THURSDAY OCTOBER 10TH, 2019
The 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Northeast Regional Series is back! Teams of brick masons and tenders are ready to converge on New Jersey for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship next February at the World of Concrete. There they 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.
Last year’s regional event drew 10 teams of highly skilled bricklayers. Their mission was to build a wall as big as they can in one hour. The mason with who lays the most brick with the least mistakes wins. Wells and Wells celebrated victory with a brick count of 480. For their efforts they receive $1000, a trip to Las Vegas and the title “Northeast America’s Best Bricklayer.”
The title SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the team with the “most sellable wall,” went to mason Ray Byers and mason tender Adam Byers of Arch Masonry in Herminie, PA. For this honor, the masonry team took home $1000.
2nd place also went to mason Ray Byers and his mason tender Adam Byers earning them an additional prize of $600. Third place went to mason Skerdinand Xhelaj and his mason tender Julian Phoce of Connecticut Masons in Rocky Hill, CT who received $500.
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 Northeast America 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.