Continental Cut Stone Certifies to Natural Stone Sustainability Standard

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 … Read more

National Building Granite Quarries Association Merges with the Natural Stone Institute

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 … Read more

Natural Stone Institute Announces North American Quarry Advocacy Group Steering Committee

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, TexasQuade Weaver – TexaStone Quarries, Garden City, TexasAnn Marie Ramos – New England Stone Industries, Smithfield, RIBen Kaus … Read more

Tritech Group sells Terratech Marble Business

Singapore-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 … Read more

Tritech Group sells Terratech Marble Business

Singapore-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 … Read more

Elite Industry International Offers Granite, Marble Slabs

Elite 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 … Read more

How Granite is Extracted and Processed into Countertop Slabs

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 … Read more

MIA Updates Quarry to Kitchen Stone Video

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 … Read more

Stone Forensics Offers Stone Inspection Training During StonExpo

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 … Read more