STONE PROJECT HELD IN CHICAGO
Held October 21-24 2008 By Andrew Guzaldo Courtesy of ICC
he Region of Sicily’s Stone Project was aimed at finding new ways to present the Sicilian economic-productive industry in international contexts The aim of the “Country Partnership Project” is to focus the promotional programs of the Region of Sicily on the Regional economic sectors and geo-economic areas that are strategic for the Regional Administration. In Sicily the stone industry, along with agricultural food products, are the sectors most extensively exported! The Stone industry is at the top of the major cut stone exporting regions, especially with regards to the Middle-East markets. The marble industry encompasses a vast range of production types, from very rough-cut pieces to the most prestigious finished marble for decoration and restoration. Various industry products are on the market: Rough material (marble and granite), Processed material - cut stone (tiles, mosaics, cubes), Simple processed pieces (small blocks, paving stones, kerbstones), and Slate. The first institutional mission took place in Chicago, from July 22nd until July 25th, 2008. The Sicilian delegates met with local institutions, managers and owners of private companies, as well as architects and interior designers who had expressed an interest in the project. Come visit us at Florence in a Box, a Florentine based, on line artisan home and gift ware Internet store featuring authentic and unique handcrafted Tuscan products. We provide a truly high quality on line shopping experience and , help people discover and acquire the finest gift ware and handcrafted items available in Tuscany. Florence in a box offers exquisitely designed items in a variety of traditional and contemporary styles. All products are the highest quality and produced in Tuscany by experienced craftsmen with century old techniques. Wonderful items for your home and for gifts.
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The trade mission took place in Chicago this October was a success, the year of 2009 holds much more to be seen from these Sicilian Marble Companies. Dates and times of the 2009 project have not been determined as of yet. However early summer or fall are in prospect. The following 20 companies from Sicily participated in the October 08 Event: Consorzio Perlato Sicilia, Iovino Marmi, Santoro marmi, Consorzio Ceramiche Desuir, Calandra marmi Sas, Nuovo art spa, CIMA srl, Pellegrino Francesco and group Pellegrino IMPORT-EXPORT srl, Alfa Graniti, Italia Lithos srl, Gieffevi, TREEMME dei F.lli Micelli, SICILIANA INDUSTRIA LAVORAZIONI MARMI, lavorazione Industriale Marmi e Affini-LIMA, SANTANGELO MARMI, Settipani, AVOLA LUCIANO di AVOLA GIUSEPPE, Oddo marmi Srl and ORO marmi. These companies are part of an association, working in combination, with businesses and financial institutions, which deal exclusively in the extraction and commercialisation of marble production. These companies vary in their types of marble, from lava stone to ivory. Such as tiles furniture slabs, blocks and bathroom fittings with a large assortment of types and uses. These Sicilian companies are greater than average, in size and very distinguished, with many years of experience; their products are exported throughout the Globe on a daily basis.