Mark Wells Sr. Wins the 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Northeast Regional Competition

Towanda, PA – The 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Pennsylvania Regional Series has come to a close and mason Mark Wells Sr. and mason tender Mark Wells Jr. of BJCC Inc. in Kinnelon, NJ won it all. Now they head to Las Vegas to compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship next January at the World of Concrete. Keystone Concrete Block and Supply Company in Towanda, PA 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 10 teams of highly skilled bricklayers. Their mission is to build a wall as big as they can in one hour. The mason with who lays the most brick with the least mistakes wins. Wells and Wells celebrated victory with a brick count of 480. For their efforts they receive $1000, a trip to Las Vegas and the title “Northeast America’s Best Bricklayer.”
The title SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the team with the “most sellable wall,” went to mason Ray Byers and mason tender Adam Byers of Arch Masonry in Herminie, PA. For this honor, the masonry team took home $1000. 
2nd place also went to mason Ray Byers and his mason tender Adam Byers earning them an additional prize of $600. Third place went to mason Skerdinand Xhelaj and his mason tender Julian Phoce of Connecticut Masons in Rocky Hill, CT who received $500.







First Place:
Mason – Mark Wells Sr. – 480 Brick
Tender – Mark Wells Jr.
BJCC Inc. – Kinnelon, NJ


Mason – Ray Byers – 477 Brick
Tender – Adam Byers
Arch Masonry – Herminie, PA

2nd Place:
Mason – Ray Byers – 477 Brick
Tender – Adam Byers
Arch Masonry – Herminie, PA


3rd Place:
Mason – Skerdinand Xhelaj – 430 Brick
Tender – Julian Phoce
Connecticut Masons – Rocky Hill, CT



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 $100,000 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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