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Artisan Group member Duracite one of the first fabricators in California to achieve OSHA Golden Gate recognition

April 9, 2010
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FAIRFIELD, CA -- Duracite Custom Countertops has been recognized by the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service for its innovative fabrication system, while implementing and maintaining an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). Golden Gate recognition was developed to provide motivation and support to employers who proactively work with their employees and the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service.

When Duracite designed the fabrication system, its employee safety was of paramount concern. The system is unique in that it substantially reduces the need for lifting and carrying, which is good for the employees and the product. This, in combination with the company's relentless safety training and controls, impressed Cal-OSHA inspectors enough to award Duracite the coveted Golden Gate achievement award.

"We are one of the few custom countertop fabricators in California to receive this recognition," said Fadi Halabi, owner. "This Golden Gate award speaks volumes about our employees because the company's safety record is a result of our employees' dedication to best practices."

Halabi adds that most Duracite employees have been with the company for more than seven years and there is no substitution for experience.

Duracite also recently was one of the first shops in California to achieve the Marble Institute of America (MIA) Accreditation. To become an Accredited Natural Stone Fabricator by the MIA, a company must have successfully completed three phases of application, including providing documents and references assuring compliance with the 10 standards of MIA Accreditation; passing a written test on fabrication, installation and safety; and a comprehensive site visit, which includes a facility review, document review and one or more installation site visits. Artisan Group members currently hold 16 of the 41 MIA Accreditations nationwide and have set a goal to have 100% of Artisan Group members accredited, which would make them the first stone association to do so.

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