Block Production

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

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

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

Besser Company Announces Expansion of Pipe and Precast Product Line

Besser Company is proud to kick off 2017 with an exciting acquisition announcement.  The Company has newly acquired all of American Manufacturing Group’s product lines, most notably, their line of premier adjustable box culvert form equipment. Besser President and CEO Kevin Curtis shared, “AMG Patented Adjustable Box Culvert Equipment will strengthen our already extensive product mix. We appreciated the trust that AMG Founder and industry icon, L. Paul Fergeson, has placed in Besser and are thrilled that he is joining the Besser Team to support the product line.”   “Consistently… 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

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

Servopac® Takes Production to New Level at Easton Block & Supply

“Mr. Servopac,” as they’ve affectionately named their 2015 four at-a-time model, has put smiles on everybody’s faces at Easton Block & Supply. “We’re totally impressed; Besser covered every base to produce the best machine on the market,” commented Roy Kester, General Manager. The Servopac has operated for nine months, run more than ¾ million cycles, and has yet to break a single mold part. When asked about mold wear, Gary Dunn, Plant Manager, answers tongue-in-cheek, “What mold wear?” The smoothness of vibration is one of the reasons molds last longer. The other reason is the… Continue reading