A project named “Modern Monument” is the November winner of the 2021 NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Design Competition at Appalachian State University.
NCMCA Chairman Kent Huntley, along with Griffin Masonry’s Chad Davis reviewed and judged the projects, which are a graded assignment of Dr. Chad Everhart’s Architectural Design Studio III / Integrated Design Studio. Huntley and Davis were joined by ASU Professor Jason Miller and architect Phillip Jefferson, Program Director/Associate Professor at Wake Technical Community College to make comments about the projects and to announce the winners.  The winning team of Daniel Kahill, Javier Fuentes and Shea Marlowe will share a semester’s in-state tuition as their prize. Second Place went to the team of Jordan Runnion, Daniel Scruggs, and Camden Seybert. Third place went to Natalie Black, and Jackson Sloane, and fourth place went to Aidan Davis-Mercer, Spencer Fox-Davis, and Emma Havmoeller. Runner-up teams received quality masonry tools as their prizes. 2021 marks the eleventh year for the competition at ASU.

In November, the Metrolina Chapter held its Annual Recognition Night dinner to honor local apprentices who have won masonry competitions over the last year. Pictured top, left to right, Metrolina Chapter President Brandon Hartsell; North Carolina Eighth District US Congressman Richard Hudson who was on hand to help congratulate the apprentices and provided comments; Mason Saunders of Huntley Brothers Company who won the October Annual North Carolina State Fair Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest and placed second in the May 2021 NCMCA Samuel A. McGee Memorial Apprentice Skills Contest; Grant Helms of Helms Masonry, winner of the 2021 Sam McGee Memorial Contest with a rare perfect score and winner of the 2021 Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Apprentice Challenge Skills Contest, third year, at Las Vegas in June; NCMCA President Danks Burton; and MCAA Chairman Paul Oldham who flew in from Indiana for the event. Bottom, left to right, Grant Haney of McGee Brothers Company, who finished in third place at the State Fair Contest; Christian Kluttz of Huntley Brothers Company, fourth place in the Sam McGee Contest; Bayden Huntley, Huntley Brothers Company, second place in the State Fair Contest and fifth place in the Sam McGee contest; and NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver. Cyress Brown won third place in the Sam McGee Contest but was not present for the picture. The apprentices and their families were hosted for a low country boil dinner prepared by chef and journeyman mason Jerry Talley and sponsored by Huntley Brothers Company, the Metrolina Chapter, and the Porter Family's Farmstead Wedding Venue in Mount Pleasant. The event included special recognition of Veterans Day.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES

CLICK HERE to view and download a great collection of pictures from the October 29, 2021 Fifth Annual North Carolina Masonry Education Day at Stalite's Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill.  Photographs by Judy Johnson, Steve Bell, Ashton White, Fred Mason, Jodi Helms, and the SPEC MIX crew.

NCMCA Metrolina Chapter President Brandon Hartsell has announced the team of (left to right) Mike Cook, Brandon Roberts, Chet Huntley, and Greg Huntley are the winners of the chapter golf tournament held at the Mooresville Municipal Golf Course November 2, 2021. President Brandon expressed appreciation to tournament sponsors: Adams/Oldcastle, Johnson Concrete Products, Carolina Firestop, P & D Architectural Precast, MSC Masonry Construction, General Shale, ACT Equipment, The Metrolina Chapter of NCMCA, Palmetto Brick, L&D Kirby Investments, Lynn Ladder & Scaffolding, Pyramid Masonry, Cast Stone Systems, Jollay Masonry, Tucker-Kirby Company, Argos USA, R & N Construction, Wire-Bond, Chandler Concrete, Lehigh Hanson, Gates Construction Company, Carolina Masonry & Concrete, Taylor Clay Products, Brand Safway, Holcim US, Hydro Rents, Vega Construction Company, and Triangle Brick.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICTURES FROM THE TOURNAMENT

With an adjusted total of 745 brick layed, the McGee Brothers Company team of mason Wriston McGee (right) and tender/brother Haran McGee have earned the opportunity to compete in the Las Vegas SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 in January 2022 at the World of Concrete by winning the North Carolina qualifier at Stalite’s Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill October 29th. 2021 marks Wriston’s third time qualifying for the World Championship. Twelve local teams competed. The SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN award, which goes to the mason with the “most sellable” wall, went to mason David Kelly and mason tender Nick Campbell of Kelly Masonry in Pendleton, SC. Second place went to the brother team of mason Zach McGee and tender Grayson McGee, also with McGee Brothers Company with 598 total brick. Third place went to mason Grant Helms and tender Justice Isenhour of Helms Masonry of Mt. Pleasant with a brick count of 571. As an apprentice, Wriston McGee won what is now known as the Sam McGee Memorial Contest in 2011 and 2012. He won the Annual North Carolina State Fair Contest in 2010. His brother and tender Haran won the state fair contest in 2017. The 20th annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship will be held January 19th, 2022 at the World of Concrete expo in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of SPEC MIX. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ABOUT THE COMPETITION

The West Rowan High School Team of Peyton Summerall, tender (left) and Anderson Pruitt, mason, won the October 29th SPEC MIX Jr. Bricklayer 500 regional contest at the Fifth Annual Masonry Education Day held at Stalite’s Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill. The North Stanly High School Team of mason Nathaniel Myers and tender Tad Johnson finished in second place and third place went to the Columbus Career & College Academy team of mason Annayeli Dioniso and tender Leslie Maldonado.  Photo courtesy of SPEC MIX.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE ABOUT THE CAROLINA EVENT

At an October recognition dinner held in Asheville, NCMCA announced David Bass as the recipient of the 2020 NCMCA Eleanor Flowers Upton Award for long-term distinguished and exceptional service and dedication to the Association and the masonry industry by an associate member. The Upton Award selection committee approved David Bass's nomination in early 2020 and had planned to announce and present the award at the 2020 annual NCMCA spring convention that was canceled because of the pandemic. A video announcement was prepared in the summer of 2021 and was debuted at the Asheville dinner. Pictured left to right, the most recent previous Upton Award recipient from 2018, David McQueen; 2020 honoree David Bass, his wife Kim, and their son JD.  David Bass is retired from Adams/Oldcastle, Asheville.   CLICK HERE TO WATCH NCMCA'S PRERECORDED ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE AWARD

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