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MIA+BSI Welcome 3 New MIA Board Members

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MIA+BSI Welcome 3 New MIA Board Members

Posted on 03 January 2017 by CRadmin3

mia bsi natural stone institute logoMIA+BSI announced that three individuals have been elected to the thirteen-person MIA Board of Directors. These individuals will also serve on the transitional MIA+BSI Board of Directors during the second year of the joint venture.

Duane Naquin, CEO of Stone Interiors, an MIA Accredited fabrication /installation company in Gaston, SC, will represent Zone 3 (Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Naquin is an MIA+BSI CEU speaker, Women in Stone mentor, and is actively involved in the education program. Naquin replaces Jon Lancto, who will remain on the board as 2017 MIA President.

Herwig Callewier, Chairman of Beltrami N.V., a natural stone producer and wholesale company located in Belgium, will represent Zone 10 (Europe). Callewier is founding member and now president of Febenat, an association which furthers the natural stone industry in Belgium and Holland. He is also involved with the WTCB Belgian Technical Institute’s stone committee and the World Natural Stone Association. Callewier replaces Claus Larsen (DANSK Srl), who served on the MIA Board for five years.

Ali Kader, President and CEO of Egy-Mar International, a quarry and supply company based in Egypt in Dubai, will represent Zone 11 (Africa, Asia, Australia, Middle East, and Philippines). Kader is the founding member of the World Natural Stone Association and has been involved with the Egypt Expo & Convention Authority, the Federation of Egyptian Industries, Marble Sector, and the Marble & Granite Investors Association. Kader replaces Arik Grebelsky (A.Grebelsky & Son), who served on the MIA Board for five years.

2016 MIA President David Castellucci (Kenneth Castellucci & Associates) expressed his gratitude to the two outgoing board members, saying: “We are most appreciative of the work done by both Claus and Arik during their time on the MIA Board of Directors. With their help, we have made great strides to become a more inclusive and international association. We welcome the three new board members and look forward to what the future will bring for our combined organization.”

 

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MIA+BSI Launches Natural Stone University

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MIA+BSI Launches Natural Stone University

Posted on 05 December 2016 by CRadmin3

miabsi-natural-stone-universityMIA+BSI  announced the launch of the Natural Stone University, an online education tool for stone industry professionals. Safety will be the primary focus during the first phase of the Natural Stone University. All safety courses and materials have been made available free of charge, courtesy of the MIA+BSI safety committee. Courses include modules on safe slab handling, installation, OSHA compliance, and CNC operation. Toolbox Talks are also available. Each course includes video and written components, as well as a closing quiz to test knowledge gained from the course. The system will also record transcripts for all who pass tests and meet competency for the courses. Courses can be taken by individuals or downloaded by managers to be administered in group settings.

2016 MIA Vice President Jon Lancto commented: “Our industry will be thrilled to offer this groundbreaking, consistent, and verifiable method to teach and test competency of employees and associates. This tool will cover everything from safety to sealers and will expand over time to meet all the needs of our industry.” Nate Schultz (Innovative Surfaces, Inc.) remarked: “I became involved with this initiative because I thought it was the missing link, an opportunity to provide others with a resource that I wished would have been around years ago. By providing your staff the opportunity to partake in these courses you can feel confident that their career in the stone industry is being built on the proper foundation.” MIA+BSI Education Manager Aaron Dahnke stated: “Our goal is to create a safer and more productive workforce through education.” The next phase of courses will include quarrier safety. Visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/university to view available courses.

 

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MIA+BSI Joins IBS and KBIS for Design & Construction Week 2017

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MIA+BSI Joins IBS and KBIS for Design & Construction Week 2017

Posted on 17 November 2016 by CRadmin3

mia bsi natural stone institute logoMIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute is a supporting organization of the fourth annual Design & Construction Week (DCW).

Founding partners, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) will continue driving the possibilities of home forward as the co-location of the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS) moves to Orlando, January 10-12, 2017. DCW will bring together more than 80,000 design and construction professionals in the largest gathering of the residential design and construction industry.

MIA+BSI members will enjoy discounted registration for the event, while the organization’s leaders will participate in the Design & Construction Week Executive Roundtable to discuss issues and trends in the US housing market and exchange ideas with other industry thought leaders.

“MIA+BSI is thrilled to be a DCW Supporting Organization. We look forward to the networking and education opportunities offered by this event. Our members will benefit greatly from attending Design & Construction Week,” said MIA President David Castellucci.

“We have seen explosive growth in Design & Construction Week over the past few years, primarily due the draw of having so many big industry players all in one place,” said NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. “The support of MIA+BSI only further bolsters the prominence of this event. DCW has become the premier event for our industry, and we expect the 2017 show to be the best year yet.”

