The 2013 Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 Regional season that included 16 separate qualifier competitions across North America ended in Phoenix, Arizona, on December 7. The winners of each contest have earned a spot to take on the returning 2013 Champion and Top Craftsman at the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 national event held in Las Vegas on Wednesday, January 22 at the 2014 World of Concrete/World of Masonry tradeshow. With as many as 4,000 spectators in attendance and 20 world-class masons competing for over $100,000 in cash and prizes, the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 is the single largest masonry competition in the construction industry. The champion is awarded the title “World’s Best Bricklayer” and handed the keys to drive home in the grand prize, a new Ford F-250 4x4 SuperDuty Truck.
Established by SPEC MIX, Inc. in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons, the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 is a two-person team competition consisting of a mason and a mason tender that are given 60 minutes to construct a 26-foot 8-inch, double wythe brick wall while meeting strict quality standards. Judged by over 20 highly qualified industry experts, the award places are based on the highest brick counts meeting the quality standards and competition rules. Following the champion distinction, the second most coveted title is the Spec Mix Top Craftsman award that the panel of judges rate ”the most sellable wall” meeting the required 500 brick count.