Wire Bond are new NCMCA Golf Champions
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Tournament Chairman David McQueen has announced the results of the 2018 NCMCA Annual Fall Golf Classic. The Wire Bond Team (pictured left to right) of Mike McConnaughey, Wade Humes, Greg Cochran, and Mike Ripley are the new NCMCA Golf Tournament Champions. Second Place – The Chandler Concrete Team - Mike Roshelli, Randy Clayton, Steve Waltman, and Brad Stowe. Third Place – The Brodie Contractors Team - Calvin Brodie, Chase Werner, Matt Spitzer, and Frank Werner. Golfers enjoyed a warm fall day at Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane capped with a barbecue chicken dinner provided by Argos USA. Proceeds from the tournament help fund the Sigmon Memorial Scholarship design competitions at NC State University and Appalachian State University as well as other masonry promotional efforts. Mark the calendar for the 2019 tournament Thursday, September 26. Always the fourth Thursday in September.
MasonryUnlimited of Cherryville Hosts Dinner
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As the new school year gets underway, member firm Masonry Unlimited of Cherryville hosted their local area high school masonry instructors, Career & Trade Education (CTE) Directors and other school officials for dinner in early September at the Cherryville Golf and Country Club. NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver presented the program and explained NCMCA’s partnership with ApprenticeshipNC to provide a new pre-apprentice program now available for high school masonry students. Pictured left to right, Jonathan Blanton, Shelby High School; host Brian Cook, Masonry Unlimited of Cherryville; Stan Hayes, Bessemer City High School; Jeff Yount, Fred T. Foard High School; Shaver; host Martin Browne, Masonry Unlimited of Cherryville; Chuck Austin, Forestview High School; and Richard Shull, Burns Senior High School. Shaver encourages other masonry contractors across the state to host similar events for schools in their area.
Mike Rogers Talks Silica
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Member Mike Rogers (pictured) of Michael J. Rogers Masonry in Pisgah Forest has taken several training classes and done extensive personal research concerning the US Department of Labor OSHA revised silica control and exposure standards. He considers the time he has invested to be essential for his own firm. At the August meeting of the NCMCA Land of the Sky Chapter, Mike shared what he has learned and provided an extensive presentation to help fellow NCMCA members become more aware of the implications of the new standards. His comments included an enthusiastic endorsement of Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) membership and the classes and services MCAA provides for silica regulations compliance. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Central Piedmont Takes in the Game
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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.
DPI Summer Conference 2018
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High 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
Instructors' Hall-of-Fame Inducts Fox
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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
Russell Wayne Starr 1950-2018
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