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MIA 2015 Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Announced

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MIA 2015 Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Announced

Posted on 04 April 2016 by cradmin

craftsman of the yearRegis Studeny was recently named the MIA 2015 Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year. Studeny began his career as an apprentice at Georgia Marble and Atlas Tile and Marble. Some of his very first projects were on the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art. Since joining Rugo Stone in 1993, Studeny’s work has been honored with awards from organizations such as the International Masonry Institute, the Washington Building Congress, the Baltimore Building Congress and the American Institute of Architects.

You may also be interested in this article on the Tile of Spain Award winners.

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MIA+BSI Announces Pinnacle Award Winners

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MIA+BSI Announces Pinnacle Award Winners

Posted on 23 March 2016 by cradmin

MIA Pinnacle Award Winners

Jonathan Zanger (center) receives the Grande Pinnacle from GianPaola Pedretti (Veronafiere) and 2015 MIA President Dan Rea

The MIA+BSI recently announced its annual Pinnacle Awards. Taking the Grand Pinnacle Award was Walker Zanger of Perth Amboy, N.J., for its outstanding work on the Park Hyatt New York. Also honored at the event for their involvement in this project was the architectural firm Yabu Pushelberg.

The other Pinnacle Award winners are as follows.

Awards of Excellence

Residential Interior/Exterior
Walker Zanger
Perth Amboy, N.J.
Massachusetts Residence
Boston

Residential Interior/Exterior
United Marble Fabricators, Inc.
Watertown, Mass.
“Bar with a View”
Boston

Renovation/Restoration
Walker Zanger
Perth Amboy, N.J.
Fashion Tower New York
New York

Bath of the Year
Walker Zanger
Sun Valley, Calif.
2014 Pasadena Showcase House
Pasadena, Calif.

Kitchen of the Year
Tithof Tile & Marble
Northbrook, Ill.
Private Residence
Lake Forest, Ill.

Awards of Merit

Commercial Exterior
Dee Brown, Inc.
Garland, Texas
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston

Commercial Exterior
Dee Brown, Inc.
Garland, Texas
Tarrant County Civil Courthouse
Fort Worth, Texas

Commercial Exterior
Las Vegas Rock, Inc.
Jean, Nev.
Mitchell Park Library
Palo Alto, Calif.

Commercial Exterior
Eclad Limited
Dublin, Ireland
Eaton House
Dublin

Commercial Exterior
PICCO Engineering
Concord, Ontario, Canada
United Nations Memorial, Ark of Return
New York

Commercial Interior
PICCO Engineering
Concord, Ontario, Canada
Canadian Museum of Human Rights
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Commercial Interior
Marmi Natural Stone
Norcross, Ga.
Alston & Bird Atlanta
Atlanta

Commercial Interior
Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Inc.
Lincoln, R.I.
The New York Palace Hotel
New York

Commercial Interior
Grassi Pietre Srl
Nanto, VI, Italy
Zýmē Winery
Cariano, Italy

Renovation/Restoration
Rugo Stone, LLC
Lorton, Va.
Cosmos Club Historic Fireplace Renovation
Washington, D.C.

Renovation/Restoration
W.R. Weis Company, Inc.
Chicago
John Hancock Lobby Renovation
Chicago

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Schlough Receives Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement at TISE

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Schlough Receives Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement at TISE

Posted on 24 February 2016 by cradmin

2016-02-SchloughPark Industries owner Tom Schlough was recently awarded the Marble Institute of America’s 2015 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement at TISE 2016. Based in St. Cloud, Minn., Park Industries develops stone processing machinery and equipment. Schlough’s entrepreneurial leadership lead to many industry achievements. The company is responsible for introducing the first diamond-tipped saw for cutting granite slabs in 1979. Park Industries also went on to develop a CNC router for dimensioning, shaping and cutting marble and granite in 1998. In 2003, it also introduced a system to process full dimension stone into thin-stone veneer. Though Schlough has since retired, he and his wife remain involved as principal owners of the company.
During his acceptance speech, he reflected on his leadership in the stone industry and thanked customers. “Customers first—you are the reason we are here. Everybody has good and bad days—and together, we can get through,” he said. “In retrospect, it wasn’t always easy, but if I had known then what I know now, I would have done the same thing. It has been a great ride.”

