Local masonry company wants to inspire youth

PANAMA CITY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - Mike Brunette is the owner of Brunette Masonry in Bay County.

"I'm a fifth-generation masonry contractor, so I grew up doing this and I love it and it's my passion," he said.

Brunette is hoping the Spec Mix competition gets the word out about masonry.

"What I'm hoping to do with this production is to get the younger generation involved in the masonry business, let the kids out there know that we're out here, we need people," he said.

"A lot of the construction, especially in the state of Florida, from block to brick it's in great need and it's a great skill to learn with a great income potential," Quikrete Southwest Regional Manager Ryan Coyne said.

In Bay County, the school district has started a program to teach students different trade skills like masonry.

"There is a very great need for this particular program and I'm so glad that Bay County has decided to bring it back into the high schools. It is going to give a lot of opportunities to some students that wouldn't have other opportunities," Earnest Greene, a Construction Instructor at Arnold High School said.

The hope is to give students more options for the future.