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Barnhart Acquires CR Holland Crane Service, Further Solidifies Midwest Presence

FOREST CITY, IA — Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co. has purchased CR Holland Crane Service of Forest City, Iowa. The acquisition becomes Barnhart’s fifth branch in Iowa, further solidifying the Memphis-based company’s presence in the upper Midwest, where it also operates a number of branches in Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Founded in 2000, CR Holland Crane Service has its roots in a family business launched in 1968 that focused on moving structures. A second company providing customized equipment for moving heavy objects on the ground was added to the Holland portfolio, which led to the establishment of the crane company, specializing in lifting and setting out-of-gauge components.

“CR Holland’s well-earned reputation for expertise in moving, lifting, and setting out-sized and unwieldy project cargo, their custom-rigging experience, and outstanding customer service makes them a perfect addition to the Barnhart family," said Dan Ford, Barnhart’s Regional Business Development Director. "Plus, their service area across Iowa and Minnesota provides our customers in the Midwest additional resources and options."

“We are pleased to join the Barnhart family as their vision and work ethic align with ours,” said Dustin Huston, Vice President of CR Holland Crane Services. “Our team brings regional knowledge, experience, and expertise, while Barnhart brings an incredible national network, a depth of engineering know-how, and logistical experience that will serve to benefit customers in the region.”

Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Barnhart is a lifting and logistics contractor with a current network of nearly 60 facilities. The company offers operated crane rental, rigging services, outage planning, specialized solutions for component replacement, industrial storage, and national project cargo logistics. Barnhart also has one of the largest engineering teams in the industry, including a full research and development department.

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