The company aims to promote further relationships with big clients, increase exports, develop new materials, expand and improve continuing education, acquire the right tools for global projects. For over sixty five years, the Marble Institute of America (MIA) has served as the authoritative source of information on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice and the suitable application of natural stone products. Membership in the association is worldwide and includes nearly 2,000 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers - all committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics.
MIA publishes a monthly newsletter for members, operates an industry accreditation program for fabricators and installers, markets a range of technical publications and consumer pamphlets on natural stone, sponsors business and technical meetings and seminars on industry-related topics, provides educational programming for architects and construction specification professionals, presents a Natural Stone Scholarship Award (free trip to StonExpo) to future industry leaders and conducts the annual Pinnacle Awards competitions recognizing outstanding natural stone projects worldwide. MIA is also a leading promoter of stone usage in the commercial and residential marketplaces. MIA produces a number of consumer education materials on the use of natural stone and its proper care and maintenance.