THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14TH, 2019
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.