MARTY MARRS WINS THE 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 ILLINOIS REGIONAL
Win or lose, you might soon hear the sound of champagne popping for the 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Illinois regional winner, Marty Marrs. Approaching his 40th birthday, the mason from Terre Haute, Indiana gets to celebrate his fourth decade in style – in Las Vegas. This year was his third attempt to get to the nationals, and he won with a brick count of 587 and no deductions. His effort also welcomed the honor of being named SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN. “I tried to ride a fine line between fast and perfect, and it paid off. Second place had more brick, so not having any deductions is what put me over the top,” Marrs said. Winning a spot on the 2019 national championship roster is no easy task, especially in a region so rich in masonry talent. Marrs, with his mason tender and cousin, Tony Savant, beat out 10 other teams of bricklayers. He knows that to compete in Vegas, he’ll have to find a way to be even quicker while still remaining perfect. Marrs picked up the masonry trade in high school from his father, who also started laying brick around the same age. Now, his company, Marrs Masonry, is a family run business, where they employ Marty, his father, uncle, and four cousins.
Keeping their business running isn’t always the easiest task. Marrs has witnessed first-hand the struggle to find quality craftsmen, “It’s hard to find descent help. Anybody who wants to work hard already has a job. That’s the problem with the trade industry; you can’t watch YouTube and just start doing it. It doesn’t happen overnight.” Which is why Marrs believes in the mission behind the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500, “It’s stuff like this that gets the next generation engaged. Part of the problem is that there is more of a push for college, and a lack of a push for trades… if there is a demand for skilled labor and you can do something you enjoy, you should look into it. The Bricklayer is a great way to get people excited about trying something new.”
Marty is married with 5 children, four boys and one girl, between the ages of 3 and 15-years-old. Marrs Masonry specializes in residential homes, concrete supply work and stone.