NCMCA members and friends contributed over $9,000 in cash for tools and expenses, plus materials and equipment for October’s 66th Annual North Carolina State Fair Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest sponsored by ApprenticeshipNC. Thirty apprentices from ten NCMCA member companies participated, along with two high school masonry student alternates. Volunteers spent a Sunday afternoon and all day Monday setting up the contest, tending the contest, judging and scoring the contest, and cleaning up the contest. 

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Wade Taylor, an apprentice with Huntley Brothers Company, is the Champion of the 66th Annual North Carolina State Fair Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest held in October at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh. Pictured, top, left to right, Contest Head Judge Doug Burton; Contest Chairman Calvin Brodie; Second Place finisher Drew Huntley of Huntley Brothers Company; Wade Taylor; Third Place finisher Esequiel Gayton of Brodie Contractors; Kathryn Castelloes, Director of Apprenticeship, NC Community Colleges; and David Smith, Senior Deputy Commissioner of the NC Department of Agriculture. Bottom, left to right, Ryan Shaver, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator; Fourth Place finisher Zachary Smith of McGee Brothers Company; and Justice Isenhour, Fifth Place, Helms Masonry. Thirty-two contestants and ten NCMCA companies participated.

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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.

 

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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.  

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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 July, NCMCA gathered several of our more “senior” industry leaders for a session to record their thoughts and recollections about the evolution of the industry and their stories about the larger-than-life personalities masonry has produced here in the Carolinas. Participants included, left to right, NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver; Charles Newsome (82,) past-president of both the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association (CCMA) and the National Concrete Masonry Association, recently retired from Johnson Concrete Products/Carolina Stalite after fifty years with the firm; Jimmy Harrell (80,) journeyman mason, respected material supplier, masonry consultant and a past president of the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association, who hosted the meeting at his home in Stoneville; NCMCA President Kent Huntley; and NC State University School of Architecture Professor Patrick Rand, who worked with both Harrell and Newsome when they all served together on the board of the NC State Design Guild. Curtis Laughlin (89,) retired from Carolina Quality Block and a member of the National Concrete Masonry Association’s Hall-of-Fame joined in the session via speakerphone. An edited version of the recording session will soon be available as part of the NCMCA archive collection.

In June, Ashton White (fifth from left) made history at Louisville becoming the first woman to repeat as National Gold Medal Champion at the 2019 SkillsUSA Masonry Competition. She won the post-secondary title in 2018 and has won again in 2019. North Carolina had a sweep of the Louisville masonry competitions with Grant Helms (sixth from left) winning the Gold Medal in the high school division. With the 2019 wins, North Carolina’s national medal count now stands at 38 Gold, 15 Silver, and two Bronze. Ashton and Grant are instructed by Rodney Harrington at West Rowan High School.  Pictured left to right, Daniel Furr, Carolina Stalite; Tim O'Toole, Mason Contractors Association of America; Jesus Ruiz of Arizona, third place, Post Secondary; Khalif Collins, Sr. of Georgia, second place, Post Secondary; Ashton White; Grant Helms; Jose Jaquez-Valles of Delaware, second place, Secondary; Dylan Cates of Oklahoma, third place, Secondary; and NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver, contest co-chairman. Photograph by Al Herndon.  Additional pictures from the 2019 conference, CLICK HERE 

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