Concrete & Masonry Career Fair A Huge Success!

Eighty-nine students and 17 adults from Maple Grove attended the March 4 Concrete & Masonry Hands-On Career Fair held at the BAC Training Center in New Hope. The 7th and 8th graders were Tech Ed class students of Melvina Harrison Clark and Mark Bruemmer at Maple Grove Middle School.
The young folks experienced a day long education in the “day-in-the-life” of a bricklayer, tile setter, cement mason, laborer and operating engineer. The training center was broken up into 12 stations with groups of students and an adult supervisor moving from station to station every 30 minutes to get their hands in the mud and learn directly from the apprentices and instructors that know the trade and about what it takes in terms of education and training to be successful in the construction industry.

The MC&MCA co-sponsored the Career Fair along with the bricklayers, tile setters, cement masons, laborers, and the operating engineers. Two of the 12 stations were manned by the MC&MCA and led by John Thomas of TCC Materials showing the building of the MN Vikings Stadium and the new St. Croix River Bridge and Mike Davy of Amcon Concrete Products talking about the construction process from start to finish in terms of bidding, materials, transportation, and the need for many different types of personnel and educational backgrounds.

The kids and adults were treated to a pizza lunch and a swag bag of goodies. Financial contributions were received from Donald R. Frantz Concrete Construction Company, Carciofini, and Esch Construction Supply Inc. Josh Stokes of Brock White Company donated safety glasses and Jim Turitto of Bulach Custom Rock provided work gloves. Special thanks to Bill John of Fenix Group Concrete Construction who set up and displayed the proper way to apply metallic epoxy to concrete.

One special guest was Jeremy Parker, the Apprenticeship MN Coordinator at the State Department of Labor and Industry. He and his agency are very interested in our efforts to reach younger persons and wish to work with us in the future as we grow this program.


As we did in our first effort in November of 2018, we hired a video person who got a lot of footage and is currently producing a video for us. We will use it on our website and social media, as well as get it to members and unions to use around the state. We will keep you posted as this work is pulled together.
Thank you to all those that made this event possible:  Maple Grove Middle School, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Apprenticeship Training Center, TCC Materials, Amcon Concrete Products, Brock White Company, Advanced Masonry Restoration, Twin City Tile and Marble Company, McGough, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, Rice Lake Construction Group, JE Dunn Construction, American Engineering Testing, Inc., American Artstone Company, Carciofini and Donald R. Frantz Concrete Construction Company. We would especially like to thank John Slama, Masonry Coordinator at the BAC Training Center, for all his organizational work and staff time to pull this very important workforce development effort together.
Interested in learning how you and your company can participate in upcoming events like these? Contact Mark Severson at