MIA+BSI Announces Two New Chapters
MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OBERLIN, OH and Chestertown, NY, July 13, 2016 —The MIA+BSI Chapter Program has expanded to include new chapters in New England and North Texas.
The New England chapter, which will include Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, will launch officially on July 19th with a Chapter Kickoff at Marble and Granite, Inc. in Westwood, MA. The Chapter Kickoff will introduce the chapter steering committee, discuss the benefits of getting involved, and solicit input on upcoming chapter events. John Kilfoyle (United Marble Fabricators) commented: “New England is a rich landscape for natural stone use in all types of building. The MIA+BSI New England chapter will help trade professionals come together to fortify our industry through open collaboration, formal education, and the passion of a shared vision for our future.” The New England chapter will also collaborate with MIA+BSI for a fall study tour in Vermont, scheduled for September 18-20.
In June, leadership of the North Texas Fabricators Association voted to become an official MIA+BSI chapter. Allyson Humphries (M S International) said: “The decision to become an MIA+BSI chapter was led by our collective recognition that by doing so we were connecting with progressive, prestigious, and quality-minded organizations worldwide that would elevate the safety, education, and promotional efforts of our membership.” The inaugural event of the North Texas chapter is tentatively scheduled for this fall.
MIA+BSI: the Natural Stone Institute serves more than 1900 members in 55 countries who represent every aspect of the natural stone industry, offering them a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness in both the industry and the design communities for the promotion and best use of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.