In April, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver along with Griffin Masonry’s Jarrett Ennis and McGee Brothers Company’s Rogan Smith appeared on a segment of PBS WTVI 42 Charlotte’s “Carolina Impact” program with reporter Jeff Sonier. The story featured NCMCA’s Masonry Pre-Apprentice Program and the facts about great career opportunities in the masonry industry.


In a North Carolina masonry competition first, the 2019 NC SkillsUSA State Masonry Contest at the Greensboro Coliseum in April was interrupted when a sprinkler head malfunctioned, drenching several contestants and their projects. The entire coliseum was evacuated, disrupting numerous skills competitions involving more than a thousand students. The masonry contest conclusion was delayed by about an hour. NCMCA members and friends spent two days setting up the contest, mixing mortar, tending the contestants, (sopping up water,) judging the projects and cleaning up and disposing of the debris. Some 117 students from twenty-two schools participated.


Left to right, Grant Helms of West Rowan High; Ashton White, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College; and Rodney Harrington, masonry instructor at West Rowan High School and masonry advisor to Ms. White will be headed to Louisville this summer to represent North Carolina at the National SkillsUSA Masonry Championship competition. Helms and White won the NC SkillsUSA high school/secondary and post-secondary North Carolina state championship respectively in April at Greensboro. Ms. White will be defending her 2018 national post-secondary masonry championship. Mr. Helms won the 2018 NC State Fair Apprentice Contest in October. Finishing second in the NC secondary division was Mason Saunders of Mount Pleasant High School followed by Cyress Brown, West Rowan High; Joshua Queen, West Stanly High; and Mitch Winterbery, Central Cabarrus High respectively. Jakob Eudy of West Stanly High won the Masonry I competition. Photo by Jodi Helms.


At the end of February, David Bass retired from Adams/Oldcastle after more than thirty-two years with the company and its predecessors. Friends and associates celebrated with David and Kim at a dinner in their honor in early April. Pictured, the Asheville Adams/Oldcastle Crew, bottom left to right, Ron DeHart, Michelle Holbert, David Bass, Kim Bass, and Billie Sauerwine. Back, left to right, Eric Gilliam, Ronnie Ewart, Clay Wheeler, Gary Hensley, Brandon Sigmon, Randy Maddox, Dean Moore, Traves Evans, and Michael Pike. David has been an active and enthusiastic member of NCMCA and the Land of the Sky Chapter, recently serving as the chapter's secretary/treasurer.


The 2019 Charleston NCMCA Convention & Business Meeting is now in the books. Some 180 NCMCA members, their families, and guests participated at the Marriott Charleston. Highlights included two days of golf at The Patriots Point Golf Links, TriSure/NCMCA Safety Awards, and a presentation by author and child behavior specialist David Altshuler, M.S. sponsored by Adams/Oldcastle. Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Chairman Paul Odom provided comments and greetings on behalf of MCAA, and was joined by MCAA Chairman-Elect Paul Oldham. The convention concluded with a Saturday evening banquet featuring remarks by NCMCA President Kent Huntley (pictured standing, President-elect Danks Burton and wife Joanne to his right) and Dee-Jay Don Felton entertainment sponsored by Tucker-Kirby Company. The next convention is set for April 16 – 19, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, Downtown Greenville, SC. To hear President Kent Huntley’s banquet comments, CLICK HERE.

The Southeast Concrete Masonry Association (SCMA) NC State Blockfest was held at the NC State University annex in Raleigh the end of March. More than forty students participated in two divisions: “Wall Competition Design” where teams design and craft a concrete masonry unit wall structure and “Unit Competition Design” where teams design a new concrete masonry unit. Winning teams claimed cash prizes and certificates. Participating companies included Adams/Oldcastle, Johnson Concrete Products and Carolina Masonry Unlimited. NCMCA Secretary/Treasurer Bo Black served as a judge for the contest along with Will Sendor of Cannon Architects, SCMA’s James Cain, and David McQueen of Adams/Oldcastle. Photo courtesy of SCMA.         SEE ADDITIONAL RALEIGH BLOCKFEST PICTURES HERE

Grant Helms of West Rowan High School (second from right) won the masonry competition at the Third Annual Skills Rowan in Salisbury held the end of March. Pictured left to right, NCMCA President Kent Huntley who served as contest head judge, third place finisher Cyress Brown, West Rowan High; second place finisher Ethan Fesperman, Carson High; Helms; and Ashton White who participated as practice for her upcoming post-secondary competition to defend her 2018 national title. Christian Kluttz of Mount Pleasant High School (not pictured) won the Johnson Concrete Products block-laying contest and Jakob Eudy of West Rowan High (not pictured) won the "Masonry One" competition.


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