Custom Brick & Supply Hosts Training
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In April, Custom Brick & Supply Company in Raleigh hosted apprentices from NCMCA Raleigh area member companies for a morning of training with NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver (kneeling, left) along with Pinnacle Masonry's Dennis Little (standing, left.) NCMCA is conducting training for apprentices from NCMCA member companies across the state. As he has done at many of the training sessions, Stabila representative Kirk Figan provided Stabila products as gifts and prizes for the Raleigh participants.
Wake Tech Masonry Training
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NCMCA's Mobile Training Unit is on the Road!
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NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver guides us on a 15-minute video tour of NCMCA’s new Mobile Training Unit acknowledging the many individuals and firms that helped to make it possible. NCMCA’s newest tool for training and recruitment is on the road!
Ivey Griffin, Jr. Passes
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NCMCA’s fifth president (1978-1979) died January 22 after several years of declining health. Ivey L. Griffin, Jr. was ninety-one. In 1957 Ivey and his father, Ivey, Sr. founded Griffin and Son, a masonry contracting company. Later the company name was changed to Griffin Masonry and Tile, Inc adding tile installation to their line of business. In 1987 the company became Griffin Contractors, Inc. recognizing their expansion into general contracting. Mr. Griffin was a founding member of the Western Carolina Chapter of the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA,) which would eventually evolve into the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association. He served several terms as president of the Western Carolina Chapter and was an MCAA Regional Vice President for a number of years. The Western Carolina Chapter awarded Mr. Griffin with the chapter’s “Founders Award” in 2013. He was a Navy veteran, a volunteer fireman and served terms as a county commissioner for Burke County. Mr. Griffin is the father of NCMCA’s seventh president, G. Alan Griffin, who holds the distinction of being the only MCAA President to come from North Carolina thus far. The family suggests memorials be made to Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 127, Rutherford College, NC 28671. Read the complete obituary at this link
Apprentice Training Continues in the New Year
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As the new year gets underway, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver (right) is continuing his program to train NCMCA member firm apprentices. In January, NCMCA apprentices from the Raleigh area were hosted for training by Johnson Concrete Products at Willow Spring. Photo by Tu Phan
SPEC MIX Jr. Bricklayer
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The November SPEC MIX BL500 Carolina Qualifier held in Bowman, South Carolina, included a Junior Bricklayer Competition for apprentices and masonry students. Contestants were given twenty minutes to lay as many brick as possible. The Columbus College & Career Academy team of Annayeli Dionosio and tender Leslie Maldonado (pictured) won with an adjusted score of 182. They are instructed by Fred Mason. David Hernandez and tender Manuel Hernandez of Creative Masonry finished in second place and Kalyn Stover with tender Israel Bugarin of Columbus Career & College Academy finished third. Photograph by Jodie Helms.
SPEC MIX BL500 Regional Qualifiers
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