Preaching safety and actually demonstrating it are two different things! GM of Barbco and NUCA board of director, David Barbera held a #TrenchSafetyStandDown at local contractor AccuLine Underground’s facilities. This little seminar went over the importance of proper safety protocol and procedures when working in and around trenches. Information like this is important for all contractors as they navigate their way around different job sites and conditions!

Just recently, Barbco’s Chief Operating Officer Jim Barbera was featured on Utility Contractors online podcast. Utility Contractor is an industry leading magazine that is published by Benjamin Media, an internationally recognized publisher of the oil and gas, water, wastewater, solar, tunneling, utility,and construction markets. Jim Barbera was interviewed by Benjamin Media’s editor and publisher, Jim Rush.

Listen to the podcast here: Barbco logo

Today we said see ya later to our very own Allen Westover! He climbed the mountain here at Barbco for FOURTEEN years! We want to show our appreciation and gratefulness to Allen for his years of dedication to our company. Your work ethic never went unnoticed, thank you! Happy retirement, Al!

Barbco Owners with Retired Employee Barbco Retirement

We are so very honored and humbled to be a recipient of the 2020 Business Excellence Award from the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Business Excellence Awards salute companies that have distinguished themselves with longevity, growth, innovation, and consistent involvement in our community.

Winners of the Business Excellence Awards will be honored at an awards ceremony later this year, most likely in late summer or early fall. The ceremony and dinner originally scheduled for May 5, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Business Excellence Award Winners

Welcome the newest member of the Board of Directors for the NUCA: National Utility Contractors Association, David Barbera! Co-Owner and GM of Barbco, Incorporated in East Canton, Ohio! Working in every facet of his family business Barbco, Dave has learned valuable information which he has used to his advantage by implementing it within Barbco machinery!  We’re so proud of all his hard work and dedication to the industry over the years.

Congratulations, Dave!

Barbco has recently begun a new recycling program that not only helps our environment, but also gives back to the community! Joined with the organization,  Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (ACBC), Barbco hopes to encourage other local businesses to partake in the program!

So far the company of Barbco has managed to donate/recycle 187.9 pounds of cans!

God Bless!


Pictured, is our amazing employee Charlie Jenkins who has been helping with this project!

Starting 2020 off right by donating to our local Stark County Hunger Task Force!
“By alleviating hunger in Stark County, we are building a stronger community.” 🤝

We’re so excited to say that our employees have collected a total of 255 goods, coming to a whopping 225 pounds! We’re so proud of everyone that contributed and can’t wait to do it again next year!


This past 2019, Barbco reached a milestone of 30 years in Business in the trenchless community. In the month of October Barbco held a Saint Baldricks Head Shaving Event where employees raised money to have their head shaved! Barbco managed to raise $6,119 which was donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation  which helps fight against childhood cancer. This successful event not only raised money, but let the employees of Barbco get together for a fun afternoon.


The Louisiana Tech University Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) honored Leo Barbera and James Barbera with lifetime achievement awards for their contributions to the trenchless industry.

TTC presented the awards to the Barbera brothers at a ceremony on Nov. 13 in Ruston, Louisiana, where the center also unveiled the Barbera Underground Infrastructure Research and Training (BUIRT) Facility. Named in honor of the Barbera family, this state-of-the-art facility will offer research, training and development for the trenchless technology industry.

“We’re so grateful to Louisiana Tech and the TTC for honoring us with this award. It’s humbling to have our work recognized in this way,” said James Barbera. “This was an opportunity for us to pay homage to the past, while looking toward the future. We’re excited to be involved with the BUIRT Facility, as it trains the next generation of workers in the trenchless industry.”

Leo Barbera founded American Augers in 1971. He built the company from the ground up, while securing patents along the way to advance the industry in terms of technology and safety. After selling the company in 1989, he has remained an icon in the industry.

After the sale of American Auger, James Barbera founded Barbco Inc. in 1989. Today, the company leads the auger-boring industry with equipment that promotes safety and efficiency, such as the TriBor, Flexbor and Pathfinder.

Associate Director of TTC International Operations Tom Iseley, Ph.D., presented the lifetime achievement awards. Louisiana Tech University President, Leslie Guice, Ph.D., awarded each Barbera brother with medallions for their leadership.

“[The Tenants of Tech] are the values and traditions and principles we all hold dear here at Louisiana Tech,” said Guice. “Students learn those from the time they’re on campus. I created this special medallion for some of those tenants. One of those tenants is leadership, and I can’t think of a better pair to give this medallion to.”

For more information on trenchless technology training and the BUIRT Facility, visit the Louisiana Tech University TTC website.

Early August 2018, Barbco Inc. of East Canton Ohio had their second product showcasing event titled, Barbco Demo Days. This two-day event surrounding the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game featured Barbco’s top of the line, innovative equipment. Barbco Demo Days not only showcased their equipment and educated contractors, but also gave contractors the opportunity to obtain hands on experience under the attention and care of Barbco’s trained professionals. Also featured were some of Barbco’s top dealers, U.S. Shoring of Texas and Trenchless Rental Solutions of Ohio. In addition to these dealers, some of Barbco’s most reliable vendors such as Herc Rentals, Kraft, Trenchless Technology and GMElectric were in attendance. Barbco Demo days was not only another successful event for the trenchless authority, but it also proved to be a great way for Barbco to show its customers some warm Ohio hospitality. For more photographs & videos from this event please visit Barbco on Facebook!