Tim Manning, center, facing the students, and Manning Masonry are now partners in Pitt County Schools' “Tradesformers” program. According to the website, “Tradesformers is a youth apprenticeship program designed to connect talented students with growing industry trades in our area. By providing opportunities with fundamental training, skills, and expertise, our future workforce will be well equipped with the skills to grow a successful career. An industry-led initiative, participants work closely with the school system, the local community college and community partners to address skill needs and gaps. Apprentices gain on-the-job training, related classroom instruction, all while earning a base pay rate while they learn valuable skills to advance in their field.” Tim is pictured addressing students at Farmville Central High School in October. Photo by Eddie Loesner, Pitt County Schools.

Students from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte visited the Charlotte Adam/Oldcastle manufacturing plant in October and November as guests of the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association.  They received "hands-on" demonstrations with Doc McGee, of McGee Brothers Company (right) and NCMCA's Ryan Shaver (middle) and were provided tours of the manufacturing operation.

 

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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 October, Custom Brick & Supply Company hosted the NCMCA Raleigh Chapter for the Second Annual Raleigh Chapter Milburnie Fishing Camp outing and cookout. Some sixty chapter members and guest enjoyed steaks and fixings at the historic fishing camp, which began in 1913 on land granted to the Hinton family by King George around 1730. Pictured, left to right, Ben Aiken and Steve Frazier with Custom Brick; NCMCA Secretary Treasurer and Raleigh Chapter President Bo Black; Grant Fisher, Tom Fisher and Ray Walls of Custom Brick.

 

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Jay Wilson (center) was recognized at the NCMCA Triad Chapter's September meeting in Burlington. Wilson retired from Scott Stone August 1st after thirty-one years. He began as a Scott Stone truck driver and moved into sales in 1996. He has served as Triad Chapter treasurer for about nineteen years. Jay says, “It has been my pleasure to serve the masonry industry, and will miss all of my friends in the industry.” NCMCA President Kent Huntley (left) and Triad Chapter President and Past NCMCA President Red McAdams (right) were among the well-wishers attending the dinner. And while it hasn't drawn much attention, President McAdams, well past traditional retirement age, is also now somewhat retired, having shut down his company, McAdams Masonry. He works now helping friends in the masonry business "when I feel like it."

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