Houston Hosts The Precast Show

Held in Houston, Texas, 13-15 February 2014, The Precast Show attracted visitors from throughout North America and abroad. The event gave attendees the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational sessions, spend time on the trade show floor and network with peers.  

As the economy improves producers need to be as efficient and educated as possible. The sessions offered by the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA), the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) and The Precast Show provided courses to benefit everyone. Prior to The Precast Show the ACPA hosted its Annual Pipe School. The sessions, taught by industry professionals, including Grant Fluent, Customer Service & Technical Support Representative for Besser, drew 80 more people than in 2013. NPCA’s Production & Quality School, a multi-year program, was well attended and hit a milestone with 20 Master Precasters graduating.  

The Besser booth showcased our pipe and precast equipment, introduced curing and our relationship with Automacad wet cast equipment to visitors.  The Besser team working the show included Denny Anderson, Denny “Pelley” Pelleymounter, Gary Ericson, Russ Lane, Grant Fluent, Travis Dye, Dave Smith, Doug Rozema and Terri Rondeau.


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At a joint event with NPCA and the Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) it was formally announced that the two organizations will work together on certification beginning now and the trade show starting in 2016. PCI will add 1000 attendees to the show and many exhibitors. They join ACPA who has been a sponsor of The Precast Show since 1995.

Travis Dye Joins Pipe & Precast Sales Team

Besser Company announces the addition of Travis Dye to the Pipe and Precast Sales Team. Based in Sioux City, Iowa Travis joins an outstanding sales team that serves producers from around the globe with their needs for equipment, retrofits and parts.

Travis attended the American Concrete Pipe Association Pipe School and The Precast Show in Houston, Texas in February and was excited to meet producers, industry suppliers and association staffs. “After talking with our many producers at the Precast Show, I left with a renewed confidence in Besser’s role in the concrete pipe industry,” said Travis.

As an 18 year veteran of Besser Travis brings a wealth of equipment knowledge to his new role. He began as a draftsman in 1995 and three years later became a machine technician. In this capacity he constructed and tested equipment in-house and then installed and serviced it at customer locations worldwide. In 2007 he became the assembly department supervisor working directly with sales, engineering, and other departments to meet customer expectations. Travis is a graduate of Western Iowa Technical Community college where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Travis can be reached at +1.712.202.1855 (office), +1.989.916.8362 (mobile) or via e-mail at tdye@besser.com.

Register Now to Attend Concrete Masonry Technology & Vibrapac in April 2014

Concrete Masonry Technology 14-18 April 2014

Students attending the Concrete Masonry Technology course will quickly see their return on investment after learning what it takes to produce concrete masonry units. This course covers how to improve efficiencies in all aspects of blockmaking and includes the following topics:

  • Mix designs
  • Batching
  • Material grading and blending
  • Cementitious material
  • Admixes
  • Pigment
  • Curing  

In addition, students will produce units in our state-of-the-art training and research facility using designs learned in the classroom. We encourage you to bring your aggregate samples to test.

Vibrapac 21-25 April 2014Image

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 Vibrapac concrete products machines. Students are given troubleshooting problems as a practical application of these topics.

Additional Upcoming Courses:

  • August 19-21: Executive Session
  • September 8-12: Concrete Masonry Technology
  • September 15-19: Vibrapac
  • October 13-17:  Product Handling
  • October 21-23: Recycled Materials – NEW COURSE
  • December 1-5:  Concrete Masonry Technology
  • December 8-12: Vibrapac 


Lafarge Purchases Quality Besser Manufactured Curing System

Lafarge Precast recently purchased a Besser Vapor Generator (BC50-2S) for use in their plant located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  The Vapor Generator was the first sale of a Besser manufactured curing system and will be installed in Lafarge’s main structural facility that produces precast elements for the Industrial, Commercial, Residential and Infrastructure markets in Western Canada.


Jason Rabasse, CET, Sales Manager, commented, “Lafarge Precast contacted Besser with a request for proposal on a new curing system for our Edmonton precast prestressed bridge elements.  From the start Besser took the time to listen and understand what our specific requirements were. Their professional sales and technical staff were able to understand our requirements and develop a cost-effective, state-of-the-art curing system for the task.  We are looking forward to doing more with Besser in the future.” Lafarge Precast is a recognized leader in the marketplace for providing custom precast solutions tailored to their client’s needs.  Lafarge is a single-source supplier for entire projects, from pre-construction engineering through design, production and erection.  

Besser used custom simulation software to design Lafarge’s system to satisfy their specific curing needs.   Lafarge’s BC50-2S, like all Besser Curing Systems, was engineered to deliver accurate temperature and humidity control, optimum timing in the curing environment, insulation and air control that provides proper circulation and energy savings. The Besser technical service team provides installation and training on how to operate the system to maximum efficiency.

