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"MIA is committed to playing a role in marshalling the stone industry's response to this catastrophe," said Gary Distelhorst, executive vice president of an organization which has more than 1300 members around the world representing every facet of the business.

Distelhorst said the space made available on the MIA website will allow affected members the opportunity to find other members who have voluntarily offered assistance in hiring displaced employees, etc. He added that a number of members have already posted job openings for displaced workers in such wide-ranging areas as Florida, South Carolina, Texas, and New Jersey.

The website also includes a partial list of organizations accepting contributions to assist the victims.