Barnhart Expands Midwest Presence with Purchase of Viant Crane

Barnhart has expanded into new territory with the recent acquisition of Viant Crane, adding a company dedicated to safety, reliability and performance.     

With offices in Wisconsin and North Dakota, Viant focuses on clients in the Northland and Midwestern United States, where it works in the commercial, energy, petro-chemical and pipeline business sectors, among others.  The addition of these two branches will add to Barnhart’s Midwest presence which includes existing branches in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan and South Dakota.

Viant provides crane rental, operated crane services and specialty rigging, as well as logistics planning and transport services.   Barnhart will purchase Viant’s rental fleet of industrial and carry deck cranes providing up to 22-ton capacity, rough terrain hydraulic cranes of up to 150-ton capacity, lattice boom crawler cranes of up to 330-ton capacity, as well as a fleet of all terrain/truck cranes ranging in capacity from 50 to 350 tons.

 “The company is an excellent fit for Barnhart,” said David Webster, Barnhart Senior Vice President of Operations.  “Viant’s customers will continue to receive the same quality of service as they have in the past with the added benefit of access to Barnhart’s national network of locations, specialty tools, and a dedicated engineering department.”

As with other Barnhart acquired companies, Viant will keep its name, building on a strong brand that is respected in the marketplace.    

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