In an effort to fight misleading allegations and to promote the safety of granite in building and construction, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, together with the Marble Institute of America (MIA), says it will present a session within the educational program at StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas addressing the on-going debate surrounding radon and granite.

“This is a unique and once-a-year opportunity for the natural stone industry to leverage the weight of an event like StonExpo to gain momentum and unity in our efforts to both refute these allegations and highlight the many attributes, including safety, of granite as a countertop material,” commented Gary Distelhorst, the executive vice president of MIA.

The session will take place on the all-new StonExchange area on the show floor, and while registration is required, it is complimentary for all attendees and exhibitors. Titled “Granite and Radon – An Industry Update,” and led by members of the MIA, the session is scheduled for Thursday, October 16th from 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm. Participants will discuss the advances the stone industry is making with new scientific studies, the Truth About Granite (TAG) fund, and the MIA’s global involvement.

This session will supersede the previously scheduled session, “Get the Advantage with MIA Accreditation.” Stone World’s Fabricator of the Year Award, previously scheduled to be awarded at the conclusion of this session, has been relocated to the Stone World booth (#912) at 5pm. The MIA’s other StonExchange session, “Taking Full Advantage of the MIA” will remain as scheduled on Saturday, October 18th from 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm.

StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas is owned and produced by Hanley Wood Exhibitions and will be held October 15-18, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Marmomacc is owned and organized by Veronafiere, held annually in Verona, Italy. Its 43rd edition will be held October 2-5, 2008.

For more information on StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, please call (866) 550-6808 or visit