Oberlin, Ohio – The National Building Granite Quarries Association (NBGQA) has voted to merge with the Natural Stone Institute to advance industry efforts to support quarry advocacy, sustainability, outreach to architects and designers, and ongoing efforts to promote the use of natural stone.
“This is an opportunity through consolidation to further strengthen the industry and create a unified voice for natural stone,” said NBGQA Board Chairman, Greg Flint (Coldspring). “The NBGQA has a proud, centuries-old history, but the time has come to align our resources with the Natural Stone Institute.”
The NBGQA was founded more than a century ago with about a dozen original granite companies, including most of the major granite quarries in the United States at the time. Today, membership consists of five companies: Coldspring, Dakota Granite, New England Stone, North Carolina Granite, and Polycor. All are existing members of the Natural Stone Institute.
Through this merger, the Institute acquires ownership of the NBGQA granite specification, already heavily referenced in the Dimension Stone Design Manual, as well as resources to further advance quarry safety initiatives, sustainability, natural stone promotion and advocacy. NBGQA’s financial assets will be earmarked to assist in several initiatives led by the newly formed North American Quarry Advocacy Group, the first of several industry advocacy groups formed by the Natural Stone Institute.
The NBGQA will remain in the company for two years as the transition takes shape and work begins on key initiatives through the North American Quarry Advocacy Group.
“We are excited to see this merger take place as it will strengthen the industry’s ability to further advance several key industry initiatives,” said Michael Picco, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Natural Stone Institute (Picco Engineering) . “We have been working with the NBGQA and its members for a number of years, making this merger a natural transition. The quarry sector will benefit from the ongoing initiatives.”