Butch Hardy Top Trowel Competition
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NCMCA associate member firm EastWest Products hosted the annual “Butch Hardy Top Trowel” competition in May at their manufacturing and retail facility in Kinston. Masonry students from Pender County High School, North Lenoir High School, and Columbus Career & College Academy participated, a somewhat smaller number of schools than usual because of pandemic school travel policies. Students competed for cash and tool prizes and enjoyed a hotdog and hamburger lunch courtesy of Manning Masonry. Columbus Career & College Academy had a “clean-sweep,” with their team winning the top three places. Pictured left to right, Parrish Hoffman, EastWest Products; Third Place finisher Kalyn Stover; Brantley Rivers, EastWest Products; Second Place Finisher Israel Bugarin; Columbus College & Career Academy masonry instructor Fred Mason; 2021 Winner and Champion Annayeli Dionisio; and Brett Hardy, EastWest Products. CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL EVENT PHOTOGRAPHS
A New Masonry Program for Pitt Community College
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With the delivery of materials at the end of April, Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC is ready to begin its new masonry instruction program in May. With coordination by the NCMCA Eastern Carolina Chapter, Manning Masonry’s Tim Manning says, “All start-up cost for tools, equipment, and supplies were donated.” The Eastern Carolina Chapter expressed special appreciation to Manning Masonry, Joyner Masonry Works, Adams/Oldcastle, Tucker-Kirby Company, and Whitecap Construction Supply. Pictured left to right, student Robbie Waugh; Tim Manning; Gail Nichols, Pitt Community College Coordinator of Technical Trades; Steve Mathews, Dean of Construction and Industrial Technology; and Ernis Lee, Pitt Community College Vice President of Outreach. Photograph by Rob Waugh, who will be the instructor for the new program. Mr. Waugh is also the masonry instructor at North Lenoir High School. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Custom Brick & Supply Hosts Training
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In April, Custom Brick & Supply Company in Raleigh hosted apprentices from NCMCA Raleigh area member companies for a morning of training with NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver (kneeling, left) along with Pinnacle Masonry's Dennis Little (standing, left.) NCMCA is conducting training for apprentices from NCMCA member companies across the state. As he has done at many of the training sessions, Stabila representative Kirk Figan provided Stabila products as gifts and prizes for the Raleigh participants.
Wake Tech Masonry Training
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NCMCA's Mobile Training Unit is on the Road!
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NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver guides us on a 15-minute video tour of NCMCA’s new Mobile Training Unit acknowledging the many individuals and firms that helped to make it possible. NCMCA’s newest tool for training and recruitment is on the road!
Ivey Griffin, Jr. Passes
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NCMCA’s fifth president (1978-1979) died January 22 after several years of declining health. Ivey L. Griffin, Jr. was ninety-one. In 1957 Ivey and his father, Ivey, Sr. founded Griffin and Son, a masonry contracting company. Later the company name was changed to Griffin Masonry and Tile, Inc adding tile installation to their line of business. In 1987 the company became Griffin Contractors, Inc. recognizing their expansion into general contracting. Mr. Griffin was a founding member of the Western Carolina Chapter of the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA,) which would eventually evolve into the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association. He served several terms as president of the Western Carolina Chapter and was an MCAA Regional Vice President for a number of years. The Western Carolina Chapter awarded Mr. Griffin with the chapter’s “Founders Award” in 2013. He was a Navy veteran, a volunteer fireman and served terms as a county commissioner for Burke County. Mr. Griffin is the father of NCMCA’s seventh president, G. Alan Griffin, who holds the distinction of being the only MCAA President to come from North Carolina thus far. The family suggests memorials be made to Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 127, Rutherford College, NC 28671. Read the complete obituary at this link
Apprentice Training Continues in the New Year
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