NCMCA News and Events
Heath W. Drye is the champion of the 52nd Annual North Carolina Department of Labor State Fair Masonry Apprentice Contest held Oct. 17 in Raleigh, N.C.
Heath is an apprentice with C. M. Allmon Masonry of Mt. Pleasant. Prior to his two summers at Allmon, he took masonry for three years at Mt. Pleasant High School in Concord, N.C. as a student of instructor Doug Drye (no relation) — the nation's most successful high school masonry instructor, with seven SkillsUSA gold medals in masonry. In 2003, Heath placed second in the N.C. VICA/SkillsUSA high school masonry contest.
Heath is a junior at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., studying pre-engineering. He plans to transfer to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte or North Carolina State University to complete a degree in construction engineering and ultimately plans to have his own general contracting firm.
This year is the 52nd consecutive year for the state fair contest. The masonry industry donated more than $7,000 in cash, tools and materials for this year's event. Also, Calvin Brodie of Brodie Contractors in Raleigh served as contest chairman and Doug Burton of Whitman Masonry in Benson served as the contest head judge.
The Manning Masonry team garnered a first place finish at the 13th Annual North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA) State Golf Tournament at Graham, N.C, on Sept. 22.
Other winners from the event included the Charlotte Wire-Bond team for second, followed by the CEMEX team from Greensboro. Troy Raynor won longest-drive, and closest-to-the-pin recognition went to Raul Agundis, Larry Kirby, Tony LaVene and Neal Braxton. Braxton was within inches of claiming the Arrow Equipment Lull forklift hole-in-one prize.
Danny Batten and Lafarge North America supplied barbecue chicken for the 100 golfers who participated. The event raised over $7,000 for NCMCA projects.
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The North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association, Inc. is dedicated to serving the Masonry Contractors of the Carolinas and to promoting masonry as the building material of choice and as a career option. For more information, please visit www.ncmca.com.