Natural Stone Institute Announces New Staff Member

Oberlin, OH, March 26, 2018— The Natural Stone Institute is pleased to announce that Dacia Woodworth has joined the staff as Architect & Design Community Liaison and Special Projects Manager. Initially she will focus on expanding industry awareness of the association’s natural stone testing lab capabilities. Her primary role will be expanding outreach to architects and designers to promote the use of natural stone.

Dacia Woodworth, Natural Stone Institute

Dacia is a past board member who has served as an active volunteer with many Natural Stone Institute programs, including Women in Stone and the CEU program. She has worked in the natural stone industry since 2001 in a variety of roles including project management, sales and marketing, education, and technical assistance.

Natural Stone Institute CEO Jim Hieb commented: “Dacia’s industry experience will be a tremendous addition to our team as we expand our outreach to architects and designers. Her firsthand knowledge of the natural stone industry makes her uniquely prepared to educate industry members about the testing lab and other association programs.” Dacia remarked: “I am thrilled to be joining such a dynamic team and to be doing a job for which I am truly passionate.”

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About the Natural Stone Institute

The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 nations. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.

 

DAVID CASTELLUCCI RECEIVES 2017 NATURAL STONE INSTITUTE PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD

Oberlin, OH, February 22, 2018—David Castellucci, Director of Business Development at Kenneth Castellucci & Associates in Lincoln, RI, has been named 2017 Person of the Year by the Natural Stone Institute.

Castellucci served as MIA president in 2016 during the first year of the association’s joint venture. In the past two years, he has also served as Chair of the Board Nomination Committee, Chair of the Branding Committee, speaker at Coverings and TISE, and advisor to the New England chapter. He has served on delegations to the Xiamen Stone Fair, Middle East Stone Show, Marmomac, Vitoria Stone Fair, and Carrara Marmotec. He also acted as chair of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards jury and as a legislative delegate to Washington DC to assist with industry promotional efforts.

David Castellucci (center) with 2017 BSI President Daniel Wood and 2017 MIA President Jon Lancto.

2017 BSI President Daniel Wood (Lurvey Supply) worked alongside Castellucci and commented: “David was there at every turn, leading and contributing. He was tireless in his encouragement of what we could become by joining forces.” 2017 MIA President Jon Lancto (Big Fish Consulting) agreed, adding that “every time we needed help on a key initiative, David volunteered to assist and lead.” 2015 MIA President Dan Rea (Coldspring) referred to Castellucci as a “road warrior,” referencing his willingness to represent the association at key industry events and trade shows. He commented: “David loves the member engagement and has been instrumental in advancing several industry initiatives during his travels.” Natural Stone Institute Executive Vice President Jane Bennet added: “David is a dedicated leader for the association and the industry. No one has devoted more hours to key committees and initiatives. David made a difference and is a role model for how a key volunteer can support the association and its staff.”

In fitting form, Castellucci is still contributing. In March he will join several industry volunteers on a delegation to the IZMIR Fair (Marble 24) in Turkey. This will be the association’s first visit to the fair in several years.

 

 

David Unger Named 2017 Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year

Oberlin, OH, February 27, 2018David Unger, plant manager at Dee Brown, Inc. in Garland, TX has been named 2017 Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year by the Natural Stone Institute.

David Unger (center) with 2017 BSI President Daniel Wood and 2018 MIA President Jon Lancto

Unger’s first experience with stone occurred over fifty years ago, when he helped his father face a fireplace. A successful apprenticeship as a bricklayer led to restoration work and fireplaces made from fieldstones. In 1999, Unger joined Dee Brown, Inc. as a foreman. He was quickly recruited for the fabrication plant, where he was at times the only person in the plant. As the company grew, he became the person who trained new hires. Unger and his team have produced stone for some of the finest residences in Dallas and provided backup support for such notable projects as Cowboy Stadium and the American Airlines Arena. Unger attributes his own success to the good crew in the plant.

 Robert V. Barnes III, President of Dee Brown, Inc. commented: “Unger is one of the most underappreciated employees we have. He’s always working in the background, unseen. To have him have the ability to be recognized in this way is very special. He exudes and exhibits qualities that would make my grandfather very proud.” W. Tracy Webster, Director of Corporate Safety for Dee Brown, agrees: “He and his team make project managers and foremen look like champions by completing the fabrication in a timely manner and with the high quality that we have grown to expect.”

