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Barnhart buys Alberta crane contractor

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment

Memphis-based crane and rigging services provider makes NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul its first international acquisition.

(Photo courtesy of Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co.)

Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co. has gone international with its purchase of NCSG, a provider of crane and heavy haul services to such industries as construction, utilities, forestry and mining. The company, which is based in Acheson, Alta., is Barnhart’s first international acquisition.

NCSG was founded in 1987 as Northern Crane Services and operates eight branches across Western Canada’s energy corridor, with locations in Edmonton, Bonnyville, Calgary, Fort McMurray, and Grande Prairie, Alberta; Fort St. John and Terrace, British Columbia; and Regina, Saskatchewan, along with its corporate headquarters in Acheson.

The company, which employs approximately 400 workers, is Barnhart’s largest single acquisition to date.

“The acquisition of NCSG literally takes Barnhart into new territory,” said Alan Barnhart, CEO of Barnhart Crane and Rigging. “The decision to become an international company was not made lightly, but NCSG’s pre-eminence, reputation, and dominant market share ensure Barnhart’s position as one of the leading crane, rigging, and logistics companies in North America.”

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“We are pleased to join the Barnhart family,” said NCSG president and CEO Heather MacCallum. “Our goal has been to serve as the premier supplier in Western Canada’s crane and heavy haul sector by providing best-in-class equipment, personnel, an award-winning safety program, and operational best practices.”

MacCallum pointed to NCSG’s record in sustainability, including numerous indigenous partnerships, its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workforce, and its safety record. “NCSG is a natural fit with Barnhart,” she said.

Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., lifting and logistics contractor Barnhart has a network of more than 60 facilities, which the company says allows it to provide world-class service through a local presence. Among its offerings are operated crane rental, rigging services, outage planning, specialized solutions for component replacement, industrial storage and national project cargo logistics. The company also has an engineering team and a full research and development department to drive innovation across all services.

www.barnhartcrane.com

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