EAGAN, MN - SPEC MIX, Inc., has held half of the 2012 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional competitions which decide who competes in the 2013 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National, at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, during February 5-8. The National bricklaying competition event will be held during that week on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. It will be part of an all-day “Masonry Madness” program that will include 4 masonry brick and block competition events starting mid-morning and running all day.

When the leaves start to turn color this time of year masons around the world know it is the season to qualify for a National competition spot in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 program. Eight of the 16 Regionals planned for 2012 have been held to-date. The qualifying winners will represent their regions at the National and compete for the largest grouping of prizes & cash for a masonry competition in the world and the coveted title of “World's Best Bricklayer.”

The Regional winners to-date are:

1. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Ohio
Mason - Charles Jeff Burton, Miter Masonry, Cincinnati, OH, Brick Count - 600

2. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Washington
Mason - Mark Earwood, Fairweather Masonry, Bellevue, WA, Brick Count - 459

3. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Utah
Mason - Kim Pierce, Pierce Masonry, Spanish Fork, UT, Brick Count - 537*

4. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Illinois
Mason - Steve Cleveland, Midwest Masonry, Mundelein, IL, Brick Count - 622*

5. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Tennessee
Mason - Fred Campbell, C & C Masonry, Jonesborough, TN, Brick Count - 473

6. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Wisconsin
Mason - Nick Brock, Exteriors Plus, Jefferson, WI, Brick Count - 547*

7. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Colorado
Mason - Bob Boll, Boll Masonry, Littleton, CO, Brick Count - 580*

8. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - South Carolina
Mason - Jerry Goodman, Jerry Goodman & Sons Masonry, Blythewood, SC, Brick Count - 491*

* Mason won both first place and the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN award for the most “sellable” wall.

New at all Regionals this year is an attendee contest to win a VIP “I'm Goin' to Vegas!” trip. Any Regional attendee 21 years of age or older can sign-up to win a trip for two to Las Vegas, Nevada, to watch the 2012 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National. For details on this contest, click here.

There are eight more SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regionals scheduled throughout North America yet to be held for 2012, they are:

9. SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 Regional - Oklahoma

  • Date: Thursday, October 11, 2011
  • Location: Tulsa Technology Center - 3420 South Memorial Drive - Tulsa, OK 74147
  • Contact: Carson Wann - (918) 230-6124 or Cleo Nunley (918) 576-4736
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856

10. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - California

  • Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012
  • Location: QUIKRETE Sacramento - 7705 Wilbur Way - Sacramento, CA 95828
  • Contact: Rob Dyer - (916) 919-0463 or Tyler Clark 801-809-9506
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • SPEC MIX Manager: Tom Peterson (612) 750-8653

11. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Ontario

  • Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
  • Location: Conestoga College - 108 University Avenue East - Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W2
  • Contact: Dean Garbutt (519) 240-7265
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856

12. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Alabama

  • Date: Friday, October 19th, 2012
  • Location: Willcutt Block & Supply Co., Inc. - 1201 Kicker Rd East. - Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
  • Contact: Ryan Coyne (404) 702-5944 or Henry Barnett (205) 215-9759
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856

13. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Iowa

  • Date: Friday, October 26th, 2012
  • Location: TCC Materials - 1610 West D Street - Vinton, IA 52349
  • Contact: Arlen Beck (563) 506-1152 or Scott Ellingson (515) 360-2319
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856

14. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Florida

  • Date: Friday, November 2, 2012
  • Location: A-1 Block - 350 S Persimmon Ave. - Sanford, FL 32771
  • Contact: Bryan Pinder (305) 684-0967
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • SPEC MIX Manager: Nick Blohowiak (920) 737-3856

15. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Alberta

  • Date: Friday, November 2, 2012
  • Location: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology - Bob Edwards Building 2015 Centre Avenue East - Calgary, AB T2E OA9
  • Contact: Tom Bartley (403) 651-0650
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • SPEC MIX Manager: Tom Peterson (612) 750-8653

16. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional - Arizona

  • Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012
  • Location: Phoenix Brick - 1814 South 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007
  • Contact: Kip Bretting (623) 764-8369
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • SPEC MIX Manager: Tom Peterson (612) 750-8653