As the industry is facing a shortage of skilled labor, the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 competition helps to demonstrate that the masonry trade is an exciting and lucrative field. The concept is simple; the competition discovers who can build the biggest wall, with the least amount of errors, in one hour.
Several teams of regional brick masons and mason tenders competed for a spot in the Bricklayer 500 national championship in January to be held at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas. In addition to the competitors, Miron hosted 200 students from surrounding high schools at the event to expose them to the trade and give them the opportunity to participate in a student bricklayer contest, where one earned the title Junior Wisconsin SPEC MIX Bricklayer 50 Champion.
Awards were given to first, second and third place competitors, as well as a distinguished award for Top Craftsman – which went to Roman Graebel (mason) and Greg Korslin (tender), both from Miron Construction! View a visual recap of the day in our Bricklayer 500 photo stream.
The construction industry’s workforce is constantly changing, and new people are joining daily. Miron has recognized this and is providing support and guidance to the new construction workers by actively participating in apprenticeship programs. Miron also supports the program by hiring apprentices and allowing them to shadow an experienced journeyman. This effort benefits not only Miron, but the entire construction industry.
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