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Barnhart Purchases Burkhalter Rigging

Barnhart Crane and Burkhalter Rigging, Inc., of Columbus, Mississippi, entered into an agreement on Friday May 31st under which Barnhart will purchase the majority of Burkhalter’s assets.

The two companies have complementary skills and similar paths.

Burkhalter, a third-generation family business, traces its roots to 1973. In 1984, the company expanded from local crane service to providing engineered heavy lifting, rigging and transport for petrochemical, power, civil and marine industries.

Barnhart, based in Memphis, was founded in 1969 as a family-owned business. The company focuses on crane rental, rigging services, outage planning, engineered solutions for component replacement, heavy haul and national project cargo logistics.

“Burkhalter represents an excellent fit for Barnhart, and this acquisition further enhances Barnhart’s market position as the lifting and logistics provider of choice in this area,” said Brooke Burkhalter, Branch Manager of Barnhart’s new Columbus office. “Burkhalter has a good reputation for engineering custom solutions that mirrors Barnhart’s approach.”

Burkhalter customers will also benefit from access to Barnhart’s nationwide network of locations and equipment. We also boast one of the largest engineering teams in the industry, including a full R & D department and a fleet of barges for transport on inland waterways. This extensive network ensures Barnhart’s customers receive the lowest total project costs.

With the acquisition of the two Burkhalter facilities in Columbus and Rosharon, Barnhart doubles its presence in those states. Barnhart also has full-service branches in Jackson and Houston.

Barnhart is one of America’s leading lifting and logistics contractors. With a current network of more than 50 facilities, we provide world-class service through a local presence.