Category: Spotlight

GEN NXT: Joseph Blanton

In our seventh GEN NXT interview and our first for 2018, we had the opportunity to speak with Joseph Blanton, an apprentice with WASCO, Inc. out of Nashville, Tennessee. In 2017, Joseph competed in his first Masonry Skills Challenge at the World of Concrete. He won in his division, and at the time of writing, is set to compete in the Masonry Skills Challenge at the second-year level. Joseph is the youngest person we’ve ever had the opportunity to interview for this series, and truly represents the next generation of the workforce. Masonry Magazine: In 2017, you won first...

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Vehicle Safety 101: What You Need To Know

Vehicles are a part of day-to-day life in the world of masonry. Whether it be a small contractor using his pickup truck and a small forklift to move pallets around a jobsite, or a large contractor with a team of hundreds using a telehandler to reach portions of a structure, they come in handy. They’re an integral part of any sized job. However, driving and using vehicles safely is something contractors just can’t take for granted. This article is intended to serve as a resource on some of the basics for safe vehicle operation. VEHICLE MAINTENANCE Why is vehicle...

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Beauty in the Details: Mortar Color

From the color of your truck, your house and your jacket to the color of tools, pills, buildings, dishes and product packaging, there’s a concerted effort to attract your attention, your approval, and yes, your money, through the use of color. Without looking at a logo or reading the company name, most stone masons and lots of regular folks can accurately identify, just from the color, a John Deere brand tractor, a DEWALT tool case, UPS or FedEx truck, can of Coca-Cola or Tiffany’s box. The latter is its own trademarked robin’s egg shade of blue. Color is a...

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American Treasure: St. John the Divine

When we think of old cathedrals we often imagine those of Europe or throughout Latin America. Touring these places we repeatedly hear that they took centuries to come to fruition. For us Americans seemingly loathe to let a building remain for more than 50 years, such aging is near unfathomable. Yet we have one of those finely aged cathedrals too: the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. This American Treasure located in Manhattan is more than 130 years old and brings visitors from all over the world. It is said to be the largest cathedral in the world....

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The Art Of Seeing: North Carolina’s Masonry Education Day

One of the largest challenges facing the masonry industry is generating interest in the younger generations. Providing written marketing materials and social media posts are one way to stimulate the future generation of the trade, but in-person, hands-on events take the experience to the next level. In order for these events to be successful, the buy-in has to come from all facets of the masonry industry, educational systems, and the communities that are served by them. North Carolina’s Masonry Education Day, which took place during the state’s Apprenticeship week, was one such experience. The reason this particular event was...

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