Our History

Beginning in 1900 with a steam operated Buckeye wheel-trenching machine, George Bower began his agricultural drainage business in Fremont, Ohio. By 1980 the Bower family had become one of the largest ag drainage contractors in the country by installing more than 4 million feet of tile annually.
In 1985, drawing on three generations of drainage experience, Tom and Jack Bower ordered, from Holland, the first Inter-Drain trencher and plow delivered in the U.S. They became the first U.S. distributor at that time. Tom Bower retired in 2015, his son Steve Bower and his wife Beth Bower took over Great Lakes Inter-Drain changing the name to Great Lakes Trencher Sales and Service. Drawing on the expertise of his dad and uncle Steve and Beth strive to provide the same great service that our customers have relied on for years.


Our Staff

Steve Bower
Steve is the only son of Tom and Marion Bower.  He graduated from Clyde High School in 1986. From there, he served in the United States Army as a diesel mechanic.  After serving his country, he returned home to join the Great Lakes Inter-Drain family.  He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, and is an avid Dukes of Hazzard fan.  He even has his own General Lee with which he enjoys giving rides to kids of all ages.

Beth Bower
Beth came to Great Lakes Inter-Drain in 2012 upon her marriage to Steve.  She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Elementary Education in 1996. She has taught everything from 1st grade to high school French.  Her last job was as a school and community liaison for an intermediate school district. This involved everything from managing multiple after-school programs, budgeting for said programs, and “other duties as assigned” as Beth puts it.  She also owns her own grant-writing business.  She enjoys spending time with Steve and her daughter Lisa, and their multiple fur-kids, as well as traveling.