Welcome To The 2019 Season At GOMACO University


Join us for a new year of classes which will help you prepare for the upcoming busy concrete construction season. Download or view a PDF of the schedule here.







What's New at GOMACO University For 2019

GOMACO University is offering classes covering maintenance and diagnostics on the GOMACO G21, G22, and G+® control systems for both pavers and curb and gutter machines. GOMACO University will be offering a wide variety of classes for 3D machine guidance systems to help you understand the software, and how to set up the equipment in order to pave smoothly without stringline.

Slipform Sam, the GOMACO Paving Center Simulator, has gotten a face-lift this year. The control system has been switched to the G+ control system in order to properly train students on the controls being used in the field. All four tracks on Slipform Sam have the option to behave like slew driven legs or as smart cylinder legs. One of Slipform Sam's end cars has been updated to match the GP3 and the other end car is similar to the GP-2400, allowing instructors to teach attendees about multiple pavers on one singular machine.

Dr. Michael Ayers, who is well known in the industry for his knowledge of concrete mixes, will be at the University this year and will be devoting his time to teaching a class on concrete mix designs and quality control with the University students. The first part of the course will cover the basics of concrete mix design and move into advanced topics including cement types and application, aggregates, admixtures, optimizing the mix, and troubleshooting. The second part of the course will move onto achieving specified values for strength and durability and more advanced test procedures will be demonstrated or discussed. The course will feature practical, hands-on experience in the behavior of paste and mortar, as well as testing.







GOMACO University Information & Policies


Welcome to the 2019 season at GOMACO University.

Join us for a new year of classes which will help you prepare for the upcoming busy concrete construction season. The following policies apply to all attendees.



Registration Policy

GOMACO provides quality training in a friendly environment at a reasonable price. The registration fee includes all class materials, all noon lunches, and the Thursday evening dinner. Each class will be a fee of $530. To guarantee your space, the registration form and registration fee must be received at least 14 days prior to the start of the class.

To register using this web site, click here or download the PDF to register by mail. For additional information, contact Shari Simmons at gomacou@gomaco.com or by calling 1-800-831-2320 or 1-712-364-4781.



Cancellation Policy

GOMACO will make every effort to conduct the training sessions as scheduled. The minimum class size is eight attendees and the maximum class size will be limited. In the event of a class being cancelled by GOMACO, a notice of at least two weeks will be given. The full registration fee for those who are registered will be returned. Please note that GOMACO assumes no responsibility for transportation charges incurred relative to cancelled or changed classes. In the event a student must cancel, the registration fee will be refunded in full if notice is received at least two weeks prior to the starting date of the requested session. If less than two weeks notice is given, a 60% cancellation fee may be applied. If a student fails to attend, with no notice given, the registration fee is forfeited. Your company may substitute a student up to the starting date of the class.



Transportation Policy

Attendees must provide their own transportation to and from Ida Grove and any additional living expenses while here. For those who must fly in, GOMACO recommends flying into Omaha, Nebraska (approximately 100 miles from Ida Grove), and renting a car. You can also fly into Sioux City, Iowa (approximately 55 miles from Ida Grove), however air service is limited. As a note, the individual renting the car must be 25 years of age and have a credit card with their name on it.

Click here for maps to navigate western Iowa or Ida Grove.



Attendance Policy

Your commitment to attending should be important not only to you, but also to your employer and your fellow attendees. All classes run through 4:30 p.m. each of the three scheduled class days. Friday morning is an opportunity for an optional plant tour. You are required to attend all sessions of the class. If you miss any portion of the class sessions, for whatever reason, it may result in forfeiture of your “Certificate of Achievement.”



Recognition Policy

GOMACO recognizes the importance of being properly trained to do a quality job. We therefore recognize individuals who have attended GOMACO University at least five different years. Upon achieving five years of attendance, the individual is presented with a GU letter jacket with each year of attendance noted on it. For each additional year of attendance, the new year is added to the jacket. All attendees who have their GU jacket are encouraged to bring it with them so that the current year can be added.


