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Women in Stone launches award program, scholarship

Women In Stone LogoOberlin, Ohio and Chestertown, N.Y.—Women in Stone has unveiled two new opportunities to promote the program’s efforts to promote women in the stone industry.

The Women in Stone Pioneer Award will recognize an advocate within the stone industry for their role in recruiting, retain and advancing women. The winner’s performance in promoting women should be exemplary, honorable and inspirational.Women in Stone co-chair Allyson Humphries of M S International said, “The Pioneer Award recognizes an individual who has ventured into the unknown to educate and empower women in our industry.”

Co-chair Kim Dumais of Miller Druck Specialty Contracting agreed. “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 two and five years of stone industry experience. “The Empowerment Scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity that otherwise may not be accessible to women in the industry,” Dumais said. “The scholarship offers a unique opportunity to be personally guided, mentored and exposed to all aspects of our industry.”

Humphries added, “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 are due by Friday, Sept. 9. To download forms, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/womeninstone.

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IBS and KBIS to co-locate in Las Vegas beginning 2014

Las Vegas — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) today announced an agreement to co-locate the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas beginning February 2014.

The two events will remain separate and distinct shows held simultaneously at the Las Vegas Convention Center through 2016, creating Design and Construction Week, one of the world’s largest gatherings focused on new ideas, products and technologies to design, build and remodel homes.  Continue reading IBS and KBIS to co-locate in Las Vegas beginning 2014

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Attendee registration opens for SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

Dallas – Surfaces| StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2013 attendee registration is officially open for the event being held January 29-31 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees are encouraged to register early as both shows are offering complimentary education registration if they register by the early deadline date of November 29, 2012.

Online registration is available at www.Surfaces.com and www.Stonexpo.com, where information is accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Registering in advance will save attendees not only money, but also time by not having to wait in long on-site registration lines. Continue reading Attendee registration opens for SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

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Dimension Stone Design manual now available free to MIA members on website

Cleveland—The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has announced that its Dimension Stone Design Manual has been added to the “Members” area of its website. This is a significant policy development for the MIA, who previously distributed the standards document via online sales of hardcopy or in a downloadable format. While new MIA members will still receive a physical copy of the Design Manual when they initially join the MIA, they will now also be able to access a “view only” version of the book by logging onto www.marble-institute.com. Continue reading Dimension Stone Design manual now available free to MIA members on website

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MIA launches iStone app for iPad

Cleveland — Marble Institute of America, the authoritative source for natural stone standards and education, and studiomarmo, the renowned Italian expert on natural stone graphic and web design, have announced the much anticipated release of iStone, a natural stone swatch application for the iPad that is available in the Apple App Store. Continue reading MIA launches iStone app for iPad

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New historic documentary on natural stone in the works

Cleveland — M S International (MSI), one of the industry’s largest stone distribution companies, is making it possible for the Marble Institute of America to produce a major new documentary that memorializes the global historic relationship between mankind and natural stone. Funding for the documentary will be provided by MSI.

The 35-40 minute documentary will be based on a creative concept by Mr. Manu Shah, founder of MSI of Orange, California.  The documentary will trace the evolution of man and stone from prehistoric times to today’s thriving use of natural stone as one of the premier decorative building materials used in commercial buildings and homes around the world. Continue reading New historic documentary on natural stone in the works

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MIA launches new Stone of North America app

Cleveland — The Marble Institute of America has just released a comprehensive, new iPad app that gives design and construction professionals quick, easy access to detailed information about natural stones quarried in North America.

The Stones of North America app is available for free download at the iTunes Store. The app has been produced by MIA with generous support from MAPEI, the world leader in the production of adhesives and other products for the installation of stone and other floor and wall coverings.

The app features marble, granite, and other stones from more than 70 quarries in North America. MIA’s goal in creating the app was to give architects, builders, designers, homeowners, and others shopping for natural stone an easy way to view and select stone on the popular iPad. The app is being promoted to architects and design professionals through a robust advertising campaign. Continue reading MIA launches new Stone of North America app

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Marble Institute elects new officers and directors for 2012

Cleveland, Ohio — Michael Twiss, CEO of MIA Accredited Commercial A Contractor, Columbia Stone, and MIA Accredited Natural Stone Fabricator, Natural Stone Designs, both located in Tualatin, Oregon, has been elected president of the Marble Institute of America, the 1600-member global organization representing the natural stone industry. Continue reading Marble Institute elects new officers and directors for 2012

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Beaulieu wins Best New Product of the Year at Surfaces|StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

Dallas — Surfaces| StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, the leading event in the floor covering and natural stone industries, held January 24-26 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, was an impressive showcase of all of the newest and hottest products to hit the market in 2012. Hundreds of exhibitors were on hand to introduce the products that will set them apart for the upcoming year. Continue reading Beaulieu wins Best New Product of the Year at Surfaces|StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas