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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.


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





Friends, employees, and family gathered with Bob and Lois Merrill in mid-August to celebrate Merrill Masonry's Sixtieth Anniversary. Daughter Debbie and her husband Steve Stout now run the company and hosted everyone for a picnic and barbecue in an Arden park. Pinnacle Masonry celebrated 25 years in business with a barbecue on July 28th and recognized office manager Janice Caldwell’s retirement on August 11 after almost 23 years with the company. Griffin Contractors in Morganton marked sixty years in business August 1st. Our records indicate Koontz Masonry in Lexington, NC, established in 1949, is the oldest member masonry contracting firm. They are not a masonry contracting firm but member Tucker-Kirby Company will celebrate its one-hundredth year in 2018.





Left to right, NCMCA Chairman Ashlee K. Moore, Central Piedmont Chapter President Sabrina K. Beck, and Starling Johnson-Kaklamanos were among those attending the Central Piedmont Chapter's night at the ball park for a social that took the place of their regular August chapter meeting. The Winston-Salem Dash lost to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in a game played at home in BB&T Ball Park. The event was sponsored by Hohmann and Barnard, SafeDay Inc., and Roanoke Cement.  Photo by Brent Moore







North Carolina claimed another Masonry Gold Medal at the 53rd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in June at Louisville. Seventeen-year-old Kelby Thornton, a recent graduate of Central Cabarrus High School, claimed the national title for the second year in a row. With Kelby’s win, North Carolina’s medal count now stands at 34 Gold, 15 Silver, and 2 Bronze. Pictured, left to right: National technical committee member Al Herndon; Postsecondary/college Bronze-Ramon Vargas, Arizona; High School Bronze-Cole Christadore, Connecticut; High School Gold Medalist-Kelby Thornton, Central Cabarrus High School, Concord, NC; Post-Secondary/college-Gold-Jake Freeman, Alabama; Postsecondary/college-Silver-Ronald Vann, Pennsylvania; High School-Silver-Elijah Williams, Virginia; and national technical committee chairman Ryan Shaver, Johnson Concrete Products, Salisbury.  Kelby's masonry instructor is Todd Hartsell, who accompanied him to the Louisville competition.  Photo courtesy SkillsUSA  



NCInstructorsNewOfficersJuly2017WEBNEWSAs part of the North Carolina Department of Public Educations’ annual Summer Conference for Career, Trade and Industrial Education, in July NCMCA, the Southeastern Concrete Masonry Association (SCMA) and McGee Brothers Company hosted masonry instructors from across the state at McGee Brothers Company’s Greensboro facility for demonstrations, lunch, and a business meeting for the North Carolina Masonry Instructors Association. The instructors elected new association officers for the 2017-2019 term. In the photo, NCMCA President Bob Gates, second from right, congratulates new instructors’ association president Rodney Harrington, third from left, on his new assignment. Harrington is masonry instructor at West Rowan High School. Left to right, Todd Hartsell, out-going president, Central Cabarrus High School; secretary Cody Alward, Mount Pleasant High School; Harrington; vice-president Scott Settlemyre, South Caldwell High School; second vice-president Rufus Terry, J. F. Webb High School; Gates; and association treasurer Eric Stamey, Hibriten High School.



NCMCA’s first executive manager, Eleanor Flowers Upton, passed away June 11th after a brief and unexpected illness. She was 82 and lived in Raleigh. Along with her husband Robert, who died in 2016, Ms. Upton and her firm, Upton Associates in Raleigh, managed the Association from shortly after its inception in the early seventies until late 1997. READ HER OBITURARY HERE In the picture, then-NCMCA President Doug Burton (left) presented Ms. Upton with a Waterford crystal bowl at the 1998 NCMCA convention banquet in Charlotte in appreciation for her service to NCMCA and the masonry industry. At the same time, Burton announced that the NCMCA award for outstanding service by associate members would from that day forward be known as the “Eleanor Flowers Upton” award. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Christ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 25759, Raleigh NC 27611-5778, the Basil Tucker Scholarship Fund, 3733 Benson Drive, Raleigh NC 27609 or the charity of one's choice.



NCMCA LogoWhen you review the list of NCMCA benefits and services, you'll understand why Association members across the Carolinas and Virginia consider NCMCA membership to be an important investment in their companies and in their industry.

Contests And Events

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. 
Check the NCMCA Events Schedule for opportunities to participate.