Written By: Chris Eversole
Longtime building industry leader works to attract workers
Members of the Painter family have been masons since the early 20th Century, and Painter Masonry has operated for 50 years.
The company, which laid bricks and cement blocks for many of the buildings at the University of Florida and other parts of Greater Gainesville, won’t continue for another generation. No family member is ready to continue Painter Masonry’s legacy, and none of the workers have stepped up to take over.
What’s more, it’s harder and harder to find workers who are willing to take on the arduous work of building the future – one brick at a time – in the Florida sun.
On Friday, February 8, 2019, Robert Ball, Vice President of Coastal Masonry, Masonry Association of Florida (MAF) Southeast Chapter President and Donna Hinson, MAF Executive Director represented the association's apprentice programs and masonry industry at the 1st Annual Junior Achievement Inspire Event. The educational job fair featured a concrete block/masonry demonstration by Central Broward Construction (Justin Lord, Owner Central Broward Construction and MAF State Board Vice Chairman). Over 2000 students attended and were exposed to the masonry industry and construction trades.
Ken Urquhart, Workforce Employment Manager for Junior Achievement of South Florida thanked the MAF for their participation:
The Masonry Association of Florida BLOCK-toberfest event was on Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Maschmeyer Concrete Company of Florida Debary block plant with Block Strong as a sponsor. Troy Maschmeyer, Steve Bishop, Donna Hinson and Matt Sitter are pictured alongside legislators Rene Plasencia and Stockton Reeves.
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September 8, 2018 - Orlando, FL
The Masonry Association of Florida (MAF) held its annual Masonry Apprentice competition and Fastest Trowel on the Block competition on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Florida’s Best Block plant in Orlando, Florida.
The following apprentices were found to be the best in the state:
1st Year Apprentice Winners:
· 3rd Place - Dominic Lindsey – MCAF - K & D Construction
· 2nd Place - Tyler Austin - Central FL - Trinity Contractors, Inc.
· 1st Place - Ruddy Alvarez - Central FL - Trinity Contractors, Inc.
2nd Year Apprentice Winners:
· 3rd Place - Wildy Lozandier - SE Chapter - Coastal Masonry
· 2nd Place - Ruben Ramirez - SWFL MAF - Westcoast Structural
· 1st Place - Randall Pepevnik - MCAF - Pardue Masonry
3rd Place Apprentice Winners:
· 3rd Place - Jabari Francis - SE Chapter -Coastal Masonry
· 2nd Place - Jake Franklin - MCAF - E.L. Shearer C & M
· 1st Place - Kenny Tilghman - MCAF - Billy G & L Masonry
In addition to bragging rights, the winners were awarded cash prizes and our generous sponsors donated tool bags full of masonry tools to the winners.
The MAF's Fastest Trowel on the Block, with six Florida teams competing, was also held on Saturday, September 8 at Florida's Best Block in Orlando.
The team from Pascal Robertson Masonry, Inc., Irvin Willoughby (Mason) and Lawrence Singleton (Tender) took home the grand prize and the opportunity to represent Florida at the MCAA's Fastest Trowel on the Block national competition held in Las Vegas in early 2019.
The other winning teams were:
All of the winners were honored at the Saturday night MAF Masonry Excellence Banquet. Congratulations to all who participated and thank you to all of our very generous sponsors!
Thank you 2018 MAF Sponsors!
We will be meeting at Galuppi’s located at 1103 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, FL 33062.
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Coastal Masonry, Inc.
Office 954-984-0600 Ext.205
1909 NW 16th Street
Pompano Beach FL 33069
Brick, Block & Beers: Vol II Issue II- Masonry Best Practices: Control Joints for Concrete Masonry walls
The pictures provided show cracks under the precast header bearing at what appears to be both ends of an opening. These cracks then turn and extend up to the top of the wall through the course above the precast in a stair step fashion. The third picture provided shows cracking under the end of a precast sill which then extends from the lower right hand corner of the opening down the wall in a stair step fashion.
My response to this inquiry is based strictly on the 3 pictures provided. There may be other extenuating circumstances that I am not aware of.
The pictures provided are so indicative of classic masonry shrinkage cracking that I intend to catalog and use them in future presentations to show where cracking usually shows up in structures where shrinkage of the masonry has not been addressed by either horizontal reinforcing or properly placed control joints.
The Masonry Association of Florida, Inc. (MAF) is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1987. Our mission is to promote masonry construction, provide professional education to construction decision makers and support the mason contractors in Florida. Additional information is available on our website: www.floridamasonry.com or by contacting, Deb Bartolucci, 954-295-9926 or email@example.com.