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2020 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® RECAP

The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship Event is renowned as the top attraction for the World of Concrete trade show. The competition arena was filled with a crowd of over 6,000 spectators who witnessed an intense battle between 26 bricklayer and mason tender teams that raced against a 60-minute clock to build a 26 foot long brick wall.

Representing the the best of North America, the duos worked at a tirelessly to install as many brick as possible while following strict quality workmanship standards. The bricklayer’s walls were judged by 30 highly experienced masonry experts, enforcing 10 sets of craftsmanship requirements. The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is recognized as the masonry industry’s only true test of skill, speed and stamina that annually awards the title “World’s Best Bricklayer” and total purse of over $125,000 in cash and prizes including a new Ford F-250 4×4 XLT Super Duty truck and a ROXOR Off-Road Side by Side Sport Utility Vehicle.

Mason Fred Campbell and mason tender Tony Shelton of Creative Masonry in Greeneville, TN took home top honors, claiming the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer.” With a brick count of 756. Campbell is now the proud owner of a new Ford F-250 XLT 4×4 truck, an Essick Pro 12 mortar mixer plus an addition $10,000 in cash and prizes.

This marks the third time Fred Campbell has won the World Championship title, the first mason to claim that honor. The 47-year-old mason was excited to win again saying, “It’s great to be back on the podium. We put in a lot of work this year to make sure we came out on top.”

• New Ford F-250 4×4 XLT Super Duty Truck
• $5,000 check, SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Champion Jacket and 1st Place Trophy from SPEC MIX®
• ESSICKPRO 12 Mortar Mixer
• STIHL TSA 230 ba`ery-powered cut-off machine, w/ accessories
• iQ Power Tools iQMS362 Table Saw Set w/ accessories and iQ Jacket
• Blaklader $1,000 gip cerOficate
• STABILA Custom Trophy 24” level and plaque
• Marshalltown trophy trowel & loaded SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 tool bag
• GATORBACK Mortarboards – 10 pack

 

2020 SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN®

Mason Darian Douthit of Providence Masonry of Miami, OK took home the title SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN®, which goes to the mason whose wall was voted “most sellable,” by a 30-judge panel. For this honor Douthit is taking home a ROXOR Off-Road side-by-side sport utility vehicle.

Douthit is a repeat SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN winner, and took top honors with 550 qualifying brick laid with no deductions. “My goal was to take home the ROXOR, I’m going up against such tough competitors, it’s great to be considered one of the best.”

$5,000 check from SPEC MIX
• Marshalltown Ceremonial Trophy Trowel and Tool Bag
• STIHL TSA 230 Cutquik Ba`ery-Powered Cut-Off Machine w/ accessories
• iQ Power Tools iQMS362 Table Saw Set w/ accessories
• Blaklader $1,000 gip cerOficate
• STABILA custon trophy 24” level and plaque
• GATORBACK Mortarboards – 10 pack

TOUGHEST TENDER

The SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER® Competition is a combination of speed and detail that requires each of the 26 mason tenders of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 to strategically lift, carry and place thousands of pounds of materials and tools needed to set up the bricklayer’s defined workstation. This year’s SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER title went to Rich Small with D.M. Sabia in Conshohocken, PA. Small recorded a time of 14 minutes 55 seconds (WR – 11 minutes 7 second, set in 2005) to win the following:

• $2,500 check & SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER® Trophy from SPEC MIX
• STIHL $700 Product Certificate
• iQ POWER TOOLS $200 iQ gift pack & iQ jacket
• BLAKLADER $500 Gift Certificate
• MARSHALLTOWN loaded SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 tool bag

MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block

The Fastest Trowel on the Block Competition, hosted by the Mason Contractors Association of America, is a showcase of industry craftsmanship and a testament of both the speed and skill of our industry’s workforce. Only those journeymen
masons who have the skill, confidence and courage to face-off with the industry’s best are invited to compete.

This is a contest that also proves how important teamwork is in accomplishing a final product.

The competition will pit journeyman masons, accompanied by their favorite tender, against one another in a show of both speed and craftsmanship. Each contestant’s goal is to complete as much of a 30 foot long wall as possible, using

8″x8″x16″ CMU and the provided mortar in a twenty-minute heat. Contestants must have a high degree of workmanship using normal masonry practices and hand tools.

The contest promotes quality training and pride in workmanship among journeymen and contractors, as well as promoting the craftsmanship, speed and versatility of masonry systems and the masonry workforce. This contest also rewards and highlights the country’s best mason journeymen for their hard work and dedication to the trade.

1st Place ($8,000): Mason Gerardo Patlan, Tender Roberto Patlan – Adams Fence, LLC – Phoenix, AZ – Block Count: 136

2nd Place ($2,500): Mason Noe MarOnez, Tender Heriberto Mendoza – Sargon Masonry – Phoenix, AZ – Block Count: 125

3rd Place ($1,500): Mason Roberto Cimental, Tender Saul Escarega – Arizona State Masonry – Phoenix, AZ – Block Count:
141

MCAA’s Masonry Skills Challenge

MCAA’s Masonry Skills Challenge is the national championship of masonry apprentices in first, second and third year skill levels. The contest consists of 31 aspiring masons who are given three hours to showcase their skills by challenging the winning apprentices from numerous regional U.S. and foreign competitions to determine the top masonry apprentices at each level. This exciting competition spotlights the industry’s finest young masons and focuses on on careers in the masonry industry. Below are the 2020 Masonry Skills Challenge apprentice winners.

1st Year Apprentices

• First place ($750): Wade Taylor – Huntley Brothers, Mint Hill, NC
• Second place ($500): Jesse Steele – BAC 4 IN/KY ApprenOceship Program – Merriville, IN
• Third place ($250): Ty’Shawn Pe`way – Lovell’s Masonry, Columbia, TN

2nd Year Apprentices

• First place ($750):
• Second place ($500): Sebastian Drawdy – Leidel & Hart, Livonia, MI
• Third place ($250): Jace Huntley – Huntley, Brothers, Mint Hill, NC

3rd Year Apprentices
• First place ($750): Jake Freeman – Adams Masonry, INC. Chattanooga, TN
• Second place ($500:): David Sandoval – Jimmy’Z Masonry Corporation, Crystal Lake, IL
• Third place ($250): Jean Carroll – Wave Crest Masonry – Inverness, FL