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Masonry Madness 2014
Masonry Madness Day Recognizes World’s Best Masons
Masonry Madness Day was held during the World of Concrete/World of Masonry tradeshow in Las Vegas on Jan. 22. Masonry Madness sent home many happy masons with smiles on their faces, money in their pockets, and “World’s Best” titles attached to their names.
A theme created by SPEC MIX Inc. to promote the masonry trade, Masonry Madness Day is a collection of the most intense, exciting masonry competitions in the world. The action started with the MCAA’s Masonry Skills Challenge, followed by the SPEC MIX Toughest Tender and Fastest Trowel on the Block competitions that set up the main event, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500.
Considered the largest tradesmen event in the world, Masonry Madness Day attracts more than 4,000 attendees that fill a 90,000-square-foot arena. The centerpiece is the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500, which awards the day’s grand prize, a new Ford F250 SuperDuty, 4x4 Truck. This year’s events had a focus on supporting workforce development in the industry. In addition, there were several masonry application live learning demonstrations hosted by the International Masonry Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association and the Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association.
For the first time, the top two awards of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National Championship were claimed by a father-daughter team, mason Jerry Goodman and his mason tender, daughter Heidi Albea. He laid 644 bricks and won the titles “World’s Best Bricklayer” and “Top Craftsman” (see “BRICKLAYER 500 Winner Jerry Goodman”). Jerry and Heidi won a new 2014 Ford F-250 XLT 4x4 Crew Cab pick-up, $10,000 in cash and prizes including a Essick Pro12 Mortar Mixer, two STIHL-TS 500i Cutquik cut-off machines, two loaded Marshalltown tool bags and trophy trowel, two IQ360 14-inch masonry saws with its Smart Cart accessory, two Crick custom levels and two 10-packs of Gatorback Mortarboards.
The Second Place overall winner was Steve Cleveland, age 39, with Midwest Masonry, Mundelein, Ill., who laid 604 brick without any deductions. Steve won $4,000 cash, a STIHL-TS 420 Cutquik cut-off machine, a loaded Marshalltown tool bag, a custom Crick level and a 10-pack of Gatorback Mortarboards. Cleveland, a veteran competitor and winner of the 2013 SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN award, was paired with mason tender Sedat Supurgeci.
The Third Place overall winner was 44 year old, mason Filipe Orfao from Cambridge, Ontario, who is with the Res Group of Companies, located in Cookstown, Ontario. Filipe, a veteran competitor, laid 588 brick and his mason tender was his brother Jose Orfao of Hamilton, Ontario. Filipe won $3,000 in cash, a $700 STIHL gift certificate, a loaded Marshalltown tool bag, a custom Crick level, and a 10-pack of Gatorback Mortarboards.
To earn a seat at the Championship event, the bricklayers had to win one of 16 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional qualifying competitions the SPEC MIX organization held in 2013 throughout the United States and Canada. The 2014 qualifying Regional schedule will be released in early-summer of this year. Visit www.specmixbricklayer500.com.
MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block
In this top block-layer smack down, masons pushed their skills and endurance to the limit for 20 grueling minutes of pure excitement. The event consisted of 18 teams that include one mason and two mason tenders that function like a well-oiled machine. Sponsored by the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) and supported by AZ Best Block of Phoenix and SPEC MIX Inc., the competitors battled for a total purse of more than $15,000 in cash and sponsor prizes.
First Place: Mason Irvin Willoughby of Pascal Robertson Masonry Inc., Sorrento, Fla., won First Place with a count of 126 block that earned Irvin $8,000 in cash, a $500 STIHL certificate, a trophy and additional sponsor prizes.
Second Place: Mason Kris Belinte, of Native American Bricklayers, Chandler, Ariz. Kris laid 115 block and won $2,500 in cash, a $300 STIHL certificate, a trophy and additional sponsor prizes.
Third Place: Mason Pascal Robertson, with Pascal Robertson Masonry Inc., Sorrento, Fla., with 118 block laid. Pascal won $1,500 in cash, a $100 STIHL certificate, a trophy and additional sponsor prizes.
SPEC MIX Toughest Tender
The world’s top mason tenders compete for the fastest time setting up their SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 workstation. The SPEC MIX Toughest Tender winner was Tony Shelton of Creative Masonry, Jonesborough, Tenn. Tony won the $2,500 in cash, a trophy and additional sponsor prizes.
MCAA’s Masonry Skills Challenge
The crowd saw top bricklayer apprentices in their first, second and third year of training showcase their skills as they stepped-up their game in this three-hour bricklaying competition.
First Year Apprentice: Mason apprentice Kelton McGee of McGee Brothers Inc., Monroe, N.C., took First Place in 1st year to win $750 in cash, a trophy and additional sponsor prizes.
Second Year Apprentice: Mason apprentice Raymond Wilk, District Council Training Center Inc., Addison, Ill., took First Place in 2nd year to win $750 in cash, a trophy and additional sponsor prizes.
Third Year Apprentice: Mason apprentice Kale Hallman, of McGee Brothers Inc., Monroe, N.C., took First Place in 3rd year to win $750 in cash, a trophy and additional sponsor prizes.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 18:40|