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Blockmakers® Workshop Donated to CIM Auction

Besser is pleased to support the Construction Industry Management (CIM) Auction with the donation of a Blockmakers Workshop. Everyone, even if not in attendance, is invited to bid on the workshop. The winning bidder can select any of the seven different courses offered. These include the new Advanced Concrete Masonry Technology course and the ever-popular Executive Session - a three day, fast-paced, condensed version of the Concrete Masonry Technology and Vibrapac Blockmakers Workshops. Students from all industry segments will benefit from the Concrete Masonry Technology courses;… Continue reading

2017 Blockmakers Workshop® Schedule Announced

Registration is now open for 2017 Blockmakers Workshops®! Check out the new Advanced Concrete Masonry Technology course being held from 18 - 22 September. This course was developed for producers asking us for more in-depth knowledge about the production of products such as segmental retaining walls, pavers, and advanced architectural products. It will also cover the use of core pullers and provide an in-depth look at material variegation/blending of colors to create a unique product appearance. All machine types, including Cam machines, Servopac®, and competitive equipment (plate… Continue reading

Exhibiting South of the Border and Beyond

Trade shows and association meetings have played a large part in our recent activities including those in the United States and abroad. A highlight was our participation in the 2nd Annual Congreso de Soluciones en Concreto held in Cancun, Mexico in late October. We're thrilled with the attendance that came from all segments of the concrete products industry -masonry, hardscape, pipe, precast, prestressed, and ready-mix. A full house of producers listened intently as Ron Scherer, Besser training specialist, presented a seminar on Concrete Masonry Technology. Besser representatives… Continue reading

Colder Temperatures Have Arrived; Are You Ready?

Besser supplies custom Curing Systems, offers upgrades to existing Curing Systems, and provides maintenance for all brands of vapor generator systems. Every system supplied by Besser is engineered to deliver accurate temperature and humidity control, timing in the curing environment, insulation, and air control - all providing proper circulation and energy savings. We use custom simulation software to design a system that meets your specific curing needs. Installation and service of your system is completed by our experienced technical service team. While on-site, we train your staff… Continue reading

Getting to Know Your Customer Service Representative: Connor Gagnon

Meet Connor Gagnon, Besser Company's newest Customer Service Representative working at our headquarters in Alpena, Michigan.  Since his start in the Call Center in July, he has been busy promoting machine and mold parts, capital equipment, paid service, and training to customers and prospects for the entire Besser product line. He brings a strong customer service background, knowledge of bearings and power transmissions, and a thirst to learn to his new role. "From working at Northern Industrial in inside sales and as an assistant manager for MC Sports, I've discovered that I thrive… Continue reading

Applications Now Being Accepted for Besser Company Pipe Industry Scholarship

The ACPA Foundation Scholarship Application for the new $2,500 Besser Company Pipe Industry College Scholarship is now available on both the Besser Company and ACPA’s websites; applications are due by 1 February 2017. The employee-owners of Besser Company initiated this scholarship earlier this year in recognition of the American Concrete Pipe Association’s (ACPA) annual National Concrete Pipe week. Established with the ACPA Foundation, the college scholarship will be awarded to a student whose course of study is related to concrete pipe production, application/installation, or… Continue reading

Precasters Gather in Austin

Besser Company was a Silver sponsor of the National Precast Concrete Association’s 51st Annual Convention held in Austin, Texas last week. The number of industry members gathering was the third highest in association history. High energy, optimism and creative thinking characterized the five day event.   The “Marketplace” provided the opportunity for members to network while enjoying southern specialties and cocktails. Held on Thursday and Friday, Besser staff, Denny Anderson, Jeff Kern (Precast Sales) Kevin Krentz and Tim Ray-Tahtinen (Sales Application Engineers) and Terri Grulke… Continue reading

NCMA MidYear Meeting

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho provided a gorgeous, yet chilly backdrop, for the NCMA MidYear Meeting. Industry members from across the United States and Canada participated in committee and task group meetings and networking events as they were updated on the current status of our industry and set the course for our future.  The status of Concrete Masonry Check Off Program, the changes to ASTM C-90, our ongoing fight with competitive building materials were hot topics. Another hot topic is the excitement building around 2018, the year that NCMA celebrates a century of serving the industry. … Continue reading

Besser Impresses Brazilian Attendees at the Concrete Show

In 2014, Besser Company organized a tour for eight block producers and the Brazilian Cement Portland Association President to Besser-equipped facilities throughout Spain. Since that time our relationship with the producer members and the association has steadily grown. At this year’s Concrete Show, held in August, we were given the opportunity for Oriol Armadàs, Besser Regional Manager, to deliver a customized presentation to the group in Sao Paulo, Brazil.    We extend our thanks to the Association staff for the opportunity to present our technology to members of our exciting… Continue reading

Now Available: Our NEW Besser Parts and Accessories Catalog!

It’s Here! The newly updated and expanded Besser Parts and Accessories Catalog is now available online. In it you’ll find the parts you use on an ongoing basis along with many new parts that are designed to improve the operation of your equipment, have longer service lives, and are simpler to install. At your request we’ve added more cuber, splitter, conveyor, and batching parts along with commonly used Servopac parts. This catalog can be viewed here. The employee-owners of Besser Company value your business and are committed to providing you with responsive service and timely… Continue reading