2012 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® competitors finalized
21 teams put their talent and physical endurance to the test
The World Series of bricklaying will be held in Las Vegas in January 2012. The final selection of the 2012 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® National bricklaying championship competitors has been finalized. There is a record high of 21 bricklayers competing this year. The competition is mainly comprised of the 16 winners from regional bricklayer events that were held during 2011 throughout the US & Canada. Competition bricklayers come from states such as Ohio, Washington, Illinois, Utah, Tennessee, Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida, Northern California, and Alabama. In addition, masons will be laying brick from the Canadian provinces of Alberta, and Ontario. Also masons from the countries of England and Australia will compete. The 2011 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National Champion, Ray Robinson will also be returning to defend his title as well as the 2011 SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN® winner, Dave Moyle.
Ray Robinson with tender Lynette Darby
Filipe Orafo with tender Manuel Oliveira
Cookstown, ON, Canada
Ron Elliott with tender Mark Roese
Botany, NSW, Australia
Ken Rutley with tender Adam Wiebe
Medicine Hat, AB, Canada
Leif Reints with tender Gustavo Soriano
Justin Jakubisin with tender Aaron Cooke
Scott Tuttle with tender Brian Tuttle
Fred Campbell with tender Tony Shelton
Art Canez with tender Lupe Salcido
Glenn Houghton Sr. with tender Joe Kitzman
Blue Grass, IA
David Jones Sr. with tender Ivan Rosales
Dave Moyle with tender Pat Pope
Jason Boll with tender Paul Boll
Bartosz Stasioswki with tender Mario Guerrero
Schiller Park, IL
Curtis Wright with tender Stanley Bell
Ben Griffin with tender Dennis Chessie
Albert Allen Jr. with tender Albert Allen III
Gary Plamer with tender Jaman Palmer
Steve Cleveland with tender William Hill
Nick Brock with tender Nick Miller
Ian Oliver with tender Serge Wiltzius
Wickham, Hampshire, England
The 2012 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National bricklaying championship decides, “Who is the World’s Best Bricklayer?” This timed, 60 minute competition is being held on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at 2:00 PM CST, in the Masonry Construction’s Challenge Arena, located in the Gold Lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2012 World of Concrete / World of Masonry trade show. This is the largest annual construction trade show in the world.
Established to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of masonry, spectators witness a true test of human drama as 21 highly skilled teams consisting of a mason and a tender put their talent and physical endurance to the ultimate test. Each mason is required to meet the quality standards of the event as they build a 26 foot 8 inch, double wythe brick wall. The competition has four awards: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place are based on the highest net brick count after subtracting for any quality violations. The 4th award, the highly coveted SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, is judged based on the most sellable wall, or the wall demonstrating the best craftsmanship, with over 500 total qualifying brick. Judging the 2012 event is a combination of 22 journeymen level bricklayers and masonry instructors from across North America. The judges combine for an average of nearly 25 years of experience in the trade.
The SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 has the largest winner’s purse of any masonry competition with approximately $100,000 in gifts, cash and prizes including a 2012 FORD F-250 4x4 XLT truck fully loaded with special features. Many of the competitors attest that there is a great deal of strategy in play to win the event with some teams making their main goal to win the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN award offering the event’s second highest valued award.
Before the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 begins, the day’s events are kicked off with the preliminary SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER® competition starting at 12:30 PM CTS, this is a contest that challenges the 20 mason tenders to set up the bricklaying station as quickly and accurately to meet the specifications outlined. With $2,500 cold cash on the line, this contest is truly an incredible test of physical endurance as each tender moves tons of material by hand.
For more details about this event visit www.specmixbricklayer500.com.
About the Author
Jeff Farmakes is the Marketing Communications Manager for SPEC MIX®, Inc.