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Mason – John Kerr 522 Brick

Tender – Darrin Reed

Global Masonry


Mason – John Kerr 522 Brick

Tender – Darrin Reed

Global Masonry

2nd Place:

Mason – Scott Arthurs 484 Brick

Tender – Josh Shelley

S&S Masonry

3rd Place:

Mason – Derek Melo 375 Brick

Tender – Dave Potter

Melo Masonry


SPEC MIXSurrey, BC – The 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Series has come to a close and mason John Kerr and mason tender Darrin Reed of Global Masonry in Vancouver, BC are heading to Las Vegas to compete in the World Championship next January at the World of Concrete. Trowel Trades Training Center Association in Surrey, British Columbia hosted the regional series event, one of 24 being held across North America. The qualifying national competitors will battle for a chance to win over $125,000 in cash and prizes, including a Ford F250 XLT 4X4 truck and John Deere Gator.

This year’s regional event drew six teams of highly skilled bricklayers. John Kerr with Global Masonry in Vancouver, British Columbia along with his mason tender Darrin Reed were up for the challenge and took home first place with a brick count of 522. For his efforts, Kerr receives $500, a trip to Las Vegas and the title “British Columbia’s Best Bricklayer.” Not only did they take first place, but the duo also won the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN award, which goes to the mason with the most “sellable wall.” That honor netted Kerr an extra $400.”

2nd place went to mason Scott Arthurs and his mason tender Josh Shelley of S&S Masonry in Langley, BC with a brick count of 484 earning them a prize of $300. Third place went to mason Derek Melo and his mason tender Dave Potter of Melo Masonry, Vancouver, BC who received $200.

The 4th, 5th and 6th place competitors each took home $50 as well. Every competitor took home a Marshalltown bag from Brock White, a trowel and hat from Marshalltown, and a level kit from Stabila.

The smoke from the Canadian wildfires cleared out, and the regional competitors had a gorgeous day to compete. The crowd was energetic, with each stall bringing their own cheering section. Door prizes consisting of hats, bags and cash were handed out to those in attendance. A special thank you to all of our National and Regional Sponsors, masons, tenders, family and friends for attending and supporting the masonry industry and the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500. The masons are the true meaning of “Keeping the Trade Strong.”


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 $100,000 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.

More about SPEC MIX®: SPEC MIX is the construction industry’s national source for high quality; factory preblended cement-based building products for the construction industry. With more than 60 manufacturing facilities in all major markets across the US and Canada, SPEC MIX production plants utilize state of the art batching equipment and the finest materials to ensure total quality control throughout your project. SPEC MIX offers a deep line of masonry mortars and grouts, stucco and industrial products including various patented silo systems to maximize a contractor’s productivity and safety. The mission of SPEC MIX is to keep your jobsite team going, moving and working safely—all day, every day.

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