Besser loads 2018 Blockmakers Workshop series

Source: Besser Co., Alpena, Mich.

Besser has scheduled 11 Blockmakers Workshop sessions across 2018, including a new course on Servo Vibration/Main Drive technology; Advanced Concrete Masonry Technology, which debuted this year; and, Executive Session, a condensed version of primary courses, geared for upper management. Courses are conducted at the World Center for Concrete Technology, adjacent to Besser headquarters in northern Michigan. Registration is open for:

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Besser, ACPA Foundation present first Pipe Scholarship

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Besser Co. awarded the inaugural, $2,500 Besser Pipe Industry Scholarship to Joe Pelica, a production team member at Michigan’s Northern Concrete Pipe and part-time Mechanical Engineering Technology student at Delta College, Bay City. Besser Vice President – Pipe & Precast Ryan Suszek announced the recipient last month during the American Concrete Pipe Association Annual Meeting in Hilton Head, S.C.

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Besser marks National Concrete Pipe Week with scholarship launch

Sources: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas; CP staff

In recognition of the American Concrete Pipe Association’s annual (mid-August) National Concrete Pipe Week, Besser has established a $2,500 ACPA Foundation scholarship for a student whose course of study relates to concrete pipe production, application, installation or research.

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Product machinery manufacturers gear up for ICON-Xchange, bauma

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The National Concrete Masonry Association’s ICON-Xchange and B2B activities, February 24-26 in Orlando, plus 2016 bauma, April 11-17 in Munich, will feature new models and upgrades from block & paver machinery and component manufacturers. Concrete Products samples offerings from key ICON and bauma participants.

 
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MANUFACTURERS – August 2014

Ryan Suszek

Ryan Suszek has been named Besser Co. director of Pipe and Precast, succeeding Tom Schmidt, who retired last month. Suszek joined Besser in 2005 as a financial analyst and was soon promoted to Pipe and Precast unit controller. Schmidt joined (pre-Besser) Quinn Machinery and Foundry in 1992, progressing in Finance department positions to a 2005 appointment as treasurer; he was appointed Pipe and Precast director five years later, with responsibilities for Sioux City and Boone, Iowa, operations.

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A new look for a bedrock brand

Michigan-based Besser Co. is marking several milestones in 2014: 110 years in the concrete products business, 60 years of industry education, and 10 years as an employee-owned company. “To acknowledge the significance and excitement behind these milestones, we introduced a new logo and website. The new look balances a humble reflection of our past while embracing our future,” says Director of Marketing Kari Schellie. “We felt it was an appropriate time to change our look on the outside to reflect the progress we’ve made on the inside.”

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MANUFACTURERS June 2014

Jim McReynolds has joined the Commercial segment of McNeilus Cos. Inc. as vice president of Sales, Marketing and Customer Support Services, based in Dodge Center, Minn.

Jim McReynolds has joined the Commercial segment of McNeilus Cos. Inc. as vice president of Sales, Marketing and Customer Support Services, based in Dodge Center, Minn. As McNeilus increases growth and penetration across all segments, he is charged with providing consistency and applying a customer-first approach to all sales, marketing and related support efforts. He will be responsible for driving customer engagement, product management, and marketing communications in the field and at centralized levels.

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