Madison County High School student Ryan Thorpe (left) received "hands-on" bricklaying experience from NCMCA Western Regional Vice President Don Caldwell at the fall NC DOT Construction Career Fair. The mid-October event attracted high school students, teachers and school administrators from all over western North Carolina to the two-day event at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Waynesville. Members of the NCMCA Land of the Sky Chapter manned the hands-on exhibit for both days.



In October, NCMCA traveled to Appalachian State University in Boone for the Ninth Annual NCMCA/ASU Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Design Competition. Nine teams of two designed, drew details, modeled and described hypothetical masonry infill building projects as a graded assignment in Associate Professor D. Jason Miller’s “Architectural Design Studio III” class. For the competition and awards, the projects were judged by NCMCA and a design professional. First place and winners of a semester’s scholarship split between them are Delaney Marion and Nolan Markovich. Second Place went to Weston Locke and Matthew Panko followed by Mason Hill and Winter Money; and Davis Marsh and Angel Martinez respectively. Top finishers received professional masonry tools as consolation prizes. Pictured left to right, judges for the competition Chelsea Helms, ASU Assistant Professor of Interior Design; NCMCA President Kent Huntley; winner Delaney Marion; ASU Associate Professor D. Jason Miller, AIA, Program Director of Building Science with daughter Vivian; winner Nolan Markovich; and competition judge Chad Davis of Griffin Masonry.  


In October, NCMCA participated in a “hands-on” demonstration of masonry operations and procedures for North Carolina Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health inspectors and staff at McKimmon Center in Raleigh. NC OSHA officials from across the state had an opportunity to lay brick and participate in a question and answer panel discussion featuring several NCMCA masonry contractor members. In the photo, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver prepares participants to lay some brick. Sean Loftis of Carolina Masonry Unlimited coordinated the two-day event. Also participating from NCMCA were Bill Marsh, David McQueen, Danks Burton, Kevin O’Shea and Bo Black. Ryan Shaver reports NCMCA made several good contacts during the event, which should result in future collaborations between NC OSHA and NCMCA, and says, “I am sure that they left with a more positive view on the masonry industry. I had multiple folks come up to me and say how much that they enjoyed the training.”  Photo by Sean Loftis

In October, Custom Brick & Supply Company hosted the NCMCA Raleigh Chapter for the Second Annual Raleigh Chapter Milburnie Fishing Camp outing and cookout. Some sixty chapter members and guest enjoyed steaks and fixings at the historic fishing camp, which began in 1913 on land granted to the Hinton family by King George around 1730. Pictured, left to right, Ben Aiken and Steve Frazier with Custom Brick; NCMCA Secretary Treasurer and Raleigh Chapter President Bo Black; Grant Fisher, Tom Fisher and Ray Walls of Custom Brick.



Jay Wilson (center) was recognized at the NCMCA Triad Chapter's September meeting in Burlington. Wilson retired from Scott Stone August 1st after thirty-one years. He began as a Scott Stone truck driver and moved into sales in 1996. He has served as Triad Chapter treasurer for about nineteen years. Jay says, “It has been my pleasure to serve the masonry industry, and will miss all of my friends in the industry.” NCMCA President Kent Huntley (left) and Triad Chapter President and Past NCMCA President Red McAdams (right) were among the well-wishers attending the dinner. And while it hasn't drawn much attention, President McAdams, well past traditional retirement age, is also now somewhat retired, having shut down his company, McAdams Masonry. He works now helping friends in the masonry business "when I feel like it."

The Lehigh Cement team of, left to right, Chris Simpson, Mike Rochelle, Randy Clayton and Steve Walkman are the champions of the 2019 North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association Annual Fall Golf Tournament fundraiser for the NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Program and other Association projects promoting masonry. Finishing in second was the Palmetto Brick Team of Dwayne Bryant, Tom Hughes, Scott Wilson, and Alex Hunter followed in third place by the 2018 defending champion WireBond team of Mike Ripley, Wade Humes, Greg Cochran and Mike McConnaughey. On course competition winners: "Beat the Pro"- Jake Burton; "Straightest Drive"- Preston Steele; "Senior Straightest Drive"- Randy Clayton; and "Closest to the Pin"- Wade Humps. Gregory Poole Equipment Company provided the Hole-in-One prize, a CAT 236D skid steer loader. It went unclaimed. The September 26th tournament was played at the Mill Creek Golf & Country Club in Mebane. Golfers enjoyed nice weather, great fellowship and a chicken barbecue prepared by the Argos USA Cement team. Mark your calendar for the 2020 tournament: always the fourth Thursday in September.


NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver (center) and NCMCA President Kent Huntley (not pictured) visited Keith Olsen’s carpentry class at Independence High School in Charlotte on the first day of fall. Presently, there are no masonry classes in Charlotte Mecklenburg schools but meeting the carpentry students and faculty at Independence may prove to be a good first step in instituting programs within CMS. Photo by Kent Huntley

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