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Fabricator Profile: Solid Surfaces Inc. Stays on the Cutting Edge

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Fabricator Profile: Solid Surfaces Inc. Stays on the Cutting Edge

Posted on 27 January 2017 by CRadmin3

Screen-Shot-2016-01-12-at-8.17.12-AMSolid Surfaces Inc. was one of the first solid-surface fabricators to automate its shop, and the company takes pride in staying on the cutting edge of surface materials and fabrication processes. After updating the business’s software, Mitch Makowski, president of Solid Surfaces Inc., found that he and his team could communicate more efficiently, which streamlined the entire fabrication process.

To keep Solid Surfaces Inc. at the forefront of technology, the company formed a partnership with DuPont to field test new processes for fabricators, and the technicians at Solid Surfaces have been able to provide feedback that has helped shape and refine these techniques.

For the last 30 years, Solid Surfaces Inc. has been headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., and today, the original shop is accompanied by a sister facility in Buffalo with a separate division, Florida Surfaces LLC, located in Orlando. The company is accredited by the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and is a member of The Artisan Group.

Read more of this Fabricator Profile here: Solid Surfaces Inc. – Customer Profile

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MIA+BSI Releases Dimension Stone Design Manual, Version 8.0

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MIA+BSI Releases Dimension Stone Design Manual, Version 8.0

Posted on 03 June 2016 by CRadmin3

mia bsi natural stone institute logoMIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute released the Dimension Stone Design Manual, Version 8.0, the stone industry’s single-source reference for dimension stone design and construction facts and details. Major revisions and additions to version 8.0 include a new “Restoration and Maintenance” chapter consisting of 122 pages covering equipment, repairs, sealers, restorative processes, and working with commercial and historic buildings. In addition, a 16 page “Troubleshooting Chart” containing over 128 photos illustrating common problems and solutions is included. The “Tolerances” chapter incorporates the September 2014 technical bulletin “Tolerances in the Dimension Stone Industry” and all tolerances references from previous DSDM editions. This new chapter is formatted as an easy-to-read chart divided into three sectors: stone fabrication, installation, and substrate condition tolerances. The revised “Wet Areas” chapter incorporates the 2013 Wet Areas Technical Module and 19 additional pages of large scale detail drawings. The revised chapter includes residential and commercial application details, conformance to current water vapor permeance standards and endorsement of current ASTM, ANSI, and TCNA methods and standards.

MIA+BSI Technical Director, Chuck Muehlbauer, stated: “The Cleaning, Maintenance, and Restoration chapters of the Dimension Stone Design Manual were the only two chapters that had not received significant revision in the past 10 years. This fact, coupled with the realization that the restoration sector of the industry is currently the fastest growing sector of MIA+BSI membership, made this project an essential improvement to our manual.” Keith Graves (Arc Granite & Marble), who was instrumental in completing the new Restoration and Maintenance chapter, commented: “I really think that this document will be an asset to the industry and it is my hope to have it serve as a standard to preserve the integrity of the industry.”

Following the publication of version 8.0, MIA+BSI is working on the first-ever translations of the manual. Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin translations are now underway as a means to enhance the applicability of the association’s technical resources. The launch of the association’s online Natural Stone Resource Library in 2015 affords architects and designers easy access to this information. To date, nearly 12,000 downloads have occurred, with the highest percentages being information from the Dimension Stone Design Manual.

The Dimension Stone Design Manual, Version 8.0 can be purchased in the association bookstore. It is also available for download in the Members Only section of the website and the Natural Stone Resource Library.

 

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Suzanne Marzullo Receives Natural Stone Scholarship

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Suzanne Marzullo Receives Natural Stone Scholarship

Posted on 18 April 2016 by cradmin

Suzanne Marzullo 2015 MIA Natural Stone Scholarship AwardEvery year the MIA+BSI, Natural Stone Institute awards scholarships and presents awards to craftsmen for their outstanding work in the surfacing industry. This year Suzanne Marzullo was presented with the 2015 MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Award.

Marzullo is a sales manager at Dente Classic Stone in Pittsburgh. She joined the company in 2014 and was quickly promoted to Sales Manager for her leadership skills and interior design expertise.

You may also be interested in this article about the TISE “Best Of” awards.

