The 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Arizona Regional Series is back! Teams of brick masons and tenders will soon line up for their chance to win a trip to compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship next February at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Summit Brick Company in Phoenix, AZ is once again hosting the regional series event, one of 24 being held across North America. The qualifying national competitors will battle for a chance to win over $125,000 in cash and prizes, including a Ford F250 XLT 4X4 truck and John Deere Gator.
Last year’s regional event drew six teams of highly skilled bricklayers. Their mission: to build a wall as big they can in one hour with as few mistakes as possible. The mason with who lays the most brick with the least mistakes wins. Matt Jones and Isaac Perez celebrated victory with a brick count of 607. For their efforts, Jones and Perez receive a trip to Las Vegas and the title “Arizona’s Best Bricklayer.” They also took home the prize, SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the team with the “most sellable wall.”
2nd place went to mason Adrian Granados and his mason tender Candido Boraza of G&G Enterprises with a brick count of 335. Third place went to mason Aaron Henry and his mason tender Robert Bulllong of AMCA.
For the first time in the history of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500, high school and post-secondary students will be allowed to compete in their own competition designed specifically for their skill level. Those chosen to compete in the Jr. Competition will be given 20 minutes to build an abbreviated version of the wall being constructed during the day’s journeymen bricklaying battle. Students from local trade schools will have a chance to compete in Arizona this year.
The Jr. Bricklaying event is part of a greater workforce development initiative, Masonry Education Day, which allows students a chance to meet local contractors and vendors to learn more about jobs and products in their area. Along with the student competitors, additional masonry students will be in attendance to cheer on their peers while participating in the education program.