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Several Metrolina Chapter area NCMCA masonry contractors are working with the Southeastern Concrete Masonry Association (SCMA) and the staff at Mount Pleasant High School on a masonry workforce development initiative at the school. Former masonry instructor Ryan Shaver, now with Johnson Concrete Products, is coordinating six, hour-long “Power Block” sessions conducted during the school day during the 2017 fall semester to introduce students to all aspects of the masonry industry, culminating with a “Career Fair” recruitment event for the last session December 13th. The effort at Mount Pleasant could be a pilot program for implementation at other schools around the state. In the picture, Mount Pleasant students line up for a picture and a biscuit at the October 18th Power Block. For additional information and to learn how you can participate, contact Ryan Shaver (704) 791-5240 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Photographs by Kent Huntley

 

 

 

SigmonNCSUOct2017WEBNEWSThe 2017 NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Design Competition took place in October at NC State University in Raleigh.  Left to right, the winning team of Cassidy Putnam, Clint Ronsick, Brooke Grayson, and Nickolas Lash. The winning team shares a semester’s tuition as their prize. The competition required the team to design and model a hypothetical masonry office building. The competition is part of Professor J. Patrick Rand’s “Architectural Construction Systems” class at NC State University’s College of Design and is a graded class assignment. Fourteen teams participated. Finishing in second place was the team of Erin Kopf, Brittany Siegert, Logan Winstead, and Parker Yingling. Third place was Ross Davidson, Ethan Atherton, and Timothy Yang. The fourth-place team was Casey Calhoun, Amelia Murphy, Cam Muldrow, and Lauren Wick. NCMCA President Bob Gates and Master of Architecture graduate student Caroline Towns, a veteran of the Construction Systems course, served as judges for the event. The scholarship is named in memory of David, Randy, and Dwayne Sigmon. 2017 marks the seventeenth year for the NC State/NCMCA Sigmon design competition. Photograph by J. Patrick Rand.              VIEW ADDITIONAL EVENT PHOTOGRAPHS HERE

 

CarolinaSPECMIXwinners2017WEBNEWSLori McGee (middle) celebrates her sons’ success at the Carolina SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 Regional Qualifier in October at Tucker-Kirby Company in Charlotte. Son Wristen (right) had the most brick laid in the competition but also claimed the Top-Craftsman award for best overall wall. Wristen and his brother Kaleb (left,) who tended for Wristen, will move on to compete in the Las Vegas SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 World Championship January 24th at the World of Concrete where they will be joined by reigning World Champion, North Carolina’s Matt Cash and Toughest Tender Chet Huntley who qualify automatically for the 2018 competition. (Click here for a video about the Charlotte contest featuring Steve Bell.) Wristen has enjoyed previous success in masonry competitions. He won the NCMCA Sam McGee Memorial Apprentice Contest in both 2011 and 2012, the first person to ever win the contest twice, and won the Annual NC State Fair Apprentice Contest in 2010. He won the second-year division of the MCAA International Skills Competition in 2013. Kaleb and Wriston are with McGee Brothers Company.     CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES FROM THE TUCKER-KIRBY COMPETITION

 

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The 27th Annual NCMCA Golf Tournament was the end of September at the Mill Creek Golf & Country Club in Mebane. A hot day with a record number of participants! The Tournament is the primary funding source for the NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Design Competition at Appalachian State University and North Carolina State University. The 2017 tournament was won by the Chandler Concrete team of, left to right with winner’s plaques, Brad Stow, Steve Waltman, Randy Clayton, and Mike Roshelli pictured with NCMCA President Bob Gates, Tournament Chairman David McQueen and NCMCA President-Elect Kent Huntley on the back row. The WireBond team of Charles Byrd, Greg Cochran, John Canitano and Mike Ripley finished second. The NCMCA Tournament is always the fourth Thursday in September. CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES

 

 

