Getting Ready for Baseball!
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The Eastern Carolina Chapter raised funds for chapter activities and projects on an early March Saturday morning by laying the concrete masonry units for two baseball field dugouts at Christ Covenant School in Winterville. Twenty-two members participated. Materials, equipment, and labor were provided by Adams/Oldcastle, Manning Masonry Inc, Joyner Masonry Works, Rush Construction, J. B. Overman Masonry, Bembridge Masonry, and RE Harris Masonry. HydroClean provided lunch. Photograph by Tim Manning.
Masonry University 2019 at Greensboro
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In February, Jason Thompson (facing,) Vice President of Engineering with the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) was a featured presenter at NCMCA’s Masonry University 2019. McGee Brothers Company hosted the session, provided as an opportunity for NCMCA certified individuals to obtain required continuing education credit, at their Greensboro facility. Thirty-two individuals participated. John Cramer of TriSure Corporation and the NCMCA Insurance Program provided a timely update on safety issues and insurance coverage and liability concerns.
A visit to Fred T. Foard
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Members of the NCMCA Western Carolina Chapter visited Fred T. Foard High School near Hickory at the end of February to present a program on construction and masonry careers to students. They also enjoyed visiting and handling trowels with students in Jeff Yount’s masonry class. Pictured, Brian Cook of Masonry Unlimited of Cherryville talks with the students. He was joined in the masonry shop by CE Moser of Adams/Oldcastle and his partner at Masonry Unlimited, Martin Browne.
Bob Wins at Las Vegas!
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NCMCA Chairman Bob Gates and Gates Construction Company got lucky in Las Vegas at the January “World of Masonry.” Bob dropped his name in the hat at the Oldcastle/Amerimix display booth on the show floor and won a new EZG Corporation Mud Hog in the “Mud Hog Giveaway by Amerimix.” On hand to take delivery at the Gates Construction Company Shop recently were, left to right, Oldcastle’s Brandon Roberts; Jeremy Eudy and Bob Gates of Gates Construction, and Patrick Jones of Oldcastle. Photo by CE Moser
SkillsUSA Rally Day at Wilkes Community College
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Jan Peleaz Garcia (left) is the winner of the North Carolina SkillsUSA “Rally Day” masonry competition held the end of February at Wilkes Community College. Garcia is a student at John F. Kennedy High School in Winston-Salem where he is instructed by Dean Bagnoni (right.) Aimar Dominguez-Noyola, also from Kennedy High School, won the Masonry One division contest. Some sixteen students participated in the masonry events. Photograph by Ryan Shaver.
Pre-Apprentices Interviewed on Video
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NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver recently interviewed some of the twenty-four students that participated in NCMCA's new Masonry Pre-Apprentice Program during the summer of 2018. The interviews are included in a new fifteen-minute video now posted on YouTube. Left to right, John F. Kennedy High School Masonry Instructor Dean Bagnoni, JFK students Keshawn Robinson, David Mendoza, Juan Antunez-Garcia, and NCMCA's Ryan Shaver. Ryan says his goal is to have at least one-hundred students participating in the summer of 2019.
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