The Mason Contractors Association of America held its annual Midyear Meeting at the historic Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania from September 17-21. This marks the fourth year in a row that the event has broken the previous attendance record. The meeting is the masonry industry’s chance to enjoy a balance of networking, educational, and collaborative events.
The MAC PEC Golf Outing, which took place on Monday after Committee Meetings, set an all-time high in fundraising to support the MCAA’s advocacy for the industry.
Hands-On Speed Dating returned for the first time since 2020, and the Speed Dating Break Zones returned for the second year in a row. Contractors dialogued with suppliers in brief 20-minute sessions. Supplier participants in Speed Dating were: Amerimix, Cultured Stone, EZG Manufacturing, EZ Scaffold, FRACO, Hydro Mobile, Masonry Cosmetics, Non-Stop Scaffolding, PROSOCO, Norton Clipper, SOLA, SPEC MIX, Xtreme, Lowe’s, Malta Dynamics, STABILA, and TNT Equipment Inc.
The Clay Café Tour and Dinner, presented by MCAA Corporate Partner Glen-Gery, was a unique opportunity for attendees to experience the brickmaking process and enjoy a barbecue dinner.
On Wednesday evening, the MCAA’s Masonry Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Ceremony took place. This year, four inductees received the prestigious honor: Calvin Brodie, Steve Getz, Dan Hiltebeitel, and Bill McConnell.
The MCAA’s Midyear Meeting takes place every Fall in a location chosen by the current Chairman. The Meeting provides industry stakeholders, including contractors and suppliers, the opportunity to network and learn outside of the traditional tradeshow setting.
MCAA President and CEO, Jeff Buczkiewicz, summed up this highly successful event by stating, “Over the past four years, our Midyear Meeting has grown into a can’t-miss event for contractors around the country. Our attendance has set yet another record. This is incredibly promising, especially as we develop new offerings like the 2024 Masonry Alliance Program, a national Workforce Development plan, and 2025 Leadership Summit. We look forward to building relationships with all the new stakeholders who want to help us build tomorrow.”
About Mason Contractors Association of America: The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) is the national trade association representing mason contractors. The MCAA is committed to preserving and promoting the masonry industry by providing continuing education, advocating fair codes and standards, fostering a safe work environment, recruiting future manpower and marketing the benefits of masonry materials.