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WHO IS THE WORLD’S BEST BRICKLAYER?

SOUTH TEXAS REGIONAL

JACOB RAMIREZ WINS 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® SOUTH TEXAS REGIONAL SERIES

Converse, TX – The best masons in South Texas came together to test their skill, speed and stamina by battling to see who could build the largest and best 26-foot-long brick wall in one hour. The competition was one of 24 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Series competitions to be held across North America in 2019. The winner of the each regional qualifies to compete in 2020 World Championship on February 5th, at the World of Concrete expo in Las Vegas.

9 teams of masons and tenders lined the arena at Best Block in Converse, TX ready to prove they’re the best craftsmen in their region. Mason Jacob Ramirez and mason tender Miguel Contreras of Ranch Masonry in Houston, TX took home top honors with a brick count of 651, winning a free trip to Las Vegas for the World Championship, a cash prize of $700, a Marshalltown tool bag, Stabila Level and the title, “South Texas’ Best Bricklayer.” The prize of SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the team with the “most sellable wall,” went to mason Jose Fernandez and tender Sebastian Fernandez of James Groesbeck Masonry in San Antonio, TX earning them a cash prize of $500.

2019 SOUTH TEXAS REGIONAL RESULTS
FIRST PLACE

MASON

Jacob Ramirez

TENDER

Miguel Contreras

COMPANY

Ranch Masonry
Houston, TX

BRICK COUNT

651

PRIZE AMOUNT

1st Place: $700

2ND PLACE:

MASON

Jose Hernandez

TENDER

Noe Hernandez

COMPANY

Noe Hernandez
Houston, TX

BRICK COUNT

560

PRIZE AMOUNT

Second Place: $500

3RD PLACE AND TOP CRAFTSMAN:

MASON

Jose Fernandez

TENDER

Sebastian Fernandez

COMPANY

James Groesbeck Masonry
San Antonio, TX

BRICK COUNT

357

PRIZE AMOUNT

Third Place: $300, TOP CRAFTSMAN: 500

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 6,000 spectators with thousands of live webcast viewers who tune in to watch this bricklayer battle.

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