Kluttz Wins at Las Vegas

    Christian Kluttz (left,) an apprentice with Huntley Brothers Company of Mint Hill, is the winner of the 2023 Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Masonry Skills Challenge, Third Year Division, held at the Las Vegas World of Concrete in January.  He is pictured with Chet Huntley of Huntley Brothers Company.  Kluttz, a former Mount Pleasant High School masonry student, won the right to represent North Carolina in the Skills Challenge by winning the May 2022 NCMCA Annual Samuel A. McGee Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest.  Finishing in second place in the third-year division was Garrick Manning of Columbus, Ohio followed by Douglas Stamper of Merrillville, Indiana in third place.  Melvin Marroquin of Warren, Michigan won the first-year division and Ryan Newton of St. Louis won the second-year division in the MCAA Skills Challenge.  At Las Vegas, Kluttz also won the SPEC MIX Jr. Bricklayer competition.  Christian Kluttz lives in Mount Pleasant and is the son of Kima and David Kluttz.   Photo by Jodi Helms

    Murdell 2023

    The team of, left to right, Konner Klingenberg, Jimmy Wall, Doug Burton, and Drew Burton are the winners of the three-day Twenty-Third Annual NCMCA Raleigh Chapter “Murdell” Golf Tournament held in January along the Grand Strand of South Carolina.  Event Chairman Doug Burton says, “Twenty-third trip for us to Murdell and we have raised (more than) $112,000 which has, or is, all going to masonry promotions.  Good event, good cause, low overhead.”  Sponsors include Tucker Kirby Company, Brodie Contractors, P&D Architectural Precast, Reed & Crocker, LLC, Custom Brick & Supply, Fay Block Materials, Frank Werner, Gates Construction Company, Hydro Rents Carolina, Jeb Burton, Johnson Concrete Products, Lafarge Holcim, Palmetto Brick Company, Pinnacle Masonry, Scaffold Mart, SPEC MIX, and Whitman Masonry.  There were forty-six participants.  2023 marks the thirty-fourth year for the Raleigh annual golf tournament. Photo courtesy of the Raleigh Chapter

    Metrolina Chapter Recognition Night 2022

    Group of students with certificates posing for a picture

    Students and apprentices who won various masonry competitions over the past twelve months, along with their parents, employers, and “significant others,” were hosted for a “low-country-boil” early in November at The Farmstead wedding venue in Mount Pleasant by the NCMCA Metrolina Chapter. Pictured, left to right, Metrolina Chapter President and NCMCA Central Region Vice President Brandon Hartsell along with the top finishers from the May 2022 Samuel A. McGee Memorial Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest; Cam Hill, fifth place; Christian Klutz, Contest Champion; Cade Huntley, second place; Mason Saunders, fourth place; and Kent Huntley, whose firm, Huntley Brother Company, was recognized for having the contest’s winning apprentice. Winners from state and national contests were also recognized.  Photo Jodi Helms  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITION EVENT PICTURES

    Design Competition at NC State

    Four students at the design competition at NC State

    In October, twelve teams competed in the 2022 NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Masonry Design Competition at NC State University. Teams designed a hypothetical in-fill building section as a graded assignment for Professor Dana Gulling’s “Architectural Construction Systems” class. Pictured, winning team members Callie Leloudis and Emma DeMagistris standing, and Wayne Evans and Christian Gonzalez. NCMCA Eastern Regional Vice President Doug Burton and Executive Vice President Ryan Shaver served as competition judges. The winning project earned a semester’s in-state tuition divided among the team members. Runner-up teams received a selection of quality masonry tools. 2022 marks the 22nd year for the competition at NCSU and the 11th at Appalachian State University. The scholarship is primarily funded by the annual NCMCA fall golf tournament and is named in memory of brothers David and Dwayne Sigmon and Dwayne’s son Randy. Photo by Doug Burton


