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MIA to Provide Education at 2015 Middle East Stone Show

December 18, 2014 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

The MIA is proud to announce that it will be providing six educational sessions at the 2015 Middle East Show in Dubai.  Look for more details in the upcoming months.

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Supplier to Buyer Stone Manual in Development for Global Stone Industry

December 18, 2014 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

In January 2015, the MIA’s international directors (Claus Larsen, Arik Grebelsky, and Jesus Gonzalez IV) will be meeting with MIA past president Jeff Matthews, current board member David Carnevale, and several other key stone professionals to review development of the pending “Supplier to Buyer Stone Manual” which will debut later in the year.

The purpose of this document is to assist Suppliers (exporters) and Buyers (purchasers, importers) of natural stone with their trading transactions by providing standards, guidelines and procedures for communicating, understanding, and executing a natural stone supply agreement that will allow both parties to work together with mutual benefit.

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MIA Seeks Accreditation & Special Projects Manager

December 12, 2014 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

DEPARTMENT:     Accreditation
REPORTS TO:     Executive Vice President
POSITION SUMMARY:
The accreditation and special projects manager is responsible for the overall well-being of the accreditation program.  Marketing of the program to members, design professionals, and the consuming public is of vital importance to ensure the long term viability of the accreditation program.  The accreditation manager will also take responsibility for all additional projects as determined.

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Women in Stone Connection Conference

December 08, 2014 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

The first educational event by the Women In Stone (powered by the MIA) group was held in conjunction with TISE/StonExpo East in Miami, FL on October 19, 2014. Over 50 influential women attended an afternoon of learning about leadership and connecting with their female peers.

If you are interested in attending a webinar series featuring recorded versions of these sessions, be sure to Join Women in Stone by registering on our website www.marble-institute.com/womeninstone. We will email information about the schedule and how to access the programming soon.

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President’s Message: Benefits of Membership by Tony Malisani

November 11, 2014 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

The key to a rewarding experience in any organization is participation. In order to get the most out of group membership, you need to be involved. Using the resources that are made possible by banding together is what creates value in membership. It is this advantage that made membership attractive when you first decided to join the group. The same goes for MIA membership.

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Law Library: Looming Deadlines for Small business Compliance with the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care)

November 11, 2014 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

As everyone knows, The Affordable Care Act and its requirements are highly complex and has been the subject of numerous debates by politicians from all parties.  The 2,000 plus page document has left businesses and individuals alike scratching their heads about what the law requires and how it will ultimately impact them.  Because of this confusion and overall lack of understanding the deadlines for businesses to comply with the Affordable Care Act have been continuously pushed back.  The individual mandates, however, have been in force for some time.   From a business standpoint, although the law mandates health insurance coverage, not every business will be affected.  The summary below gives a snapshot of the Affordable Care Act mandates for businesses, which are driven primarily by the number of full-time employees that the business has throughout the year:

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New Midwest Chapter Kicks Off with Two Great Events

November 11, 2014 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

MIA kicked off the Midwest Chapter on September 18th with two great events. The events included the Minnesota Stone Summit for Fabricators and the MIA Midwest Chapter Kickoff event: the State of the Natural Stone Industry. Over 70 individuals participated in the two events which included a great discussion about the chapter and industry as a whole.

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Queries & Quandaries: Wire Anchors for Interior Stone Cladding

November 11, 2014 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

Q: I’ve been asked to review a shop drawing submission for interior stone cladding.  The shop drawings call for wire tie anchors, of which I am not a fan.  I don’t like the idea of stacking the weight of the stone to the lower courses, I don’t like the difficulty encountered should a piece need to be replaced, and I’ve always struggled with understanding how they work.  What pulls the wire tight in this system?

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Construction Corner: Builders Optimism Best in Almost 9 Years. Will it Last?

November 11, 2014 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

Now that American home builders have raised their expectations to a nearly nine-year high, the question is will future performance justify the heady feeling generated in a 59 reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index in September.

The report said the index showed a firming job market has begun to unleash pent-up demand and builders have reported a sharp pickup in buyer traffic since early summer.

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MIA Releases Stone Industry Health and Safety Handbook

November 11, 2014 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) is proud to announce the release of a new Stone Industry Health and Safety Handbook. The 173 page handbook takes a comprehensive look at OSHA’s relationship with the stone industry and describes how businesses can remain in OSHA compliance. In addition, stone industry professionals can use the handbook to:

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