Ryan is surrounded by an excellent management team in all areas of Besser Company, who are all committed to continuing the Company’s legacy of providing outstanding customer service and unmatched innovation and quality. “The concrete products industry provides countless opportunities for collaboration and growth. I’m excited to lead the team at Besser in operational improvements and work closely with producers to create new and grow existing partnerships,” commented Ryan.
Ryan, his wife Melodi, and their son Boe reside in the Alpena area and, together, look forward to an exciting future at Besser.
About Besser Company
Besser is headquartered in Alpena, Michigan and has equipment operating in more than 130 countries worldwide. The company supplies complete manufacturing systems for the pipe, masonry, hardscape, precast and ready-mix segments of the industry. In addition, Besser manufactures curing systems for all segments of the concrete industry. The company manufacturers parts, provides service, and offers training from manufacturing locations staffed with Sales and Technical Service Representatives throughout the world. More information can be found at: www.besser.com.
On Friday, February 8, 2019, Robert Ball, Vice President of Coastal Masonry, Masonry Association of Florida (MAF) Southeast Chapter President and Donna Hinson, MAF Executive Director represented the association's apprentice programs and masonry industry at the 1st Annual Junior Achievement Inspire Event. The educational job fair featured a concrete block/masonry demonstration by Central Broward Construction (Justin Lord, Owner Central Broward Construction and MAF State Board Vice Chairman). Over 2000 students attended and were exposed to the masonry industry and construction trades.
Ken Urquhart, Workforce Employment Manager for Junior Achievement of South Florida thanked the MAF for their participation:
The MAF SE Chapter invited the Treasure Coast and Southwest Chapter Members to their annual Christmas party that was held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Galuppis Restaurant in Pompano Beach. The event featured an informal cornhole tournament, an open bar and complimentary dinner for the 45+ attendees. It was a great evening and Doris Portes of Coastal Masonry did a fantastic job coordinating the event!
The Masonry Association of Florida BLOCK-toberfest event was on Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Maschmeyer Concrete Company of Florida Debary block plant with Block Strong as a sponsor. Troy Maschmeyer, Steve Bishop, Donna Hinson and Matt Sitter are pictured alongside legislators Rene Plasencia and Stockton Reeves.
For Engineers, Contractors, Building Officials & masonry Industry professionals...
Whether designing, building, testing or inspecting, when you’re working with masonry, understanding all of the codes and specifications governing the various masonry components (block, brick, grout, mortar and steel) is essential.
Course includes TMS 402/602 Codes book and printed mark-up excerpts of ASTM materials. All other course materials distributed via USB flash drive. Classroom training requires participants to bring a laptop computer with USB flash capabilities.
Classroom Training: $399
MAF & BOAF Members: $349
Next class: November 9-10, 2018 in Orlando.
More info: www.masonryworkshop.com
TAMPA BAY MASONRY APPRENTICESHIP COMPETITION
WHEN: SATURDAY JUNE 2, 2018
TIME: 8:30 AM -12:00 PM
WHERE: CEMEX YARD, 9117 Florida Mining Blvd, Tampa, FL
CONTACT: RSVP 239 201-6089
AWARDS CEREMONY & LUNCH BEGINS IMMEDIATELY AFTER COMPETITION
Saturday, May 19, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Orlando Technical College
Mid Florida Campus
Come out to show your support as the MAF Central Chapter Apprentices compete for a space at the MAF State Apprentice Competition! Hamburgers, Hot dogs & Cold Drinks after the competition!
Click on the flyer at right for more information or contact:
Sheila Parsons - Program Coordinator
Submitted by Al Herndon, FMAEF
On April 25, 2017 in Lakeland at the Florida Skills State Conference, Olivia Bruening, a Senior at River Oak Technical College in Live Oak Florida, won 1st place in the Masonry Contest. Olivia competed with 14 of the best secondary masonry students in Florida and won 1st Place! Olivia will represent Florida at Skills USA In Louisville on June 22nd.
Olivia has been competing in the FMAEF Masonry Showcase in Starke Florida for the last two years. In February, Olivia was part of the River Oak Technical College Masonry Team that finished 3rd out of seven schools competing. Olivia scored the highest points for her team and advanced to the Florida Skills State Masonry Contest. Olivia has outstanding masonry skills and she has been recognized by her school and the school board, as well as the masonry industry in Florida, for her hard work in masonry.
Congratulation Olivia, and best of luck in Louisville!
MASONRY HELP DESK
Submit your questions regarding masonry construction to the MAF Staff Engineer or Masonry Consultant: