2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Remaining Regional Schedule

Words: Dan Kamys

2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Remaining Regional Schedule

The official 2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional calendar includes 12 remaining events from October, going forward. Masons can take up their trowels and decide who is going to compete for the title of “The World’s Best Mason.” The bricklaying competition consists of competing masonry teams, each with a mason and mason tender building a 26-foot, double-wythe brick wall.

The most bricks laid and counted under the quality rules wins the event. The winning Regional teams (competitions began in June) will go to Las Vegas on Feb. 4, 2015, to attend the World of Concrete/World of Masonry held in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, they will compete in the 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National Event. This event has the world’s largest masonry competition cash and prize list, valued at more than $100,000.

The 2014 season has been a year of firsts for the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 program. At the 2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National competition, one South Carolina mason, Jerry Goodman, won both top honors: First Place and the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN Award. The double win was the first time that has happen in the existence of the program. On the Regional level another first occurred, this year will be largest Regional Schedule ever, with 23 Regional qualifying competitions set on the calendar. Regional competition dates run June through December at various locations throughout North America.

Established to showcase the skill, craftsmanship and pride of the masonry trade, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is a bricklaying contest requiring all masons to meet the quality standards of the event. Each two-person team has 60 minutes to lay as many bricks as possible on a 26-foot, eight-inch-long, double-wythe brick wall that is constructed by following strict rules and procedures.

The competition has four awards. First, second and third places are based on the highest net brick count meeting the quality standards. The 4th award, and arguably considered the most coveted prize, the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, is judged the most sellable wall with over 500 brick laid and zero point deductions. It has the second-highest award purse and can be won in tandem with each of the other prizes. Whether the competition is for a Regional Qualifying event or the National Championship, the walls are closely evaluated by carefully selected masonry officials carrying several years of bricklaying experience and training.

Be sure to become involved or attend the event, either as a masonry competitor, judge, volunteer, masonry student or as a trade fan. It’s an opportunity to network, support and promote the great trade of masonry in your area.


SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 Regional – Oklahoma

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Tulsa Technology Center – 3420 South Memorial Drive – Tulsa, OK 74147

Contact: Carson Wann (918) 230-6124 or Trey Harris (214) 728-4592

SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856


SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Ontario

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Conestoga College – 108 University Avenue East – Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W2

Contact: Dean Garbutt (519) 240-7265

SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856


SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Pennsylvania

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Time: 2:30 PM

Location: Fizzano Brothers Concrete Products – 1776 Chester Pike – Crum Lynne, PA 19022

Contact: John Paci (610) 656-1608 or Ed Owens (804) 291-8417

SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856


SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Illinois

Date: Friday, October 10, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: District Council Training Center IL - 2140 W Corporate Dr, Addison, IL 60101

Contact: Mike Rolf (414) 640-1373 or Shawn O’Malley (708) 476-3486 or Matt Pfotenhauer (630) 707-8200

SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856


SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – California

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Calstone / Peninsula Products – 1175 Aster Ave. – Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Contact: Rob Dyer – (510) 861-8067

SPEC MIX Manager: Tom Peterson (612) 750-8653


SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – N. Carolina

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Tucker-Kirby Co. – 3825 Wilkinson Blvd – Charlotte, NC 28208

Contact: Troy Crosby (864) 414-0461 or Ryan Coyne (404) 702-5944

SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856


SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – New Jersey

Date: Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Sparta Block – 477 Woodport Rd. – Sparta Township, NJ 07871

Contact: Dan Scott (201) 415-7748 or John Mulvaney (973) 229-0201

SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856


SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – North Texas

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: ACME / Featherlite – 3815 Singleton Blvd. – Dallas, TX 75212

Contact: Trey Harris (214) 728-4592

SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856


SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – South Texas

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Headwaters Construction Materials – 2088 FM 949 – Alleyton, TX 78935

Contact: Trey Harris (214) 728-4592

SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856


SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Alabama

Date: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Willcutt Block & Supply Co., Inc. – 1201 Kicker Rd East. - Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

Contact: Rich Brand (205) 215-9759 or Ryan Coyne (404) 702-5944

SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856


SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Alberta

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: So. Alberta Inst. of Tech – Thomas Riley Building, 1301-16Ave NW – Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

Contact: Tom Bartley (403) 651-0650

SPEC MIX Manager: Tom Peterson (612) 750-8653


SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Arizona

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Phoenix Brick – 1814 South 7th Ave – Phoenix, AZ 85007

Contact: Dennis Berger (623) 764-8369

SPEC MIX Manager: Tom Peterson (612) 750-8653


The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 program relies on a family of outstanding sponsors who support the programs efforts in KEEPING THE TRADE STRONG.


Platinum Level Sponsors

SPEC MIX, Inc.

Ford Trucks

Masonry Construction

Hydro Mobile

QUIKRETE

Multiquip

Belden Brick


Gold Level Sponsors

Prism Pigments

Marshalltown Company

STIHL, Inc.

Mason Contractors Association of America

Crick Tools

i.Q. Power Tools

Beta Max Hoists

National Concrete Masonry Association

For more information, contact Jeff Farmakes with SPEC MIX Inc. at 651-994-7120 or jfarmakes@specmix.com. You also can visit www.specmixbricklayer500.com and www.worldofconcrete.com.


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