NCMCA Joins MCAA in Washington
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Left to right, Oldcastle’s Byard Stevens, past NCMCA President Gary Joyner, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver, and NCMCA President-elect Danks Burton joined masonry industry leaders from across the country in May for the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) annual Washington, D.C. legislative “fly-in” to call on congressional offices about issues of concern to the construction industry. Photo courtesy Ryan Shaver
Masonry Career Day at Midland
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Masonry students from West Stanly, North Stanly, East Montgomery and Forestview high schools visited McGee Brothers Company's shop at Midland for demonstrations, competitions and lunch featuring pizza and homemade ice cream on May 14, 2019. Seventy students participated. Timed competitions earned the students cash prizes. Jaclyn Britt of East Montgomery was the big winner for the day. Jody Little of McGee Brothers says, “It was a great day of laying brick and giving out cash prizes of over $400. After the brick laying we had a lunch where 44 pizzas and 9 gallons of ice cream were consumed. All in all, it was a great success and we hope to see some of the bright faces in the future on a job site.”
38th Annual Butch Hardy Memorial Competition
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The 38th Annual Butch Hardy Memorial Masonry Competition including “Top Trowel” and “Line Burner” contest took place in May at the Adams/Oldcastle facility in Goldsboro. Hundreds of students participated from thirteen eastern North Carolina schools. Pictured left to right, bottom row, Fred Mason, instructor, Columbus Career & College Academy with his student Maria Torres who finished Second overall, finished First in the ladies’ division of “Top Trowel” and tied for First in the Line Burner contest; Noah Lausterer, White Oak High, Third place, Top Trowel; and Jennifer Key, Columbus Career & College Academy, Fourth place, Top Trowel. Top row, left to right, Keith Toomer, Second place, Top Trowel next to his instructor, Daniel Bright, at Swansboro High School next to his student Jacob Jones who finished First in the Top Trowel and tied for First in the Line Burner; White Oak instructor Jeff Lausterer; Pender County High School Instructor Roland Dixon with his student Hygenio Ramirez, who finished Fifth in the Top Trowel contest. Dylan Potter (not pictured) of Pender HS won the Masonry One/First Year competition. Columbus Career & College Academy won the best overall team award.
Luke Norris Wins at Lenoir
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Luke Norris, a junior at West Caldwell High School (third from left) is the Champion of the Eighth Annual Caldwell County High School Masonry Contest held early May at Hibriten Supply in Lenoir. Pictured left to right, Cody Boyd, Caldwell County Home Builders Association; Eric Stamey, instructor Hibriten High School; Norris; Matt Woods, instructor West Caldwell High School; Second Place Finisher Jaron Pope, South Caldwell High School; Scott Settlemyre, instructor South Caldwell High; and Third Place Finisher Alex Pope, South Caldwell High School. Andy Schronce and Trenton Johnson won the block laying event and Brady Shehan and Hunter Ervin won the labor contest, all four from South Caldwell. Trenton Ford of West Caldwell won in the first year division. South Caldwell won the overall best team award. CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS
Cleveland County Masonry Students Recognized
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As they have done for more than thirty-five years, Spake Concrete Products hosted graduating high school senior masonry students for a recognition luncheon in their honor May 2, 2019. Students from the two masonry programs in Cleveland County, Burns Senior High and Shelby High, were each presented a new trowel at the event held at Cleveland Country Club in Shelby. Several NCMCA member firm representatives were on hand to meet and congratulate the students as well as to encourage them to consider masonry and construction careers. Richard Shull is the masonry instructor at Burns and Jonathan Blanton instructs in the new masonry program at Shelby.
Masonry Apprenticeship Featured on PBS WTVI
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In April, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver along with Griffin Masonry’s Jarrett Ennis and McGee Brothers Company’s Rogan Smith appeared on a segment of PBS WTVI 42 Charlotte’s “Carolina Impact” program with reporter Jeff Sonier. The story featured NCMCA’s Masonry Pre-Apprentice Program and the facts about great career opportunities in the masonry industry.
Going Outside to get out of the Rain...
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