Pipe Production

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

Besser Adds to Pipe & Precast Sales Team

Pat Voinis, of Pat Voinis and Associates LLC, has joined the Besser Sales team as an independent sales agent primarily promoting products and services for our pipe and precast product line throughout the United States. Pat’s coverage will supplement the efforts of our sales team and will integrate into our current sales structure. Pat is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of concrete products industry experience. He brings nine years of expertise with Besser Company’s recently acquired AMG adjustable box culvert product line.   Pat can be contacted at 281.797.6354 or… Continue reading

Besser Welcomes L. Paul Fergeson

Our newest Besser Team member is well known throughout the concrete pipe industry. When Besser acquired his company, American Manufacturing Group,  L. Paul Fergeson joined Besser as a Sales Consultant - Box Culvert Specialist.  Paul's new role is exciting and will involve training Besser staff on the product line and helping to increase the sales and the use of adjustable box culvert equipment throughout the industry. He's convinced that once more producers see how the form's design makes the production process simpler, safer, and more cost efficient, the use of the forms will grow… 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

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

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

Argentina Block Association Members Find Product Innovation in Spain

While attending the annual Argentina Block Association conference last year, our regional sales manager, Oriol Armadás, discussed the possibility of having a group of Association members tour some progressive European concrete products producer facilities in Spain to see firsthand the exciting innovation occurring in our industry.  Mr. Claudio Defagot, President of the Association, mentioned to Oriol that the market in Argentina is down about 20%, which is prompting producers to look into new, value-added products to add to their product line. Mr. Ricardo Manzur, Director of Full… Continue reading

California Precast Concrete Pipe Association Hosts Meeting

Besser is proud to support the CPCPA's mission to be the spokesperson for the concrete pipe industry in all matters affecting the industry’s welfare in California. We recognize that the activities of state associations are critical to the continued viability and growth of our industry so we are happy to contribute and participate as much as possible. Recently Jerry Cowden, Sales Representative, and Gary Ericson, Director of Sales Pipe and Precast, attended the California Precast Concrete Pipe Association meeting in Stockton, California. Among the topics discussed by producers and… Continue reading

Besser Pipe and Precast Team Having a Great Week in Arlington, Texas

Today is the last day of the American Concrete Pipe Association’s (ACPA) week-long event taking place on the campus of the University of Texas in Arlington. Those attending were able to benefit from exceptionally comprehensive pipe school sessions, local pipe plant tours, a well-attended trade show, and a Business to Business (B2B) Exchange.  The B2B Exchange is a program for buyers and sellers to connect through private meetings, essentially providing a more personalized venue for discussion not typically available on the trade show floor.  On Wednesday, ACPA members were able to… Continue reading

Besser BiDi® Easy Choice for Cemcast Pipe and Precast

“The Besser BiDi® is wonderful,” commented Carl Carlson, President of Cemcast Pipe and Precast and Carl V. Carlson Company of Hartford, South Dakota, as he watched it effortlessly produce an 18” diameter concrete pipe. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished here so far. Once we did our homework, which included visiting over 20 plants looking at different machines, asking questions, gathering information and learning, selecting a Besser was easy. I’m convinced we made the right choice.” The favorable business climate in South Dakota is attracting a lot of attention, new residents,… Continue reading