Although classes are designed for machines equipped with the G21, G22, and G+ control systems, issues and questions concerning other control systems will be addressed as required.





Area Lodging Arrangements

GOMACO suggests making your own motel reservations, but will assist if necessary. Direct company billing arrangements must be made with the motel in advance.


Suggested Motel Accommodations


Ida Grove Super 8 Motel, Ida Grove, Iowa
(.6 miles from GOMACO University)
90 E. Highway 175
Ida Grove, Iowa
Phone: 712-364-3988
Fax: 712.364.4288
Web site: www.super8.com


Delux Motel, Ida Grove, Iowa
(2 miles from GOMACO University)
5981 State Highway
Ida Grove, Iowa
Phone: 712-364-3317
Fax: 712.364.4076


The Inn At Battle Creek, Battle Creek, Iowa
(7 miles from GOMACO University)
201 Maple Street
Battle Creek, Iowa
Phone: 712-365-4499
Web site: www.theinnatbattlecreek.com


Boulders Inn & Suites, Holstein, Iowa
(14 miles from GOMACO University)
2011 Indorf Avenue
Holstein, Iowa
Phone: 712-368-6200
Fax: 712.368.6205
Web site: www.bouldersinnholstein.com
E-mail: info@bouldersinnandsuites.com


Boulders Inn & Suites, Lake View, Iowa
(22 miles from GOMACO University)
119 Boulders Drive
Lake View, Iowa
Phone: 712-657-2660
Fax: 712.657.2663
Web site: www.bouldersinnlakeview.com
E-mail: info@bouldersinnlakeview.com


Boulders Inn & Suites - Majestic Hills, Denison, Iowa
(26 miles from GOMACO University, by the Majestic Hills Golf Course)
2511 Boulders Drive
Denison, Iowa
Phone: 712-263-2200
Fax: 712.263.8858
Web site: www.bouldersinndenison.com/
E-mail: info@bouldersinndenison.com


Boulders Inn & Suites - Oak Ridge, Denison, Iowa
(26 miles from GOMACO University, by Crawford County Memorial Hospital)
161 Oak Ridge Drive
Denison, Iowa
Phone: 712-263-2833
Fax: 712.263.5758
Web site: www.bouldersinndenison.com
E-mail: info@bouldersinnoakridge.com


Travelodge Denison (Formerly Super 8), Denison, Iowa
(26 miles from GOMACO University)
502 Boyer Valley Road
Junction Hwys. 59 & 30
Denison, Iowa
Phone: 712-263-5081
Fax: 712.263.8123
Web site: www.travelodge.com


Denison Inn & Suites (Formerly Days Inn), Denison, Iowa
(27 miles from GOMACO University)
315 Chamberlin Drive
Junction Hwys. 30W & 59
Denison, Iowa
Phone: 712-263-2500
Fax: 712.263.8656






Ida Grove Community Rec Center

The Ida Grove Community Rec Center is located at 311 Barnes Street, right between the OABCIG Elementary School and the Ida Grove Swimming Pool. The Rec Center's phone number is 712-364-3716. The facility has racquetball & basketball courts, a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, weight room, golf room with an interactive golf simulator, and much more. The daily admission fee is $6. Their web site address is www.idagroverec.org.





GOMACO University Weekly Schedule

From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, students attend classes at one of the two GOMACO University facilities. A catered meal is provided from noon to 1 p.m. (included in the registration fee).

Graduation is Thursday night. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with Slipform Sam's Happy Hour, and a prime rib dinner and graduation ceremony is at 7 p.m.

Tours of the GOMACO Corporation facilities are available from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday.


GOMACO University can be reached by calling 800-831-2320, faxing 712.364.4359 or e-mailing gomacou@gomaco.com.






GOMACO University Personnel

Rod Schneider
Director of Training



Doug Comstock
Technical Publications Coordinator



Shari Simmons
Parts Publications Manager