Two NCMCA member firms apprentices successfully competed in the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) International Skills Competition at the January World of Masonry in Las Vegas. Jamison “JK” Huntley of Huntley Brothers Company (left) won First Place/Second Year Division and Grant Helms of Helms Masonry (right) won Second Place/First Year Division. JK won the First Year Division at the 2018 contest. Pictured standing, left to right, Tim Huntley, JK’s father; NCMCA President Kent Huntley; Rodney Harrington, Grant’s high school masonry instructor; Holly, Jodi, and Scott Helms, Grant’s mother, sister, and father; and 2018 SkillsUSA National Masonry Champion Ashton White. Finishing first in the First Year Division was Mason Lovell of Tennessee and finishing first in the Third Year Division was Tyler Hack of Indiana.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL NCMCA PICTURES


The Late Robert L. “Bob” Merrill was formally inducted into the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Masonry Hall of Fame in January at the MCAA Convention Closing Banquet in Las Vegas. Mr. Merrill founded Merrill Masonry in Brevard in 1967 and was among the founding fathers of NCMCA. He served as NCMCA’s fourth president in 1977. In addition to his commitment to the masonry profession, he was noted for extraordinary service to his community and his extensive charitable activities. His son-in-law, Steve Stout, introduced Mr. Merrill to the banquet attendees. Six honorees were inducted for 2019: South Carolina masonry instructor Alonza Lewis; masonry contractor Angelo Tedesco, Sr., material supplier Clem Hellman (deceased,) masonry contractor Kenny Foeste (deceased,) and masonry contractor Mike Sutter in addition to Merrill.  Mr. Merrill joins two other NCMCA members in the MCAA Hall of Fame: the Late Glenn W. Sipe and the Late Samuel A. McGee.  (photo courtesy of the Merrill family)  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES


 Kirk Edens, the Chairman of the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association (SCMA) has announced that James Cain (pictured) will be the next Executive Director of SCMA. Mr. Cain lives in Forest City, NC with his wife and son. A graduate of Appalachian State University, he is a volunteer with the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and other charitable organizations. Chairman Edens says, “James brings more than twenty years of experience in sales and market promotion. He has done business with companies in the aggregate industry including CEMEX and Titan America. James comes from a national sales background with GE and Vector… he took it upon himself to visit block plants in Virginia and North Carolina as well as to reach out to Major Oglive to better understand the impact of the (CMU) Check-off Program.” Mr. Cain began his work with SCMA January 7th. Among his first priorities will be the promotion of the new CMU Check-off among producers in the SCMA states. Mr. Cain introduced himself to NCMCA at the January 9th NCMCA Board of Directors meeting. 

In mid-January, the NCMCA Western Carolina Chapter held its Annual Winter Social in Hickory. Among the highlights of the evening was the addition of a new name to the list of chapter members included on the "Founders Award" honor roll. The late David R. Sigmon was NCMCA President-Elect at the time of his passing in 1998 and had been a champion of masonry training across the state. The award for top score at the annual NCMCA Samuel A. McGee Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest is named in his memory. David Sigmon's wife Jane (third from left) and her family were in attendance to accept the plaque on the family's behalf. Left to right, chapter president Larry Kirby, David's daughter Dedra Sigmon Foster, Jane Sigmon, son Drew Sigmon and his wife Jenny, and past NCMCA/MCAA president Alan Griffin who made the presentation announcement. The Founders Award recognizes Western Carolina Chapter members, both past and present, who have made extraordinary contributions to the chapter and to the masonry industry. Chapter leaders also used the occasion to present Past NCMCA President Wayne Starr’s family with the “NCMCA Lifetime Membership” plaque that was approved by the NCMCA Board of Directors just before he passed away in June 2018. NCMCA President Kent Huntley and NCMCA Central Region Vice President Brandon Hartsell were among the evening’s guests. The dinner was made possible by these sponsors: Statesville Brick, Southeastern Concrete Products, RBD & Associates, Kerr’s Hickory Ready Mixed Concrete, Hydro-Rents Carolina, Eckard Brick Cleaning, Adams/Oldcastle, and ACT Equipment.


American Cable & Rigging Supply and Adams/Oldcastle hosted the Land of the Sky Chapter for dinner and a “Fall Protection Awareness” workshop at the end of November. Rick Lopez of SafeWaze demonstrated fall protection equipment and proper usage with about thirty-two in attendance at American Cable’s Mills River facility. Participants received an OSHA-required certificate of a completion wallet card. Pictured left to right, Lopez, NCMCA Western Regional Vice President Don Caldwell, and Christian Rogers of Michael J. Rogers Masonry.

Grayson McGee (left) and his tender Trevin Munn (middle) of McGee Brothers Company are headed to Las Vegas to compete in the Annual SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 at the World of Concrete in January. In the photo, Grayson and Trevin are interviewed by well-known Bricklayer 500 MC Tom Clark (right) after winning the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 Carolina qualifier in November at Carolina Stalite’s Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill. Grayson and Travin also won recognition as “Best Craftsmen” for building “the most sellable wall.” Their adjusted brick count was 632. Finishing second with an adjusted count of 619 was the McGee Brothers team of mason Wriston McGee and tender Hiran McGee. Third place was the Kelly Masonry team of mason David Kelly and tender Matthew Kelly with a count of 477. Eight teams competed as more than 1,000 spectators cheered them on.


In addition to the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 Carolina Qualifier, the 2018 Masonry Education Day at Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill featured a bricklaying competition for high school masonry students. Finishing in first place with an adjusted score of 218 brick laid in the twenty minutes allowed was the Mount Pleasant High School team of Mason Saunders, bricklayer, and Josh Grey, tender. Pictured left to right, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver; Mason’s father Scotty Saunders; tender Josh Grey; bricklayer Mason Saunders; Mount Pleasant High School masonry instructor Cody Alward (who competed in the Bricklayer 500 competition;) and Mason’s mother Margaret Saunders. The West Rowan High School team of mason Grant Helms and tender Clay White finished in second place and West Stanly High School team of mason Zack Smith and tender Josh Queen finished third. Teams from nine schools participated in the competition. More than 600 students from 27 schools attended the Third Annual Masonry Education Day to watch the competitions, meet masonry industry representatives, enjoy lunch and learn from industry tutorials.             CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES

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