MetroRecognitionNight2017WEBNEWSA disproportional number of NCMCA Metrolina Chapter (Greater Charlotte) area masons, apprentices, and masonry students won awards and contests over the last year and were recognized at a dinner in their honor along with their invited guests. Honorees received checks and hardware along with official greetings from Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) President Jeff Buczkiewicz, NCMCA President Bob Gates, and a representative from NC Eighth District Congressman Richard Hudson's office. More than 75 members and guests attended the September event in Charlotte.  In the photograph: Top row, left to right- Todd Hartsell, Central Cabarrus High School - SkillsUSA National Champion Kelby Thornton's instructor and Masonry Expert for the USA WorldSkills Team; Kent Huntley, NCMCA President-Elect and Apprenticeship and Training Committee Chairman, and a partner in Huntley Brother's Company, the firm with the 2017 NCMCA Annual Samuel A. McGee Apprentice Contest winner; Luke Dutton, McGee Brothers - Luke will represent the United States at the bi-annual 2017 WorldSkills Competition this October in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is a former National NCMCA SkillsUSA Winner; Bob Gates, NCMCA President; Jeff Buczkiewicz, Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) President; Kelby Thornton, Central Cabarrus High School - 2017 NC SkillsUSA Masonry Champion, 2017 National SkillsUSA Masonry Champion (Kelby has won both competitions for two years in a row.); Luis Marquez, Huntley Brothers Company - First Place MCAA Second Year Apprentice Contest, World of Concrete 2017; Brandon Hartsell, NCMCA Regional Vice President and Metrolina Chapter President; Chet Huntley, Huntley Brothers - 2017 "Toughest Tender" SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500.  Bottom row, left to right- Cory Huneycutt, Gates Construction Company - Fourth Place in the 2017 Samuel A. McGee Apprentice Masonry Skills Contest; Eric Kee, McGee Brothers - Fifth Place, in the 2017 Samuel A. McGee Apprentice Masonry Skills Contest; Zackary McGee, McGee Brothers - Winner of the 2016 State Fair Apprentice Contest; Matt Cash, Huntley Brothers - 2017 Champion SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 "The World's Best Bricklayer"; Jamison "JK" Huntley, Huntley Brothers - David R. Sigmon Award for First Place in the 2017 Samuel A. McGee Apprentice Masonry Skills Contest; Ellis Baucom, McGee Brothers - Second Place in the 2017 Samuel A. McGee Apprentice Masonry Skills Contest; Kaleb McGee, McGee Brothers - Third Place in the 2017 Samuel A. McGee Apprentice Masonry Skills Contest.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES

 

ShaverBlackmonDanksSeptNewBernWEBNEWSThe Eastern Carolina Chapter held their September meeting in New Bern with featured speaker Ryan Shaver. Ryan is with Carolina Stalite and is a past national high school masonry champion, high school masonry instructor and successful operator of his own masonry contracting business. He has been visiting with high school masonry instructors around the state, listening as they explain the challenges they face and the ideas they have for improving masonry instruction in North Carolina. He shared their comments and his own ideas with chapter members who are ready to help implement the ideas and suggestions. At the meeting, the chapter elected to partition the NCMCA Board of Directors to consolidate the now-defunct Coastal Chapter (Greater Wilmington) with the Eastern Carolina Chapter, which the board approved at their September meeting in Greensboro. Pictured left to right, Ryan Shaver, Chapter President Kendra Blackmon, and NCMCA Secretary-Treasurer Danks Burton. Mr. Shaver has requested NCMCA contractor members each compile a list of five skills/competencies they would like potential employees from masonry classes to demonstrate as the students are considered for employment. (For instance, the OSHA Ten-Hour completion certificate or NCCER certification.) Send your list to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ryan plans to review the compiled contractor lists with his contacts at the NC Department of Public Instruction.

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North Carolina was well represented at the August Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Mid-Year Meeting in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Pictured top, left to right, Imani Brodie Surratt, NCMCA Regional Vice President Brandon Hartsell, Past NCMCA President Gary Joyner who serves as an MCAA Regional Vice President, NCMCA President Bob Gates, MCAA Chairman Mike Sutter, NCMCA Past President Danks Burton and MCAA President Jeff Buczkiewicz. Bottom, left to right, Gary Hensley, Chris Surratt, Mike Cook, Bo Black, and NCMCA Past President Calvin Brodie. Gates Construction Company of Mooresville was recognized with an MCAA Safety Award and Danks Burton played on the team that won the annual mid-year meeting golf tournament. Imani Brodie won “longest-drive” recognition in the tournament. In mid-year committee meetings and general sessions, it is very apparent that MCAA is hard at work on behalf of every firm in the masonry business whether they are members of MCAA or not. The leadership of NCMCA encourages everyone to belong and participate in MCAA. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION

 

 

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metroawards2014gall3NCMCA sponsors and partners to provide apprenticeship contests and training each year.  The Association participates in exhibits and promotional activities to promote masonry as a great career option and as the building material of choice. 
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