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BARNHART CRANE & RIGGING RECIPIENT OF DISTINGUISHED INDUSTRY AWARDS

May 12, 2003



(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) recently honored Memphis-based Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co. with the distinguished Rigging Job of the Year Award and the Transportation Group Fleet Safety Improvement Award.  Both SC&RA awards are part of annual ceremonies by the industry to recognize the best and safest companies in the crane and rigging industry.

Barnhart was also the recipient of the Associated General Contractors Alabama chapter Safety Award for the heavy/industrial category for best safety record in 2002.

   "Credit for these awards can be directly attributed to the hard work and determination of our employees, who led our company into a year of extraordinary growth and success in 2002," said Alan Barnhart, president, Barnhart Crane and Rigging. "In conjunction with our working relationships with loyal clientele, we have been able to improve the quality of our service and the scope of our operations while maintaining our reputation for the safe execution of heavy lifting and transportation jobs."

In addition to winning the Rigging Job of the Year in the $150,000 to $750,000 category for their work at Alabama's Barry Steam Plant, Barnhart was the recipient of awards for its continuous improvement in fleet safety as well as its industry leading OSHA safety statistics.

Jeff Latture, Barnhart's senior vice president of heavy contracting said, "Our SC&RA and AGC awards for innovation and safety in 2002 reflect our expressed values to be the safest as the most innovative company in our industry.  In this way we bring value to our customers and ensure the safety of everyone.  We're committed to continually improve for that purpose."

               Barnhart Crane and Rigging, established in 1969, is a leading national supplier of specialized heavy rigging and transportation solutions. The company, now with 13 locations across the United States, also provides crane services, machinery moving, and plant relocations, as well as project cargo logistics and heavy equipment storage at its 100-acre, 700,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Memphis, Tenn. Barnhart Crane and Rigging, an ISO 9001 certified supplier, also operates terminal facilities at the Port of Memphis and the deepwater Port of Mobile, Ala. For more information, visit www.barnhartcrane.com.

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