A2007 wall calendarfeaturing a different high-quality quarry photo each month is being offered by theMarble Institute of America (MIA). There has always been a fascination with quarries, and it makes for an ideal gift idea for people in the natural stone industry, architects, designers and contractors, according to the MIA.

“By all measure, this calendar package is spectacular,” said Gary Distelhorst, executive vice president of MIA, the world’s leading information resource and advocate for the natural dimensional stone industry. “We have even made arrangements to offer customized versions for companies ordering 25 or more. Customization will include logo and tagline.”

Calendars can be purchased directly from the MIA for $49.95/unit (MIA members) and $59.95/unit (non-members), although the price is reduced considerably when multiple quantities are ordered. Quantities of five to nine will be sold at $29.95/unit (MIA Members) and $39.95/unit (non-members). Quantities of 10 or more will be sold at $28.95/unit (MIA Members) and $38.95/unit (non-members). Companies ordering 25 or more can also have the calendar personalized with their logo and tagline for no additional fee. Shipping and handling is included for orders shipping within the continental U.S.

The MIA has also announced that an update of its acclaimed Dimension Stone Design Manual (Version VII) will be published in January 2007, and that it is now accepting prepublication orders. The manual is the most authoritative technical resource in the industry, used by thousands of natural stone contractors, design professionals and construction specifiers, reports the MIA.

“There is a great deal of new and modified information in Version VII,” said Charles J. Muehlbauer, technical director for the MIA. “Among the many updates, the highlight is the modernization of the drawing details,” he added.

Among major additions are information on the “Green” movement as it relates to stone, modified details on using stone in wet areas, clarification of the information on tile setting methods, 75 new terms in the glossary and incorporation of the most current countertop specifications. Version VII also includes modification of the vertical surfaces anchorage descriptions, modified cleaning and maintenance methodologies, a new chapter on soapstone and much more.

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