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WATERLOO, ON—The 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Competition for Ontario will be held again at Conestoga College, in Waterloo Ontario on September 5, 2019. Brick masons and tenders will battle for a competition spot in the 2020 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the World of Concrete. There, they will compete for over $125,000 in cash and prizes including a new Ford F-250 4×4 Super Duty XLT truck and John Deere Gator.

This is the 12th year for the regional event. Last year, Mario Alves and his mason tender Michael Alves of A&M Masonry in Hamilton, ON, beat the heat and emerged victorious with brick count of 707. Alves collects the title, “Ontario’s Best Bricklayer,” $3500 in cash and will represent his region in the 2019 World Championship in Las Vegas. The masonry duo improved on last year’s performance, when the were just shy of qualifying with a second place finish. They then went on to Las Vegas to become the World Championship, the first Canadian team to win the honor.

The SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the team who builds the “most sellable wall,” went to mason Louis Orfao and mason tender Emmit McIssac of Samalar Masonry in Hamilton, ON, with a brick count of 511 and no deductions, which earned them a cash prize of $850.

Mason AJ Lina and mason tender Darren Rowe of Lina Masonry in Walkerton, ON took second place with a brick count of 660, earning a cash prize of $450. Mason Filipe Orfao and mason tender Jose Orfao, who were last years champions, took third place, with a brick count of 659, taking home a cash prize of $375.

Brick mason Louis Orfao and his mason tender Emmit McIssac of Samalar Masonry took home the honor SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN with a brick count of 511 and no deductions. This award is given to the mason who builds the most “sellable wall.”


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 Ontario 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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