On this 4th of July, families across America will gather for a day of picnics and parties featuring hot dogs and hamburgers and amazing nighttime displays of fireworks.

Speaking of hotdogs, another lesser-known staple of 4th of July celebrations is the annual Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest.   The event officially started on July 4th, 1972 at Nathan’s Famous original restaurant in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Coney Island and has been attracting audiences ever since. Continue reading

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Photo credit: Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times

On June 15th, Nik Wallenda a seventh-generation circus performer, and scion of the famous Flying Wallendas crossed Niagara Falls on a two-inch wire, the first man to walk over the Niagara Gorge in 116 years.  Suspended 200 feet in the air, he made the walk in a little over 25 minutes. Continue reading

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The recent commencement speech given by English teacher David McCullough Jr. to the graduating class of Wellesley High School has ignited a firestorm of controversy with its simple message:

You are not special. You are not exceptional.

The speech has been both criticized for being mean-spirited and praised for being a wake up call to a generation of coddled and self-absorbed kids. For McCullough, it was his way of saying have realistic expectations, figure out your place in the universe and devote yourself to selflessness. Through selflessness, he states, comes the recognition that you’re not special, because everyone is. Continue reading

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Needle in a Haystack: Finding the Leaders for Specialized Heavy Industrial Contractors in light of changing regulatory forces

by Shaun A. Sipe, PE (SVP of Human Capital) and Gene Kaercher, Ph.D. (Director of Safety and Quality)

In the changing world of governmental regulations and industrial standards, specifically OSHA 1926 Subpart CC and ASME B30.5, the skill requirements for Field Leaders are more demanding than ever before. Moreover, the construction industry is facing the important reality that the Field Leaders with the most experience and the highest skill levels are preparing to leave the workforce in large numbers due to retirement. Coupled together, it would appear the coming crisis of lack of people seems to have already arrived. Aggravating the difficulty of meeting the need is the recent trend that young talent is not currently positioned to fill the voids, choosing other career paths than the historic crafts. A recent article cast light on the growing void: Continue reading

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On Thursday, June 7th, Jim Yates, PE, Barnhart Crane & Rigging’s senior vice president of engineering and technical services, will be featured in Industrial Training International’s (ITI) live showcase webinar presentation entitled ‘Heavy Intermodal Lift & Transport – Engineering Considerations.’

The webinar will be hosted by Mike Parnell, ITI president and CEO and will take place at 2:00 pm EST. Topics to be covered include: the need for engineering, lift planning and method statements, ship and dock considerations, and transport on barge, rail and trailers.    Continue reading

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This week, Barnhart Crane & Rigging moved heat exchangers from Bigbee Valley, MS to their eventual home at a Mississippi Power plant site in Kemper County on Highway 493 near DeKalb.  Continue reading

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Fast Company’s list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies includes StarbucksWhy is a company that makes a pretty unimaginative product like a cup of coffee consistently rank among the most creative companies worldwide?

One big reason is the way the company rebounded from some miserable years. According to Fast Company, as Starbucks struggled to mount a turnaround between 2007 and 2010, there was a belief that the company’s best days were behind it. CEO Howard Schultz was publicly advised that to save the company, Starbucks should lower prices and cut health benefits to employees. He did neither. While he did shutter branches and trim his management ranks, the company continued to invest in new ideas and products. Continue reading

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Nuclear Plant Upgrade Project Wins Barnhart SC&RA Rigging Job of the Year

The team at Barnhart Crane and Rigging is always up for a challenge.  But when we were contacted about a nuclear plant in Two Rivers, WI, we knew we had our work cut out for us.  That work has won the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association’s (SC&RA) Rigging Job of the Year for a project over $750,000. Continue reading

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‘Big Al’ handles a range of heavy lifting at the Port of Mobile, AL

Barnhart’s barge-mounted ‘Big Al’ lifts a lot of equipment used to upgrade the port cranes at the Port of Mobile in Alabama.

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The New York Times ran an article last week, profiling the replacement of a span of the River Street Bridge in Boston. What was remarkable about the project is that instead of taking two years, the replacement took place over a weekend.

The project was part of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Accelerated Bridge Program, designed to avoid months and years of driver detours while repair work takes place. Techniques for speeding bridge work have been utilized across the country.  But, according to the article, none of the techniques is quite as “eye-popping as heavy lift, when a hunk of bridge is simply picked up and put into place.”

That’s where Barnhart Crane comes in.  That “eye-popping” part.  Continue reading

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