NCMCA joined with McGee Brothers Company and the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association for another SCMA "BlockFest" with students from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Adams/Oldcastle hosted the event at their Charlotte block plant Friday. The students received hands-on instruction and demonstrations from Doc McGee, Dalton Reynolds, and NCMCA's Ryan Shaver, and toured the manufacturing facility.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES

The Sixth Annual NCMCA Safety Awards sponsored by the NCMCA Insurance Program and TriSure Corporation were presented at the Annual Association Business Meeting at the Charleston NCMCA Convention in March. Bottom, left to right, Danks Burton, Pinnacle Masonry, three-year award; Jason Oliver, Edgar Boettcher Masonry, three-year award; and Mike Cook, Gates Construction Company, six-year award. Top row, left to right, John Cramer, TriSure Corporation; Calvin Brodie, Brodie Contractors, two-year award; Bill Anderson, Manning Masonry, one-year award; and Chris Joyner, Joyner Masonry Works, four–year award. Not pictured, McGee Brothers Company (because Greg Huntley had his first grandbaby the day the convention started) one-year award.  


McGee Brothers Company hosted Dean Bagnoni’s Winston-Salem John F. Kennedy High School masonry classes at their Greensboro facility for a day of hands-on training and demonstrations at the end of March. Several JFK students participated in the NCMCA Pre-Apprentice Program with McGee Brothers during the summer of 2018. NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver was on hand to greet and encourage the students. Photograph by Greg Huntley.

The team of Mike Rogers, Gary Hensley (second and third from left,) Michael Pike (second from right) and Todd Cox (not pictured) won the EZG Manufacturing NCMCA March Convention Golf Tournament in Charleston, pictured here with Convention Golf Committee Co-Chairs Lee Heath (left,) Dwayne Bryant (third from right) and sponsor Damian Lang (right.) Second place went to the team of Brandon Roberts, Mike Cooke, Jeremy Eudy, and Patrick Jones and third went to Danks Burton, Jake Burton, Tom Gabosch, and Bill McKinnell V. Rachelle Lang had the longest drive of the day and Todd Cox, Dan Hurley, and Kyle Holland had “Closest-to-the-Pin” recognition. Once again, no one claimed the EZG Manufacturing Grout Hog “Hole-in-One” prize. The team of Nick Ferrucci, Pete Schantz, Chuck Vogel, and Heber Aldridge had the low score for Friday individual play.  CLICK HERE FOR CONVENTION PICTURES

Twenty masonry students from five western North Carolina high schools participated in the Annual NCMCA Land of the Sky Masonry Contest March 15th at the Haywood County Fair Grounds. The new champion is Tristan Cutshall (second from left, top) from Madison County High School where he is instructed by Brian Sams. Second, third and fourth place went to McDowell High School students Ethan Powell (second from right, top,) Mason McPeters (bottom right) and Trevor Simmons (middle, bottom) respectively. Curtis Chandler (bottom left) of Madison High finished fifth. Brayden Mackie (not pictured) of Brevard High School won the First Year Division.  NCMCA President Kent Huntley (top right) was on hand to congratulate all the students for their participation. Land of the Sky Chapter President Gary Kitchen is pictured top left.


Grant Helms of West Rowan High School was the winner of the mid-March Charlotte Home Builders Association pre-SkillsUSA competition in Concord. Lowes Home Improvement at Concord Mills once again hosted the contest. Top, left to right, Charlotte HBA Executive Kathryn Lewis; Chad Little, Charlotte HBA board member; Darlene Prescott, Lowes; First Place Winner Grant Helms; Trey Barnes, Lowes; NCMCA President Kent Huntley who acted as contest head judge and master of ceremonies; and Ryan Shaver, NCMCA staff. Bottom left to right, second place finisher Cyress Brown of West Rowan High; and third place finisher Mason Saunders, Mount Pleasant High. 28 students from nine high schools participated.  


Lee County High School hosted a regional SillsUSA high school masonry contest at the end of February. Sixteen students from three high schools participated. Fred Mason’s (white shirt) Columbus Career and College Academy claimed the top three spots. Jennifer Key placed “First” (center of the project,) Maria Torres place “Second” (the left of Jennifer,) and Annayeli Dionisio finished third place (to the right of Jennifer.) Macy Williams (left end,) Brodie Contractors; Jimmy Wall, Adams/Oldcastle(pink shirt sixth from right) and NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver (right end) were judges for the contest. Photo by Rod Lykins

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