Dallas, TX —The 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Competition for DFW / North Texas was held at Featherlite Block, in Dallas, TX on October 11, 2018. 11 teams of brick masons and tenders vied for a competition spot in the 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship Competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, they will compete for a chance to win over $125,000 in cash and prizes, including a Ford F250 XLT 4X4 truck and John Deere Gator.


Jose Mario Landeros, a mason with Artisan Masonry, of Royse City, TX, and his mason tender Adolfo Gonzalez, edged out the rest of the competition to take home first place. Their net count of 618 brick got the job done. Not only did first place carry the opportunity to compete in the 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 in Las Vegas, but it also came with $1,000 cash.


The SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN Award, which goes to the mason with the “most sellable wall”, also went to Jose Mario Landeros and his mason tender Adolfo Gonzalez of Artisan Masonry. This title earned them an additional $500 in cash.


Maurilio Montero, of DMG Masonry, Arlington, TX and his mason tender Gregorio Hernandez took second place with a brick count of 460 earing them a prize of $750 cash. Third place went to mason Justin Pierce of RP Masonry, Mansfield, TX and his mason tender Michael Pierce who received $500 cash.


The highlight of the event wasn’t announcing the winners, however. This year, SPEC MIX hosted a special masonry auction in honor of local Texas masonry legend, Mike Blackburn, benefiting the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. The masonry community came out in full force and raised $35,800 by bidding on from everything from CMU units to gift cards. Read more about the auction here.

A special thank you to all of our National and Regional Sponsors, masons, tenders, family and friends for attending and supporting the masonry industry and the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500. The masons are the true meaning of “Keeping the Trade Strong.”




First Place:

Mason – Jose Mario Landeros – 618 Brick

Tender – Adolfo Gonzalez

Artisan Masonry – Royse City, TX


Mason – Jose Mario Landeros – 618 Brick

Tender – Adolfo Gonzalez

Artisan Masonry – Royse City, TX

2nd Place:

Mason – Maurilio Montero – 460

Tender – Gregorio Hernandez

DMG Masonry – Arlington, TX

3rd Place:

Mason – Justin Pierce – 435

Tender – Michael Pierce

RP Masonry – Mansfield, TX



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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