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2023 SpecMix Bricklayer500 Regional Competition

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The 2023 Bricklayer500 Regional Competition was held at Midwest Brick & Block on Saturday, September 16.  As has been customary, every team competing was a Union Member employed by one of our Bricklayers Local 1 of Missouri Signatory Contractors.

We are excited to announce the First Place winning team *and* the Top Craftsman award at the 2023 Bricklayer500 Regional Contest are Local 1 MO Journeyman Bricklayer Rudy Menke, and his Mason Tender Steve Braswell, employed by Local 1 Signatory Contractor John Smith Masonry. They will be advancing on to the National Championships in Las Vegas in January 2024.

Joining them in Las Vegas will be the winners of our "Fastest Trowel on the Block" contest, Local 1 MO Journeyman Bricklayer Chris Cain and his Mason Tender Eric Heberle, employed by Local 1 Signatory Contractor John Smith Masonry.

Additionally, the winners of the SkillsUSA Apprentice Contests who will be advancing to the Las Vegas championships will be Carter Firebaugh (1st Place for First Year, Swanson Masonry), Chad Mask (2nd Place for First Year, Lampkin Masonry), Matthew Lampkin (1st Place for Second Year, Lampkin Masonry), Toni Lewis (2nd Place for Second Year, John Smith Masonry), reigning champion Ryan Newton (1st Place for Third Year, Lampkin Masonry), and Ben Reimer (Heitkamp Masonry) and Grant Cole (John Smith Masonry), who tied for 2nd Place in the Third Year contest.

We are proud to have you all representing our ADC and showing the world who has #TheBestHandsInTheBusiness!