September 2019 Vol. 74 No. 8


In Memoriam: Jim Barbera

In Memoriam 

Jim Barbera 


Jim Barbera, of East Canton, Ohio, passed away at age 79, on July 8. He was a graduate of Timken Vocational High School and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army.

After working at and retiring from the Canton City Police Department, he was employed by American Auger. In 1989, he founded Barbco, a family-owned manufacturer of trenchless installation equipment that became a leader in the underground construction industry. He officially retired 10 years ago and moved South to Englewood, Fla. 

In recognition of his contributions to the trenchless industry, the Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Technology University, awarded Jim and his brother Leo its first Life Time Achievement Award in November 2018. In addition, TTC announced construction of the Barbera Education, Research and Training (BERT) facility. 

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