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ARTISAN GROUP MEMBER IS FIRST IN OKLAHOMA TO BE MIA ACCREDITED . . .

August 1, 2010

Artisan Group member Hoffman Fixtures is the first stone fabricator in Oklahoma to be accredited by the Marble Institute of America (MIA). Currently, only 47 natural stone fabricators in the U.S. have achieved accreditation, of which 19 are Artisan Group members.

“Hoffman Fixtures is now able to proudly display the accreditation logo, which symbolizes that they both are among the finest in the natural stone industry with respect to craftsmanship, safety and business practices,” said Garen Distelhorst, Accreditation Manager at the MIA.

“Our product offering and customer service is unparalleled, and warranties are offered on all products,” said Joe Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Fixtures. “Achieving accreditation from the MIA is just one more step in offering our customers the best possible finished products, while ensuring overall employee and shop safety. We are proud of this achievement because it is a reflection of the pride and dedication our employees have to the Artisan Group of premier countertop fabricators.”

From humble beginnings in 1949, Hoffman Fixtures has grown through four generations of leadership to become one of the most complete, factory direct suppliers of kitchen and bath products and services for both residential and commercial applications in the Tulsa area. The company also has recently acquired Phoenix Fabrication, expanding to Oklahoma City.

To become an Accredited Natural Stone Fabricator by the MIA, a company must have successfully completed three phases of application.  Phase One was the completion of a lengthy application that required the applicant company to provide various documents and references which ensure that the company is in compliance with the 10 standards of accreditation as laid out by the MIA Accreditation Commission. Phase Two required the company’s qualifying agent (the designated company representative responsible for filing and maintaining accreditation records for the applicant company) to pass a 200-question multiple-choice test. The exam tested the applicant’s knowledge and application of material usage, installation, fabrication, restoration, care and maintenance, administration, legal/contracts, and jobsite and shop safety. Phase Three was a comprehensive site visit, which included a facility review, document review and one or more installation site visits.

For more information about Hoffman Fixtures, visit www.hfcountertops.com. For more information about the MIA Accreditation program, visit www.marble-institute.com/accreditation.