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Special Focus on the Industry

Restoring the 801 Market Street Building Lobby in Philadelphia,
by Peter J. Marcucci

2021 Grande Pinnacle and Pinnacle Awards of Excellence

Training, Safety and Education           

Would You Rather Have a Sales Problem or a Production Problem? 
by Ed Young

Google Reviews Are a Fabricator’s Online Word-of-Mouth Reputation, 
by Stephen Alberts

Lean Manufacturing 2022, by Ed Hill

Industry Topics, Tips and Featured Columns

The Stone Detective – The Case of the Mystery Marble,
by Frederick M. Hueston

Stone Restoration and Maintenance Corner, by Bob Murrell

Water and the Environment, by Sharon Koehler

Manufacturing Impacts: Natural Stone vs. Sintered, by Stephanie Vierra

Industry News

BB Industries Hosts Partner Appreciation Events in Vegas & Mexico

Kim Dumais Receives 2022 Women in Stone Pioneer Award

Natural Stone Industry Completes 41st Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Brett Rugo Receives 2021 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement

John Cierech Named 2021 Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year

MSI Announces Four New Marble-Look Quartz Colors

Majestic Kitchen+Bath Receives the 2021 Cosentino Home Builder–
Fabricator of the Year Award

Natural Stone Institute Announces 2022 Awards Call for Entries

Michael Picco Receives NSI 2021 Person of the Year

Weha PIG Variable Speed Orbital Polisher Kits Now Available for
Surface Polishing

SurpHaces Training Center Relocates to Melbourne, FL, Headed by Hueston

Stone Panels International Named 2021 CEU Educator of the Year

NTCA Celebrates 75th Anniversary at Coverings 2022 with Special Awards Reception, Contractor Tours, Live Demonstrations and Educational Sessions

The Lighter Side

Notable Quotes

Attention Shoppers: Airborne Apples in Produce Section,  by Sam Venable

The Funny Pages, Featuring Cartoons by Mark Anderson

Geographically Confused

Not an Airbnb?

Thanks for Participating

The Fuguitive

He’s a Baaad Maaan

Hang in There

Mistaken Identity

Contributors & Staff

  Rick Stimac 


  Larry M. Hood

Editor and Design Director  

  G. William Brown

Graphic Designer  

  Gina Covell

Advertising Sales and Social Media Maven  

  Stephen Alberts 

Countertop Marketing Co. 

  Mark Anderson

Department of Humor  

  Ed Hill

Synchronous Solutions  

  Frederick M. Hueston

Stone Forensics Investigations  

  Sharon Koehler 

Stone Industry Consultant  

  Rufus B. Leakin 

Guru of Urban Folklore  

  Peter J. Marcucci 

Special Contributor  

  Bob Murrell

Restoration Consultant  

  Ed Young 

Fabricator’s Business Coach  

  Sam Venable

Department of Irony  

  Stephanie Vierra

Vierra Design & Education Services, LLC  


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