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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

bioMason: Growing Cement

Around the world an estimated 1.23 trillion bricks are manufactured every year. This results in approximately 800 million tons of carbon emissions due to the fossil fuel required in the firing process. bioMASON's process eliminates the need for the firing process used in traditional brick and concrete manufacturing. It also allows for product customization, elimination of manufacturing waste, and utilization of input materials from either renewable sources or industrial waste streams. bioMASON, Inc. has developed a unique, natural process to manufacture biological, cement-based… Continue reading

Fall Means Football and ... Curing Systems!

Fall is just around the corner and that means your tv and computer screens will soon be flashing everything football.  At Besser, we think of fall and we know it's time to schedule an evaluation of your curing system!  A complete evaluation of your vapor generator - Besser manufactured or otherwise - along with tuning and maintenance are essential steps to keeping your system safely operating at maximum efficiency which results in cost savings through better fuel efficiency. Proper operation also enhances the plant's ability to produce high-quality concrete products. During their… Continue reading

Getting to Know Your Customer Service Representative: Marie Simmons

When you genuinely like what you do, coming to work is a pleasure. Marie Simmons, Sales Coordinator at our Sioux City location is one of those lucky people. Twenty-eight years ago she left her position in an attorney’s office to take on a secretarial role at McCracken (now Besser). Today Marie knows Besser pipe customers inside and out; she knows their names, their equipment, and all about their families. Marie’s job responsibilities include quoting, proposal generation, and international shipping. She is a skilled multi-tasker who is fascinated by cultural diversity. Her favorite… Continue reading

Upcoming Industry Meetings

Industry meetings and trade shows provide excellent opportunities to learn what’s new in the industry, network, and help steer the direction of our associations. Plan now to advance your business, invest in yourself, and connect with fellow industry members by attending one or more of these events. Visit their websites for schedules and registration information.   American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) Committee Week Greenville, South Carolina 31 July - 4 August 2016 www.concretepipe.org    Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) Summer Meeting Nashville, Tennessee 23 - 26… Continue reading

NCMA "Machinery Show" Returns in 2018

Mark your calendar! The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) will host an International Concrete Exposition (ICON Expo) Machinery and Equipment Show 9-10 February 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The ICON Expo Machinery Show is currently scheduled as a two-day event to be held in conjunction with NCMA's Annual Convention (6-8 February 2018) and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute's Annual Meeting (11-14 February 2018). The trade show will include over 15 hours of show time and encompass an educational component, plant tours, and social events. NCMA plans to continue to… Continue reading

Getting to Know Your Customer Service Representative: Francesco “Frank” Tullio

Francesco Tullio, better known as Frank, began making an impact on the concrete products industry over two years ago when he came to work for Besser. He’s a bundle of positive energy with a can-do attitude and zest for knowledge.  The beneficiaries of these traits are producers in Quebec, the Maritimes and Atlantic Canada, his fellow Besser employee-owners, and his family.  Frank holds dual roles at Besser, one is in the Montreal office as a Customer Service Representative assisting producers via phone and the other is in the field providing hands-on technical support.  Frank confirms… Continue reading