    ASU Sigmon Design Competition 2022

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    In October, seven teams competed in the 2022 NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Masonry Design contest at Appalachian State University. Teams designed hypothetical infill office façades as a graded assignment for Professor Qingqing Sun’s program in the Department of Sustainable Technology & the Built Environment at ASU. Pictured, left to right, NCMCA Executive Vice President Ryan Shaver, who served as a judge for the competition, and the winning team of seniors Chaney Lowe, Fin Fifield, and James Zody, and NCMCA Past President Kent Huntley, another contest judge. Architect and ASU Adjunct Professor David Conklin also served as a competition judge. The winning project, titled “NCMCA Art Building/Technical Masonry” earned a semester’s in-state tuition divided among the team members. Runner-up teams received a selection of quality masonry tools. 2022 marks the eleventh year for the competition at ASU and the twenty-first year at North Carolina State University. The scholarship is primarily funded by the annual NCMCA fall golf tournament and is named in memory of brothers David and Dwayne Sigmon and Dwayne’s son Randy.


    68th Annual NC State Fair Masonry Apprentice Contest

    Participants at the NC state fair masonry apprentice contest

    Colter McGee, an apprentice with McGee Brothers Company in Monroe, is the Champion of the 68th Annual North Carolina State Fair Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest for 2022. Pictured left to right, Kathryn Castelloes, Director, ApprenticshipNC; David Smith, Senior Deputy Commissioner, NC Department of Agriculture; new champion Colter McGee; and contest chairman, Calvin Brodie. The rest of the top five respectively were Cade Huntley of Huntley Brothers Company, Anderson Pruett of Helms Masonry, Alec Huntley of Huntley Brothers Company, and Chance Reynolds of McGee Brothers Company. Thirty-five apprentices from nine NCMCA member firms competed. Photo by Jodi Helms.


    Masonry Education Day 2022

    Two regional winners at the spec mix with award and certificate

    With an adjusted count of 742 brick laid in one hour, the team of tender Ben Bost (left) and mason Wriston McGee of McGee Brothers Company won the October Carolina Qualifier for the upcoming 2023 Las Vegas SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 World Championship. Wriston will be making a return trip to Las Vegas having also qualified in 2021. The regional qualifier was part of the Sixth Annual Masonry Education Day at Stalite’s Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill. Some five hundred students from across North Carolina participated in hands-on exhibits and competitions, met potential employers, and enjoyed a hotdog lunch provided by Johnson Concrete Products. In the qualifier, the team of Keith Helms with tender Scott Helms won “Top Craftsman” recognition. Second place went to the team of Grant Helms with tender Anderson Pruett followed by Cody Alward with tender Hazen Alward in third place. With an adjusted count of 293, the East Rowan High School team of Mason Ridenhour with tender Braxton Smith won the Jr. SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 followed by mason Israel Burgarin and tender Leslie Maldonado of Columbus Career & College Academy in second place and the West Rowan High School team of mason O’Connor Leonard and tender Dillion Smith in third place. Photo by Judy Johnson


    2022 NCMCA Fall Golf Tournament

    A team holding certificate at NCMCA Fall golf tournament

    Committee Chairman David McQueen, pictured left, announced that the Kirby Construction Services team is the winner of the 2022 NCMCA Annual Fall Golf Tournament in September at the Mill Creek Golf & Country Club in Mebane. Pictured left to right, Chairman McQueen, team member Joe Norman, committee member Chris Mitchell, team captain Larry Kirby, committee member Dwayne Bryant, and team members Larry Chapman and Brian Nelson. Finishing in second place, the Adams/Oldcastle team of Eddie Jordon, Rob Haas, Brian Smith, and Carlos Leon. Third Place went to the Whitman Masonry team of Doug Burton, Bill Reed, Jimmy Wall, and Ken Armistead. “Closest to the Pin” recognitions went to Wade Hume, Heber Aldridge, and Steve Wheeler. Randy Clayton won the “Longest Drive” contest. Chairman McQueen expressed appreciation to all the sponsors including Argos USA for the barbecue chicken dinner and EZG Manufacturing for arranging the EZG Mudhog Mixer hole-in-one prize (that once again went unclaimed.) Proceeds from the tournament fund the NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Design Scholarships at NC State and Appalachian State universities.  Photo by Jodi Helms.   CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL EVENT PHOTOGRAPHS

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