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Marble Institute and Building Stone Institute Vote to Combine for 2 Years

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Marble Institute and Building Stone Institute Vote to Combine for 2 Years

Posted on 11 December 2015 by cradmin

mia bsi natural stone institute logoThe results of a vote conducted jointly by the memberships of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and and Building Stone Institute( BSI) affirming the entrance into a joint, two-year agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, on Jan. 1, 2016, the two organizations will combine operations for a period of two years, and operate under the name “MIA & BSI The Natural Stone Institute.” After the initial two years, members will again vote whether or not to make the agreement permanent. According to information released by the organizations, the MIA had 417 votes cast from a pool of 1,323 eligible members (31.5 percent), with 396 voting for the merger and 21 voting against, whereas the BSI had 103 votes cast out of a pool of 222 eligible voters (46.3 percent), with 102 voting for the agreement and one voting against. The Boards and staff of the two organizations have been busy reviewing and combining operations in anticipation of this decision and are working to put plans into play immediately. All benefits of both organizations will be shared between members.

You may also be interested in this article about the International Surface Fabricators Association’s new executive director.

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A Review of Slab Clamp Safety by the Marble Institute (MIA)

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A Review of Slab Clamp Safety by the Marble Institute (MIA)

Posted on 27 October 2015 by cradmin

This video produced by the Marble Institute of America (MIA) is a primer on safety when using slab clamps to lift large slabs of stone or other countertop materials. It walks the viewer through the proper procedures and reminds that slabs can easily weigh more than 1,000 lbs. and can severely injure or even kill someone if there were to have a slab fall on them. It reminds that training is a key element to safety and a video such as this is just one step of a good safety plan.

Specifically the video hits on such topics as remembering to inspect slab handling equipment daily and driving home the fact that a minimum of two people should be involved in any slab lifting procedure.

Overall it is a good refresher on some key safety elements and could be of benefit to pretty much anyone working in a stone/quartz countertop shop.

You may also be interested in the latest article in our countertop shop health & safety series.

 

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Marmomacc 2015 to Hold Stone Industry Leadership Reception

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Marmomacc 2015 to Hold Stone Industry Leadership Reception

Posted on 17 August 2015 by CRadmin3

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) announced that it will host a Stone Industry Leadership Reception, along with Stone World magazine and Informa Exhibitions, at Marmomacc 2015 in Verona, Italy. The reception is Oct. 1 at the Verona Exhibition Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with stone professionals from around the world, find out about upcoming trade shows and hear about new projects. There will also be a wine tasting, courtesy of Tommasi Family Estates and hors d’oeuvres will be served. There is no charge for the reception. However, registration is required by Sept. 15.

Those interested can visit www.marble-institute.com/marmomacc for more information.

You may also be interested in this article on the Coverings trade show.

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Marble Institute and Building Stone Institute Seek 2-Year Consolidation Agreement

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Marble Institute and Building Stone Institute Seek 2-Year Consolidation Agreement

Posted on 14 August 2015 by cradmin

MIA BSI logo comboThe boards for the Marble Institute (MIA) and Building Stone Institute (BSI) voted to ask the memberships to consolidate their operations for two years. A vote is anticipated toward the end of the year. This action concludes a year of discussion between the two organizations about their similarities and duplication of efforts to serve the stone industry. The recommendation to enter into a two-year joint venture came from a task force including representation from both organizations.

“The threats we face each day and into the future are not from the natural stone industry, or its many associations. It is from well organized alternative materials with huge marketing campaigns focused on our markets,” said Coldspring’s Dan Rea, 2015 MIA president. “It’s time to create a unified effort to not only defend but actively promote natural stone.”

“Most importantly, we need to become preemptive as it relates to competing products and our own threats in not taking action,” added Dee Brown Company’s Rob Barnes, 2015 BSI President.

