NBC Solid Surfaces of Springfield, VT, is the first company to earn the Accredited Natural Stone Fabricator designation under the Marble Institute of America’s accreditation program.
“After two and a half years of planning and hard work by a number of industry leaders and the MIA staff, we are very pleased to announce our first fully accredited company, NBC Solid Surfaces. This is a milestone event for both our association and the industry as a whole,” said Gary Distelhorst, CAE, executive vice president of the Marble Institute of America. “Within the next several years, we expect to accredit hundreds of companies. In fact, more than 100 firms have already requested applications, and more are coming in every week.”
NBC Solid Surfaces, which originally started as a homebuilder in 1984, completed the accreditation process by successfully passing a facility inspection, as well as inspection of several completed projects in the Springfield area. The site inspection is the final step of the three-phase accreditation process. NBC Solid Surfaces and its owner, Don Hinckley, completed the first two phases, which consisted of filling out a detailed application and passing a 200-question examination that covers all facets of the stone fabrication and installation business.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” said Hinckley. “It’s a long process, and I am proud that we are the first to achieve accreditation. Vermont has a rich stone heritage, and it’s nice to see a Vermont company on the cutting edge.”
Originally called Northeast Building Corp., the company left the homebuilding business in 1995, when it changed its name to NBC Solid Surfaces. The company markets natural stone and other surface materials on a wholesale basis to kitchen and bath dealers and commercial users throughout New England.