Even in today’s market, the owner of Artisan Surface Design, Mike Stouder, has seen some of his busiest months. The company, which is located in Portland, OR, has expanded its product line in recent years and has goals to eventually expand its facility and machinery inventory.
Three years ago, Stouder, as a builder and developer, started Artisan Surface Design. More recently, the business has been growing in the area market, according to Ben Harris, General Manager of Artisan Surface Design.
Principal markets for the company can be found in the Portland area out to the Oregon coast as well as Southwest Washington and Vancouver. “A lot of work we do is for builders and re-modelers,” said Harris. “A lot of them tell each other about us because they’re satisfied. Our turnaround time is generally two weeks.”
The company does 12 to 15 kitchens a month in addition to commercial work, and it has a showroom on site at its facility, allowing customers to view product samples. “We just came out of a condo project with three bathrooms and a kitchen in every unit,” said Harris.
Harris anticipates continuing to gain market share, specifically in the short term. “We’ve seen some of our busiest months lately,” he said. “We’re booking about six months out. We’ve been successful in gaining market share, and we want to continue that trend.
“We really want to continue to do the custom, outside of the box design work we’ve done with CaesarStone,” Harris continued. “It’s about having fun and doing different things with stone in terms of texture and design.”
Sidebar: Artisan Surface DesignPortland, OR
Type of work: residential projects involving 50% natural stone and 50% quartz surfacing
Machinery: a Destiny CNC stoneworking center from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN; an Achilli bridge saw from Braxton-Bragg; a water-recycling system from Beckhart Environmental, Inc. of Kenosha, WI; two Ingersoll - Rand rotary compressors; and an LT-55 Laser Templator from Laser Products Industries of Romeoville, IL
Number of employees: six, including four in the shop
Production rate: 12 to 15 kitchens a month