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MIA Women in Stone Mentorship Program Debuts at Coverings

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MIA Women in Stone Mentorship Program Debuts at Coverings

Posted on 14 April 2016 by CRadmin3

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) announced the implementation of its Women in Stone Mentorship Program. The program pairs industry veterans with newcomers to provide an opportunity to build relationships in the stone industry. Each pair will receive monthly guidance emails throughout the six month program to help them get to know each other and their respective career goals. The guidance emails will provide reminders and help ensure engagement and success in the program. Mentorship topics will include stone industry knowledge, sales, marketing and communication, technical knowledge, management, leadership and career advancement. Pairs will be matched and guidance will begin in early May 2016. Registration deadline for the program is April 27, 2016. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The Women in Stone Mentorship Program will debut at Coverings with a Speed Mentoring Workshop on Wednesday, April 20 from 1:30 to 3pm. The workshop, led by Julie Kantor of Twomentor, will give attendees the chance to participate in an organized rotation to build relationships and establish a network of peers within the stone industry. This is also a great opportunity to get to know some of the potential mentors/mentees in the six month program. To register for this free workshop, visit www.coverings.com.

There will also be a celebration for four Women in Stone honorees on April 20 in the Stanley Field Hall at Chicago’s Field Museum from 6:30pm to 11:00 pm. Black Equinox: A VIP Event sponsored by Polycor and in collaboration with Women in Stone and Texastone Quarries, where cocktails, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Enjoy conversation with stone and design industry influencers, talk on the seductive black trends in design and architecture, and enjoy a live Japanese drumming performance from Kodo. Registration is required.

You may also be interested in attending the Park Industries Digital Stoneworking Expo or viewing other opportunities coming up on our Calendar of Events.

 

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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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OSHA Finalizes New Silica Rule Amid Concern

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OSHA Finalizes New Silica Rule Amid Concern

Posted on 25 March 2016 by cradmin

On March 24, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized the revised federal rule for limiting the exposure of workers to crystalline silica, which is known to cause an array of medical conditions, including silicosis, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

OSHA believes the new rule will save more than 600 lives, prevent 900 cases of silicosis each year and provide a net annual savings of $7.7 billion. However, many individuals and organizations in the construction and building industries say putting more effort into enforcing the old rule would have gone further to protect the health of workers without increasing the cost of construction/renovation.

Provisions of the New Silica Standards

According to the OSHA Silica Web portal and the OSHA Fact Sheet Workers’ Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica: Final Rule Overview, the new rule is comprised of two separate standards: one for the construction industry and one for maritime and general industry. The four key provisions:

  1. The permissible exposure limit (PEL) for crystalline silica has been reduced from 250 micrograms per cubic meter to 50 micrograms per cubic meter in an eight-hour period.
  1. Employers are required to limit worker exposure to silica through engineering controls, personal protective equipment (PPE) and controlled access to areas with high concentrations. In addition, employers must develop a written exposure-control program, and train employees on the hazards of silica and how to limit exposure.
  1. Employers are required to monitor the health of workers with high exposure potential by providing regular medical examinations and information on lung health.
  1. The rule has some flexibility for OSHA to help employers, especially small businesses, comply with the rule and protect workers from silica exposure.

The new rule goes into effect on June 23 of this year (2016), but staggered schedules have been set with various industries to comply with the requirements.

  • Construction: One year – June 23, 2017
  • Maritime and General Industry: Two years – June 23, 2018
  • Hydraulic fracturing (fracking): Five years for engineering controls, two years for all other provisions

OSHA Defends New Rule

OSHA defends the new federal rule for silica exposure limits by stating that approximately 2.3 million workers in the United States are exposed to crystalline silica on the job and that the current PEL is more than 40 years old. According to OSHA, the old limit is based on research from the 1960s, and new evidence has emerged since that time to indicate the old limit does not adequately protect workers. In addition, the administration claims the technology to comply with the rule is readily available and affordable.

“We’ve known for over 40 years that it needed to be strengthened, and it has taken 40 years to strengthen it,” said Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. “Many people who are going to work right now and breathing unacceptable levels of silica dust are in for a brighter future. The science says we need to be at 50, so that’s what the final rule will say.”

“Silica is a killer, and employers need to take the necessary steps so that they can reduce exposure,” continued Perez. “And the good news is that those necessary steps are not going to break the bank. It’s real simple stuff. Get a vacuum. Get water. Those are the key elements of pretty simple compliance.”

Industries Respond

Several industry groups have opposed the new silica ruling since it was first proposed back in 2013, and the largest opponent is a partnership of 25 trade associations called the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), which includes the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of the AGC, has expressed his dismay over the new rule speaking on behalf of his entire organization. “Instead of crafting new and innovative ways to get more firms to comply with the current silica standard, which we know would save even more workers each year, administration officials appear to have instead opted to set a new standard that is well beyond the capabilities of current air filtration and dust removal technologies,” stated Sandherr. “Wishing firms could meet this new but unattainable standard will undoubtedly deliver many positive headlines for the administration, but it will be all but impossible for most construction firms to comply with this new rule.”

“We will continue our exhaustive review of this new regulation, consult with our members and decide on a future course of action that will best serve the health and safety of millions of construction workers across the country,” Sandherr concluded.

