Members of the NCMCA Western Carolina Chapter visited Fred T. Foard High School near Hickory at the end of February to present a program on construction and masonry careers to students. They also enjoyed visiting and handling trowels with students in Jeff Yount’s masonry class. Pictured, Brian Cook of Masonry Unlimited of Cherryville talks with the students. He was joined in the masonry shop by CE Moser of Adams/Oldcastle and his partner at Masonry Unlimited, Martin Browne.

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NCMCA Chairman Bob Gates and Gates Construction Company got lucky in Las Vegas at the January “World of Masonry.” Bob dropped his name in the hat at the Oldcastle/Amerimix display booth on the show floor and won a new EZG Corporation Mud Hog in the “Mud Hog Giveaway by Amerimix.” On hand to take delivery at the Gates Construction Company Shop recently were, left to right, Oldcastle’s Brandon Roberts; Jeremy Eudy and Bob Gates of Gates Construction, and Patrick Jones of Oldcastle. Photo by CE Moser

Jan Peleaz Garcia (left) is the winner of the North Carolina SkillsUSA “Rally Day” masonry competition held the end of February at Wilkes Community College. Garcia is a student at John F. Kennedy High School in Winston-Salem where he is instructed by Dean Bagnoni (right.) Aimar Dominguez-Noyola, also from Kennedy High School, won the Masonry One division contest. Some sixteen students participated in the masonry events. Photograph by Ryan Shaver.

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NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver recently interviewed some of the twenty-four students that participated in NCMCA's new Masonry Pre-Apprentice Program during the summer of 2018.  The interviews are included in a new fifteen-minute video now posted on YouTube.  Left to right, John F. Kennedy High School Masonry Instructor Dean Bagnoni, JFK students Keshawn Robinson, David Mendoza, Juan Antunez-Garcia, and NCMCA's Ryan Shaver.  Ryan says his goal is to have at least one-hundred students participating in the summer of 2019.

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Two NCMCA member firms apprentices successfully competed in the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) International Skills Competition at the January World of Masonry in Las Vegas. Jamison “JK” Huntley of Huntley Brothers Company (left) won First Place/Second Year Division and Grant Helms of Helms Masonry (right) won Second Place/First Year Division. JK won the First Year Division at the 2018 contest. Pictured standing, left to right, Tim Huntley, JK’s father; NCMCA President Kent Huntley; Rodney Harrington, Grant’s high school masonry instructor; Holly, Jodi, and Scott Helms, Grant’s mother, sister, and father; and 2018 SkillsUSA National Masonry Champion Ashton White. Finishing first in the First Year Division was Mason Lovell of Tennessee and finishing first in the Third Year Division was Tyler Hack of Indiana.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL NCMCA PICTURES

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The Late Robert L. “Bob” Merrill was formally inducted into the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Masonry Hall of Fame in January at the MCAA Convention Closing Banquet in Las Vegas. Mr. Merrill founded Merrill Masonry in Brevard in 1967 and was among the founding fathers of NCMCA. He served as NCMCA’s fourth president in 1977. In addition to his commitment to the masonry profession, he was noted for extraordinary service to his community and his extensive charitable activities. His son-in-law, Steve Stout, introduced Mr. Merrill to the banquet attendees. Six honorees were inducted for 2019: South Carolina masonry instructor Alonza Lewis; masonry contractor Angelo Tedesco, Sr., material supplier Clem Hellman (deceased,) masonry contractor Kenny Foeste (deceased,) and masonry contractor Mike Sutter in addition to Merrill.  Mr. Merrill joins two other NCMCA members in the MCAA Hall of Fame: the Late Glenn W. Sipe and the Late Samuel A. McGee.  (photo courtesy of the Merrill family)  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES

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McQueenUpton2018WEBNEWSDavid McQueen of Adams, an Oldcastle company, has been recognized with the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association's "Eleanor Flowers Upton" Award. The Upton Award is presented to an associate member of NCMCA who has demonstrated exemplary long-term service to the Association and to the masonry industry. Left to right, John Cramer, a past recipient of the Upton Award (1997,) who introduced the award and memorized Mrs. Upton who passed away earlier in 2017; Jimmy Wall, a previous recipient of the award (1999;) David McQueen; NCMCA President Robert H. Gates; and Brett Hardy of Adams/Oldcastle, who introduced McQueen as the award recipient. The award is not made annually but rather only when an unquestionably worthy candidate is proposed for consideration. The award was last presented in 2013 to Kenny Duncan of Holcim (US) Inc. McQueen is the eleventh recipient and was cited in particular for his extraordinary promotion of the NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program (in which he holds personal certification,) for his work with the College of Design at NC State University, and for chairing the NCMCA Annual Golf Tournament for eight years. His recognition came at the NCMCA Annual Convention Closing Banquet April 28th at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAl PICTURES FROM THE 2018 CONVENTION

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