Oberlin, OH— Natural Stone Institute has been presented with the United Way of Great Lorain County’s Pillar Award. The award was presented during United Way’s Annual Celebration of Community Impact.

The Pillar Award acknowledges organizations with the largest percentage increase in employee participation by size of company. Natural Stone Institute staff began volunteering and making financial contributions to the United Way in late 2018.

Natural Stone Institute CEO Jim Hieb commented: “It has been rewarding and invigorating to see our staff get involved with United Way over the past few months. We incorporated these efforts into a team-building exercise at our last staff retreat, and employees in our Ohio office have volunteered with several local United Way programs, including a local food bank for seniors. Although we are a global association, it is important for us to remember that there is much to be done in our local communities. We look forward to continuing to support United Way throughout 2019 and beyond.”