Top Notch Trowel and Masonry News – MITA May 2016 Newsletter

Top Notch Trowel and Masonry News – MITA May 2016 Newsletter


Training up younger skilled masons? Yes you are! As a member of MITA it’s all about YOU. The future of your industry depends on it. With all y’all making it happen, MITA starts in high schools. Masonry students then graduate on to Apprenticeship, and years later graduate as Journey persons with official State or Federal approved Journey Certificates and Cards. Working for YOU!


The 17th Annual Top Notch Trowel and Jim Broncatello Perpetual Trophy competition challenged masonry students from 4 high schools in 4 different projects! Who won? Medals were awarded as in royal tradition by “Bronc” himself. The school with the highest overall score wins the prestigious Perpetual Trophy with rights to display it at their campus for a whole year. Congratulations to ALL competitors!

top notch trowel 2016 judges Industry leaders judged all divisions. Many thanks to Art and Gilbert Ramirez of Ramirez Masonry, Tom and Tad Justus of Justus Masonry, Oscar Bojorquez with NuWay Masonry, Howard Cole California’s Fastest Trowel multi-year winner, Richie King Masonry Foreman, and Miguel Gonzalez MITA Journeyman. And the ‘man behind the trophy’ Jim Broncatello himself sharing his legacy with a smile 🙂


Top Notch Trowel Tenders

Each school brings a Tender to support their whole team.

Top Notch Trowel 2016 Winners

 2016 Winners of the Overall Perpetual Trophy – Ontario High School with Instructor Kennie Ott

1st Place Straight Lead Ontario High School

1st Place Straight Lead Ontario High School

Valley High School Escondido with Instructor Alex Lopez

Valley High School Escondido with Instructor Alex Lopez

AB Miller High School Fontana with Instructor Danny Clayton

AB Miller High School Fontana with Instructor Danny Clayton

4 Divisions Results:

Straight Lead: 1st Ontario, 2nd AB Miller, 3rd Boys Republic
Sample Panel: 1st AB Miller, 2nd Ontario, 3rd Boys Republic
Corner Lead: 1st Ontario, 2nd Valley High School Escondido, 3rd Boys Republic
8 Ft Long Wall: 1st Ontario, 2nd Boys Republic, 3rd AB Miller

Top Notch Trowel 2016 Gallery


You are invited to a Prevailing Wage Seminar on June 17th by Associated Builders & Contractors Southern California Chapter. The seminar is free, but you are requested to register if you want to attend.

[They make sure there’s enough materials available for everyone]. Get all your questions answered! Learn the latest changes and updates in Publc Works! Register now for Prevailing Wage 101 at ABC June 17th.


Contractor News & Views reports 60 schools in California and nearly 1,200 students competed in SkillsUSA 49th Annual State Leadership and Skill Conference [see the article here]. Our favorite part was a 2-day project built by Downey Unified School District’s Warren High School students. The Associated General Contractors Skills Building Trades technical advisor chairman Jack Chapel ran this best-ever multi-trades event. MITA Members, Suppliers, Judges, and Apprentices all helped the masonry competition!


MITA gets younger masons started, men and women, who want to be a part of your industry, and work for YOU! Contractors, suppliers, employers, sponsors can actually hire candidates with a proven interest and the right attitude #1. You DO make the difference with MITA, and we truly appreciate your participation. When you join MITA, you uphold our industry for the future. Thank you!