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Meet MIA President, Dan Rea

February 20, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

NOTE: In February 2015, Revista Rochas de Qualidade (Quality Rocks Magazine) – a leading stone trade magazine in Brazil – conducted an interview with MIA president Dan Rea.  Here are excerpts from that interview.

An Introduction to MIA president Dan Rea and the MIA

Revista Rochas de Qualidade (Quality Rocks Magazine) had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with Dan Rea, the 2015 president of the Marble Institute of America (MIA). The interview showcased the leadership being offered by the MIA and the importance to the Brazilian stone market.

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NIOSH/OSHA Hazard Alert

February 19, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · No Comments

MIA members and industry friends,

On February 18th the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Safety and Health Administration (NIOSH) issued a Hazard Alert about "Worker Exposure to Silica during Countertop Manufacturing, Finishing and Installation." NIOSH/OSHA have teamed up several times to issue Hazard Alerts to assist with the hazard education for many industries. The MIA, Natural Stone Council, and other allied associations were consulted and, for the most part, our advice and counsel was used for the final version.  A copy of report has been posted at

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MIA Member Marco Duran named Stone World's 2014 "Fabricator of the Year" Recipient

January 30, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · 1 Comment

MIA Member Marco Duran Named Stone World’s 2014 “Fabricator of the Year” Recipient
The Nominating Committee for Stone World magazine has named Marco Duran of Atlas Marble & Granite of Springfield, NJ, as the 2014 “Fabricator of the Year”. The award was presented at StonExpo West / Marmomacc Americas 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. Criteria for the award is as follows:
•    cooperation in sharing technology with the industry;
•    willingness to pioneer in the use of new technology;
•    fostering educational programs for the training of stoneworkers in industry methods; and,
•    promoting technological progress through association work.

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A Note From Jim: MIA Focuses on 2015

January 19, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · 1 Comment

I had the privilege of going to Spain in November to witness the MIA receive a Macael Award, as well as learn more about the local stone market in the Macael region. When discussing what it takes to be successful in the stone industry, I could have closed my eyes and I would not have been able to differentiate between the Spanish producer or the U.S. producer. Both speak about the drive for producing a quality product, the value of trained employees, the need for strong stone associations, and passion that comes from working with the greatest building product known to man.

While in Spain I was asked to detail who the MIA members were and what priorities the MIA organization would be focused on in 2015. My response is a good backdrop to include in our first newsletter for the new year.

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Construction Corner: Builder Sentiment Up; Housing Market Looks Good for 2015

January 19, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · 2 Comments

Experts are predicting new housing starts as high as 1.5 million and that seems to be fueling a sharp jump in builder confidence, especially when it comes to single-family homes.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index shot up four points to a level of 58 in November. All three HMI components increased. The index gauging current sales conditions rose five point to 62, while the index measuring expectations for future sales moved up two points to 66. The index measuring traffic of prospective buyers increased four points to 45.

Scores from each component are used to calculate a seasonably adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

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Queries & Quandaries

January 19, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · 1 Comment

Q:    We have been selling a quartzite for several months now, but we are getting complaints from customers that the material is etching.  I thought quartzite was supposed to be acid resistant.  Am I mistaken?

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Law Library: Triple Net Leases

January 19, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · 1 Comment

If you are a small business owner or a commercial landlord, you may have heard the term "triple-net lease" thrown around when you were shopping for leasehold space.  From the tenant's perspective, having a triple net lease can drastically increase the monthly or quarterly payments which are owed to the landlord.  Once more, a certain portion of the amount owed to the landlord may be variable and could change periodically which can make it difficult for the tenant from a budgetary standpoint.  From the Landlord's point of view, a triple net lease can ensure that all costs associated with the operation of a leasehold space are passed down to the tenant or tenants.

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President's Message: Introducing our new president, Dan Rea

January 19, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · 1 Comment

Hello fellow MIA members.  My name is Dan Rea and I have the honor to serve as your MIA President for 2015.  I am employed at Coldspring, in Cold Spring, MN (formally known as the Cold Spring Granite Company) where I head up the sales and marketing for the company and have been in the stone industry with Coldspring since 1977.

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Making My Gender My Advantage by Jacqueline Tabbah

January 13, 2015 · By Terri Hewlett · 2 Comments

Making My Gender My Advantage
By Jacqueline Tabbah

It is a man’s world in the stone industry, but I’ve learned recently through the Marble Institute of America Women In Stone that there are powerful and intelligent women in this business. I feel truly honored that I am a part of this group of women that really kick some butt in the stone world! Some people may think that it is a disadvantage to be in the minority in this business, but I feel the opposite. I think that being a lady in the stone restoration business has truly become my advantage.

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MIA to Provide Education at 2015 Middle East Stone Show

December 18, 2014 · By Terri Hewlett · 1 Comment

The MIA is proud to announce that it will be providing six educational sessions at the 2015 Middle East Show in Dubai.  

The schedule is:

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