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Barnhart Goes International with Canadian Acquisition

Barnhart is marking its first international acquisition with the purchase of NCSG of Acheson, Alberta, Canada, continuing the company’s rapid expansion.

The purchase also is significant due to the size and scope of NCSG, which was founded in 1987 as Northern Crane Services. In addition to its corporate headquarters in Acheson, NCSG operates eight branches across Western Canada’s energy corridor, with locations in Edmonton, Bonnyville, Calgary, Fort McMurray, and Grande Prairie, Alberta; Fort St. John and Terrace, British Columbia; and Regina, Saskatchewan. NCSG represents Barnhart’s largest single acquisition to date.

NCSG employs approximately 400 workers providing crane and heavy haul services to various industries including refining, upgrading, upstream oil and gas, utilities, forestry, mining, and wind energy.

“The acquisition of NCSG literally takes Barnhart into new territory,” said Alan Barnhart, CEO of Barnhart Crane and Rigging. “The decision to become an international company was not made lightly, but NCSG’s preeminence, reputation, and dominant market share ensure Barnhart’s position as one of the leading crane, rigging, and logistics companies in North America.”

A Natural Fit

“We are pleased to join the Barnhart family,” said NCSG President and CEO Heather MacCallum. “Our goal has been to serve as the premier supplier in Western Canada’s crane and heavy haul sector by providing best-in-class equipment, personnel, an award-winning safety program, and operational best practices.” MacCallum pointed to NCSG’s record in sustainability, including numerous indigenous partnerships, its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workforce, and its enviable safety record. “NCSG is a natural fit with Barnhart,” she said.

Barnhart is one of North America’s leading lifting and logistics contractors. With a current network of more than 60 facilities, Barnhart provides world-class service through a local presence. Operated crane rental, rigging services, outage planning, specialized solutions for component replacement, industrial storage and national project cargo logistics all combine to ensure Barnhart’s customers receive the lowest total project cost. Barnhart also boasts one of the largest engineering teams in the industry—including a full R&D department—driving innovation across all services. Barnhart is a U.S. company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.