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INDEX: February 2015

Welcome to our February 2015 issue . I hope you enjoy our careful selected assortment of wit, wisdom and industry news offered this month. 

Our lead story features a visit to the stylish home of Distinctive Marble and Granite in Plain City, Ohio, where the hospitality was warm on one of the coldest days on record. Jodi Wallace tackles one of the current hot topics of debate: How is America going to train up the next generation of qualified workers, and who will fill our need for the hands-on trades – manufacturing and construction, including the stone industry, if the rising generation is not interested? We also present some timely advice on helping customers to your door with local SEO tips, some excellent new stone handling equipment from the creative folks at Omni Cubed, and advice on managing your web and social media presence. Send your letters and comments to If your shop is doing something interesting– we want to know!  

Larry Hood, Editor

February 2015 Issue Articles

Distinctive Marble and Granite, by Peter J. Marcucci

Stretch Your Boundaries, by Ben Cole 

MIA Membership Elects Joshua Levinson And Bernard Van Etten III to the 2015 Board 

9 Out of 10 Customers Are Using Mobile Search to Find Your Local Business, by Jennifer Stagner

Sowing and Reaping, by Aaron J. Crowley

People, People Everywhere, and Not A Qualified Person Anywhere, by Jodi Wallace

Another Piece of the Puzzle  – Social Media, by Sharon Koehler 

Mountain Re-Source Center Honors Florida Tile for Ten Years of Partnership, Impact on Communities 

Mediocrity or Mastery? by Richard Pierce Thomas 

My Problem with Raisins, by Sam Venable 

Sports Quote of the Month

Visualize, Customize, Realize with Arizona Tile’s Just Design™  

Valentine’s Day Quote 

Why Men Might Be Happier 

MIA Receives Macael Award in Macael, Spain

The Varmint County Chronicles, by Boomer Winfrey 

Gems Along the Highway: Skylands Botanical Garden, by Peter J. Marcucci 

UL-Certified EPD for North American-Made Ceramic Tile Paves the Way for Compliance in Green Construction 

The Slippery Rock Classifieds 

My Funny Valentine 

Bellavita’s Vesuvius Mosaic Collection Adds Organic Flair to Any Project 

Stick Shift Thwarts Thieves 

The Stone Detective, by Frederick M. Hueston, PhD

Dog Day Afternoons 

Restoration & Maintenance Corner, by Bob Murrell 

Omni Cubed Launches Improved Countertop Carry Clamps for 2015 

Flawed Son Seeks Atonement 


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