2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 SIZZLE REELLas Vegas, NV – In front of the largest crowd in the 17-year history of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship, 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.
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.
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The Winning MomentThe announcement of the 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Champion.
Mason Mario Alves and his mason tender Michael Alves of A&M Masonry in Hamilton, Ontario took home the title, "World's Best Bricklayer," with a perfect brick count of 760. They are the first international competitors to win the competition in it's 17 year history.
The bricklaying competition is designed to test the skill, speed, and stamina of masons by challenging them to build a 26-foot-long brick wall, with a strict set of guidelines, in one hour.
To learn more about the competition, visit www.specmixbricklayer500.com
2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500®It’s time - to add one more name to the list of champions.
The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is back – and better than ever.
27 masons battle it out on Wednesday January 23rd at the World of Concrete - only one will claim the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer.”
Watch live to see which masons take their share of over $125,000 in cash and prizes. First place wins the keys to a brand new Ford f250 4x4 truck.
That’s not all – one mason will be named SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN – and gets to take home a John Deere Gator Crossover Utility Vehicle.
Get ready - It’s the Super Bowl of Masonry – one day could change their lives forever. Find out who has what it takes to etch their name in masonry history.
Catch the action live starting at 8:45 a.m. pacific on Wednesday Jan 23rd at www.specmixbricklayer500.com
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Masonry Madness Sizzle 2019If masonry is in your blood, then pack your bags and head to Vegas for the 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship and MASONRY MADNESS Day at the World of Concrete!
On Wednesday, January 23rd in the Bronze Lot you’ll see world-class masons battling all day for champion title belts and amazing prizes.
The action takes place in the Masonry Madness Arena. Get there early! The Masonry Skills Challenge kicks of the day at 9AM. Then at 10:45 it’s the SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER, followed by the MCAA FASTEST TROWEL ON THE BLOCK at 11:30, where competitors will put up over 100 concrete block in just 20 minutes for an $8,000 payday!
And then, at 12:15 it’s the MAIN EVENT…THE SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500!
Twenty-seven bricklayers from around the globe will go head to head to claim their cut of the $125,000 purse. Top honors go to the WORLD CHAMPION, who will drive home a 2019 FORD F-250 XLT 4x4 truck, an Essick PRO 12 , $5000 in cash and a pile of prizes.
The next big title goes to the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN! The panel of judges will pick the mason that wins the keys to a 2019 JOHN DEERE GATOR XUV835 CROSSOVER UTV...Mixer, and $5000!
In the heart of the arena is the Innovations and Workforce Development Zone where non-stop demos take place showing newest masonry products and equipment!
Get to Vegas and the World of Concrete to experience MASONRY MADNESS Day! It’s 4 competitions spread over 2 square acres and it goes all day! Set your schedule for Wednesday, January 23rd …IT’S THE SUPER BOWL OF MASONRY!
Brought to you by SPEC MIX! For more event info and to see a live webcast go to SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500.com
SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Series Promo VideoIt's coming! Catch the fire of the 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Series!
This summer, masons from all over North America will battle it out in over 20 regional competitions to prove they're the best in the business.
The winners of each regional earn a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the 2019 World Championship, and claim the title, World's Best Bricklayer.
With over $100,000 in cash and prizes on the line, including a brand new Ford F250 4x4 truck, it's the Super Bowl of masonry.
Get ready bricklayers, the regional series tour kicks off this summer. Watch for the official schedule! A bricklaying battle is coming to a city near you!
It's time to raise the bar! It takes skill, speed and stamina to win a free ride to Vegas and become the new World Champion!
To find out how to register for a competition call your SPEC MIX Representative and visit www.SpecMixBricklayer500.com
Catch the fire of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 movement. It's heating up!
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2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® REGIONAL SERIESCatch the fire of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® movement!
The 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Series tour is back and hotter than ever – and it’s coming to a city near you!
Grab a front row seat and help us promote masonry as the top craftsmen across North America battle to win their Regional competition and earn their spot on the roster for the 2019 World Championship in Las Vegas.
24 regions are ready to crown their champion –– watch to see who wins a free trip to Vegas for the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship on January 16th at the World of Concrete.
With over $125,000 dollars in cash and prizes on the line – including a 2019 Ford F250 4x4 truck – the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 tests the skill, speed and stamina of those who think they have what it takes to be named “World’s Best Bricklayer!”
