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Continental Cut Stone Certifies to Natural Stone Sustainability Standard

Posted on 13 September 2021 by cradmin4

Continental Cut Stone in Florence, Texas has earned certification to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard. The company has achieved Gold status for their quarry, which extracts Cordova Cream limestone, Cordova Shell limestone, and Silver status for their fabrication facility.

Rob Teel, President of Continental Cut Stone commented, “It has been a goal of mine to get our companies certified for a number of years. I have been involved with the Natural Stone Council since its inception and believe that stone has a great story to tell. We are proud of our staff, especially Kristin Cannon, for working through the process with the help of Tom Cleveland. Our hope is that others will continue to follow suit and get certified.”

The Natural Stone Sustainability Standard was first published in 2014 by the Natural Stone Council. Ownership of the standard transferred to the Natural Stone Institute in early 2021, marking a significant opportunity to raise awareness about the standard within the design community and helping to position natural stone as a solution for green building goals.

Quarriers and natural stone fabricators can look to this multi-attribute industry standard to identify ways to improve their sustainability efforts. By defining best practices for land reclamation, adaptive reuse, and management of excess materials and waste, the standard ensures that natural stone companies are being good stewards of the land.

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National Building Granite Quarries Association Merges with the Natural Stone Institute

Posted on 23 August 2021 by cradmin4

The National Building Granite Quarries Association (NBGQA) has voted to merge with the Natural Stone Institute (NSI) to further advance industry efforts to support quarry advocacy, sustainability, outreach to architects and designers and continued efforts to promote the use of natural stone.

The NBGQA was founded more than a century ago with approximately 12 original member granite companies. Today the membership is comprised of five companies: Coldspring, Dakota Granite, New England Stone, North Carolina Granite and Polycor. All are existing Natural Stone Institute members.

Through this merger, the NSI will acquire ownership of the NBGQA granite specification, as well as resources to further advance quarry safety initiatives, sustainability, natural stone promotion and advocacy. NBGQA financial assets will be earmarked to assist with several initiatives being directed by the newly formed North American Quarry Advocacy Group, which is the first of several industry advocacy groups being formed by the Natural Stone Institute. The NBGQA will remain incorporated for two years as the transition takes shape and work begins on key initiatives through the North American Quarry Advocacy Group.

Natural Stone Institute board president Michael Picco (PICCO Engineering) commented, “We are excited to see this merger occur as it will strengthen the industry’s ability to further advance several key industry initiatives. We’ve been working alongside the NBGQA and its members for several years which makes this merger a natural transition. The quarrying sector will benefit from the initiatives underway.”

You may also be interested in this article: Natural Stone Institute Announces North American Quarry Advocacy Group Steering Committee

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Natural Stone Institute Announces North American Quarry Advocacy Group Steering Committee

Posted on 28 June 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute announced that nine applicants have been selected for the inaugural North American Quarry Advocacy Group Steering Committee.

Members of the committee are:

Byron Davis – Salado USA, Florence, Texas
Quade Weaver – TexaStone Quarries, Garden City, Texas
Ann Marie Ramos – New England Stone Industries, Smithfield, RI
Ben Kaus – Vetter Stone/Alabama Stone, Mankato, Minn.
Bernard Buster – Lyons Sandstone, Lyons, Colo.
Peter Prvulovic – Vermont Quarries Corp., Mendon, VT
Ralph Morgan – Polycor, Quebec City, QC, Canada (Bedford, IN)
Reid Kubesh – Coldspring, Cold Spring, Minn.
Eric Chaloux – Miles Supply, Barre, VT

Reid Kubesh has been appointed chair of this committee. Kubesh brings volunteer leadership experience, enthusiasm for the industry and committed support from Coldspring. Their support ensure Kubesh the time and resources necessary to spearhead this initiative and advance the North American Quarry Advocacy Group’s purpose, which is to positively impact quarries of all size.

