Is your child Interested in a "Career in Masonry?"
Longtime building industry leader works to attract workers
Written By: Chris Eversole
Members of the Painter family have been masons since the early 20th Century, and Painter Masonry has operated for 50 years.
The company, which laid bricks and cement blocks for many of the buildings at the University of Florida and other parts of Greater Gainesville, won’t continue for another generation.
No family member is ready to continue Painter Masonry’s legacy, and none of the workers have stepped up to take over.
What’s more, it’s harder and harder to find workers who are willing to take on the arduous work of building the future – one brick at a time – in the Florida sun.
Young people are missing a great opportunity, said co-owner Jim Painter. He’s on a crusade, evangelizing for masonry and other skilled trades. He’s doing so as executive director of the Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council, an outreach arm of the state government that then-Gov. Rick Scott created in 2015.