Regional Series Rep: Ryan Coyne (404) 702-5944, Steve Bell (704) 294-5231

The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Carolina Regional Series is back! And for the second year in a row, the event will also be combined with Masonry Education Day and a Jr. Bricklayer competition. Last year, more than 500 students from 27 high schools in the Carolina’s were in attendance for the largest such event geared toward apprenticeship and workforce development in the country. Students received hands-on instruction focused on jobsite safety, equipment management, and product usage. While immersing themselves in training, students also had an opportunity to watch some of the best masons and tenders in the country compete in the 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Carolina regional series.

Last year’s regional event drew nine teams of highly skilled bricklayers. The competition is designed to award the mason who lays the most brick with the least mistakes in one hour. The winning team, joins 23 other regional winners from across North America in Las Vegas for the World Championship at the World of Concrete in February. There they will have the opportunity to win over $125,000 in cash and prizes, included a new Ford F250 4x4 truck and John Deere Gator SUV.

The 2018 winners were Grayson McGee and mason tender Trevin Munn of McGee Brothers Co. in Monroe, NC with a brick count of 632. For their efforts McGee and Munn received $500, a trip to Las Vegas and the title “North Carolina’s Best Bricklayer.” They also took home the prize, SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the team with the “most sellable wall,” for this honor they received an extra $350. Unfortunately, Grayson and Trevor couldn’t make the national event and were replaced by the second place finishers Wriston McGee and Hiran McGee, also of McGee Brothers, coming in with a brick count of 619 and winning $350.

Third place went to mason David Kelly and his mason tender Matthew Kelly of Kelly Masonry in Pendalton, SC with a brick count of 477 earning them $300.


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 North Carolina 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.

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 $125,000 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.

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