The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has issued a call for entries for the 2008 Pinnacle Awards competition, which are being expanded to include a best-of-show “Grande Pinnacle Award,” and a trip to Verona, Italy, for its winner.

“With the addition of the Grande Pinnacle Award to our traditional categories of interior commercial, exterior commercial, residential interior/exterior and restoration/renovation, there are even more compelling reasons to enter this year’s Pinnacle Awards competition,” said Gary Distelhorst, executive vice president of MIA.

The Grande Pinnacle Award will be bestowed on the best entry among all of the category winners. The new award is sponsored by Marmomacc, the world’s largest stone show, held each year in Verona, Italy. The award is being designed and crafted in Verona by Tobia Scarpa, an award-winning architect, designer, and restoration specialist.

Winner of the Grande Pinnacle Award will receive one round-trip economy airfare to Verona, four night hotel room, meals and registration to Marmomacc 2009, as well as, other perks such as an invitation to the gala dinner that closes the show.

The Pinnacle Awards competition is open to all MIA member companies. Project teams must include at least one MIA member company. Entries submitted must comply with standards as defined in the MIA Dimension Stone Design Manual. To be eligible, projects must have been completed within the past three years: January 2005-July 2008. Multiple entries are encouraged and accepted.

Entry deadline for the stone industry’s most prestigious competition is July 10, 2008. Winners will be announced at StonExpo in Las Vegas, NV, on October 17, 2008.

Winners also receive global publicity in international trade press, recognition in a special MIA awards brochure, as well as additional industry-wide coverage.

For more information go online to www.marble-institute.com or call MIA at 440-250-9222.