers and sometimes that means branching out into new territory.  So pardon our enthusiasm and this moment of self-promotion as we announce our recent acquisition in the following press release.    Barnhart has … Continue reading

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ALAN BARNHART TO LEAD SC&RA

Alan Barnhart, Barnhart Crane & Rigging owner and president, has been named the new president of the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) for 2014.  The SC&RA is an international trade association of nearly 1,300 companies from 43 nations. Barnhart … Continue reading

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The Peeples Choice

Now that we’re coming out of our post-Easter sugar comas, it’s time to pay homage to a staple of Easter baskets everywhere.  Peeps.  Those fluorescent-colored bunnies and chicks aren’t just for eating anymore.  Each year, they serve as inspiration for … Continue reading

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BETTING ON A SURE THING

Back in January, billionaire Warren Buffett partnered with Quicken Loans to give away $1 billion to anyone who successfully predicted the outcome of every game in the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament. That possibility of a perfect bracket vanished only days … Continue reading

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WESTRAC: DUAL LANE TRANSPORTER FOR SUPER HEAVY HAULS

Innovation is one of Barnhart’s core values, which frequently produces leading-edge products like one the cooler tools in our arsenal, the WesTrac/EasTrac  dual lane transporter. Barnhart engineers, in conjunction with German manufacturer Goldhofer, designed WesTrac to be a new breed … Continue reading

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