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December 17, 2009 12:00 PM CST

Apprentices Compete for ‘Top Trowel’ Honors


A select group of talented, relative newcomers to the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) earned the distinction of top apprentices in eight trowel trades crafts at the BAC/IMI (International Masonry Institute) International Apprentice Contest, held in September at the BAC/IMI John J. Flynn International Training Center.

A total of 103 contestants competed in eight craft categories that included brick, cement, marble, plaster, PCC/restoration, stone, tile and terrazzo. BAC apprentices receive their training through Local Union training programs and the IMI.

1st Place Winners

Darren Tobolt, BAC Local 40 Ohio of the Ohio Administrative District Council

Michael Sell, Sr., BAC Local 7 New York/New Jersey

Nikolajs Pastuhovs, BAC Local 1 Washington

Ray Lowden, III, BAC Local 9 Pennsylvania

Christos Katechis, BAC Local 1 New York

Daniel McInerney, BAC Local 3 Massachusetts

Rey Barrios, BAC Local 3 California

Jesse Steger, BAC Local 11 of the Wisconsin Administrative District Council

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About the Author

Founded in 1865, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers represents craftworkers in the trowel trades across the United States and Canada including bricklayers, stone and marble masons, cement masons, plasterers, tilesetters, terrazzo and mosaic workers, and pointers/cleaners/caulkers. Learn more at


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