The QUIKRETE Companies to Sponsor Masonry Competitions at 2006 MCAA

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Showcases for mason skill, speed and craftsmanship to be held at March MCAA Masonry Showcase at CONSTRUCT AMERICA™.

The QUIKRETE® Companies will be the primary sponsor for two masonry competitions during the MCAA Masonry Showcase in Las Vegas: the International Masonry Skills Challenge on March 30 and the Fastest Trowel Competition on March 31, 2006. The QUIKRETE® Companies will donate QUIKRETE® Type S Portland/lime Mortar for each competition.

The International Masonry Skills Challenge is a competition of masonry apprentices in first, second and third year skills levels, challenging winning apprentices from regional U.S. and foreign competitions to determine the top masonry apprentice at each level. This competition is designed to spotlight the industry’s finest young masons and focus attention on careers in the masonry industry.

The Fastest Trowel Competition will pit the best masons in the country against one another in a show of both speed and craftsmanship. Each contestant’s goal is to complete as much of an 18-block-long wall as possible under a 20-minute time limit. The competition is designed to showcase the skills of a journeyman mason and how important teamwork is in accomplishing a final product.

“The QUIKRETE® Companies sponsors these contests to nurture and help recruit for careers in the masonry industry,” stated Dennis Winchester, QUIKRETE® executive vice president. “Sponsoring these two competitions also gives the finest masons across the country a chance to work with QUIKRETE® Masonry products.”

The Masonry Showcase at CONSTRUCT AMERICA™ is the largest marketplace showcasing the industry's top masonry building products and services combined with advanced education programs and industry networking events. Masonry Showcase attendees will experience:

-The only show representing the needs of mason contractors

-Access to two co-located shows at no additional cost to attendees

-Over 700 exhibit booths offering an extensive exposure to construction building products and services covering virtually the entire construction lifecycle

-An event that brings a large number of buyers and sellers together for the purpose of networking and education

-For more information, visit http://www.masonryshowcase.com.

About The QUIKRETE® Companies

The QUIKRETE® Companies are the largest manufacturers of packaged concrete in the United States and an innovative leader in the commercial building and home improvement industries. With more than 80 manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and South America, The QUIKRETE® Companies have unsurpassed product distribution and depth. The QUIKRETE® Technical Center ensures that professionals and consumers alike are provided with the most innovative and highest quality products available on the market. For additional information on QUIKRETE® or its products, visit http://www.quikrete.com or call (800) 282-5828.

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