County Materials Sponsors 2022 Spec Mix Bricklayer 500
February 28, 2023

Categories | Community & Industry Support, Masonry

County Materials Sponsors 2022 Spec Mix Bricklayer 500

The Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 is undoubtedly the most successful and popular masonry challenge in the nation. At each regional SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 competition, ten professional masons can work hard to earn a spot in the World of Concrete Bricklayer 500 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Local high school students are also given the opportunity to compete in the Junior Bricklayer event, which is held in conjunction with regional Bricklayer 500 contests.

County Materials is proud to sponsor this industry event. As a Gold Level sponsor, County Materials supports the masonry industry and the ten professional masons and area high schools that participate in the event.

Our sponsorship helped six high school teams compete in the Junior Bricklayer 500 in 2022. This event introduces high school students to the masonry industry and provides them a valuable hands-on learning experience.

Why the Bricklayer 500?

County Materials sponsors the Bricklayer 500 Wisconsin regionals to engage high school students in the masonry and construction industry. The event not only introduces students to the industry but also educates them on the benefits of working in this rewarding field.

The event also helps students realize they can start building their careers in the industry right after graduating high school, allowing them to earn competitive wages, develop hands-on skills, and seek opportunities for growth.

County Materials understands that contributing to the development of the next generation of masons is critical to the concrete manufacturing and construction industry. We connect with local high school students at these events and generate more interest and excitement in manufacturing and skilled trades.

The Results

Mike Schlund of Kowalski Masonry took first place in the Wisconsin regionals for the second consecutive year. This win earned him a place in the World of Concrete Bricklayer 500 in Las Vegas, where he went on to win the 2023 World Champion title.  

Students from D.C. Everest edged out Kimberly High School (2nd) and Marathon High School (3rd) for the Junior title. The competition was scored on the overall quality of the wall and the total number of bricks laid. Students from all three teams, as well as other schools, gained valuable workforce development experience.

County Materials is proud to be a Gold Level sponsor and looks forward to supporting events in the future. Check out our Careers page to learn more about the opportunities we have available.

Together, we’re building a company that hardworking people are proud to work for, live near, and do business with since 1946.