The Marble Institute of America (MIA) accreditation program has reached the milestone of 100 accredited locations in North America.

Sims-Lohman in Zionsville, Ind., and Pittsburgh were the 99th and 100th member locations to earn MIA Accreditation. Several companies are nearing completion of the accreditation process, meaning that MIA will have over 100 accredited locations by the end of the year, according to the association.

“The future of the MIA accreditation program is very bright, as the number of accredited companies in each category (Natural Stone Fabricator, Commercial “A” Contractor and Commercial “B” Contractor) are expected to experience continued growth to meet the needs of the consumers, the construction market and the design community,” said Rodney Harvey, MIA's accreditation commission chair. “Our accredited members exemplify the industry's highest standards for business activities, product knowledge, fabrication and installation.”

Earning MIA accreditation means that a company has gone through a rigorous application process and is held to the highest industry standard available. MIA accredited companies are reviewed to ensure best business practices are in place, tested on proper fabrication and installation methods and inspected to ensure safety, fabrication, and installation standards are met, according to the association.

“[MIA accreditation] is the gold standard for qualified, competent fabricators and installers, and MIA accredited members will see benefits over time as the program continues to grow,” said Rob Barnes, MIA accreditation commission member.

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