MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY HOSTS 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® WEST TENNESSEE REGIONAL SERIES EVENT
Regional Series Contact: Will Scott (615) 319-0793
The 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® West Tennessee Regional Series is back! Teams of brick masons and tenders will battle to compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship next February at the World of Concrete. This event is one of 24 being held across North America. The qualifying national competitors earn a chance to win over $125,000 in cash and prizes, including a Ford F250 XLT 4X4 truck and John Deere Gator XUV.
Last year’s regional event drew 10 teams of highly skilled bricklayers. Their mission is to build a wall as big as they can in one hour. The mason with who lays the most brick with the least mistakes wins. Emilio Dibra and Charlie Cheatham celebrated victory with a brick count of 643. For their efforts, Dibra and Cheatham receive $350, a trip to Las Vegas and the title “West Tennessee’s Best Bricklayer.” Dibra also took the title SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the mason with the “most sellable wall,” For this honor, Dibra took home an extra $250.
2nd place went to mason Jeray Miller and his mason tender Vince Wright of Miller Masonry in Killen, AL with a brick count of 497 earning them a prize of $250. Third place went to mason Juan Sanchez and his mason tender Justin Wise of Lopez Masonry in Nashville, TN.
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 West Tennessee 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.