Lonnie Lacaillade Wins the 2022 SMBL500 North East Regional!
Lacaillade claims the “Best Bricklayer” & “Top Craftsman” titles.
Huntington, VT – mason Lacaillade and mason tender Shawn McCuen with Lacaillade Masonry laid 402 bricks in 60-minutes to win the North East regional competition. The Lacaillade-McCuen team worked with detail to put up a no-deduction performance! Their perfect wall earned Lacaillade “North East’s Best Bricklayer” award and the “SPEC MIX’s Top Craftsman” title. The dynamic duo walked away with $2,400, a 4-foot Stabila Level, and two spots to contend at the World Championship bricklaying competition. This team will battle in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete Tradeshow for the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® taking place on January 18th, 2023.
To qualify for the World Championship, hundreds of teams from across North America will battle to win 1 of 22 individual regional series events. They must prove they have what it takes to contend at what is known as the Super Bowl of Masonry. Each team consists of one mason and one mason tender and has 60-minutes to build the tallest 26-foot-long brick wall with the fewest craftsmanship errors possible. From each regional event, one team will win and advance to Las Vegas. At nationals, they will compete for over $125,000 in cash and prizes, such as a new Ford F-250 4×4 Truck, Kubota RTV-X1140, Essick Pro12 mortar mixer, and the title “World’s Best Bricklayer.”
The second-place winner at the North East Regional was mason Ray Byers and mason tender Adam Byers with Byers Masonry. This team laid 391 bricks in 60-minutes winning them $600 and a 2-foot Stabila Level. In third place were mason John Guzy and mason tender Reed Guzy with Knowlton & Sons Masonry. With the conclusion of the competition, this team had laid 279 bricks, winning them $500 and a 2-foot Stabila Level. A fun fact about this team is they are father and son.
During the North East Bricklayer 500 Regional Event, the JR. BL500 competition took place. In this battle, masonry apprentices and students display their ability in a shortened rendition of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500, where they have the chance to win cash prizes and the “JR. BRICKLAYER 500 CHAMPION” title. Mason Samuel Berryman and his mason tender Dave with Berks Career & Tech Center East won first place. Their wall consisted of 127 bricks, winning them $150, an etched Marshalltown Trowel, and a 4-foot Stabila Level. This duo was a father-and-son team. Second place at the North East battle was mason Steven Seara and mason tender Messiah Marrero with Bullard Havens. This team was close behind the first-place team, laying 104 bricks. They received $100 and a 2-foot Stabila Level. In third place was mason Emanuel Sanabria and mason tender Bryce Breagger with Bullard Havens. This team put down 96 bricks, winning them $50 and a 2-foot Stabila Level.
In 2019, the SPEC MIX organization partnered with other masonry associations to create the Junior SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Competition. This year of the 22 Regional Series competitions, 12 will also hold Junior BRICKLAYER 500 contests that give high school and masonry apprentices the chance to compete for their state title. The program has proven remarkably successful and highly supported by the Mason Contractors Association of America, school administrators and numerous masonry supply manufacturers and dealers. To learn more, visit https://www.specmix.com/jr-spec-mix-bricklayer-500/.
If you are interested in becoming a fan, the 21st annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship will take place on January 18th, 2023, at the World of Concrete tradeshow in Las Vegas; the Las Vegas Convention Center Bronze Lot. At this competition, you will see 26 world-class masons lay it all on the line to claim their portion of the total purse valued at more than $125,000. Prizes include: a new Ford F-250 4×4 Super Duty truck, Kubota RTV-X1140, Multiquip Pro 12 Mortar Mixer, and other prizes from Hilti, IQ Power Tools, Stabila, Marshalltown, STIHL, Blaklader Workwear, and Belden Brick.
If you have any questions, or would like to set up an interview with any of the competitors, please contact Brian Carney at 612-859-4505 or by email at Brian.Carney@specmix.com
SPEC MIX is your North American source for high quality, factory produced cement-based building materials that are preblended for the construction industry. SPEC MIX products are precisely engineered to meet ASTM and building code requirements. Projects designed for the installation of brick, CMU, stone, stucco or building repair and restoration, SPEC MIX offers a full line of products packaged in 80 & 3,000-pound bags produced with state-of-the-art batching equipment to ensure quality and consistency from start to finish. For optimal jobsite efficiency, safety, and productivity, we provide contractors with numerous silo material mixing systems that maximize a contractor’s cost savings, safety and profitability. For more information, visit www.specmix.com.
2022 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 NORTHEAST REGIONAL RESULTS
|1ST PLACE||LONNIE LACAILLADE||SHAWN MCCUEN||LACAILLADE MASONRY||HUNTINGTON, VT||402 BRICKS||$1200|
|TOP CRAFTSMAN||LONNIE LACAILLADE||SHAWN MCCUEN||LACAILLADE MASONRY||HUNTINGTON, VT||402 BRICKS||$1200|
|2ND PLACE||RAY BYERS||ADAM BYERS||BYERS MASONRY||HERMINIE, PA||391 BRICKS||$600|
|3RD PLACE||JOHN GUZY||REED GUZY||KNOWLTON & SONS MASONRY||MONTROSE, PA||279 BRICKS||$500|
2022 JUNIOR SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 NORTHEAST REGIONAL RESULTS
|PLACE||MASON||TENDER||COMPANY/SCHOOL||CITY, STATE||RESULT||PRIZE AMOUNT|
|1ST PLACE||SAMUEL BERRYMAN||DAVE BERKS||CAREER & TECH CENTER EAST||OLEY, PA||127 BRICKS||$150|
|2ND PLACE||STEVEN SEARA||MESSIAH MARRERO||BULLARD HAVEN||BRIDGEPORT, CT||104 BRICKS||$100|
|3RD PLACE||EMANUEL SANABRIA||BRYCE BREAGGER||BULLARD HAVEN||BRIDGEPORT, CT||96 BRICKS||$50|
ONE MORE CHANCE TO QUALIFY
The new Wild Card Challenge will send additional Regional Series competitors to Las Vegas for the World Championship! At the end of the regional season, the bricklayers that post the top adjusted brick counts could win a FREE ride to Vegas and chance at becoming the 2022 World’s Best Bricklayer!