Barbco, Inc, a world class manufacturer of capital equipment for the trenchless excavation, horizontal directional drilling, and underground manufacturing industries is pleased to announce that their Second Annual St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Fundraiser to benefit the FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD CANCER was a resounding success!  The event, called Bald is Badass at Barbco occurred on Friday, October 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  The Barbco team converted their Assembly Bay into a St. Baldrick Barbershop!

These community spirited employees had their inaugural event in 2019 when 34 of them Braved the Shave and raised $6,199 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  Unfortunately, the Barbco PRIDE had to stand down in 2020 due to COVID 19 safety considerations.  

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This year the team raised $5,306 and had 37 men braving the shave to help in the FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD CANCER!  A huge shout to our luncheon sponsor Todd Hindman of National Tube Supply.  He arranged for a Barbeque luncheon provided by Old Carolina Barbeque!

Joining Barbco in this fundraiser are the following SUPERFANTASTIC Corporate Partners: U.S. Shoring & Equipment Company; Trenchless Rental Solutions; SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc.; Midwest Mole; National Tube Supply; Kraft Fluid Systems; Great Work Employment; MECO; Shale Directories; Ohio CAT; Industrial Tube & Supply; Brent Scarbrough & Company; Wolff Brothers Supply, Akron Bearing, and The Universal Steel Company.  In addition, community volunteers David Angione, Stark County’s Bald Realtor for You; Toni “The Cookie Diva” Cotopolis; and Trisha Mossor of Aim Transportation Solutions were on hand to help with the event.

You can learn more about the important work of St. Baldrick’s at

 We are pleased to announce our beloved founder and H.O.F inductee James S. Barbera to NASTT’s Hall of Fame!

Read this excerpt from NASTT’s website about our leader James Barbera, or click here to read it from their website.

We are looking forward to seeing the trenchless industry together at this years No-Dig Show!


Excerpt from NASTT website-

“James “Jim” S. Barbera founded Barbco, a family-run manufacturing company, in 1989.

2020 – James S. Barbera (1940-2019)James “Jim” S. Barbera (March 1940 – July 2019) founded Barbco, a family-run manufacturing company, in 1989. And while his career didn’t start in manufacturing, his family was always front and center.

After graduating high school, Jim served his country in the U.S. Army. Jim and his wife Fran were married in 1963. Jim was employed by the Canton City Police Department and Fran worked at a rubber glove manufacturing company. Jim’s experience in home remodeling brought additional income once their family expanded to include four children under the age of three, including twins. The original fixer-uppers, they would purchase homes, fix them up and rent them out. They amassed 7 homes and were doing well for themselves. Their hard work was paying off.

In 1975, Jim retired from the police department and went into business for himself. He continued his work in construction and got into the pool solar heating business. Jim started working at American Augers for his brother Leo in 1979. During his 10 years at American Augers, Jim oversaw the sales department and had direct oversight of several initiatives including the reconditioning of a 19-ft Robbins tunnel boring machine and being an active organizer in the auger boring schools that were held in Arizona. In 1989 Leo sold American Augers leaving Jim in a bit of a quandary. With Fran’s support, Jim continued in the industry and started Barbco, a NUCA (National Utility Contractors Association) Sustaining National Partner. The company ran out of a shop in Twinsburg, Ohio for the first 6 months.

The first of Jim and Fran’s children to work for the company was Tony Barbera, who had just graduated from high school. His twin brother, Dave Barbera, started in 1992 and worked primarily in the office. The other children, Chrissy and Jim, worked intermittently during the early years of the company. Barbco continued to expand its product line as Jim saw opportunities in the trenchless industry. He was brought into the fray of Barbco’s manufacturing capabilities with products such as directional drills and pilot tube machines. With this growth, Jim continually looked for facilities that would give him the space he needed to build the equipment customers were looking for. In 2003, Jim moved the company to its present location in East Canton, Ohio. Here, Barbco had the space to build and the land to expand his manufacturing when needed. He officially retired 10 years ago and moved South to Englewood, Fla.

Both Jim and his brother Leo were well known with the trenchless industry. In fact, they were both recently honored by the Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University. Both were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards by Dr. Tom Iseley for their contributions to the trenchless industry. Additionally, a new training and educational facility being built on campus is being named in honor of the brothers. The formal name is the Barbera Education, Research & Training facility (BERT).

Jim and Barbco, Inc. have been honored by numerous professional associations.  Nonetheless, his greatest honor has and always will be a large loving family and his loyal employees and customers.  Barbco, Inc. will carry on his legacy with his three sons leading the company and with his many grandchildren hard at work in the family business.”


Today we celebrated Bob Haysmer’s retirement AND birthday! To be Covid friendly, we ordered individually wrapped subs and bought individually wrapped chips and cookies. We’d like to thank Bob for his many years of service and dedication to our company. Go travel the world, Bob!

Check out our new Auger Boring Machine advertisement! This ad features our best selling auger boring machine, the Barbco 48-950! With nearly one million pounds of thrust, this ABM outperforms any machine in its class.Barbco Abm Ad

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!