In June, Statesville Brick Company continued their tradition of hosting the Western Carolina Chapter of NCMCA at their conference center on Lake Norman for steaks and fellowship. The event pre-dates NCMCA and has been held for more than fifty-five years. For 2019, members of the Metrolina Chapter also participated. NCMCA President Kent Huntley was on hand for the evening.

In June, Leland Eckard (second from left) was recognized at the annual Statesville Brick/Western Carolina Chapter outing on Lake Norman for his many years as “Senior Committee Member” of what is now called the Samuel A. McGee Memorial Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest. Leland has successfully made it his mission to solicit funding for the event year after year and gets a significant share of the credit for the competition’s great success. Leland has served on the committee for about twenty-five years. Left to right, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver, Eckard, NCMCA President Kent Huntley, and NCMCA Past President and Western Carolina Chapter President Larry Kirby.

The Chandler Concrete Team of, left to right, Neal Ragsdale, Steve Waltman, Casey Roberts, and Mark Furr are the champions of the 2019 Annual Central Piedmont Chapter Danny Koonts Memorial Golf Tournament played in June at the Lexington Golf Club.


In May, masonry students and their instructors from South Caldwell, West Caldwell and Hibriten High Schools in Caldwell County got together to build the base for a “Charters of Freedom” monument under construction at the courthouse in Lenoir. According to instructor Matt Woods, Caldwell County students are the first in the nation to construct their own “Charters of Freedom” monument. “Charters of Freedom” monuments around the country display copies of the Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. Among the participants from the masonry programs, Brady Shehan, Hunter Ervin, Owen Fox, Hunter Davidson, Ethan Surgeon, Scott Settlemyre, Matt Woods, Ben Winkler, Luke Norris, Riley Shoemake, Issac Duncan, Trenton Ford, Iseral Hendrix, Dlan Moretz, Samuel Ace and Eric Stamey.  Photo courtesy of Matt Woods

Nineteen-year-old Huntley Brothers Company apprentice Jace Huntley is the 2019 Champion of the NCMCA Annual Samuel A. McGee Memorial Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest and takes home the prestigious David R. Sigmon Award for best score in the competition. The May contest was held at Triangle Brick Company in Durham, the host for the event. The “third time is the charm” for Jace. He competed in the 2017 and 2018 contests, finishing in eighth place in 2018. 2019 completes his eligibility for the McGee contest. Winning the McGee competition earns Jace the opportunity to represent North Carolina at the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) International Skills Competition in February 2020 at the Las Vegas World of Concrete. Jace is the son of Chet and Donna Huntley. Jace began working for Huntley Brothers at age sixteen when he graduated high school. His supervisor is Robbie Watson and Chaney Huntley is his foreman. Jace works as an assistant foreman. 2019 marks four consecutive years that Huntley Brothers Company has fielded the McGee Memorial winning apprentice. 


The 2019 NCMCA Annual Samuel A. McGee Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest is in the books! Thirty-one contestants from eight NCMCA member firms competed in mid-May, hosted by the NCMCA Raleigh Chapter and Triangle Brick Company at their company headquarters in Durham. The top–ten finishers are pictured. Bottom, left to right, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver; Errol McGee, McGee Brothers Company, sixth place; Rex Huntley, Huntley Brothers Company, seventh place; Ashton White, Gates Construction Company, eighth place; Esequiel Gayton, Brodie Contractors, ninth place; and Harron McGee, McGee Brothers Company, tenth place. Top row, left to right, Contest Chairman and NCMCA President-Elect Danks Burton; Justice Isenhour, McGee Brothers Company, fifth place; Grant Helms, Helms Masonry, fourth place; Drew Huntley, Huntley Brothers Company, second place; Jace Huntley, Huntley Brothers Company, 2019 Champion and winner of the David R. Sigmon Award; Reece Hallman, McGee Brothers Company, third place; NCMCA Raleigh Chapter President Bo Black; and NCMCA President Kent Huntley.


In May, NCMCA President Kent Huntley was in Bolton Landing, NY to accept the Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute (ESCSI) prestigious 2019 Frank G. Erskine Award in recognition of NCMCA’s “outstanding contributions to the use of lightweight aggregate.” The award is named after Frank Erskine, the first Managing Director of the Institute and was presented at the ESCSI’s Midyear Meeting awards banquet. President Kent (pictured) says, “It was a privilege to represent our Association. I accepted the award from (ESCSI Chairman) Jody Wall… At the dinner, it was expressed by all of the members of ESCSI how much they appreciate our support and promotion of their product. Thank you for allowing me to represent the NCMCA and to accept this award on behalf of our Association.”  An interesting note: The base of the plaque is a composit of lightweight aggragate made by all of ESCSI producer member firms. 

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