People and places in the stone trade.

People - December 2005

   • Sarah Kelly, sales and marketing coordinator for Dakota Stone Design in Fargo, N.D., is the winner of its 2005 Migliore Natural Stone Education Scholarship from the Marble Institute of America (MIA). The education scholarship, granted on the basis of a 500-word essay from Kelly on her commitment to the stone industry, covered travel expenses to StonExpo 2005. The honor is named for Vincent Migliore, a world-renowned stone expert who served as MIA Technical Director from 1997-2003..
   • The Marble Institute of America (MIA) elected Tom McNall, owner of Great Northern Stone in Exeter, Ontario, to its board of directors. He’s one of the founding members of, as well as a panel member with the organization’s "Ask the Stone Experts"™. McNall also frequently contributes to a variety of media on stone maintenance and restoration topics via online bulletin boards, radio shows, MIA seminars and presentations and print publications, including his monthly “A Clean Perspective” column with Stone Business.

Company Briefs - December 2005

   • IGE Solutions Inc. recently relocated to a new, state-of-the-art facility in Jupiter, Fla., only a   few blocks away from the previous location. The larger headquarters will accommodate the company’s growing staff and expanded stone-fabrication product line; it includes a larger warehouse for machines, parts and supplies, as well as a high-tech customer education and training center for instruction in software, maintenance, machine programming, and other areas.
   • Global Granite & Marble has opened a new 3,000 ft² natural-stone showroom at its Louisville, Ky., warehouse. The showroom is open to architects, designers, builders, fabricators, installers and consumers; the firm doesn’t sell at retail tothe public, but can match consumers with installers or designers. St. Louis, Mo.-based Global has locations in Louisville and Nixa, Mo.
   • Cathedral Stone Products Inc. recently completed installation of testing laboratories and manufacuring facilities for Jahn restoration mortar products at its company headquarters in Hanover, Md. The new facilities allow for custom formulation of products onsite, instead of shipping from Jahn’s headquarters in Germany.

Company Briefs - November 2005

   • Marmo Machinery USA extends its contract with E.A.M. Technology Systems of Massa, Italy, as the exclusive distributor of E.A.M.’s CNC machines and waterjet machines for the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands through 2008. Phil Mularoni, president of Southfield, Mich.-based Marmo Machinery and E.A.M. President Oreste Pierucci renewed their agreement at E.A.M.’s headquarters in late September; Marmo Machinery will continue to distribute the  CTEC 2, CTEC 3 and CTEC 4 CNC machines, as well as E.A.M.’s waterjet.
   • CaesarStone USA of Sun Valley, Calif., announces partnerships with two southeastern distributors – The Hardwood Group and BPI – to widen availability of the quartz product throughout the southern United States. Charlotte, N.C.-based Hardwood will enable CaesarStone to widely market and distribute its quartz surfaces in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The partnership with Memphis, Tenn.-based BPI expands distribution throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
   • Aqua Mix launches a new Website designed to be a more user-friendly resource with reorganized information and a more-intuitive format. The site from the Corona, Calif., company is essentially divided into two sections for home and professional users, along with the Surface Finder to helps a user identify a surface and match it to the proper products and care regimen. Also new is a Resource Center for easy access to care and maintenance recommendations, and a zip-code-based Where To Buy search engine.
   • The National Training Center for Stone & Masonry Trades  (NTC) is now a registered provider of continuing-education credits for American Institute of Architects (AIA) members; the first set of seminars under the arrangement will be at the International Tile and Stone Show (ITSS) in Las Vegas this month.
   • Schechner Lifson Corp. will move to 4 Chatham Road, Summit, NJ 07902, effective Dec. 12. The toll-free numbers of 800-279-9360 (800-475-0826 in New Jersey) remains the same, as well the Website at

People - November 2005

   • Suzanne Wolf and Shawn Gilreath join the sales team of Wycoff, N.J.-based Alpha Professional Tools®. Wolf, with experience in the building materials and industrial supply industries, will be responsible for the New England territory of Connecticut, Massachusetts, eastern New York, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont and the province of Quebec. Gilreath, with an extensive background in the concrete and construction industries will handle the Northwest territory of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, plus the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.
   • Kevin Wang is the new director of Granicor Inc.'s liaison office in China. Wang, with solid experience in the Chinese market, will work to introduce Granicor's products in that country and facilitate contact and exchange with customers.

People - October 2005

   • Master Tile appoints Bobby Glennon as chief executive officer. Glennon is a veteran of the flooring industry with more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and distribution, including his most recent post as general manager of Mohawk Industries Inc.’s Mid-Atlantic region.  
   • Jeff Erickson is the new executive vice president of Komo Machine Inc.; he joined the Sauk Rapids, Minn.-based CNC-router manufacturer in 1985. Also, Frank Rubino takes the new position of vice president of applications and software engineering; extensive background and education in CNC technology, CAD/CAM software and robotics lead to the creation of CIM-Tech. And, Ed Semrud joins the company as vice president of finance after building a strong career in business finance with area manufacturers.