Even in an economy that is still far from robust, Barnhart is always looking for ways to expand our services and equipment inventory to better serve our customers. So pardon our enthusiasm and this moment of self-promotion as we announce our recent acquisition of Steel City Crane in the following press release.   

Barnhart Crane and Rigging has reached a definitive agreement with Steel City Crane of Birmingham, Alabama to purchase the assets of the company. For over 50 years, Steel City Crane has offered operated crane service to industrial clients in the southeastern United States from offices in Alabama and Mississippi. Continue reading

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Everyone knows that football is only part of the Super Bowl spectacle.  The half time show featuring a headliner, pyrotechnics, and an occasional wardrobe malfunction brings in its share of viewers.  But when it comes to hype, the ads get as much attention as the game itself.

Super Bowl ads came into their own after Apple’s infamous “1984” spot in, 1984.  Since then, the ads have been their own sideshow, a high-priced slugfest between clydesdales, babies, babes, dalmations, and, this year, even a Doritos-eating goat.

Advertisers pay top dollar for the air time – which this year averaged between $3.7 and #3.8 million per spot – because they know it’s one of the few times that viewers will actually be watching their ad instead of hitting the mute button or heading for the bathroom. Continue reading

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“The Process” Triumphs as Tide Rolls Again

Going into last Monday night’s BCS national championship game, the Alabama Crimson Tide were widely predicted to win.  But no one foresaw the Tide’s total domination and humiliation of Notre Dame in a lopsided 42-12 victory.  Since that night, much has been written about the football dynasty coach Nick Saban has built at the University of Alabama, a school already famous for its football dynasty under Bear Bryant.

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Can enough be said about Saban, the football genius who has won three of the past four national titles and four total in the past ten years?  How does he do it?

Part of Saban’s winning philosophy is known as “The Process”, or process focus.  The Process emphasizes concentrating on the steps to success rather than worrying about the end result.  So instead of focusing on winning and losing, Saban teaches his players to put their effort into those daily activities that cause success. Continue reading

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Continuing our strategy to build a national network, Barnhart is expanding our branches and ability to serve customers. Barnhart recently opened three new offices in Charleston, SC; Owensboro, KY; and Richland, WA which will support project operations.

These branches, along with a fourth recently-acquired Syracuse, NY location, expand the company’s geographical footprint in some key areas. In addition, the company is relocating operations of their Portland, OR branch to Seattle, WA to meet the growing demands of its markets in the Pacific Northwest – bringing its branch network to more than 24 locations.

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Gene Kaercher, Director Safety & Quality for Barnhart Crane, will lead a free ITI Showcase Webinar on Friday, November 30th entitled,

“Tackling the Challenges of Training Site Supervisors, Lift Directors, and Other Leaders”.
3:00 p.m. ET

The webinar is intended to deliver world-class resources, ideas, and instruction to HSE, Training, and Crane & Rigging Managers, as well as other leaders throughout organizations worldwide.   The ITI Showcase Webinar Series is hosted by Industrial Training International  and features diverse industry leaders and topics.  Continue reading

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It’s been a harrowing week for the eastern seaboard and the city of New York has had particular challenges.  Not only were they facing “Frankenstorm” which swept into the New Jersey shore on Monday night, but another nightmarish scenario that unfolded earlier that day on 57th street.

At approximately, 2:35 pm, the arm of a high-rise crane perched atop One57 Street, a 90-story skyscraper under construction, was “ lifted and flipped” over the cab from wind gusts of up to 60 mph from approaching Hurricane Sandy.  The sight of a collapsed crane arm, dangling 1000 feet above 57th Street, added to the anxiety of a city already bracing for a hurricane. Continue reading

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Barnhart Crane & Rigging is expanding into Syracuse, New York with the recent acquisition of C&S Crane and Rigging Company.  C&S served industrial, commercial and public sector customers throughout upstate New York since 2008 with 15 to 200 ton cranes as well as specialized rigging equipment.

“This is an extremely positive move for both companies,” said Alan Barnhart, CEO of Barnhart.  “With this new branch we will be able to better serve our customers in this area, particularly those in renewable and nuclear energy.” Continue reading

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Myths About Giving

At Barnhart, one of our Core Values is Profit with a Purpose. Everyone has a purpose for the profit that they generate. Barnhart has simply decided to make the purpose explicit. Please do not read this blog as a claim to having achieved any of the goals we have set for ourselves. It is simply offered as an explanation of what we aspire to, and what we hope will be reflected in the activity of the company.

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Barnhart Crane has been called to do some unusual things. For example, we installed several 3,000 lb bronze sculptures by Fernando Botero outside a Memphis Museum.  We moved an antique locomotive to Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros baseball stadium.   We transported an 800-ton stator to a Mississippi nuclear power plant.

Yes, we’ve had jobs that could be considered whoppers.  But we’ve never actually moved a whopper.

A 2014-pound bacon-cheeseburger, that is. Continue reading

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Impressive Crane Power

At Barnhart, we appreciate amazing crane feats and this demonstration from Liebherr is pretty impressive, even when captured by amateur video.  A crane lifting a crane lifting a crane…

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