Besser adds box culvert form capacity in American Manufacturing deal

Sources: Besser Co., Alpena, Mich.; CP staff

Besser has acquired the product lines of Jonesboro, Ark.-based American Manufacturing Group and named company founder L. Paul Fergeson as sales consultant and box culvert specialist.

“Our commitment to the pipe and precast segments continues to grow. This investment is our latest step to provide the best options for producers,” says Besser Director of Pipe and Precast Ryan Suszek.

“Consistently supplying premier quality equipment are hallmarks of both Besser and AMG,” adds Fergeson, who along with building a box culvert form business helped lead ASTM Subcommittee C13.08 on Joints for Precast Concrete Structures in development of C1677, Standard Specification for Joints for Concrete Box, Using Rubber Gaskets.

AMG adjustable box culvert forms will ultimately be fabricated at Besser facilities in Iowa and Michigan. In addition to the AMG product line, Besser has gained an exclusive long-term arrangement with Southern Cast Products, also located in Jonesboro, to manufacture and supply Rubber Gasket Box Culvert Joint Rings for future form orders. SCP has manufactured AMG’s performance steel castings for nearly a decade using advanced robotics and CNC machining techniques.