Last weekend, Cleveland’s Bricklayers Local 5 apprentice Jaymes Sanford took first place in the Marble competition at the 2015 Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers/International Masonry Institute North Central Region Apprentice Contest.
More than 20 apprentices traveled to Batavia, Ohio to take part in the regional competition featuring four building and construction trade skills – Cement, Marble, Pointer-Cleaner-Caulker (PCC), and Terrazzo. Separate competitions were held in Illinois and Wisconsin for the other allied trades, including Brick, Plaster, Tile, and Stone.
Sanford’s hard work, dedication, and union training all played a role in helping him bring home a regional championship. Sanford was one of two Ohio apprentices that proved to be the best of the best in their chosen field; Chase Owens from Canton’s Local 6 took top honors in the PCC competition.
Strong competitors from the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades also included Mentor’s Local 16 apprentice Adam Babic and Local 5 apprentice Taylor Conrad, who finished third in the Cement and Terrazzo competitions, respectively.
Both Sanford and Owens will vie for a national title during the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers‘ national competition, held in Bowie, Md. on September 11 and 12.
The Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council wish Jaymes Sanford and all other Ohio competitors the best during the next and final stage of competition.