Regional Series Rep: Richard Stevens: (414) 322-0900, Dan Neuens (414) 313-3210

Menasha – The 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Competition for Wisconsin is back! Teams of brick masons and tenders will battle for a competition spot in the 2020 World Championship at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 5th, 2020. At stake, a chance at over $125,000 in cash and prizes, including a Ford F250 XLT 4X4 truck and John Deere Gator.

In addition to qualifying a team for the national competition, there will also be a JR. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 event comprised of local students competing for cash and prizes. This portion of the program is part of a bigger Workforce Development initiative being implemented nationally to inspire interest in skilled labor as a career choice.

For the second year in a row, Miron Construction Co., Inc’s Warehouse Operations will be hosting the event, located at 1737 Racine Rd., Menasha, WI 54952.

Last year’s event was a huge success, and in the end Mike Schlund, Kowalski Masonry, Wausau WI, and his mason tender Joe Sautner, edged out the rest of the competition to take home first place. His net count of 407 brick earned him the opportunity to compete in the 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 in Las Vegas as well as $650 in cash.

The SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN Award went to Roman Graebel and his mason tender Greg Korslin of Miron Construction, Neenah WI earning him $650 cash for Top Craftsman.

Second place went to mason Kyle Spensly and his mason tender Tim Pavlekovich of JP Cullen, Janesville WI with a brick count of 388, taking home a prize of $400. Third place went to mason Cory Firkus and his mason tender Rob Wangen of Firkus Masonry, Stevens Point WI with a brick count of 370 brick taking home a prize of $300.

2019 Wisconsin Regional Schedule

  • 9:30AM      Arrival – students will be divided into groups and assigned a group leader to escort them throughout the initial portion of the event and answer any questions they may have. (During this time, students will have the opportunity to observe contest set-up, visit vendors, and try their hand at constructing a brick wall.)
  • 11:00AM    SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 – Teams of masons and tenders will compete for 60 minutes to determine who wins a trip to Las Vegas and the titie, “Wisconsin’s Best Bricklayer.”
  • 12:30PM    JR. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 – Student bricklaying competition, an abbreviated version of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500. 
  • 1:30PM      Awards – Ceremony for professional and student competitions
  • 2:00PM      Departure


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 Wisconsin 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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