Dynapac/Ultrapac/Superpac Course to be held in Vegas, Baby!


A unique opportunity awaits for Dynapac®, Ultrapac® and Superpac® operators to receive hands-on training in Las Vegas, Nevada, 17-21 March 2014. Besser instructors will lead the class at a local plant, covering the high production three-, four-, five- and six-at-a-time concrete products machines. Important fundamentals, mechanical functions and adjustments, and electrical basics are just a few of the topics that will be covered in this week long course. This class is filling up fast and guaranteed to be held.  To register please contact Kari Schellie by e-mail kschellie@besser.com or call +1.989.906.5621.


Monday, March 17 – 1:00 PM start
Introductions & Objectives
Introduction of Important Fundamentals

Tuesday, March 18 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Mechanical Functions & Adjustments
Electrical Basics
- Fundamentals of Electricity / Electrical Symbols
- Reading Wiring Diagrams
- Review Ladder Logic Fundamentals

Wednesday, March 19 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Introduction to Concrete Technology
General Guidelines for Facility Safety Review
- In Plant & Hands-on Electrical Basics

Thursday, March 20 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Manufacturing of Various Products
Mold Installation & Set-up
Machine Height Change
Importance of Machine Lubrication
Product Handling & Curing
7:00 PM – Dinner & Graduation – Las Vegas Experience on Fremont Street

Friday, March 21 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Class Review & Feedback
Update on Besser New Technologies


  • Class Schedule: Training will begin at 1:00 PM on Monday, 17 March and complete at 12:00 PM on Friday, 21 March to allow for travel time
  • Cost: USD $600 per student, includes course material, lunches and graduation dinner
  • Training: Hands-on training will be held at CEMEX – North Las Vegas plant and classroom training will be held at the hotel
  • Hotel: Hampton Inn, Las Vegas North Speedway, 2852 East Craig Road, North Las Vegas, Nevada 89030, phone 702.655.0111, USD $89 per night using the code “BES”
  • Registration: contact Kari Schellie by e-mail kschellie@besser.com or call +1.989.906.5621


Saudi Build 2013

We concluded our 2013 trade show season with Saudi Build. Duane Rondeau, Director of International Sales and Business Development, Mike Munro, International Sales Manager and Marwan Mizher, Sales Representative represented the entire line of Besser systems at the show held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We showcased the full range Besser equipment along with the support and training we offer with graphics, videos and concrete products. The show ran from 4 – 7 November 2013. More than 23,000 attendees, from throughout the region attended the event.

Saudi Build 2013 was the 25th International Construction Technology and Building Materials Exhibition that provided contractors, real estate developers and building owners with a full range of building solutions. Saudi Build continues to be the largest business to business construction fair in the Kingdom. Trade visitors to Saudi Build 2013 had the opportunity to evaluate the latest offerings in Building Materials & Equipment, Architectural Finishing Products, Stone, Marble and Granite Products, Construction Tools and Technology, Engineering Services, Infrastructure Materials, Security & Safety Systems, among others.


Pictured left to right: Duane Rondeau, Marwan Mizher, Mike Munro

Blockmakers Workshops a Success

Thirteen concrete industry professionals from companies throughout North America recently completed the Concrete Masonry Technology and the Vibrapac courses, part of the Blockmakers Workshops at the World Center for Concrete Technology (WCCT).
ImageAbove: Concrete Masonry Technology Students, September 2013
Above: Vibrapac Students, October 2013
Topics addressed during the week-long Concrete Masonry Technology course included material grading and blending, cementitious materials, lightweight aggregates, design mix development, admixes and pigments. Students also discussed producing and curing concrete masonry units, concrete products specifications and their multiple uses.
The Vibrapac concrete products machine course included a hands-on study of proper machine adjustments, electronics and electrical schematic print reading of the V3 Vibrapac concrete products machines. Students were given troubleshooting problems as a practical application of these topics.
Ron Scherer and Eric Krebs teamed up to instruct the courses held at the WCCT. Students had the opportunity to learn in a traditional classroom setting, hands-on in the lab and “eyes-on” in the Besser equipped block plant. This variety enhances the learning experience and gives key points extra emphasis.  “The benefits of a properly trained workforce are huge,” commented Ron Scherer, WCCT co-instructor. He continued, “Investing one week of an employee’s time to training pays off with measurable results.”
The lineup of 2014 Blockmakers Workshops is expected to be complete soon and we look forward to seeing past and new students as we enter our 60th year of educating the concrete products industry.