NORTH TEXAS REGIONAL
THURSDAY OCTOBER 10th, 2019
The 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Competition for DFW / North Texas will be held at Builder’s Equipment in Ft. Worth, TX on October 10, 2019. Teams of brick masons and tenders will battle for a spot in the 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship Competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, they will compete 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 Jose Mario Landeros, a mason with Artisan Masonry, of Royse City, TX, and his mason tender Adolfo Gonzalez, edged out the rest of the competition to take home first place with a brick count of 618. Not only did first place carry the opportunity to compete in the 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 in Las Vegas, but it also came with $1,000 cash.
The SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN Award, which goes to the mason with the “most sellable wall”, also went to Jose Mario Landeros and his mason tender Adolfo Gonzalez of Artisan Masonry. This title earned them an additional $500 in cash.
Maurilio Montero, of DMG Masonry, Arlington, TX and his mason tender Gregorio Hernandez took second place with a brick count of 460 earing them a prize of $750 cash. Third place went to mason Justin Pierce of RP Masonry, Mansfield, TX and his mason tender Michael Pierce who received $500 cash.
The highlight of the event wasn’t announcing the winners, however. SPEC MIX also hosted a special masonry auction in honor of local Texas masonry legend, Mike Blackburn, benefiting the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. The masonry community came out in full force and raised $35,800 by bidding on from everything from CMU units to gift cards.
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 Texas 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.