Barnhart Provides Expert Oversight for Nuclear Facility in Mississippi

Dec 2, 2002

(MEMHIS, Tenn.)—During a nuclear facility's current maintenance turnaround, Barnhart Crane & Rigging safety consultants are on site providing expert technical advice and third-party inspections of all heavy lifts.

Jeff Latture, vice president of Heavy Contracting at Barnhart, said, “Barnhart’s reputation for safety on the job, in conjunction with our substantial resume of nuclear projects, gave us the necessary credentials to perform the service required by this facility. We were pleased to have been involved as consultants during their plant outage.”

At the nuclear plant located in Mississippi, Barnhart personnel work 24 hours a day, overseeing general maintenance rigging and providing lifting consultation to ensure plant safety during the repairs. The work on the facility is scheduled to take two months.

The nuclear site operates a Boiling Water Reactor that provides Claiborne County and surrounding counties with 1,143 MWe of electricity.

Walter Burrage, Barnhart’s Gulf Coast branch manager, said, “In the nuclear industry, safety is paramount. We are working with this facility as a qualified, independent auditor of plant maintenance as a failsafe, a backup to the safety precautions already in place. The safety program they developed is sound, and we’re here to observe and ensure its implementation.”

Barnhart Crane & Rigging, established in 1969, is a leading national supplier of specialized heavy rigging and transportation solutions. The company, 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 & Rigging, an ISO 9002 certified supplier, also operates terminal facilities at the Port of Memphis, Decatur, Ala., and the deepwater Port of Mobile, Ala. For more information, visit

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