January 16, 2009
KNOXVILLE, TN -- VIC International Corp., a leading supplier of stone machinery, tools and accessories, has restructured its executive staff, including a move by founder Vic Green to Chairman of the Board. Green founded the company in 1978, and over the past 30 years has built VIC into a recognized leader in its markets.
January 8, 2009
A broad educational program featuring 17 extensive one- and two-day seminars across the U.S. will be offered by the Marble Institute of America (MIA), which is combining forces with Stone World magazine to deliver the best quality regional education program offered in the stone industry. Read More
January 7, 2009
As this downturn/recession/depression (pick whichever term you like) wears on, we are hearing some ugly stories of fabrication shops closing down, but I recently heard one of the worst ones yet. The fabrication shop at issue is Rock Tops, which is based in Michigan and operated in several states, and they apparently ceased fabrication in late December of 2008. Read More
December 22, 2008
NEW ORLEANS, LA -- National disaster recovery and reconstruction experts headline the first National Disaster Reconstruction Expo's (NDRExpo) conference program. The NDRExpo was developed to unite the numerous vertical markets associated with disaster preparation, response, recovery and rebuilding. The conference program reflects this diversity with a robust line-up of industry experts. NDRExpo launches June 17 to 18, 2009 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. Read More
December 2, 2008
GranQuartz of Tucker, GA, and Water Treatment Technologies (WTT) of Hampton, NH, have announced an exclusive North American partnership to market and distribute WTT's water filtration and recycling systems, which were developed exclusively for the stone industry.
November 25, 2008
Hollis, NH -- The Natural Stone Council (NSC), a collaborative organization representing business and trade associations that promote stone under the Genuine Stone™ brand, has announced the availability of its first case study in a series of research-based documents highlighting the environmental advantages of natural stone. The case study, "Application of Green Building Certification Programs to Natural Stone," may be found on the NSC's Web site: http://www.genuinestone.com/env_researchandresults.php. Read More
November 21, 2008
While StonExpo served as a place for many dealers and fabricators to discuss new products and trends in the stone industry, for Nao Takahashi, President of Alpha Professional Tools, it was also a time to reflect and pay tribute to a well-known individual in the industry, Peter de Kok, President of GranQuartz. "After 39 years of dedicated service to GranQuartz, Peter will hand in his calculator and retire," Takahashi said.
November 17, 2008
Cleveland, OH -- The most comprehensive scientific study of health threats from granite countertops did not find a single stone slab that poses a health risk. Quantities of radon and radiation emitted by stones included in the analysis all fell well below average background levels commonly found in the U.S. Read More
November 5, 2008
Torrington, CT -- The convergence of the masonry and quarry industries took a significant step forward as the Masonry Division of O&G Industries and Stony Creek Quarry Corp. announced a strategic alliance based on a shared vision to provide LEED®-certified quality granite to the marketplace. By engaging the companies at the material, business and marketing levels, the alliance will allow both companies to drive new growth opportunities and has the potential to ultimately transform project specifications, reaching higher LEED certification levels and meeting reduced carbon-footprint regulations. Read More
October 21, 2008
Cleveland, OH -- A new national survey finds that by overwhelming majorities, U.S. consumers prefer granite countertops to any other countertop surface for their "dream kitchen," and they believe that granite countertops increase the resale value of a home. Read More