The NAHB held back its resentment but echoed the sentiments of the AGC. “NAHB has long advocated the importance of the rule being both technologically and economically feasible,” said Ed Brady, chair of the NAHB. “While we’re still reviewing the final rule, we’re concerned that it may not adequately address these issues and take into consideration real-world application.”

Jeff Buczkiewicz, president of the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA), is also concerned about the feasibility of the new OSHA rule. “At first glance, we have observed that a number of provisions that concerned us in the proposed rule have been left in the final rule. This makes us continue to question the final rule’s technological and economic feasibility for the construction industry,” said Buczkiewicz. “In addition, OSHA has added several new provisions not in the proposed rule that we have not had a chance to thoroughly review and consider the impacts. Once we complete our review, we will be able to be more specific about what was released today.”

The exception to the negative response to the new rule among the industry comes from the trade unions. The North America Building Trades Union (NABTU) issued the following response: “North America’s Building Trades Union is pleased OSHA has issued the final silica standard. Put simply, the OSHA silica standard will protect construction workers from getting sick or dying due to silica dust exposure.”

The AFL-CIO is also onboard with the new rule. “We applaud the Obama administration for issuing these lifesaving measures and commend Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels for their tremendous leadership and dedication to bring the silica rules to completion,” read the official AFL-CIO statement. “The labor movement has fought for these standards for decades. We will continue to fight to defend these rules from the certain industry attacks that will come so that workers are finally protected from this deadly dust.”

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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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MIA+BSI Announces 2016 Safety Initiative

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MIA+BSI Announces 2016 Safety Initiative

Posted on 25 January 2016 by cradmin

Funding for these projects was provided by the MIA+BSI 2016 Safety Committee.

Funding for these projects was provided by the MIA+BSI 2016 Safety Committee.

Although we had originally planned to bring you Part 5 of our six-part series on Effective Safety Planning for this month’s Health & Safety Watch, we thought it would be prudent to share the January announcement from the newly partnered Marble Institute of America and Building Stone Institute (MIA+BSI), together known as the Natural Stone Institute.

As part of its commitment to renew a focus on safety in 2016, MIA+BSI has prepared the first phase of its 2016 Safety Initiative, which includes all of the following:

  1. Release of a new safety poster set - In the first week of 2016, a set of seven safety posters was mailed to all MIA+BSI member fabricators, installers, quarriers and stone distributors in North America. Additional sets are available for purchase here: www.marble-institute.com/bookstore.
  1. Free OSHA On-Site Consultation Program webinar - A free webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26 from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST, featuring Scott McNulty, Industrial Safety Consultant for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and OSHA. This webinar will help participants understand OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program, which offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across the United States. Go here to register: www.marble-institute.com/OSHAwebinar.
  1. Release of new safety video - Production is underway for a new safety video: Natural Stone Installation: Best Practices for Safety and Success. This video will build on the vast library of available training videos and will focus on eight key areas of commercial and residential installation safety, including PPE requirements, best practices for material loading and unloading and large-scale commercial installations. Natural Stone Installation: Best Practices for Safety and Success will be available at no charge to members as part of MIA+BSI’s Online University. Hard copy DVDs will be made available for purchase from the bookstore.
  1. Increased emphasis on quarrier and producer safety - MIA+BSI, along with the National Building Granite Quarries Association, is assembling information to expand safety resources for quarry-worker safety. Resources are being developed that will be helpful for both new and existing employees.

“One way to demonstrate the strength of MIA+BSI is through an increased emphasis on safety,” said David Castellucci, 2016 MIA Board President. “By creating a library of educational resources and adhering to the highest standards across the board, we not only protect all of our members, but we keep our reputation high.”

Aaron Hicken, 2016 BSI Board President Elect, agreed, stating, “It is time to put safety and compliance at the forefront of the entire natural stone industry to ensure the success of our operations and, above all, the welfare of our workforce.”

Stay tuned for next month’s Health & Safety Watch when we get back to Effective Safety Planning with Part 5: Training for Employees, Supervisors and Managers.

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MIA+BSI to Participate in 16th China Xiamen International Stone Fair

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MIA+BSI to Participate in 16th China Xiamen International Stone Fair

Posted on 12 January 2016 by cradmin4

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) and the Building Stone Institute (BSI) will be holding sessions at the 16th China Xiamen International Stone Fair, scheduled March 6 to 9. Sessions on several different topics are planned. Also planned for March 8, in partnership with Xiamen Jinhongxin Co., Ltd. is a one-day study tour of factories in the Shitou Fujian region. Xiamen Jinhongxin Co. Ltd. has also agreed to underwrite a Mandarin translation of the Dimension Stone Design Manual, to be available in late 2016.

You may also be interested in this article on the ISFA/IWF Countertop Sympiosium.

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