The inaugural showdown of the 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® regional series was a success! This year we started the 24-event series in Panama City, Florida at North Florida Block on June 1st at 11am. The stakes have never been higher. Each competitor battled it out under the Florida sun for a chance to compete at the 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship in Las Vegas. Each regional winner will have a chance to win their share of $125,000 in cash and prizes, including a 2019 Ford F250 XLT 4X4 truck.

This year, Adam White, a mason with Brunette Masonry in Lynn Haven, Florida and his mason tender Mike Russ, edged out the rest of the competition to take home first place with a net brick count of 480. They won a cash prize and punched their ticket to Las Vegas for the 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship at the World of Concrete trade show. The SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN award and second place went to mason Jesse Barnes and his tender Paul Rose of Masonry Inc. in Tallahassee, FL. Third place went to David Anderson and tender Amos Anderson of ABC Masonry in Fountain, FL.

The timing of this particular regional was important, as tropical storm Alberto just passed through the southeast. But even with the storm leaving its mark on southern Florida, the industry came out in full force to support all the teams.

A special thank you to all of our National and Regional Sponsors, masons, tenders, family and friends for attending and supporting the masonry industry and the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500. The masons are the true meaning of “Keeping the Trade Strong.”

2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Florida Regional Final Results
1st PlaceAdam WhiteMike Russ480 BrickBrunette Masonry, Lynne Haven, FL
SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMANJesse BarnesPaul Rose446 BrickMasonry, Inc., Tallahassee, FL
2nd PlaceJesse BarnesPaul Rose446 BrickMasonry, Inc., Tallahassee, FL
3rd PlaceDavid AndersonAmos Anderson368 BrickABC Masonry, Fountain, FL

The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® was established by SPEC MIX in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons. It is featured as the headliner event of MASONRY MADNESS™ Day during the World of Concrete and recognized as the masonry industry’s premier bricklaying competition with a total purse estimated at $100,000 that annually awards the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer”. Each year there are a series of preliminary SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Qualifying Events held throughout North America to determine who will compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship. The Championship finale draws as many as 4,000 spectators with thousands of live webcast viewers who tune in to watch this bricklayer battle.

More about SPEC MIX®: SPEC MIX is the construction industry’s national source for high quality; factory preblended cement-based building products for the construction industry. With more than 60 manufacturing facilities in all major markets across the US and Canada, SPEC MIX production plants utilize state of the art batching equipment and the finest materials to ensure total quality control throughout your project. SPEC MIX offers a deep line of masonry mortars and grouts, stucco and industrial products including various patented silo systems to maximize a contractor’s productivity and safety. The mission of SPEC MIX is to keep your jobsite team going, moving and working safely—all day, every day.

NOTE USE OF TERMS: Please respect all legal trademarks for trade use. In print, the correct way to refer to the competition event is the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship, and MASONRY MADNESS® or MASONRY MADNESS® Day, case use as shown. The award titles for SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, and SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER®, should be in all caps followed by the word, “award.” When writing about our corporation the correct way to write our corporate name is SPEC MIX®. If referring to SPEC MIX brand the correct way is SPEC MIX®. The ® mark should always be used on the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500®, and SPEC MIX® the first time either term is used in body copy and always used when either term is in a headline or sub-headline. The same is correct for MASONRY MADNESS® or MASONRY MADNESS® Day.

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