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 WinnersBrick
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
For more information, visit www.bacweb.org.
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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 www.bacweb.org.