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.

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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. 

Left to right, Oldcastle’s Byard Stevens, past NCMCA President Gary Joyner, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver, and NCMCA President-elect Danks Burton joined masonry industry leaders from across the country in May for the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) annual Washington, D.C. legislative “fly-in” to call on congressional offices about issues of concern to the construction industry.  Photo courtesy Ryan Shaver

Masonry students from West Stanly, North Stanly, East Montgomery and Forestview high schools visited McGee Brothers Company's shop at Midland for demonstrations, competitions and lunch featuring pizza and homemade ice cream on May 14, 2019. Seventy students participated. Timed competitions earned the students cash prizes. Jaclyn Britt of East Montgomery was the big winner for the day. Jody Little of McGee Brothers says, “It was a great day of laying brick and giving out cash prizes of over $400. After the brick laying we had a lunch where 44 pizzas and 9 gallons of ice cream were consumed. All in all, it was a great success and we hope to see some of the bright faces in the future on a job site.”

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The 38th Annual Butch Hardy Memorial Masonry Competition including “Top Trowel” and “Line Burner” contest took place in May at the Adams/Oldcastle facility in Goldsboro. Hundreds of students participated from thirteen eastern North Carolina schools. Pictured left to right, bottom row, Fred Mason, instructor, Columbus Career & College Academy with his student Maria Torres who finished Second overall, finished First in the ladies’ division of “Top Trowel” and tied for First in the Line Burner contest; Noah Lausterer, White Oak High, Third place, Top Trowel; and Jennifer Key, Columbus Career & College Academy, Fourth place, Top Trowel. Top row, left to right, Keith Toomer, Second place, Top Trowel next to his instructor, Daniel Bright, at Swansboro High School next to his student Jacob Jones who finished First in the Top Trowel and tied for First in the Line Burner; White Oak instructor Jeff Lausterer; Pender County High School Instructor Roland Dixon with his student Hygenio Ramirez, who finished Fifth in the Top Trowel contest. Dylan Potter (not pictured) of Pender HS won the Masonry One/First Year competition. Columbus Career & College Academy won the best overall team award.  

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Luke Norris, a junior at West Caldwell High School (third from left) is the Champion of the Eighth Annual Caldwell County High School Masonry Contest held early May at Hibriten Supply in Lenoir. Pictured left to right, Cody Boyd, Caldwell County Home Builders Association; Eric Stamey, instructor Hibriten High School; Norris; Matt Woods, instructor West Caldwell High School; Second Place Finisher Jaron Pope, South Caldwell High School; Scott Settlemyre, instructor South Caldwell High; and Third Place Finisher Alex Pope, South Caldwell High School. Andy Schronce and Trenton Johnson won the block laying event and Brady Shehan and Hunter Ervin won the labor contest, all four from South Caldwell. Trenton Ford of West Caldwell won in the first year division. South Caldwell won the overall best team award.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS

As they have done for more than thirty-five years, Spake Concrete Products hosted graduating high school senior masonry students for a recognition luncheon in their honor May 2, 2019. Students from the two masonry programs in Cleveland County, Burns Senior High and Shelby High, were each presented a new trowel at the event held at Cleveland Country Club in Shelby. Several NCMCA member firm representatives were on hand to meet and congratulate the students as well as to encourage them to consider masonry and construction careers. Richard Shull is the masonry instructor at Burns and Jonathan Blanton instructs in the new masonry program at Shelby.

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