• Tue, Dec 18 2018

    Barnhart Helps Kick Off the Holidays in Canton

    Barnhart’s Canton, Ohio recently had an unusual assignment – moving a Christmas tree from its site to a location in downtown Central Plaza. The 35-foot, 3,000-pound blue spruce was donated by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, located just a few blocks … Continue reading →
    • Wed, Dec 5 2018

    Raising the Roof: Barnhart Part of ENR Best Project

    A year-long project at the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington involving Barnhart recently received an Engineering News Record (ENR) 2018 Best Project designation. Barnhart’s role was to provide operated crane service and other assistance during the 14-month job. The project … Continue reading →
    • Thu, Nov 15 2018


    Sunday was Veteran’s Day, a holiday that originated as Armistice Day to commemorate the agreement that ended World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. Its name was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954. This year’s holiday marked … Continue reading →
    • Wed, Oct 24 2018

    Steam Locomotive Moved with Care and Precision

    Barnhart is often called to move cargo large and small and sometimes even antique. Barnhart’s Spokane branch was hired to move a 1920’s era Forney steam locomotive from its site at the Pullman Depot Heritage Center in Pullman to the … Continue reading →
    • Tue, Oct 9 2018

    Blade Bar Revolutionizing Wind Projects

    You wouldn’t expect a crane company to devise a system for wind maintenance projects that requires fewer cranes, but that’s what we’ve done with our custom designed blade bar. The blade bar replaces the industry standard two crane method for … Continue reading →
    • Fri, Sep 21 2018

    Broken Blade Removal A Multi-Branch Effort

    When a wind turbine blade breaks, removing it at over 300 feet from the ground can be a challenge. Barnhart was called to a wind farm in Illinois to remove a broken blade from a wind turbine. The other two … Continue reading →
    • Mon, Aug 27 2018

    Lock Gate Replacement Becoming a Barnhart Specialty

    Barnhart was recently hired for a project at the Holt Lock and Dam on the Black Warrior River in Alabama to remove and replace the lock’s lower mitre gate, our third lock replacement project in the past couple of years. … Continue reading →
    • Mon, Aug 6 2018

    Barnhart Opens First Ohio Branch with Selinsky Acquisition

    Barnhart will expand its services into Ohio through a recent agreement with Selinsky Force based in Canton. Barnhart will purchase the company’s crane and rigging operations, including all associated personnel and equipment. Those resources include crane service with a lifting … Continue reading →
    • Mon, Jul 23 2018


    Load testing of equipment is a critical operation and often a requirement under industry standards. It ensures safety of equipment, and most importantly, people. When should you do it? By ASME standards, all lifting equipment that has been fabricated, altered, … Continue reading →
    • Tue, Jun 26 2018

    Barnhart Expands Service in the Northwest with Purchase of Strate Line

    Barnhart is adding its first Idaho location with the company’s recent agreement to purchase Strate Line Inc, a Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based crane service company. The purchase will expand Barnhart’s ability to serve commercial, civil and heavy industrial customers in the northwestern … Continue reading →
    • Tue, Jun 12 2018

    Moving a Package Boiler with Inches to Spare

    Barnhart has an extensive video library of equipment demonstrations, projects and case studies. In the video case study below, Barnhart was hired for a job at a pulp & paper plant in the Midwest. The project involved receiving a 400,000-pound package … Continue reading →
    • Wed, May 23 2018

    Job of the Year: Innovation and Custom Fabrication

    Barnhart recently took home an SC&RA (Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association) Rigging Job of the Year award in the $750,000 to $2 million category. The company also received an award in the Under $150,000 category as well. The winning project … Continue reading →
    • Thu, May 10 2018


    Faced with clearances of less than two inches, Barnhart pulled off a rigging challenge that resulted in a 2018 SC&RA award in the category of “Rigging Job of the Year Under $150,000.”  Barnhart has received Job of the Year recognition … Continue reading →
    • Wed, Apr 18 2018

    Engineering Team Shines in Plant Project

    Barnhart was hired to remove and replace fuel heat exchangers at a nuclear plant in Wisconsin. The 14,750 lbs. vessels had to be maneuvered in a small space. To overcome the tight tolerances, the engineering team had to design a … Continue reading →
    • Tue, Mar 27 2018


    A recent haul by Barnhart involved one of the most enigmatic particles in the cosmos. Barnhart was hired to receive and transport two neutrino detectors, which were shipped from Europe. A neutrino detector is designed to capture and inspect neutrinos, … Continue reading →
    • Mon, Feb 26 2018

    Precise Engineering Results in Minimal Downtime During Outage

    Barnhart was recently hired to remove and replace two feedwater heaters at a power plant in Kansas during a planned outage. But it wasn’t going to be easy. The project, which was featured in Cranes Today, had a number of … Continue reading →
    • Fri, Feb 9 2018


    Barnhart crews from the Memphis branch recently transported two 310,00 natural gas-fired generators to a substation in Tallahassee. The substation serves critical customers including Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and the Tallahassee Police Department, and the move was part of continued efforts … Continue reading →
    • Thu, Jan 18 2018

    Heavy Load Turns Heads in Tulsa

    Last week, Barnhart’s heavy haul of a massive piece of equipment drew onlookers along the route in Oklahoma. The 317,000 lbs. unit, known as a coker bubble tower, started at a fabricator in Sand Springs. Barnhart loaded it onto two … Continue reading →
    • Wed, Jan 3 2018


    Barnhart was hired to haul a 435,000-pound turbine to Dexter, Minn., a journey of over 1000 miles that originated in Alberta, Canada. The turbine was brought to the border town of Sweet Grass, Mont. where it was staged on stands. … Continue reading →
    • Fri, Dec 22 2017

    Christmas from the Moon

    It was 1968, a year of tumultuous events, marked by the shocking assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. But as the year came to a close, millions raised their eyes to the skies for the hopeful message of … Continue reading →
    • Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Tips On Choosing the Right Size Crane

    To properly size and select a crane for a job many factors must be considered to determine the right type of crane and corresponding capacity. Should it be a heavy lift crane? Boom truck crane? Rough Terrain crane? Weight and … Continue reading →
    • Mon, Nov 20 2017


    Barnhart’s Phoenix branch occupies a unique niche. Nearly 68,000 square feet of its 72,000 square foot facility is devoted to storage of a very specific kind. The facility acts as a response center for the SAFER (Strategic Alliance for Flex … Continue reading →
    • Tue, Oct 31 2017


    Barnhart has opened a second location in Kentucky with a new facility in Calvert City, joining Owensboro in the Bluegrass State. “While we have been providing crane and rigging services and heavy transportation in the Calvert City area for many … Continue reading →
    • Mon, Oct 16 2017


    Barnhart has been busy addressing critical infrastructure needs at waterways across the southeast. Their work on three lock and dam projects, including one featured in a blog last month, was recently profiled in Waterways Journal. These projects utilized both traditional … Continue reading →
    • Thu, Sep 28 2017

    Kentucky Project Enlists Services of Big Al

    A project at a lock and dam in Kentucky required Barnhart to bring out the big guns, otherwise known as Big Al. Big Al is Barnhart’s barge-mounted heavy lift crane based in the Port of Mobile in Alabama. It was … Continue reading →