The competition is heating up – rivalry’s will get renewed - new champions will emerge – as masonry takes center stage at the ultimate battle for superior pride and craftsmanship.
Catch the fire of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 as it continues to ignite our industry and showcase the best masons and tenders around the world.
Learn more and find your regional schedule and location at www.SPECMIXBRICKLAYER500.com
THANK YOU!We would like to extend a very special THANK YOU to the sponsors of the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500®. Their commitment to this event and the masonry industry is the driving force in KEEPING THE TRADE STRONG.
MASONRY MADNESS® 2018 HighlightsEAGAN, MN — The energy was palpable at the 2018 World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas. Nearly 60,000 (58,222) registered professionals from around the world packed the Convention Center, ready to promote concrete production and placement. With their largest event in 9 years, the World of Concrete was poised to show off all the best the industry has to offer, benefitting suppliers, products, services and education.
The greatest commotion was outside in the Bronze Lot on Wednesday, January 24th for Masonry Madness Day®. Recognized as one of the most exciting and entertaining attractions at the WOC, thousands of spectators had a front row seat to masonry history. Over 90 elite tradesmen battled in four consecutive competitions designed to push their endurance and skills to new heights.
The action started at 9:00 AM with the MCAA Masonry Skill’s Challenge, an event designed to test the ability of the industries newest masons. Secondly, the SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER® competition, a race to set up the arena for the main event. Thirdly, the MCAA Fastest Trowel on the Block, where masons raced to build a concrete wall in only twenty minutes. At noon, the 16th annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® took center stage, as 28 skilled professionals, pushed their physical abilities in hopes of taking home the Grand Prize, a 2018 Ford F-250 4x4 XLT truck.
As part of the event, attendees were able to participate in sponsor demonstrations and games to win cash and prizes as they discovered the latest product innovations impacting the construction industry.
MASONRY MADNESS Day® was jump-started prior to the competitions on Tuesday, with the 3rd Annual “Masonry Innovations & Workforce Development Zone” sponsored by SPEC MIX® and the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA). This special section of the arena was a major hit with spectators, as it showcased the latest industry advancements making a positive impact on masonry construction. There were 17 stations that educated attendees through various displays and live demonstrations on the new technology, products and systems making the masonry labor force and jobsites more efficient, productive and safe. The ultimate goal of the event was to show that the masonry industry has significantly evolved over the past 6 years allowing it to be more attractive when recruiting and expanding a much needed workforce.
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2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 ® HIGHLIGHTSThe 2018 Spec Mix Bricklayer 500® World Championship in Las Vegas raised the bar for the 16-year-old "Super Bowl of Masonry."
This year's winner is David Chavez of Ranch Masonry in Houston, Texas. This was his third attempt at the competition and the first time he and his Tender, Miguel Contrares, went home with the grand prize, a 2018 Ford F250 4x4 Super Duty truck. Chavez also collected and addition $10,000 in cash and prizes.
Next in line, the Top Craftsman award, given to the mason with the most sellable wall. Leif Reints of Reints Masonry in Wyandotte, Oklahoma took home the honor, which included a John Deere XUV835 Gator Crossover Utility Vehicle and over $10,000 in cash and prizes.
2018 Spec Mix Bricklayer 500® Winner MontageCongratulations to the 2018 Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 and Masonry Madness winners.
Champions competed in four different categories to take home more that $120,000 in cash and prizes.
The top prize was a 2018 Ford F250 4x4 Super Duty Truck, which went to first place of the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500. David Chavez of Ranch Masonry in Houston, Texas took home the prize with over $10,000 in additional cash and prizes.
Top Craftsman went to Leif Reints of Reints Masonry in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. John Deere donated an XUV835 Gator Crossover Utility Vehicle for this champion, who won for building the best wall in sixty minutes.
Toughest Tender went to Nicholas Miller of Brock Construction in Ft. Atkinson, WI.
Jose Soto of Saragon Masonry in Glendale, AZ took home 1st place in the Fastest Trowel on the Block.
Special thanks to our sponsors and the MCAA for their support in making this event possible.
