Masonry Education Day Highlights 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Carolina Regional Series

Gold Hill, NC – More than 600 students from 27 high schools in the Carolina’s attended to participate in Masonry Education Day at Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill, NC on November 8th, 2018. This event is the largest in the country geared toward apprenticeship and workforce development. Students received hands-on instruction focused on jobsite safety, equipment management, and product usage. While immersing themselves in training, students also had an opportunity to watch some of the best masons and tenders in the country compete in the 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Carolina regional series.

This year’s regional event drew 9 teams of highly skilled bricklayers. The mason with who lays the most brick with the least mistakes wins. Grayson McGee and mason tender Trevin Munn of McGee Brothers Co. in Monroe, NC celebrated victory with a brick count of 632. For their efforts McGee and Munn received $500, a trip to Las Vegas and the title “North Carolina’s Best Bricklayer.” They also took home the prize, SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the team with the “most sellable wall,” for this honor they received an extra $350.


2nd place went to mason Wriston McGee and his mason tender Hiran McGee of McGee Brothers Co. in Monroe, NC with a brick count of 619 earning them a prize of $350.


Third place went to mason David Kelly and his mason tender Matthew Kelly of Kelly Masonry in Pendalton, SC with a brick count of 477 earning them $300.





First Place:
Mason –Grayson McGee – 632 Brick
Tender –Trevin Munn
McGee Brothers, Co., Monroe, NC


Mason –Grayson McGee – 632 Brick
Tender –Trevin Munn
McGee Brothers, Co., Monroe, NC

2nd Place:
Mason –Wriston McGee – 619 Brick
Tender –Hiran McGee
McGee Brothers, Co., Monroe, NC


3rd Place:
Mason – David Kelly – 477 Brick
Tender – Mathew Kelly
Kelly Masonry, Pendalton, SC


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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