The 2019 NCMCA Annual Samuel A. McGee Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest is in the books! Thirty-one contestants from eight NCMCA member firms competed in mid-May, hosted by the NCMCA Raleigh Chapter and Triangle Brick Company at their company headquarters in Durham. The top–ten finishers are pictured. Bottom, left to right, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver; Errol McGee, McGee Brothers Company, sixth place; Rex Huntley, Huntley Brothers Company, seventh place; Ashton White, Gates Construction Company, eighth place; Esequiel Gayton, Brodie Contractors, ninth place; and Harron McGee, McGee Brothers Company, tenth place. Top row, left to right, Contest Chairman and NCMCA President-Elect Danks Burton; Justice Isenhour, McGee Brothers Company, fifth place; Grant Helms, Helms Masonry, fourth place; Drew Huntley, Huntley Brothers Company, second place; Jace Huntley, Huntley Brothers Company, 2019 Champion and winner of the David R. Sigmon Award; Reece Hallman, McGee Brothers Company, third place; NCMCA Raleigh Chapter President Bo Black; and NCMCA President Kent Huntley.

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In May, NCMCA President Kent Huntley was in Bolton Landing, NY to accept the Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute (ESCSI) prestigious 2019 Frank G. Erskine Award in recognition of NCMCA’s “outstanding contributions to the use of lightweight aggregate.” The award is named after Frank Erskine, the first Managing Director of the Institute and was presented at the ESCSI’s Midyear Meeting awards banquet. President Kent (pictured) says, “It was a privilege to represent our Association. I accepted the award from (ESCSI Chairman) Jody Wall… At the dinner, it was expressed by all of the members of ESCSI how much they appreciate our support and promotion of their product. Thank you for allowing me to represent the NCMCA and to accept this award on behalf of our Association.”  An interesting note: The base of the plaque is a composit of lightweight aggragate made by all of ESCSI producer member firms. 

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