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

WCCT Launches New Website & Improves Master Blockmaker Certification

This week the World Center for Concrete Technology (WCCT) launched a new, mobile-friendly website, The site is easy-to-use and provides prospective students with new avenues to register for upcoming courses - online, by fax, mail or phone. The new site also allows students to submit payment by credit card, PayPal, check or to be invoiced. WCCT is hosting four Blockmakers Workshops® this fall. Complete course descriptions, costs, travel details and Alpena area information is available online. Early registration is encouraged to reserve your seat. Fall 2015 Blockmakers… Continue reading