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Memberships Approve MIA+BSI 2-Year Joint Venture

Thursday, December 17, 2015  
Posted by: Trish Moss
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The memberships of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and the Building Stone Institute (BSI) have voted to enter into a 2-year joint venture. Effective January 1, 2016, the combined organization, MIA+BSI, the Natural Stone Institute, will operate as a consolidated organization. Each organization will also maintain its individual identity during the 2-year period.
2015 BSI President Rob Barnes (Dee Brown, Inc.) remarked: “This joint venture, with its combined equity, will provide additional value to the industry and its members. MIA+BSI will ensure our continued relevance as we work together to become the world’s premier natural stone association.” 2015 MIA President Dan Rea (Coldspring) agrees: “I believe this is tremendously important for the stone industry. The time is right for likeminded people across the industry to join efforts to defend and grow the use of natural stone.”
In 2016, MIA+BSI will focus on five key initiatives, in addition to the myriad of ongoing programs underway for each organization:
·         Introduction of Dimension Stone Design ManualVersion 8, which includes additions pertaining to restoration and maintenances. Technical committees will be formed to expand references to thin stone and flagstone paving in the manual.
·         Addition of safety programs for quarriers (joining the extensive array of current offerings available for fabricators, installers, and stone distributors).
·         Launch of a Natural Stone Promotional Campaign.
·         Development of industry advocacy groups.
·         An expanded legislative outreach program.
The Board of Directors and staffs of both organizations are reviewing and combining operations and are excited to begin putting plans to action immediately. More information regarding the MIA+BSI joint venture will be available soon. The first joint presence will occur at TISE West in January. 
Together, MIA and BSI serve more than 1900 members in 55 countries who represent every aspect of the natural stone industry, offering them a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development, regulatory advocacy, and networking events.  Two prominent publications - the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine - raise awareness in both the industry and the design communities for the promotion and best use of natural stone. Learn more at