Besser Company is driven by our belief that concrete is the perfect building material. As an employee-owned and operated company – the only one of its kind in the concrete products industry – the strength of Besser Company lies in our passionate, talented and dedicated employees. Collectively they keep us on the leading edge of production equipment technology for the global building materials industry.
The first hand-tamp block machine
In 1904, as the cement manufacturing industry was in the early stages of development, Jesse Besser produced one of the first hand-tamp block machines in Alpena, Michigan. As a result, Besser Manufacturing Company was formed and immediately launched into a leadership role within the blockmaking machinery business. This site remains today the Besser world headquarters.
In 1937, the potential for international growth was recognized and a Besser K-12 model block machine was sold to Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. We now have machines operating in over 120 countries!
Automation and productivity
The 1970’s and the decades following brought the emergence of technologies that automated and increased the production of concrete products, while improving quality. The addition of strategic core products, through the merging of resources with other companies, extended the company’s product line to encompass an increasing portion of the equipment and services crucial to the growing concrete products industry.
Baker Enterprise acquisition
In 1976, we acquired Baker Enterprise, founded in 1929. This location is now a remote department of Alpena manufacturing and operates a few miles from headquarters.
In 1995, we acquired Proneq out of Montreal, Quebec, founded in 1979. Today the staff in Montreal translates rough ideas for new concrete unit designs into reality by producing molds for the concrete masonry and hardscape market segments.
IPMC and Boone Foundry acquisition
In 1998, we acquired International Pipe Machinery Corporation (IPMC) out of Boone, Iowa. IPMC, founded in 1909, provides a full line of equipment for the production and automatic handling of concrete pipe. Boone foundry was founded in 1900. Today, the company specializes in precast forms, as well as pallets and rings for the production of concrete pipe.
Kevin Curtis appointed president
In 1999, Kevin Curtis was appointed president of Besser Company. He led and continues to lead the company, driven by the belief that concrete is the perfect building material. Kevin became a catalyst for developing equipment and adding products that would benefit producers by delivering new capabilities, expanding product offerings, improving productivity and reducing cost.
CMC acquisition and WCCT partnership
In 2000, we acquired CMC out of Compton, California, founded in 1955. The company primarily designs and manufactures molds for concrete masonry and hardscape producers in the western US.
We also partnered with the World Center for Concrete Technology (WCCT), a premier facility for education, both in the classroom and hands-on, and for research and testing. The state-of-the-art production facility offers the ultimate in hands-on training as staff assists clients in the development, evaluation, and testing of alternative cementitious materials, waste streams, and other products for use in the concrete industry.
In 2004, Besser Company celebrated its 100th year of success. Besser also became an ESOP, making us the only employee-owned and -operated company in the concrete products industry. As an employee-owned company, the strength of Besser Company lies in our passionate, talented, and dedicated employees. Collectively they keep us on the leading edge of production equipment technology for the global building materials industry.
Inspiring concrete innovation
Today, we’re proud of our legacy and look forward to satisfying the needs of today’s construction industry with aesthetically pleasing, durable, safe, environmentally sound, and exceptionally high quality manufactured concrete products using Besser production systems.