Remembering Jim Barbera

August 6, 2019 by NASTT Staff


The trenchless industry lost a founding member with the recent passing on July 8 of James (Jim) Barbera at the age of 79. 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.

In November of last year, the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University honored  James and his brother Leo with lifetime achievement awards for their contributions to the trenchless industry. During the award celebration TTC 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.

Barbco has been a generous supporter of NASTT and the trenchless industry throughout the years and their involvement has been very important to us. We send our condolences to the Barbera Family and the team at Barbco.

Image: Jim Barbera and his wife Fran