Marty Marrs Named ‘Illinois’ Best Bricklayer’


Frankfort – The 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Illinois Regional Series has come to a close and mason Marty Marrs and mason tender Tony Savant of Marrs Masonry in Terre Haute, IN won it all. Now they will be heading to Las Vegas to compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship next January at the World of Concrete. Tri-State Cut Stone and Brick in Frankfort, IL hosted the regional series event, one of 24 being held across North America. The qualifying national competitors will battle for a chance to win over $125,000 in cash and prizes, including a Ford F250 XLT 4X4 truck and John Deere Gator.

This year’s regional event drew 11 teams of highly skilled bricklayers. Marty Marrs and Tony Savant celebrated with a brick count of 587. For their efforts, Marrs and Savant receive A Marshalltown tool bag, Stabila Level, $500, a trip to Las Vegas and the title “Illinois’ Best Bricklayer.” But they didn’t stop there; Marrs and Savant also took home the title SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which came with additional $500 reward. 


2nd place went to mason Mike Boll and his mason tender Sam Van-Buren of J&E Duff in West Chicago, IL with a brick count of 496 earning them a prize of $400. Third place went to mason Tracy Wollenburg and his mason tender Francisco Gonzales of Mike Cachey Construction, Chicago, IL who received $300. Each subsequent competitor received a cash reward for participating and also took home a Stabila level and masonry tools.


Masonry students from the District Council Training Center were in attendance to help the SPEC MIX team run the event, and to gain valuable experience in working with some of the regions’ most skilled laborers. Two students were chosen to build their own wall to compare their skills against the pros. The student competitors took 10th and 11th place, and received a cash prize of $100 each.


Local distributors and national sponsors were also running raffles and games with giveaways for the those who came out to help us celebrate masonry.



2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Illinois Regional Final Results:

First Place:
Mason – Marty Marrs – 587 Brick
Tender – Tony Savant
Marrs Masonry, Terre Haute, Indiana


Mason – Marty Marrs – 587 Brick
Tender – Tony Savant
Marrs Masonry, Terre Haute, Indiana


2nd Place:
Mason – Mike Boll – 496 Brick
Tender – Sam Van-Buren
J&E Duff, West Chicago


3rd Place:
Mason – Tracy Wollenburg – 430 Brick
Tender – Francisco Gonzalez
Mike Cachey Construction, Chicago, IL

Special thanks to:

BAC District Council Training Center Team IMI Tri-State Cut Stone and Brick



The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® was established by SPEC MIX in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons. It is featured as the headliner event of MASONRY MADNESS™ Day during the World of Concrete and recognized as the masonry industry’s premier bricklaying competition with a total purse estimated at $125,000 that annually awards the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer”. Each year there are a series of preliminary SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Qualifying Events held throughout North America to determine who will compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship. The Championship finale draws as many as 4,000 spectators with thousands of live webcast viewers who tune in to watch this bricklayer battle.


More about SPEC MIX®: SPEC MIX is the construction industry’s national source for high quality; factory preblended cement-based building products for the construction industry. With more than 60 manufacturing facilities in all major markets across the US and Canada, SPEC MIX production plants utilize state of the art batching equipment and the finest materials to ensure total quality control throughout your project. SPEC MIX offers a deep line of masonry mortars and grouts, stucco and industrial products including various patented silo systems to maximize a contractor’s productivity and safety. The mission of SPEC MIX is to keep your jobsite team going, moving and working safely—all day, every day.


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