The official schedule for the 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Qualifier Events has been released. It’s that time of year again when masons across North America put their skill, speed and stamina to the test at their local regional competition with the hope of earning spot at the World Championship in Vegas. But before they can advance to the final round and compete for the title: “World’s Best Bricklayer,” they have to take 1st place at one of 20 regional events.

In both the Regional and World Championship events, each bricklayer works with their favorite mason tender to build a 26-foot, double-wythe brick wall totaling 500 or more units in just 60 minutes. The walls are judged by experienced masonry experts focusing on quality workmanship standards that include, among other criteria, joint thickness, height, plumb, level, and voids, which are commonly called “bee holes.” Any infractions result in deductions from the total amount of brick installed in the wall. The bricklayer-mason tender team with the most bricks laid after any deductions wins the event. The winners of each Regional battle is added to the roster of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 3. The event attracts over 4,000 attendees during the World of Concrete/World of Masonry and is widely recognized as the world’s largest tradesmen competition offering the greatest purse of cash and prizes, valued at over $100,000, including a 2016 Ford F-250 4x4 truck.

The 20 Regional winners will compete against the returning 2015 World Champion, Fred Campbell of Tennessee and SPEC MIX Top Craftsman, Garrett Hood of North Carolina, who laid 743 and 723 bricks respectively.

1. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Ohio
. Date: Saturday, Aug. 8
. Location: St. Mary’s Cement Terminal – 250 Jefferson Ave. S., Cleveland
. Contact: Patrick O’Toole (216) 513-9502, Brian Tillett (513) 615-4986 or Blaine Thiel (513) 615-4980
. Time: 10 AM

2. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – East Tennessee
. Date: Saturday, Aug. 15
. Location: General Shale – 909 Mountain View Dr., Piney Flats, TN
. Contact: Ryan Coyne (404) 702-5944 or Marty Schiraldi (305) 812-0687
. Time: 10 AM

3. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Utah
. Date: Friday, Aug. 21
. Location: Interstate Brick – 9780 South 5200 West, West Jordan, UT
. Contact: Patrick McCarthy (801) 809-9506 or Riley Allen (303) 819-7459
. Time: 11:00 AM

4. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Alabama
. Date: Friday, Sept. 18
. Location: Construction Materials Inc. – 2801 Messer Airport Hwy., Birmingham, AL
. Contact: Ryan Coyne (404) 702-5944 or John Almond (205) 215-9759
. Time: 11 AM

5. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Illinois
. Date: Friday, Sept. 18
. Location: District Council Training Center IL – 2140 W Corporate Dr., Addison, IL
. Contact: Mike Rolf (414) 640-1373 or Shawn O’Malley (708) 476-3486 or Matt Pfotenhauer (630) 707- 8200
. Time: 11 AM

6. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Colorado
. Date: Saturday, Sept. 19th
. Location: Procoat Systems – 4343 Holly St., Denver
. Contact: Riley Allen (303) 819-7459
. Time: 11 AM

7. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Pennsylvania
. Date: Thursday, Sept. 24
. Location: Fizzano Brothers Concrete Products – 1776 Chester Pike, Crum Lynne, PA
. Contact: John Paci (610) 656-1608 or Ed Owens (804) 291-8417
. Time: 2:30 PM

8. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Wisconsin
. Date: Thursday, Sept. 24
. Location: IMI Training Center – 17125 W Cleveland Ave., New Berlin, WI
. Contact: Mike Rolf (414) 640-1373
. Time: 3 PM

9. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Washington
. Date: Saturday, Sept. 26
. Location: Intern Western Washington Masonry Trades Training Center – Washington – 6737 Corson Ave. S., Seattle
. Contact: Don Dodroe (206) 718-2632
. Time: Noon

10. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – South Carolina
. Date: Thursday, Oct. 1
. Location: Tucker Kirby Co. – 2701 Shop Rd., Columbia, SC
. Contact: Ryan Coyne (404) 702-5944 or Marty Schiraldi (305) 812-0687
. Time: 11 AM

11. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Oklahoma
. Date: Thursday, Oct. 1
. Location: Tulsa Technology Center – 3420 South Memorial Dr., Tulsa, OK
. Contact: Carson Wann (918) 230-6124 or Trey Harris (214) 728-4592
. Time: 11 AM

12. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Ontario
. Date: Wednesday, Oct. 7
. Location: Conestoga College – 108 University Ave. East, Waterloo, Ontario
. Contact: Dean Garbutt (519) 240-7265
. Time: 5 PM

13. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – West Tennessee
. Date: Friday, Oct. 9
. Location: LoJac Materials – 204 Cowan Rd., Dickson, TN
. Contact: Will Scott (615) 319-0793 or Brian Tillett (513) 615-4986
. Time: 1 PM

14. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – California
. Date: Saturday, Oct. 10
. Location: QUIKRETE Sacramento – 7705 Wilbur Way, Sacramento, CA 95828
. Contact: Rob Dyer (510) 861-8067
. Time: 11 AM

15. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – New England
. Date: Thursday, Oct. 15
. Location: Jolley Concrete Inc. – 42 Junior Ave., Danielson, CT
. Contact: Bob Smith (860) 966-6164 or Dan Scott (201) 415-7748
. Time: 11 AM

16. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – British Columbia
. Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21
. Location: Kwantlen Polytech University – 5500 180th St., Surry, BC
. Contact: Carlos Zamora (604) 368-6402
. Time: 3 PM

17. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Texas
. Date: Thursday, Oct. 22
. Location: ACME / Featherlite – 3815 Singleton Blvd., Dallas
. Contact: Trey Harris (214) 728-4592
. Time: 11 AM

18. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – N. Carolina
. Date: Thursday, Oct. 22
. Location: Tucker-Kirby Co. – 3825 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, NC
. Contact: Ryan Coyne (404) 702-5944 or Marty Schiraldi (305) 812-0687
. Time: 11 AM

19. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Alberta
. Date: Friday, Nov. 6
. Location: So. Alberta Institute of Technology – Thomas Riley Building, 1301-16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB
. Contact: Tom Bartley (403) 651-0650
. Time: 11 AM

20. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – Arizona
. Date: Saturday, Nov. 7
. Location: Phoenix Brick – 1800 West Maricopa Freeway, Phoenix
. Contact: Dennis Berger (623) 764-8369, Riley Allen (303) 819-7459
. Time: 11 AM

The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 masonry industry promotion is supported by a family of outstanding sponsors who support the program’s mission: KEEPING THE TRADE STRONG! These generous organizations are listed below.
Platinum Level Sponsors

SPEC MIX, Inc.
Ford Trucks
Masonry Construction
Gold Level Sponsors
Prism Pigments
Marshalltown Company
STIHL, Inc.
Hydro Mobile
QUIKRETE
Multiquip
Belden Brick
Stabila
Mason Contractors Association of America
Crick Tools
i.Q. Power Tools
Beta Max Hoists
Mortar Net Solutions
Blaklader

For more details about this event go to: The 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Digital Magazine

For further information go to: www.specmixbricklayer500.com

For further information on the World of Concrete go to: www.worldofconcrete.com/