In its initial meetings, the Steering Committee has identified several key areas of focus, with two  priority work groups: one addressing collaboration in benchmarking and exchange of data and solutions, and one that will collaborate to find solutions for recruiting and retaining employees. The committee will continue to discuss natural stone promotion and educational needs for the North American sector.

You may also be interested in this article: Natural Stone Institute Takes Ownership of Natural Stone Sustainability Standard

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Tritech Group sells Terratech Marble Business

Posted on 01 February 2016 by cradmin

terratech marbleSingapore-based investment holding company, Tritech Group Ltd., announced that it will sell its shareholding interest in its subsidiary, Terratech Group. According to a statement from the company, Terratech has exclusive rights to develop, explore, extract, quarry, remove and sell marble products at the Kelantan Marble Quarry in Malaysia until January 26, 2044. An agreement was reached to sell the marble quarrying and processing business at a 29 percent stake to an independent third party. Chew Hoe Soon, non-executive chairman of SHS Holdings, will buy the business for $12.5 million, or seven Singapore cents per share. Tritech reported that the sale of Terratech would allow the company to focus on the expansion of its engineering services and water-related and environmental businesses.

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Elite Industry International Offers Granite, Marble Slabs

Posted on 18 September 2013 by cradmin

black cosmic granite slabElite Industry Group International Ltd., based in Xiamen, China, offers a variety of granite, marble and other natural stone slabs. They are available in both 2cm and 3cm thicknesses in such colors as Black Cosmic (pictured here), Kosmos, Costa Esmerelda, White Supreme, Andromeda White, Aran White and Leopard. The company also offers prefabricated vanity tops. Elite has been selling slabs to the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom since 2002 and immediate shipment is available. For more information, visit www.elitestonequarry.com.

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How Granite is Extracted and Processed into Countertop Slabs

Posted on 25 June 2013 by cradmin

Here is an interesting video produced by the Discovery Channel and posted by Quality Tile and Marble, a fabricator located in Grimes, Iowa. The video, titled “Granite – How it’s Made” shows the process of extracting granite blocks from a quarry. I then shows how the granite blocks are cut down into slabs for use in countertops and other projects, and how they are polished.

If you have never seen the process, the sheer scale of it will amaze. It is definitely worth a watch.

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MIA Updates Quarry to Kitchen Stone Video

Posted on 03 January 2013 by cradmin


The Marble Institute of America (MIA) released an updated version of its consumer-oriented showroom video – “From the Quarry to the Kitchen.” The video tells the story of natural stone, how it emerges from quarries around the world and is transformed into countertops and surfaces in homes and offices. First released in 2005, the updated video contains enhancements that reflect technological advancements made in the last 7 years. An expanded section on digital templating, information on the sustainability of natural stone and the function of sealers are all touched on in the updated video.

The natural stone video is available from the MIA’s online bookstore and is packaged with “Natural Stone – Beautiful, Durable, Sustainable,” MIA’s sustainability showroom video.

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Stone Forensics Offers Stone Inspection Training During StonExpo

Posted on 30 October 2012 by cradmin

Stone Forensics will be conducting a Stone Inspector training program in January, 2013, during Stone Expo in Las Vegas. The program is designed to teach the basics of inspecting stone and ceramic tile installations. According to Fred Hueston, who will be conducting the training, “The amount of failures, poor installations and other issues with stone and tile flooring are on the rise. There are only a few qualified inspectors in the United States and there are unfortunately few quality training opportunities in this discipline.”

The program is being offered in Las Vegas so students can observe failures of stone and tile installations in real time. “We will spend an entire day going on inspections as part of the class,” said Hueston.

The program is a a full five days with the certification test on the last day and is only offered once per year with the class size limited to 10 students. The cost of the class is $2,500 per person.

The following will be covered: the geology of stone; understanding the structure of different kinds of stone and marble materials; identification of stone and tile types; quarry techniques that affect the final product; production of tile and slabs; fabrication and installation requirements; physical and chemical testing; stone and tile forensic investigation; diagnosis of problems; stone and tile restoration; repair and replacement; stain removal; troubleshooting; report writing; expert witness testimony; slip resistance; and laboratory testing.

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