Vermont Quarries Corp. is celebrating 100 years of operation and its new marble processing facility -- located within the historic Vermont Danby Quarry -- with a grand opening event and tour on July 19. For those interested in attending, call 802-775-1065 to register, as space will be limited. Take a tour of the historic quarry and get a first-hand look at the new gangsaw, polishing line and bridge saw within the Danby quarry.

Coverings, the annual trade show for the stone and tile industry, is again searching for the best, new "great ideas" for its 2003 edition. The show is set for the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from April 14 to 17. The competition is open to all exhibitors and attendees of Coverings, and judging of entries is based on three criteria: 1. Will it increase the number of trade visitors who attend the show? 2. Will it provide a meaningful new service or improve an existing service to visitors and/or exhibitors? 3. Will it improve the Vision 2003 conference program? Entries are not limited to length or number of ideas, and may be submitted to: Coverings 2003 Great Ideas Contest, 11940 US Highway One, Suite 200, North Palm Beach, FL. The deadline for entries is November 30, 2002.

Mont Granite has opened a new warehouse and distribution facility in Pittsburgh, PA. The Pittsburgh location is the first branch office of the company, which is headquartered in Cleveland, OH. The facility will warehouse 5,000 slabs, 500,000 square feet of tile and hundreds of specialty products. The company's service area includes Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. Fabricators and tile distributors can get more information by calling 1-877-347-7171.

The International Tile and Stone Show, which will take place from October 24 to 27, 2002, in Las Vegas, NV, has announced a partnership with Marmomacc in Verona, Italy. These two shows are now linked to offer the "Global Solution," which intends to reduce exhibition costs and increase buyer attendance. As an immediate result of the cost savings that this partnership provides to exhibitors, the Las Vegas show will reduce its exhibitors' booth cost by 25% from posted rates. For more information, visit