2021 Press Releases

September 7, 2021
Continental Cut Stone Earns Natural Stone Sustainability Standard Certification

Continental Cut Stone in Florence, TX has earned certification to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard (NSC/ANSI 373). The company has achieved Gold status for their quarry, which extracts Cordova Cream and Cordova Shell limestone, and Silver status for their fabrication facility, which processes limestone from raw blocks of stone into usable building materials.

Middle East Stone Show

August 17, 2021
Michael Picco and Jim Hieb Participate in Middle East Stone Virtual Education Session

2021 Natural Stone Institute Board President Michael Picco (PICCO Engineering) and CEO Jim Hieb will participate in a virtual session prior to the Big 5 International Building & Construction Show, scheduled for September 12-15 in Dubai. The session will take place virtually on Wednesday, September 1 at 7:00am ET (3:00pm UAE).

Middle East Stone Show

July 27, 2021
National Building Granite Quarries Associations (NBGQA) Votes to Merge with the Natural Stone Institute

The National Building Granite Quarries Association (NBGQA) has voted to merge with the Natural Stone Institute (NSI) to further advance industry efforts to support quarry advocacy, sustainability, outreach to architects and designers, and continued efforts to promote the use of natural stone.


July 15, 2021
2021 Stone Industry Education Returns to In-Person Events

The Natural Stone Institute and Stone World magazine are pleased to announce that the remaining events in the 2021 Stone Industry Education Series will take place in-person. Events are scheduled in five cities throughout the United States.


June 15, 2021
Rugo Stone Receives 2020 Grande Pinnacle Award

Rugo Stone in Lorton, Virginia has been named the recipient of the 2020 Grande Pinnacle Award for their work on the Trinity Church Wall Street Altar & Chancel Restoration project in New York City.

Pinnacle Award

June 30, 2021
Natural Stone Institute Completes 37th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for its 37th home with the Gary Sinise Foundation through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program.

Pinnacle Award

June 22, 2021
2020 CEU Educator of the Year Awarded to Stone Panels International LLC

The Natural Stone Institute was proud to present the 2020 CEU Awards to participating members of the CEU Program at TISE in Las Vegas, NV on June 16, 2021.

Pinnacle Award

June 17, 2021
Brie Pfannenbecker Receives 2021 Women in Stone Pioneer Award

Brie Pfannenbecker is the recipient of the 2021 Women in Stone Pioneer Award.

Pinnacle Award

June 17, 2021
Katie Jensen Receives 2020 Person of the Year Award

Katie Jensen has been chosen as the 2020 Natural Stone Institute Person of the Year.

Pinnacle Award

June 17, 2021
Barbara Cohen Receives 2020 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement

Barbara Cohen (Miller Druck Specialty Contracting) has been named the recipient of the 2020 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Pinnacle Award


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