The 8th Annual 2013 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Ohio Regional brought several new and exciting developments to the competition that is the industry’s premier event.  St. Mary’s Cement hosted this year’s event.  Located in the heart of Cleveland, St Mary’s Cement site provided an excellent location for competitors, sponsors, and spectators to enjoy a beautiful Saturday in August.

The day was full of fun, food, prizes, entertainment and most importantly, competitive bricklaying.  Fan support for this event was at an all-time high with more than 100 attendees.  Attendees and competitors alike competed in a game of bag toss and “Heads and Tails,” where competitors attempted to get a corn filled bag through a hole on a board or be the last person standing after calling heads or tails in a game of chance. All in attendance were eligible to participate in the games to win prizes, including two 51 inch plasma televisions.

The competition itself featured two of the event’s front runners and former world place winners; Justin Jakubisin with Foti Contracting LLC, Wickliffe, Ohio, and Jeff Burton with Steady Pace Construction, Germantown, Ohio.  There were a couple of first time competitors at the Regional event this year.  Ten solid walls were built and yet again it came down to the two seasoned vets.  Justin edged out Jeff to win the event and a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the 2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National in January, by finishing with a 588 final brick count.  Jeff Burton took second place and the Ohio Top Craftsmanship award.

This event brought together the entire Ohio masonry industry and featured many national SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Sponsors including Hydro Mobile, Multiquip, IQ Power Tools and Marshalltown Trowel who supplied tool bags and engraved trowels for the place winners. Local Ford Commercial Dealer, Valley Ford, showcased the latest in jobsite work truck solutions for the local contractors in attendance. St. Mary’s Cement was proud to host the event and has already expressed interest in hosting the event again in the future.  More than 20 local masonry industry suppliers also supported this event through generous donations of prizes and funds for the event.

Jakubisin will be heading to Las Vegas to compete at the World Championship 2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 22, 2013. He will be representing the state of Ohio in an international competition and ready to prove he has the skill, speed and stamina to be the “World’s Best Bricklayer!”

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