 Unger reflected on receiving this award, saying: “I hope to pass on as much as possible what I have learned through my career. It’s the responsibility of a tradesman/craftsman to train successors. They say you’re not a journeyman if you don’t share what you know. You’ll find that you’re never done learning, because you’ll learn from others, always. I enjoy and take pride in my work and feel blessed with the direction my life and career have taken. This isn’t my whole story—I’m not finished yet.”

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About the Natural Stone Institute

The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 countries. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org. 

Kathy Spanier Receives 2018 Women in Stone Pioneer Award

Oberlin, OH, February 20, 2018—Kathy Spanier, Director of Marketing for Coldspring in Cold Spring, MN, is the recipient of the 2018 Women in Stone Pioneer Award.

 For more than a decade, Spanier has made a powerful impact on the natural stone industry with her tireless efforts to position natural stone as a sustainable product within the building industry. She has been active in the Women in Stone initiative since its inception, and her vision and leadership were instrumental in creating the Women in Stone Mentorship Program. Getting involved is not a new concept to Spanier. Over the course of her 35 year marketing career she has continually assumed leadership roles in a number of industry associations.

 Brenda Edwards (TexaStone Quarries), recipient of the 2017 Women in Stone Pioneer Award, shares this about Spanier’s most recent accomplishments: “She has chaired the Sustainability Committee for the NSC 373 standard and gone far beyond the call of duty for that. She has also chaired the mentorship program for Women in Stone—she’s absolutely wonderful.” 2017 BSI President Daniel Wood (Lurvey Supply) commented: “Kathy has been a champion with sustainability efforts with stone and getting it positioned within all the green rating programs. We truly could not be where we are with our NSC 3737 standard without Kathy and her efforts.” Jane Bennett, Natural Stone Institute Executive Vice President, agrees: “She just took charge. That in itself is being a pioneer for the industry. Her leadership efforts were critical in advancing the NSC 373 standard.”

 Reflecting on this award, Spanier said: “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to receive this award! It’s an even greater honor to be placed in such a distinguished rank as last year’s honoree, Brenda Edwards, who has made a significant impact on the stone industry and Women in Stone. I would like to acknowledge the contributions and support given to me by my loving family, my remarkable friends in the stone industry, and my employer, Coldspring, that allowed me the opportunity to lead the efforts for the industry that led to this recognition.” 

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About the Natural Stone Institute

The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 countries. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.

Jim Hogan receives 2017 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement

Oberlin, OH and Chestertown, NY, February 15, 2018Jim Hogan, Senior Vice President of Carrara Marble Company of America, is the recipient of the Natural Stone Institute’s 2017 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement.

2017 Migliore Award winner Jim Hogan with 2017 BSI President, Daniel Wood, and 2017 MIA President, Jon Lancto.

Hogan began his career in the stone industry in 1985 following an eleven year career as an airborne ranger in Special Forces for the US Army, during which he rose to the impressive rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Hogan applied his engineering degree to his job at Carrara Marble Company of America in southern California. His management helped grow the business into a powerhouse of the stone industry, now primarily involved in large scale commercial projects. Today, he is senior vice president, co-owner, and a member of the board of the directors of the company, whose works are showcases for excellence in natural stone work wherever they are located.

 Hogan began his service on the board of directors of the Marble Institute of America in 2002 and served as its president in 2008. He made his work within MIA a priority and took on his responsibilities as president with enthusiasm and thoughtful management. As president, Hogan was greeted by perhaps the greatest crisis in the history of the modern natural stone industry—the radon crisis. He rose to the occasion, working nearly full time with MIA staff to lead efforts to fight back against false claims regarding radon emission in natural stone. Long after the radon crisis, Hogan continues to contribute to the industry in countless ways, including reviewing technical papers and traveling to Washington DC for legislative visits on Capitol Hill.   

 In a letter nominating Hogan for this award, Scott Lardner (Rocky Mountain Stone) and Jonathan Zanger (Walker Zanger) commented: “Jim’s leadership during a very challenging time for our industry was unwavering and his continued commitment to the industry deserves recognition. We are proud to call Jim Hogan a friend and colleague and are pleased to nominate him for the Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement.”

 

Stone – Proper selection, preparation, installation and maintenance spell success in stone projects

By Lesley Goddin

For this month’s Stone section, we went to Roy Viana, Dal-Tile Director of Natural Stone and Slab and Carlos Chiu, Dal-Tile Product Manager of Stone Tile and Sourced Mosaics to get an overview of issues pertinent to stone selection, maintenance, and installation for the professional tile contractor.

The first step in a stone installation is to select the stone, not just for aesthetics, but also to be sure the characteristics of the stone match the intended application.

Both Viana and Chiu agreed that natural stones – granite, marble, soapstone, limestone, travertine, etc. – all have specific technical characteristics that make them unique, and make them perform differently in a given setting depending on use and customer lifestyle.

Match stone to application

Chiu recommended knowing the place and type of environment in which the installation will take place – and suggested answering these questions in order to ensure the natural stone is a match for the application:

  • Is it an interior or exterior application?
  • Will it be subject to freezing and thawing conditions?
  • Is slip resistance a concern?
  • Will the stone be in contact with water or humidity?
  • Will it be a floor or wall application?
  • Is it a high or low traffic area?
  • “Once you know the answers to these questions you will be able to narrow down the stones that are suitable for your application,” he said.

Viana added, “Take into account the color, pattern and texture of the stone, paying special attention to the larger overall appearance. Stone finishes, such as polished, honed, antiqued or leathered (to name a few), will play a significant role in the finished kitchen countertop selection.”

Don’t skip the sealer

When working with stone, be mindful of the need for a sealer, Chiu explained. “Most of the time, stone needs to be sealed before applying the grout and after applying the grout. Some other stones need the sealer to be applied on the six sides of the tile to prevent the stone from absorbing humidity and changing color.”

A sealer is important, Viana echoed, as an effective precautionary measure against damage caused by everyday use. “The sealer creates a protective layer over the surface of the stone, preventing liquid from being absorbed and causing discoloration,” he said. “Proper application of a sealer is extremely important.” It’s also important that the proper TYPE of sealer be applied, so become familiar with sealer options and consult with the stone supplier or sealer manufacturer to be sure the product will enhance – and not harm – the stone.

Porous and soft stone need special considerations

During the actual installation process, consider the stone characteristics before selecting setting materials. “For example, there are some stones that react to water and installing them with a regular thinset will cause the stone to curl,” Chiu said. “To prevent this, an epoxy needs to be used. In addition, some stones have reinforced backings, such as resin or mesh backings. Therefore, any stone with these types of backings needs to be installed with epoxy. Exterior applications sometimes require special setting materials.

“In terms of grouts, some stones – specifically soft stones with polished finishes – can get scratched easily if sanded grout is used,” Chiu added. “Therefore, unsanded grout needs to be utilized. However, there are limitations regarding what type of grout can be used based on the grout width. If your grout width is wider than 1/8”, sanded grout needs to be utilized. If the grout width is less than 1/8”, unsanded grout will need to be used. If your grout width is too wide to use unsanded grout, then use sanded grout but apply it carefully to prevent scratching.”

Keeping stone beautiful

Once installed, counsel your client on maintenance to ensure long life and beauty of the stone. “Keeping the surface clean is the golden rule of natural stone,” Viana said. “As a porous stone, it can be susceptible to stains and discolorations from various liquids, especially the acidic ones. Citrus juice, vinegar and common household cleaning products can cause damage to certain natural stone countertops, such as marbles.” Spills should be wiped up immediately.

Cleaning the stone should be done with specially formulated cleaning products designed for natural stone, Viana said. Also he suggested keeping stone away from toiletry products which may contain chemicals that damage stone. Keeping products on a mat or in a decorative basket can protect stone, as does using coasters on bathroom countertops.

“Being proactive about keeping your natural stone clean will significantly increase its longevity while maintaining its beauty,” Viana said.

Direct heat can also discolor stone, so stone countertops should be protected from hot pots, plates and pans by using trivets and mats as barriers between the hot items and the stone. “Bathroom counters are especially vulnerable to forgotten hair curlers or straighteners, which can burn, and even crack, some stone due to ‘thermal shock’,” Viana said.

With proper care, protection and preparation, stone can be suitable for almost every area. However, Chiu said that stone isn’t a suitable choice when it would be “submerged in water and the water contains some type of chemicals, such as chlorine. Pool or fountain chemicals will discolor the stone. Stone is suitable for all other types of applications. It is just a matter of finding the right stone, installing it correctly and maintaining it well.”

MSI’s CARRARA WHITE MARBLE COLLECTION: INTRODUCING THE ENCAUSTIC-LOOK, ETCHED TETRIS LINE

Carrara White is a time-honored Italian marble featuring elegant shades of white and gray with subtle feathery veining. MSI’s Carrara White Marble Collection celebrates this iconic natural stone in a full line of clean, versatile looks.
In honed or polished finishes, Carrara White Marble lends luxury to countertops, waterfall islands, and backsplashes for distinguished kitchens that transcend the ages. Equally alluring in the master bath on floors, walls, and showers, each product makes a signature statement on its own, while pairing perfectly with other Carrara offerings for ultimate design flexibility. This sophisticated stone gives any space a timeless yet contemporary look in the most natural way possible.
The collection consists of 2cm and 3cm slabs, floor tiles in numerous sizes (including sought-after 18×18 and 24×24), and backsplash and wall tiles in a stunning variety of choices running classic subway to 1×2 3D polished.
And now there’s even more Carrara White Marble to fall for with the recent introduction of the hugely popular Carrara White 1×3 Herringbone mosaic tiles and the new Tetris Blanco encaustic-look tiles. Tetris Blanco 6×6 features a charming floral-inspired motif, while Tetris Blanco 10mm features a captivating mix of geometric looks that take this distinguished marble places it has never been.
Discover MSI’s extensive Carrara White Marble Collection.

Natural Stone Institute Expands International Outreach to Turkey’s Marble Fair

Oberlin, OH and Chestertown, NY, January 16, 2018The Natural Stone Institute has entered into an agreement in Turkey with Marble 24: The International Natural Stone and Technology Fair, commonly referred to as the IZMIR Fair. The association will send a delegation of industry leaders to exhibit and provide educational seminars during the show.

David Castellucci, Gökalp Soygül, Caner Özkan, and Bruce Knaphus at Marmomac.

Natural Stone Institute board member Bruce Knaphus (KEPCO+) commented: “Turkey represents approximately 33% of the world’s marble supply with more than 120 colors available. The IZMIR Fair attracts an attendance that is among the top three international trade shows. This is another opportunity for the Natural Stone Institute to further expand its international outreach regarding technical and educational resources.”

Marble 24’s Caner Özkan added: “Having the Natural Stone Institute participate in our Fair to provide education about the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Natural Stone Supplier-to-Buyer Manual will benefit stone companies in Turkey, as well as those around the globe.”

The 24th edition of the Fair will occur March 28-31, 2018.

 

 

 

Stone – April 2017

Dazzling natural beauty on display at Antolini

At Coverings this month, show guests will have the opportunity to be wowed by fantastic natural stone exhibits at Antolini, booth #2270.

HAUTE NATURE is Antolini’s tribute to a designer who has provided the world with the most

fashionable creations: Mother Nature. Antolini’s most elaborate exhibition immerses guests in stunning examples of Mother Nature’s most marvelous natural stone masterpieces, displayed in innovative ways and often illuminated and backlit for fantastic effect.

The reception desk is made of Explosion Blue, accompanied by two Morsetto lamps designed by Alessandro La Spada, and a magnificent backwall made of Stratos Design | Explosion Blue with an insert of backlit Crystal Quartz.

The bar area features a counter in Amethyst “Original” and Bianco Lasa | Covelano “Vena Oro”

illuminated by two Amethyst “Original” chandeliers and a backwall featuring the same stones

as the counter.

The booth also features 12 large backlit Precioustone slabs, six non-backlit Precioustone slabs, six Shellstone slabs, and 56 stone strips in polished and leather finish.

Eight onyx coffee tables in different colors can be found throughout with white poufs for seating. A large

videowall plays Antolini studios. Fourteen stone busts are adorned with Lady A Precioustone jewelery.

A special room dedicated to Azerocare will feature Bronze Amani walls and a kitchen. The room is strictly reserved for customers accompanied by salespeople, and a demonstration of the revolutionary innovation of AzeroCare’s bulletproof protection against staining and etching for marbles, onyxes, and soft quartzites. For the very first time, the public will be able to see firsthand proof of the treatment’s efficacy.

Antolini features a dazzling booth of stunning natural stone at Coverings 2017

Materials used include:

  • Amethyst “Original” — For over 3,000 years it has been one of the gems that are most often used in jewelry and furniture, prized for its properties of “second sight,” and exuding a royal purple hue.

 

  • Bianco Lasa | Covelano “Vena Oro” — This marble is uniform, compact, with fine-grain crystals and excellent physical properties. Bianco Lasa Covelano marble, is excellent to work with and can be easily mirror-polished to bring out its unique shine, color and transparency. Due to its good resistance to compression and bending, its ability to resist weathering and its hardness, it can be put to any use inarchitecture, construction and art.
  • Quartzite Michelangelo — Beautiful veining characterizes this stone, combining both warm and cool tones.
  • Fusion Wow | Original “Multicolor” – With the intense color of papayas and iridescent flares, this multicolor stone offers warm colors and exotic appearance.
  • Fusion Wow | Original “Light” – This quartzite is perfect for adorning the most fascinating projects, with shades of green that spread like gentle waves or and windblown field. This wonderful natural stone, unique for its colors and stunning veining, is now offered in a world exclusive by Antolini.
  • Fusion Wow | Original “Dark” – This quartzite captivates with a dappled blue appearance that is mysterious and deep.
  • Invisible Grey — Much like a painting, the Invisible Grey stone effortlessly displays a unique and individual pattern that consists of an almost shattered, dramatic look, with delicate lines of dark grey contrasting against the light.
  • Bronze Amani —This valuable and elegant natural stone comes from Spain, bringing warm and welcoming tones,which recall hints of bronze, and treating observers to three-dimensional characteristics that are formed from interlacing of various shades of color.
  • Explosion Blue – This natural stone resembles a wave that creatively embraces the nocturnal sea-dark tones, slightly reflecting the gold threads of the moon.
  • Crystal Quartz —Crystal Quartz preserves the intact beauty of spirituality. Able to capture the natural light and to produce extraordinary effects, this material has been considered in ancient times a god’s gift and so is today, as its healing properties are still effective. This natural stone has a magic allure that can be used as a perfect tool by the most visionary designers in search of a new harmony, conceptually as well as materially conceived.

 

 

For more information on these and other beautiful and spectacular Antolini materials, visit www.antolini.com

LEVANTINA AND ITS CLIENTS FIND GOOD FORTUNE IN BUSINESS AT Xiamen Stone Fair, China

March 6, 2017 —  In China, superstition and symbols are deeply rooted in the culture. Levantina is introducing this allusion to the millenary culture on the occasion of the Xiamen Stone Fair, one of the most important natural stone fairs in the world.

The fair, which is always held from 6 to 9 March in China, is a meeting place for many industry players, who come together during these days.

The stand of Levantina, leader European company, with the largest Crema Marfil Coto® marble quarry in the world, located in Alicante, attracts many visitors.

This exhibit is open to all visitors, and full of Asian symbology. The “good fortune in business” is the driver of this spectacular space in which symbolic allusions coexist:

– A large aquarium with 9 fish welcomes visitors and symbolizes wealth, abundance, and good luck.

– Inside, tables in the shape of Chinese coins foretell wealth and prosperity in business.

– A Peijing or Chinese bonsai provides harmony in a vital space.

All this in a nature environment, source of the wide collection of marble, granite, quartzite, limestones and sandstones. With all these materials, we have created a new sensory experience, the “stone tunnel”, conceived to “feel” natural stone through the senses: the sight of stunning images, the relaxing sound of nature and the delicate touch of its finishings.

 

 

ABOUT LEVANTINA

Levantina is a world leader in production, transformation and marketing of Natural Stone. Born in 1959, they have the world’s largest deposit of Crema Marfil marble, located in Alicante. They currently own many quarries, 7 factories and 20 distribution warehouses. Their portfolio includes more than 200 different materials, among which national marbles and Brazilian granites stand out. They export to more than 100 countries all over the world.  www.levantina.com

 

 

 

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