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2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP

Las Vegas, NV—In front of the largest crowd in the 17-year history of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship (See Photos), Mason Mario Alves of A & M Masonry in Hamilton, Ontario won big. Mario claimed the crown “World’s Best Bricklayer.” After 60-minutes of laying bricks against 26 other world-class masons, the 30 year old put up a wall with a brick count of 760 perfect brick that earned him a 2019 Ford F-250 XLT 4×4 truck, an Essick EM120 HYD mortar mixer on top of $10,000 in cash and prizes. It was his third time qualifying for the championship event in Las Vegas. With the help of his brother mason tender Michael Alves, Mario delivered his best performance in an arena packed with thousands of spectators.

Of the 27 bricklayers and mason tender teams that competed for the event’s $125,000 purse, Mason Darian Douthit with Providence Masonry, Fairland, OK claimed the next highest ranking title, the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN®. The event veteran claimed a 2019 John Deere Gator™ XUV 835 and another $10,000 in cash and prizes for his efforts. Darian (age 47) laid 537 perfect brick which a 30 judge panel agreed was the “most sellable” wall. A mason for over 30 years he also won the TOP CRAFTSMAN® title back in 2016. Darian’s mason tender was Andy Zepeda.

2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship

Standing beside first place and craftsman in the winners’ circle, Second place honors went to Cole Stamper of Mason Structure in Lexington, KY. A mason for 20 years, Cole laid 749 brick with no deductions to win $4,000 and over $1,500 in sponsor prizes. His mason tender was Jeff Becker.

Rounding out the pool of winners was third place Juan Cabral of Phoenix Masonry in Denver, CO. Juan (36) laid 732 brick to claim a check for $3,000 plus $1,500 in prizes. Juan’s mason tender was Jose Limon.

Kicking off the bricklaying action was the SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER® competition. Twenty-seven mason tenders raced to stage all the materials used during the bricklaying event. Mason tender Charlie Cheatham with United Masonry in Cleveland, OH was named TOUGHEST TENDER, and collected a check for $2,500 and $1,500 in prizes. Charlie recorded a winning time of 13 minutes 52 seconds (WR – 11 minutes 7 second, set in 2005). Established to show the value a mason tender brings to a mason, it’s a crowd favorite that tests the speed, endurance and accuracy of a skilled laborer.

Commonly referred to as the “Super Bowl of Masonry,” the bricklaying battle took place on Wednesday, January 23th in the heart of the Masonry Madness® Day arena at the World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas. Before a bricklayer is eligible to compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship, each competitor must qualify by winning their Regional Series competition. This earns them a shot at taking down the returning Champion or SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN® title holders.

The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® initiative was created in 2003 to promote masonry construction while accentuating the craftsmanship, pride and passion that masons dedicate to their work. It’s also a means for SPEC MIX®, its sponsors and supporters, to give back to the masonry trade and strengthen its future. Over the years the event has evolved into an industry movement that is used as a tool for recruiting skilled labor and workforce development programs. The fierce competition, quality of craftsmanship, and the growing annual crowds, is evidence that the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® is uniting the industry and infusing energy into a craft that commands respect and admiration.

2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
PLACEMASONTENDERCOMPANYBRICK COUNT
1STMARIO ALVESMICHAEL ALVESA&M MASONRY760
2NDCOLE STAMPERJEFF BECKERMASON STRUCTURE749
3RDJUAN CABRALJOSE LIMONPHOENIX MASONRY732
4THWRISTON MCGEEHARAN MCGEEMCGEE BROTHERS AND CO.N/A
5THLEIF REINTSMICHAEL WEISINGERREINTS MASONRYN/A
6THFRED CAMPBELLTONY SHELTONCREATIVE MASONRYN/A
7THMATT JONESISAAC PEREZSARGON MASONRYN/A
T- 8THJESUS PEREZ JIMENEZJESUS ZEPEDARANCH MASONRYN/A
T-8THDAVID CHAVEZMIGUEL CONTRERASRANCH MASONRYN/A
9THEMILIO DIBRACHARLIE CHEATHAMUNITED MASONRYN/A
FIRST PLACE CASH AND PRIZES

• 2019 Ford F-250 4×4 XLT Super Duty Truck
• $5,000 check from SPEC MIX®
• Essick EM120YD Mortar Mixer
• STIHL TSA 230 battery-powered cut-off machine, 9” wheel, AR 900 battery, AL 500 high-speed charger
• iQ POWER TOOLS 360 Table Saw Set, Rolling Table, Smart Cart and a 14” Silent Blade
• BLAKLADER $1000 gift certificate
• STABILA Custom Trophy 24” level and plaque
• MARSHALLTOWN Ceremonial Trophy Trowel & loaded SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® tool bag
• GATORBACK Mortarboards – 10 pack
• SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Champion Jacket & 1st Place Trophy from SPEC MIX

SECOND PLACE CASH AND PRIZES


• $4,000 Check & 2nd Place trophy from SPEC MIX®
• STIHL TSA 230 battery-powered cut-off machine, 9” wheel, AP 300 battery, AL 500 high-speed charger
• iQ POWER TOOLS $200 iQ gift pack and jacket
• BLAKLADER $500 gift certificate
• STABILA Custom Trophy 24” level and plaque
• MARSHALLTOWN loaded SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® tool bag
• GATORBACK Mortarboards – 10 pack

THIRD PLACE CASH AND PRIZES


• $3,000 Check & 3rd Place trophy from SPEC MIX
• STIHL $700 product certificate
• iQ POWER TOOLS $200 iQ gift pack, jacket, and 3 saw blades
• BLAKLADER $250 gift certificate
• STABILA Custom Trophy 24” level and plaque
• MARSHALLTOWN loaded SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® tool bag.
• GATORBACK Mortarboards – 10 pack
2019 SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN
MASONTENDERCOMPANYRESULT
DARIAN DOUTHITANDY ZEPEDAPROVIDENCE MASONRY537

SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN CASH AND PRIZES


• John Deere Gator™ XUV835 Crossover Utility Vehicle
• $5,000 Check and SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN® Trophy from SPEC MIX
• STIHL TSA 230 battery-powered cut-off machine, 9” abrasive wheel, AP 300 battery, AL 500 high-speed charger
• iQ POWER TOOLS iQPC912 and 3 saw blades
• BLAKLADER $1000 gift certificate
• STABILA Custom Trophy 24” level and plaque
• MARSHALLTOWN Ceremonial trophy trowel & loaded SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® tool bag
• GATORBACK Mortarboards – 10 pack