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2016 Fastest Trowel on the Block winner Jose Noe Martinez (center) with tender Heriberto Estrada (left) is presented the $8,000 grand prize from MCAA Chairman Mark Kemp (right).
2016 Fastest Trowel on the Block winner Jose Noe Martinez (center) with tender Heriberto Estrada (left) is presented the $8,000 grand prize from MCAA Chairman Mark Kemp (right).
February 11, 2016 7:00 AM CST

Martinez named 2016 Fastest Trowel

Jose Noe Martinez is the 2016 Fastest Trowel on the Block champion

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The annual Fastest Trowel on the Block competition, held February 3, 2016 during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas, drew a big audience to catch the fastest twenty minutes in masonry and see who would win the $8,000 grand prize.

The contest pit journeyman masons, accompanied by their favorite tender, against one another in a show of speed. Each contestant’s goal was to complete as much of a 30-foot long wall as possible, using 8”x8”x16” CMU and the provided mortar in a twenty minute heat. But speed alone won’t net the $8,000 check for first place. Contestants were also judged on craftsmanship, and use of normal masonry practices and hand tools.

Each mason worked quickly to build a quality wall, while the crowd cheered them on throughout the twenty minute competition. After the judges completed their scoring, the results were announced.

The top-placing contestants in this year’s competition were:

First Place

Jose Noe Martinez

Stone Cold Masonry
Phoenix

Tender: Heriberto Estrada
Block Count: 116

This is the first time Jose Noe Martinez has competed in the MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block competition.

Second Place

Jose Soto

Sargon Masonry
Phoenix

Tender: Israel Mendoza
Block Count: 119

This is the first time Jose Soto has competed in the MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block competition.

Third Place

Arcadio Armenta
Sutter Masonry, Inc.
El Mirage, Ariz.

Tender: Guadalupe Aragon
Block Count: 113

Arcadio Armenta received his first job in the masonry industry twenty years ago as a tender and worked his way up. He also placed first in the 2013 and 2015 MCAA Fastest Trowel on the Block competitions.

Winners were presented with trophies, plus first place took home $8,000, a special trophy from Marshalltown, and a 10-pack of mortar boards from GATORBACK; second place received $2,500; and $1,500 was awarded to third place. Cash prizes were provided by SPEC MIX, Inc. All winners received a Marshalltown tool bag and tools, a gift certificate from STIHL, and additional prizes. All contestants received a level from competition sponsor Stabila.

The Mason Contractors Association of America would like to thank the judges from across the country for donating their time and expertise:
  • Moroni Mejia, Trenwyth; Phoenix
  • Bryan Althammer, Airplaco Equipment Company; Cincinnati
  • Robert Collins, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #4 CA; Arcadia, Calif.
  • Dave Endres, Superlite Block, Inc.; Phoenix
  • Adam Jacob, Jacob Masonry Contractors; Cleves, Ohio
  • Don McCauley, Hunt Country Masonry Inc.; Leesburg, Va.
  • Jack Ross, AZ Best Block; Phoenix
  • Phillip Samblanet, The Masonry Society; Longmont, Colo.
  • Steve Sianez, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #4 CA; Arcadia, Calif.
  • Larry Vacala, Restore Masonry, LLC; Chicago
  • Jim Zuidema, Jimmy’Z Masonry Corp.; Crystal Lake, Ill.
The MCAA would also like to thank the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) and Stabila for sponsoring the MCAA Fastest Trowel on the Block competition, and give a special thank you to the sponsors and service/material donors for their contributions including:

Competition Sponsors

  • National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA)
  • Stabila

Contributors

  • AZ Best Block
  • GATORBACK, Inc.
  • QUIKRETE
  • SPEC MIX, Inc.

Prize Donations

  • GATORBACK, Inc.
  • Marshalltown Company
  • SPEC MIX, Inc.
  • Stabila
  • STIHL

MCAA Strategic Partners

  • Airplaco Equipment Company
  • Dow Building Solutions
  • Echelon
  • EZ Grout Corporation
  • Fraco Products, Ltd.
  • iQ Power Tools
  • Kennison Forest Products, Inc.
  • Mortar Net Solutions
  • Non-Stop Scaffolding
  • SPEC MIX, Inc.
  • Stabila
  • Trademen’s Software, Inc.

About the MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block

The Fastest Trowel on the Block is hosted annually by the MCAA as part of MASONRY MADNESS™ during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas. The competition is a showcase of industry craftsmanship and a testament of both the speed and skill of our industry’s workforce.

The 2017 MCAA Fastest Trowel on the Block will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017 during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas.

For more information about the competition and to register, please visit www.fastesttrowel.com.


About the Author

Tim O’Toole is the Director of Marketing for the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA). He has a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University and has worked in the masonry industry since 2003.

 

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