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President’s Message: Benefits of Membership

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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A Note from Jim - Perspectives from Marmomacc 2014

November 11, 2014 · By Garen Distelhorst · 1 Comment

What a difference a year can make. In 2013, I attended my very first Marmomacc in Verona, Italy. It was a little intimidating, but we had coordinated the location of the MIA booth to be adjacent to Hanley Wood Exhibitions (StonExpo) and Stone World magazine, so I was surrounded by very good industry colleagues whom I have known for years.  

The size of the show was something I had not seen before and I wondered how one person could staff the MIA booth, meet all of the MIA members exhibiting, and call on prospective members. Truth be told, there wasn’t much one person could do, but a strategy for 2014 was developed at that show. Fast forward to 2014; hard work by several key volunteers, industry partners, and staff provided the best Marmomacc the MIA has had in recent memory. One of my mentors often states, “Create a plan and then work the plan.” We did just that.

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Last Chance to Participate in the Free Fabricator Benchmarking Survey Underway

November 11, 2014 · By Garen Distelhorst · No Comments

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has released the 6th annual MIA Fabricator Benchmarking Survey. The free survey is made possible by grants received from Cosentino USA, KOHLER CO., and Tenax USA. Deadline to participate is November 15th.

Participation in the survey is available to all fabricators in North America. The survey is confidential and every participating company receives a customized report comparing their firm with firms of similar size and provides suggestions for improving profitability.

Peter de Kok of Granite Mountain Enterprises, who assisted in the survey creation, said, “A benchmarking survey is the modern way to get the stone industry out of the stone ages. If you want to know where you fit in the North American natural stone industry and particularly you geographical area, there is no better way to do so than benchmarking. The TISE East tradeshow in Miami is a convenient way to participate. Stop by the MIA booth to fill out the survey. If you won’t be in Miami this year, go to www.marble-institute.com/2014survey.”

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MIA Seeks Additional Staff for Technical Department

October 07, 2014 · By Garen Distelhorst · No Comments

The MIA is seeking a person for the post of “technical advisor” (full-time) to join the MIA’s technical department (headed by Chuck Muehlbauer). Key components of the job and skills needed include:

POSITION SUMMARY:  Responsible for supporting the association’s technical and education programs. Responsibilities include fielding technical inquires and participating in the preparation of graphics and text for technical publications. Serving on and/or staffing technical committees, as well as speaking at educational events will be required.

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MIA Releases Stone Industry Health and Safety Handbook

October 02, 2014 · By Garen Distelhorst · 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:

  • Create a specialized safety program that protects both employees and the business from health and safety risks,
  • Better understand what documents OSHA looks for when performing a health and safety inspection, and
  • Review stone industry specific documents and job hazard analyses which should be considered by every employee.

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