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The Official Publication
of the Mason Contractors
Association of America
Celebrating 50 Years of SkillsUSA
Companies and organizations of the masonry industry joined together June 25 - 27 to support the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and the National Masonry Contest.
For up to six hours, 52 young masons from 36 states competed at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo. Each contestant, using bricks, blocks and mortar, tried to construct the winning project by placing the masonry materials, according to plans, on a concrete block base.
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Bryan Light of Brick SouthEast, a Brick Industry Association affiliate, has served as chairman of the technical committee since 2003. Light was complimentary in his appreciation of other supporters.
“Our industry’s support of this competition continues to be exemplary,” says Light. “Everyone involved understands the importance of technical training for the proper use of their products, each of which contributes to excellence in finished brick and block projects.”
Members of the National Masonry Technical Committee and other sustaining members and sponsors of the contest include Brick Industry Association SE Region; Argos USA, Bon Tool Co.; Brick Industry Association; Marshalltown Co.; Mason Contractors Association of America; Masonry Institute of Tennessee; Multiquip Corp., National Concrete Masonry Association; NCCER, Oldcastle Architectural, and Spec Mix.
This year’s contestant was supported by donations of blocks from Midwest Block & Brick, mortar from Spec Mix, mortar mixing equipment from Multiquip, and bricks from Oldcastle Architectural. Spec Mix salesmen from around the country were slingin’ their mud, donated of course, in support of the contest. Other companies supporting the contest were Lowe’s and Calculated Industries.
Other highlights of the annual gathering of masonry companies, organizations, instructors and students included a field trip to a local block plant arranged by NCMA representatives Dennis Graber and Mark Wilhelms. The tour was followed by a luncheon in honor of the contestants and their instructors.
Mark Kemp, chairman of the board of directors of MCAA, was the luncheon keynote speaker. Kemp encouraged the young masons with a motivating talk he referred to as “Struggles + Effort = Success.”
Originally known as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA), SkillsUSA was established in 1965. Masonry was added to the National VICA Conference in 1969. The SkillsUSA organization represents more than 350,000 students and instructors from 13,000 school chapters in 54 states and territories. Ironically, the 50th annual event marks the last time it was held in Kansas City. The 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will be held in Louisville, Ky.
To learn more about the Masonry Technical Committee, contact Bryan Light at 770-760-0728. To learn more about SkillsUSA, visit www.SkillsUSA.org.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:17|