After two years, both memberships can decide to fully integrate or remain independent. The combined group will be called: “MIA + BSI – the natural stone institute.” “Uniting resources creates enormous leverage that, simply put, gets things done,” said Rea.

“We believe this consolidation is additive, and strongly feel the combined equity will provide additional value to the industry and our members with continued relevance as the world’s premiere natural stone association,” added Barnes.

Both organizations have created web pages to inform their respective memberships why they believe the consolidation should take place.

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MIA Extends Deadline for 2015 Pinnacle Awards

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MIA Extends Deadline for 2015 Pinnacle Awards

Posted on 06 July 2015 by cradmin

In light of Vitoria Stone Fair-Marmomacc Latin America sponsoring the “Kitchen of the Year” and “Bath of the Year” categories for the 2015 Pinnacle Awards, the Marble Institute of America (MIA) has extended the entry deadline to August 12. The winner for each category will win a free trip to the 2016 Vitoria Stone Fair-Marmomacc Latin America, to be held Feb. 16 to 19, 2016, in Espirito Santo, Brazil. Winners of the “Kitchen of the Year” and “Bath of the Year” categories will receive free registration to Vitoria Stone Fair-Marmomacc Latin America, as well as airfare and lodging expenses. The 2016 event will mark the 41st International Marble and Granite Fair and is the largest natural stone fair in Latin America. For more information on entering the 2015 Pinnacle Awards, visit the MIA website.

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Deadline for 2015 MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Approaches

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Deadline for 2015 MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Approaches

Posted on 18 June 2015 by cradmin

For those interested in applying for the 2015 Marble Institute of America’s (MIA) Natural Stone Scholarship, the deadline is quickly approaching. Applications must be received no later than July 17. This scholarship is open to aspiring fabricators, installers and administrative apprentices who have less than five years’ experience in the natural stone industry and work for an MIA member company. Applicants should submit a completed application form, along with a 250-500 word essay describing their commitment to the natural stone industry and a letter of recommendation from their employer. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide new stone professionals the chance to gain technical and practical knowledge, network and explore their future leadership potential. It also covers travel and registration expenses for StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2016, held Jan. 19 to 22, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners will also attend MIA’s annual meeting. This year’s scholarship is sponsored by Coldspring and will be awarded in January 2016.

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MIA ‘Stone Craftsman of the Year’ Named

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MIA ‘Stone Craftsman of the Year’ Named

Posted on 01 May 2015 by cradmin

Stefano Follega accepts the Craftsman of the Year Award from MIA

Stefano Follega (Center) accepts the Craftsman of the Year Award from MIA President Tony Malisani and program sponsor Brenda Edwards of TexaStone Quarries

Stefano Follega of Grazzini Brothers & Co. in Egan, Minn., was named the Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year. The Marble Institute of America (MIA) award honors excellence in craftsmanship. Follega, a native of Rome, Italy, learned the craft from his father and uncle. He also worked with top architects and designers in historic Rome, home to some of the world’s most beautiful architecture. He credits his first teachers – his father, uncle and prominent architects – for his work ethic and simple philosophy: ask questions, be respectful and always be ready to do the job. He also admits he’s a perfectionist with a fervent passion for stone. “I like seeing a piece of stone, a rock or something change,” he said. “I always envision the finished product before I start.”

When he and his wife, Cara, moved to her native Minnesota to raise their family, Follega brought his old-world, artisan craftsmanship with him. In two weeks time, Follega was working at Grazzini Brothers, one of America’s leading stone companies. “Stefano walked into our office and spoke about 10 words of English,” recalls Guido Gliori, Chief Operations Officer at Grazzini Brothers. “He showed up with his interpreter, who happened to be his wife. You knew immediately that he was a good man. He had the credentials…The rest is history.”

His work with the Lakewood Mausoleum Project in Minneapolis earned the Grazzini Brothers the 2012 MIA Grande Pinnacle Award. “No project is beyond Stefano’s ability,” said Eugene Grazzini, Jr., Chairman of the Board at Grazzini Brothers. “His layout, his attention to detail and his creativity are superb. We are proud to have him as part of our team.”

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