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International Concrete Conference and Exhibition 2017

HE Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq) and HE Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah, inaugurated the first International Concrete Conference & Exhibition in the Middle East (ICCX Middle East 2017) last month. More than 100 exhibitors and 1,000 international experts in the construction sector attended the event. The exhibition, which is unique to the region, is particularly important because of its portfolio of construction and planning projects in the GCC which are estimated to be worth $3.1 billion. The exhibition… Continue reading

Omni Block: Major Middle East Feat

The setting is in the middle of the Arabian Desert, northeast of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. All buildings have been built the age-old way, with traditional “post and beam” construction, which consists of concrete columns and non-structural block. There aren’t any structurally engineered reinforced masonry buildings anywhere in the land; that is, until now. The undertaking was monumental, but the Bescopac at Saudi Readymix produced Omni Block, easily meeting ASTM C-90 and C-140 specifications. These units were transported to the job site and married with the EPS inserts that were used to… Continue reading

Top Notch Industry Education and Training: 2018 Blockmakers Workshops Schedule Announced

“The need for hands-on training for members of our industry is critical. We’re pleased that registration for the 2018 Blockmakers Workshops is now open. Students are sure to benefit from attendance – the course content is constantly updated to keep them fresh and relevant, and networking with other producers is always helpful,” proudly stated Ron Scherer, Technical Service Representative and Blockmakers Workshop Instructor. “The beauty of all eight Workshops is that students can apply their new skills upon returning to their plants; the ROI is immediate,” commented Duane Rondeau,… Continue reading

Alpena, Michigan Provides Excellent Backdrop for Customer Training

Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting a large group of customers in Alpena, Michigan for the WCCT's Blockmakers Executive Session. The Executive Session is a condensed version of the Concrete Masonry Technology and Vibrapac® Blockmakers Workshops® tailored to upper management. New products, programs and current issues are discussed in a round-table format with industry executives and professionals. (See for more details!) The class schedule included Leadership training, an intro to concrete technology, aggregate blending, absolute volume method, Besser equipment… Continue reading

Alliance Partner: Concrete Block Spacer

Merging the understanding of concrete masonry production and the work practices of skilled masons, Jonathan Jones of Tifton, Georgia, has developed a plastic spacer concept to enable concrete masonry units to be installed by less skilled construction workers. Concrete Block Spacer couples together a prepared concrete masonry unit with a plastic molded part that aligns each block within the wall plane, creates the mortar joint space, and transfers the weight of units to those below. Jonathan is a co-owner, with his brother Jeremy of Double A Concrete Products and Jones Construction… Continue reading

More Talent Equals More Impact

The entire Besser Team works together to consistently deliver the industry's most responsive customer service experience. We've recently strengthened our technical service and sales departments with talented additions to make sure that you have the support you need, when you need it. Meet Ron Gunderman, Mike Reed and Kevin Krentz.   Ron Gunderman is our newest Customer Service Technical Support Representative for Masonry and Hardscape producers. He joined our customer service team in 2012 and has gained a tremendous amount of experience with Besser parts and equipment in the office,… Continue reading

Simplex Selected to Support Australian and Pacific Rim Producers

“Besser Company’s goal is to continually improve all facets of our customer service to producers around the globe. We’re firmly committed to providing the level of proactive support producers deserve. To achieve this goal, for producers in Australia and the Pacific Rim, we’re pleased to announce that Simplex Manufacturing Pty Ltd. has been selected to support Besser customers,” announced Kevin Curtis, President and CEO. “Simplex and Besser share the same commitment to providing proactive and responsive customer support; I’m confident that producers will be very satisfied,” commented… Continue reading

Servopac Family of Machines

Did you know we offer three models of Servopacs for you to choose from when selecting a new hydraulic machine? All models offer quick mold and height change capabilities and most importantly, they can all run existing Besser AND competitive molds! The Servopac Select (formerly known as the LT) can be installed in a new installation and as a direct replacement for an existing machine using existing machine foundation. A complete mold and height change can be made in 15 minutes or, including the agitator grid and cut off bar, in 30 minutes or less. All machine adjustments are easily… Continue reading

Kingdom Ministry of Saudi Arabia Welcomes Omni Block

Six shipping containers, loaded with pallets of Omni Block, will arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia early April. The Omni Block units will be used to construct the country's first Omni Block house. The units were produced by Raul De Lille Basulto, owner of Predeco, Mérida, México. Predeco runs a V3-12 Vibrapac, under contract for Omni Block de México. Negotiations are currently underway with block plants in the Middle East so that Omni Block can be produced close to Riyadh. Omni Block founder, Denny Miller, will be in Riyadh overseeing construction of the 3200-square foot prototype home.… Continue reading

Joe Pelica Awarded First Besser Company Pipe Industry Scholarship

Ryan Suszek, Besser Company Vice President – Pipe & Precast, awarded Joe Pelica, the first $2500 Besser Pipe Industry Scholarship. Pelica is a second year Mechanical Engineering Technology student at Delta College in Bay City, Michigan. The presentation was made during the ACPA Annual Meeting in Hilton Head, SC. A five-member committee, consisting of an ACPA staff member, two ACPA board members and two Besser representatives carefully considered the qualifications of all 32 scholarship applicants before selecting Pelica. In addition to being a motivated part-time student, Joe holds a… Continue reading