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

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

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

2016 World Center for Concrete Technology Blockmakers Workshop Schedule

Providing your employees with education and training relevant to their job responsibilities is an investment that pays tremendous dividends. The World Center for Concrete Technology (WCCT) is continuing to develop programs that satisfy the major employment needs of the concrete and concrete products industries.  The 2016 schedule has been released - ENROLL NOW to secure your seat! We encourage you to contact us at either +1.989.354.1072 or via e-mail at to discuss individual training possibilities. Continue reading

Besser Offers Free Online Training for 2016

We’re excited to offer our FREE online training sessions again in 2016!   This year, monthly training sessions have been held with topics covering admixtures, molds and form maintenance, batching and water, quality control, equipment upgrades, product testing, manufacturing bottlenecks, and most recently managing downtime.  Sessions cover all aspects of production with many topics chosen directly from student feedback.  We're certain that those attending will be thoroughly impressed by Ron Scherer's knowledgeable and enthusiastic instruction.   To provide flexibility to attendees,… Continue reading

Training for Oldcastle Staff in Indianapolis, Indiana

Training at Besser takes many forms. We conduct Blockmakers Workshops®, offer online courses and also bring our training direct to producers in their plants. Most recently, we were thrilled to participate in Oldcastle’s training program held on 12 November in Indianapolis, Indiana. The day began with more than a dozen students, representing six different Oldcastle facilities, touring Northfield Indy’s two fully-automated Besser equipped plants, which include the dual Dynapac and V3-12 concrete products machines and the Masa paver plant. Jeff Oliver, Plant Support Specialist for… Continue reading

Vibrapac® Training A Success

The latest Vibrapac® training course was held at the World Center for Concrete Technology (WCCT) 19-23 October 2015 with eleven students attending. The Vibrapac concrete products machine course is a hands-on study of the proper machine adjustments, electronics and electrical schematic print reading of the V3 block machine. Students apply practical applications to troubleshoot issues that may occur in day-to-day activities. In 2016 this course will be offered 7-11 March and 3-7 October. “We hold our Blockmakers Workshops in the spring and fall so more students are able to attend,”… Continue reading

Free Online Training

As a way to exceed our customers’ expectations, Besser offers free monthly online training. On 6 November, we’ll cover Bottlenecks in Your Facility and How to Justify Capital Expenditures to improve facility efficiency. On 4 December, we will cover all of the basics of downtime and ways to Measure and Minimize Facility Downtime. This session will cover all aspects of downtime with plenty of group interaction on downtime and how to solve or measure. Previous fall sessions included Advanced Servo Vibration and Servo Main Drive Upgrades and the Fundamentals of Curing. All sessions are… Continue reading

Students Graduate from Concrete Masonry Technology

Six students from around the USA attended the Concrete Masonry Technology (CMT) at the World Center for Concrete Technology (WCCT) 12-16 October 2015.  The CMT course covers all aspects of manufacturing concrete products including raw materials (cement, water, aggregate, admixtures and pigment), aggregate sieve analysis, multi-aggregate blending and mix designs. In addition to covering material in the classroom, students work hands-on in the Besser Vibrapac block plant to have a working understanding of all aspects of block production before returning to their facilities.  This… Continue reading