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Barnhart moves into the Canadian market with the purchase of Alberta-based NCSG

June 6, 2024  By Crane and Hoist Staff

American company Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co. has purchased Alberta’s NCSG. Photo: NCSG

ACHESON, Alberta —   Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co. is entering the Canadian market with the purchase of Alberta’s NCSG.

NCSG employs approximately 400 workers providing crane and heavy haul services to various industries including refining, upgrading, upstream oil and gas, utilities, forestry, mining and wind energy. The company’s corporate headquarters are in Acheson, Alberta, while it also has Alberta locations in Edmonton, Bonnyville, Calgary, Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie; British Columbia locations in Fort St. John and Terrace; and a location in Regina, Saskatchewan.

NCSG was founded in 1987 as Northern Crane Services.

“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.”


This is not only Barnhart’s first international acquisition, but the company’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.”

The Memphis, Tennessee-based company has a network of more than 60 facilities and is one of North America’s leading lifting and logistics contractors. Barnhart notes its collection of operated crane rental, rigging services, outage planning, specialized solutions for component replacement, industrial storage and national project cargo logistics all combine to ensure customers receive the lowest total project cost. Barnhart also has one of the largest engineering teams in the industry —including a full R&D department — driving innovation across all services.

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