Cultured Stone
EZ Scaffold Corp.
EZG Manufacturing
Federated Insurance
Fraco USA, Inc.
Hydro Mobile, Inc.
Kennison Forest Products, Inc.
Mortar Net Solutions
Non-Stop Scaffolding
Norton Clipper
Owens Corning
Southwest Scaffolding
The Belden Brick Company
Xtreme Manufacturing
May 10, 2005 8:50 AM CDT

Block Stacks Up at Fastest Trowel


First Place: Benjamin Houghton
The skill and speed of twelve masons and twenty three tenders were highlighted at Masonry Showcase's premier event in Chicago on April 22nd. The annual Fastest Trowel on the Block contest drew an audience of hundreds to the exhibit floor to catch the action and see who would win the $7,000 grand prize. Contestants came from across the country to compete against each other to build the biggest and best block wall.

The contest was more exciting than ever, as all the masons built quickly and with great quality. The audience picked their favorites and cheered them on through the twenty minute competition. After the judges did their scoring, the results were announced. The winners are:

First Place: Benjamin Houghton, Houghton Masonry, Blue Grass, Iowa
Second Place: Scott Ramm, Heartland Construction, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Third Place: Javier Lares, Winco Masonry, Porter, Texas

MCAA thanks QUIKRETE, the contest sponsor and contributor of labor and mortar.

Other materials were contributed by Sterling Handling Equipment, EZ Grout, Northfield Block, and Gatorback.

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