In the trenchless excavation, horizontal directional drilling, and underground manufacturing industries, one family has earned a reputation as leaders in this close-knit community: The Barberas. Patriarch James S. “Jim” Barbera founded Barbco Inc., a world class equipment manufacturer in these industries and NUCA Sustaining National Partner. His long-lasting impact on the trenchless industry will be culminated with his posthumous induction into the North American Society for Trenchless Technology’s Hall of Fame in April.
Jim passed the torch onto his three sons, Anthony, David and James A., who now own the family business. The Barbera clan continues to drive the industry forward and now have brought the third generation of the family into this exciting field.
On Jan. 2, Jim’s grandsons Drake Barbera (son of Anthony) and James V. Barbera (son of James A.) along with co-owner Clay Gillian successfully completed their very first horizontal bore with their new company AccuLine Underground at an urban work site in Metuchen, New Jersey. AccuLine partnered with project general contractor J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc. to complete a 250-ft long crossing 20 ft under the length of a busy city road, skillfully avoiding numerous very critical city main utilities.
The AccuLine team’s years of experience and deep knowledge of the industry was apparent before the first shovelful of dirt was removed from the job site. In his initial meeting with the job owners, Drake made a strong and convincing counterproposal to the microtunneling option with his recommended approach using a conventional auger boring machine pushing a BMTA (boring machine tunnel attachment). Drake’s proposal proved to be the winning combination, securing AccuLine this prestigious and highly visible contract.
The crew faced numerous job site challenges ranging from old and forgotten infrastructure to rocky and sandy soils. Their expertise allowed them to make on site equipment modifications and adjustments coupled with some new-to-the-field innovations to keep the job on line and on grade, dramatically saving the job owners both time and money.