One of our region's industrial giants celebrates a significant milestone today.
Employees with Besser are holding a public ceremony today at 2 p.m., followed by a picnic and open house from 3-6 p.m., to celebrate 110 years of business.
Ever since Jesse Besser first produced a hand-tamp block machine in Alpena back in 1904, Besser has enjoyed a rich history that directly parallels global construction trends and production needs. Under the leadership of Jesse Besser and his father Herman, Phil Park and his son Jim, and today Kevin Curtis, this employee-owned company has weathered the poor years, enjoyed the good years and remained a steady leader in the concrete global business economy.
Alpena, and the region, owe so much to the vision of Jesse Besser and his company. The legacy and vision Jesse left behind for both his business and his community still are paying dividends today and, because of him, will continue to do so well into the future.
From churches to homes, a community college to a community safety building, the results from Besser machinery can be seen throughout the community. Besser machinery proved to a world that concrete blocks could be made both economically and beautifully, resulting in affordable and aesthetically pleasing products. In many ways it revolutionized construction practices.
Today we celebrate with Besser 110 years of a rich legacy, and share with them a vision for many more.