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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To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, August is the cruelest month, that is, when it comes to hurricanes.  Just take a look at some of the more damaging hurricanes in the past 50 years:

  • Hurricane Katrina – August 29, 2005
  • Hurricane Andrew – August 24, 1992
  • Hurricane Camille – August 17, 1969

So as Tropical Storm Isaac spins toward the Gulf of Mexico, we take it seriously.  Not only because it’s August, but because Gulf Coast dwellers know that even  “small” hurricanes can cause devastating damage and loss of property and lives.  Continue reading

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The Future of Cranes: Rocket Power?

Imagine a future with cranes that harness the power of rockets to do their work. If you think it sounds like a bad plot from a space-era science fiction novel, you aren’t far from the truth. In fact, NASA used a rocket-powered crane when it landed the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars on August 5. The rocket-powered Sky Crane was the solution for a huge engineering problem that is literally out of this world.  Continue reading

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In keeping with Barnhart Crane’s commitment to safety, quality service and continuous improvement, join us for the webinar:

How to Determine Stability for Rigging, Heavy Haul, & Construction Activities

August 2, 2012
11 AM CT

Through the discussion of practical examples in this course, participants will develop an understanding of stability limits for various systems. Plus, the first 25 to register and attend get a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s classic book, The Tipping Point.   Continue reading

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City of Southaven “raising the roof” at Snowden Grove Amphitheatre

Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee


(WMC-TV) – Some big name acts are calling for some big time changes at a Southaven concert venue.

Country music star Brad Paisley is just one of the household names that will be using the Snowden Grove Amphitheatre in Southaven this year.

But city officials say artists have complained that the venue is a little small for some of their displays, so now the city is raising the roof, not only to increase space, but also interest.

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The Dallas Cowboys’ Scoreboard Effect

In Good to Great, Jim Collins postulates that an organization should limit its growth to its ability to attract enough of the right people.  I love reading statements like that, swallowing them hook, line, and sinker and then move on only to find that the more difficult task than orchestrating growth is defining “enough” and “right.”  Thankfully, Collins also has some wisdom to share on the definition of “right.”  The right people:

  1. Share the organization’s Core Values
  2. Have responsibilities, not a job
  3. Do what they say
  4. Are self-managed
  5. Have a Passion for the organization’s work
  6. Have a window and mirror maturity

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