MASONRY MADNESS ® 2018MASONRY MADNESS® is a full day of excitement, innovation, and celebration for the masonry industry. There are 4 top competitions held in 1 day at the 2018 World of Concrete tradeshow. This will be the biggest masonry competition ever as world class competitors go trowels out for over $150,000 in cash & prizes! Thousands of masonry fans will be treated to numerous demonstrations and fierce competitions showcasing the world’s best masons battling for World Champion honors. Watch the MCAA’s Masonry Skills Challenge, the SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER®, the MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block and the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship on a Live webcast. For more information go to www.specmixbricklayer.com or www.specmix.com
SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® 2018 World Championship is Coming!The 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship promises to be bigger than ever! The action takes place in Las Vegas on Wednesday, January 24th at 12:15pm PT during the 2018 World of Concrete & Masonry tradeshow. Over 4,000 spectator will fill the arena while 28 bricklayer and mason tender teams battle for 60-minutes to take home as much as $125,000 in cash & prizes including a FORD F-250 XLT 4x4 truck and John Deere Gator™ XUV835! The competition is also streamed LIVE on January 24th at www.specmixbricklayer500.com. So if you are a fan of masonry madness then tune in…you don’t want to miss the fun and excitement who will be crowned “World’s Best Bricklayer”! For more information go to www.specmixbricklayer.com or www.specmix.com
SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 2017 REGIONAL SERIESJoin in to compete or attend one of twenty-four 2017 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional competitions being held near you. Win a SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional competition and you’ll get a free ride to compete at the World Championship in Las Vegas on January 24th, 2018. There, the top mason with the skill, speed and stamina is crowned “World’s Best Bricklayer” and will take home over $65,000 in cash & prizes including a new Ford F-250 XLT 4x4 truck!
For more information call your SPEC MIX representative or go to WWW.SPECMIXBRICKLAYER500.COM
Kids’ compete for cash in “Dance Off” at the 2017 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World ChampionshipHeld for the first time this year, watch a young crowd compete for $100 by showing their moves as emcee Tom Clark and DJ SOHYPE judge their skills. See it at the 2017 SPEC MIX® BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship which was held in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete trade show. See more at www.specmixbricklayer500.com
SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship SwagThe SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship competition decides, "Who is the World's Best Bricklayer." This timed, 60 minute competition is held once a year during the World of Concrete / World of Masonry trade show in the Gold Lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.. This is the largest annual construction trade show in the world. The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship is a bricklaying competition comprised of the best qualified bricklayers in the world. Twenty Five, 2-man teams made up of a mason, and mason tender, compete to lay the most bricks defined by strict quality standards. The competition has the largest winner's purse of any masonry competition. The competitors compete for well over $100,000 in cash and prizes before a live arena crowd of spectators and webcast viewers. Established to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of masonry, the contest requires all masons to meet the quality standards of the event. They have 60 minutes to complete their 26 foot, double wythe brick wall. The competition has four awards, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place are based on the highest brick count meeting the quality standards. The 4th award, the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN® is for the most sellable wall over 500 brick. This award is the second most coveted award at the event, and has the second highest award purse. For more information and to review the event rules go to: www.specmixbricklayer 500.com
SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 ® 2017 World Championship RecapThe 15th Anniversary of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship is now in the history books. It was held on Wednesday, January 18th in Las Vegas, Nevada during the 2017 World of Concrete & Masonry tradeshow in front of the largest crowd of masonry fans ever. After the 60-minute bricklaying battle came to the end and the judges went to work evaluating each of the 25 brick walls constructed, it was North Carolina bricklayer Matt Cash, age 35, who took first place and the title “World’s Best Bricklayer.” Matt laid 716 brick to take top honors at the international bricklaying competition which earned him the keys to a 2017 Ford F-250 XLT 4x4 truck in addition to $15,000 in cash and prizes. For more information go to www.specmixbricklayer.com or www.specmix.com
MASONRY MADNESS ® 2017 HighlightsMASONRY MADNESS® is a full day of excitement, innovation, and celebration for the masonry industry. Held during the WOC tradeshow, 2017 was no exception! Thousands of fans were treated numerous demonstrations and fierce competitions showcasing the world’s best masons battling for World Champion honors. Here are some highlights from the day’s events, including MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block, the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500®, and the SPEC MIX Toughest Tender®. For more information go to www.specmixbricklayer.com or www.specmix.com
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