NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla.—Vision 2002, Coverings educational program, will feature an increased number of strictly stone-related seminars.

The four-day seminar program will run concurrently with the trade exposition for the ceramic tile, stone and floor covering industry at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center from May 6-9.

Vision 2002 will feature the “Fabricators’ Forum.” This roundtable discussion will allow participants to share their professional experiences regarding some of the major issues related to stone fabrication today.

For fabricators who are considering expanding their facilities, Vision 2002 presents “How to Set Up a Large-Scale Fabrication Facility” with Jim Janochoski of Cold Spring Granite Co. Seminar participants will learn the steps they can take to increase productivity without physically expanding their facilities.

Keith Graves of H.E. Satterwhite Inc. will present “Designing a Stone Fabrication Shop.” In this seminar, Graves will answer fabricators’ questions regarding setting up a new stone shop or moving an existing one.

Vince Marazita, president of Marazita & Associates, will discuss “Issues and Liabilities in the Specification of Natural Stone Flooring.” The session will cover construction standards that apply to natural stone, including slip resistance and the importance of proper maintenance.

Marazita will also moderate a session on “Stone Trends 2002,” which will present a statistical overview of various market segments and discuss sourcing, market and sales trends both domestically and internationally.

Joe Ranzoni, president of Ranzoni Inc., will discuss strategies for the owner of a small stone fabrication plant. Ranzoni will focus on selling stone countertops to wholesale, contractor and retail accounts.

Other stone-related seminars include a session on “Stone Flooring Failures” presented by Fred Hueston, president of the National Training Center for Stone & Masonry.

Hueston will also present a seminar on “Proper Selection and Maintenance of Stone: A Guide for Designers and Architects”.

Joseph Salvo, vice president of Miracle Sealants Co., will present a session on “Natural Stone Characteristics: Protection, Maintenance & Restoration.”

For complete conference program information contact Coverings via phone at (561) 776-0600 or (800) 881-9400 or via e-mail at