“NKBA is thrilled about this collaboration, bringing so many industry representatives together in one location creates huge value for everyone involved,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO. “This is ultimately a huge win for consumers, as we lead the way in connecting the industry.”

Show dates include:

  • NAHB International Builders’ Show: January 10-12, Orange County Convention Center
  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show: January 10-12, Orange County Convention Center

Registration is open at designandconstructionweek.com—registered attendees will have access to both trade shows held during Design & Construction Week.

You may also be interested in viewing other upcoming trade shows on our Calendar of Events.

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MIA+BSI Announces Release of Compendium of World Dimension Stone Data

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MIA+BSI Announces Release of Compendium of World Dimension Stone Data

Posted on 06 October 2016 by CRadmin3

Compendium of World Dimension Stone Data—2nd EditionMIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute announced that the Compendium of World Dimension Stone Data—2nd Edition is now available for purchase in the association bookstore.

Compendium of World Dimension Stone Data, written by Harold Taylor and published by Basics/Mines, provides statistical information for dimension stone. Taylor states, “The second edition of the Compendium is an irreplaceable and vital reference source for anyone needing to analyze a dimension stone-related market, especially mathematically.” Data is organized by country and includes import and export statistics, production and consumption rates, and a variety of graphs. The newly-expanded second edition of Compendium provides extended statistical coverage, including carefully-selected long term data series that are regression compatible.

A full download of Compendium of World Dimension Stone Data—2nd Edition can be purchased online at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/compendium.

You may also be interested in this article about the MIA technical bulletin on Tolerances.

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MIA+BSI Releases Video On Installation Safety

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MIA+BSI Releases Video On Installation Safety

Posted on 25 August 2016 by CRadmin3

mia-bsi-natural-stone-institute-best practices videoMIA+BSI released a new video, Natural Stone Installation: Best Practices for Safety and Success. This video is the Institute’s first collection of video modules focusing solely on installation safety. The video highlights the fact that there is a significant difference between shop safety, where the environment is familiar, to being on location, where each setting is different and requires a clear plan of action. Completed as part of the 2016 Safety Initiative set forth by the Institute’s safety committee, eight modules are included in the video, addressing the following topics:

  • Overview of installation safety
  • Identifying safety concerns early in the process
  • Requirements for personal protective equipment
  • Installation case studies
  • Best practices for material loading and unloading
  • Manpower and equipment
  • Large-scale commercial installations
  • Tile-setting best practices

Modules are self-contained and arranged so that they can be watched individually or as part of an overall installation safety program. MIA+BSI Vice President Jon Lancto commented, “This is a great training resource for anyone sending installers into the field. Training our installers to be safe and professional can only enhance the value of our products and help retain great employees.”

Physical DVDs of Natural Stone Installation: Best Practices for Safety and Success are available for purchase at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/2016safetyvideo. The video will also be made available free of charge as part of the soon-to-be-launched Natural Stone University.

You may also be interested in this video from MIA that reviews slab clamp safety.

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MIA+BSI Women in Stone Introduces Award and Scholarship

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MIA+BSI Women in Stone Introduces Award and Scholarship

Posted on 20 July 2016 by CRadmin3

MIA+BSI Women In StoneWomen in Stone introduced two new opportunities to promote the program’s efforts to support women in the stone industry, the Women in Stone Pioneer Award and the Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship.

The Women in Stone Pioneer Award will recognize an advocate within the stone industry for their role in recruiting, retaining and advancing women. The winner’s performance in promoting women should be exemplary, honorable and inspirational. “The Pioneer Award recognizes an individual who has ventured into the unknown to educate and empower women in our industry,” commented Women in Stone co-chair Allyson Humphries of M S International. Co-chair Kim Dumais of Miller Druck Specialty Contracting agrees, stating, “There are many individuals within our industry who go above and beyond to educate and elevate women. This award has been established to acknowledge those individuals and recognize them publicly for their efforts.”

The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship will provide an MIA+BSI member with an all-expense paid trip to a 2017 industry event (TISE, Coverings, or an MIA+BSI study tour). The winner will also be able to shadow industry professionals during the event, in order to gain a better understanding of different sectors of the industry. Applicants should be a first-time attendee of the chosen event, and should have between 2-5 years of stone industry experience. Dumais remarked, “The Empowerment Scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity that otherwise may not be accessible to women in the industry. The scholarship offers a unique opportunity to be personally guided, mentored, and exposed to all aspects of our industry.” According to Humphries, “The scholarship is the perfect vehicle for the woman who needs a kick-start to her career and wants to learn more about our industry.”

Nominations for the Pioneer Award and applications for the Empowerment Scholarship must be received by Friday, September 9, 2016. Forms are available at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/womeninstone.

You may also be interested in the next MIA Stone Summit and other events listed on our calendar.

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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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