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Central Piedmont Chapter Vice President Brent Moore sent a picture and a report on the chapter’s August outing at a Winston-Salem “Dash” minor league ballgame: “We had a Flow Executive Suite that included all you can eat, drink vouchers, a Dash Hat, popcorn, and peanuts! We had somewhere around 35-plus to show up. Thanks to our sponsors for the night! Roanoke Cement, SPEC MIX, and SafeDay!” In the picture, bottom row, left to right: Sela, Kilee, Byrd, and Colson. Top row left to right: Bear, Smith, Frederick, and Bryce.








SPI2018TIConferenceWEBNEWSHigh School masonry instructors from across North Carolina were hosted by McGee Brothers Company, NCMCA, and Adams/Oldcastle in July as part of the North Carolina Department of Education’s Annual Trade and industrial Education Summer Conference in Greensboro. Instructors heard presentations from ApprenticeshipNC, The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER,) and companies specializing in dust abatement and silica regulations.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES OF THE CONFERENCE




Caldwell County’s Jesse Fox (right) was inducted into the National Masonry Instructors Association “Hall-of-Fame” at the association’s July meeting in Gulf Shores, Alabama. He is pictured with inductee Orlando Pettway of Acme Brick Company and Barbara Mallard, who accepted the award on behalf of her late husband, instructor Raymond Mallard. A former member of NCMCA, Jessie had his own successful masonry and general contracting firm in the seventies and eighties and later moved to teaching masonry at South Caldwell High School where he produced several state and national masonry champions. He later taught at the Caldwell Career Center in Hudson, where he produced state and national champions in several construction trades. Jesse continues to participate in masonry training and contest events in Caldwell County. Photograph courtesy of Jesse Fox




 Wayne Starr passed away in late June after a long period of declining health. Wayne served as NCMCA President for the 2006-2008 term. As president, he played a major role in instituting the NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program implemented during his term. Wayne was personally NCMCA Certified and a Journeyman Mason. He was an active member of NCMCA and the Western Carolina Chapter, of which he served several terms as chapter president. In 2015, he received the Western Carolina Chapter's prestigious "Founders Award" for years of exemplary service to the chapter and to the masonry industry. In the spring of 2018, the Association Board of Directors named Wayne an “NCMCA Life Member.” Wayne was a US Army veteran and served in Viet Nam.  His awards include a Bronze Star while deployed with the 101st Airborne Division. He was 67 and lived in Hickory. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 3463, Hickory, NC 28603-3463 or the American Heart Association.  Photo courtesy of the Starr family. 




SaundersWhiteLouisvilleWEBNEWSIn June, North Carolina had a sweep at the National SkillsUSA Masonry Competition in Louisville, winning both the secondary and post-secondary contests. Ashton White representing West Rowan High School won the post-secondary division and Mason Saunders of Mount Pleasant High School won the high school event.  With Ashton and Mason's wins, North Carolina's SkillsUSA Masonry medal count now stands 36 Gold, 15 Silver, and two Bronze.  Among attendees at the SkillsUSA National Conference this week were NCMCA President Kent Huntley, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver who serves as National Chairman for the masonry contest, Metrolina Chapter Vice President Greg Huntley, West Rowan High School Masonry Instructor Rodney Harrington, Mount Pleasant High School Masonry Instructor Cody Alward, Daniel Furr of Carolina Stalite, and Todd Hartsell of Central Cabarrus High School who serves as masonry expert for the USA WorldSkills masonry team.  Christadore Cole of Connecticut finished in second and Rains Cole of Arizona finished third in the secondary division. Dean Bryce of Pennsylvania finished in second and Jake Freeman of Alabama finished third in the post-secondary division.  Also in Louisville, Kelby Thornton, who won the secondary title in 2016 and 2017 representing Central Cabarrus High School, successfully competed to represent the USA on the WorldSkills Masonry Team for the 2019 competition in Russia.  Photo by Ryan Shaver    ADDITIONAL LINKS INCLUDING PHOTOS





Mike Rogers of Michael J. Rogers Masonry sends along this photo and explanation: “This accident occurred on our job site in Asheville yesterday (June 21, 2018) at about 2:00 AM. I can’t make it up!... No one hurt.  It penetrated the wall with no vertical pours but rested, with no damage, on the wall below which had been grouted."










In mid-June, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver and one of his former masonry students, Chris Allman, now with Griffin Masonry Company, did an interview with Jamila Freelain for her “Encouraging Words” YouTube series. Ryan and Chris (pictured with Ms. Freelain) provided information and encouragement to viewers considering careers in the masonry industry.







NCMCA LOGO mark only RGB copy72ppiWhen 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.