Illinois contractor doesn’t shy away from taking the tough jobs and the occasional fiber work when needed


Family-owned B&T Drainage doesn’t just take on the little jobs. The company, based in Marshall, Illinois, tackles any job that comes its way.

"It all depends on the year,” says Chase Boyer, son of co-owner John. “We’ve been busy all winter and haven’t slowed down.”

The company, owned by John and his brothers Scott and Steve, tries to stay within an hour of Marshall but will travel farther for longer directional drilling jobs. In late fall 2016, the company took on one of its larger jobs, nearly right in their back yard.

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That’s a cross-country, 16-mile, 12-inch transmission water main installation project from Marshall to Casey. “It consists of about 60,000 feet of open cut pipe installation and 20,000 feet of directional drilling,” says Chase Boyer. “It’s over rolling hills, through creeks and through the sides of hills. It’s pretty tough.”

While much of the project is along the right-of-way of State Highway 40, there is significant in-town work at the end of the project as the crews come into Casey. “In a lot of places we’ll have three or four fiber lines running parallel with the water main,” John says. “It makes it interesting because the communication companies don’t always drive straight when putting in utilities.”

The project is to be completed in June.

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The company continues to handle smaller jobs as they come up. B&T tries to keep one crew dedicated to jobs that involve doing one or two 300-foot bores a day.  “We normally use a 40x55 drill (Vermeer) for those,” John says. “There are a lot of conduit bores for electricians and water service bores for some of the water companies that the 9x13 (Vermeer) comes in handy for.”

While fiber isn’t a big part of the workload, the company handles those installations from time to time.

“When the fibers guys run into some tough areas that they can’t handle with their small rigs, we’ll come in for them,” John says. “We have tooling available for rock bores and they’ll usually have us come out when they run into rocky situations.”

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