Artisan Group, a premier network of stone fabricators in North America, has inducted two new members onto its board of directors: Mitch Hires, President of Construction Resources in Atlanta, GA, and Gus Blume, President of Blume’s Solid Surface Products in Pittsburgh, PA. Hires and Blume are taking the slots vacated by Mike Job, President of Quality Surfaces, and Ed Wright, President of INcounters in Abilene, TX, after serving their two-year-terms. Hires and Blume join Evan Kruger, President of Solid Tops in Maryland; Don Hinckley, President of NBC Solid Surfaces in Vermont; Mike Birdwell, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Fineline Pacific in Seattle, WA, and Jon Lancto, President of Surface Products in North Carolina to complete the board.

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The BAC Craft Awards program, sponsored by The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) presented a special Craft Award for Outstanding Contributions to the tile industry to Artistic Tile, based in Secaucus, NJ. The firm was honored for its collaboration on the design elements of the new Artistic Tile showroom in LuxeHome at Merchandise Mart in Chicago, IL.

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