In 1961, after earning his
degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas and completing
his military service assignment, Jim
Barbour joined the family business. In 1963, Jim introduced
production of precast drainage structures and in 1969 the company began
producing precast concrete curb inlets, many of which are still being
used in Kansas City area and throughout the Midwestern region.
The company expanded its
manufacturing capability to include sewer, telephone/telecommunication
and power manhole structures, water meters, and gas vaults. Woody passed
away in 1971 and Jim assumed the responsibilities as President &
Chief Operating Officer for his family’s firm. Jim has also led
multiple industry initiatives and held numerous leadership positions
with the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) including Past-President,
1969. In 1974, Jim received the Robert E. Yoakum Award, the highest
honor presented to individual members of the NPCA. Barbour Concrete
became a charter member of NPCA when founded in 1965 and has since maintained
Jim’s late wife, joined the business in 1979 and also received
the Robert E. Yoakum Award in 1994 for her leadership efforts contributing
to the progression of the precast concrete industry.
Daniel (Dan) Barbour,
Jim’s son, began his concrete career in 1987 and returned full-time
in 1994 after earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration
and obtaining valuable work and management experience outside the family
business. This training and experience provided a solid foundation for
his leading the company currently as Vice-President & General Manager.
Dan has also actively served on the NPCA’s Board of Directors,
Executive Committee, and other association committees.
In 1995, Barbour Building
Systems, LLC (www.barbourbuildings.com) was established based on the
need for precast concrete pump stations, telecommunication shelters,
and modular jail cells.
For Barbour Concrete, product
lines have continued to evolve to meet customer needs of the local,
regional and national markets where precast concrete products are a
suitable solution for controlling water and erosion, and protecting
the environment. www.barbourbuildings.com