Artisan Group companies now have earned 20 of the 48 Marble Institute of America (MIA) Accreditations. Accredited Natural Stone Fabricators represent the premier companies that work on residential and commercial stone projects.
As of press time, only 48 natural stone fabricators in the country have
achieved this coveted MIA Accreditation, 20 of which are Artisan Group members:
Bangor Wholesale Laminates (Bangor, ME), Block Tops, Inc. (Anaheim, CA),
Blume’s Solid Surface Products (Freeport, PA), Consolidated Kitchens &
Fireplaces (Omaha, NE), Creative Countertops (Las Vegas, NV), Duracite
(Fairfield, CA), Eastern Surfaces (Allentown, PA), Fineline Pacific (Kent, WA),
Front Range Stone (Englewood, CO), Hoffman Fixtures (Tulsa, OK), Innovative
Surfaces (Hastings, MN), NBC Solid Surfaces (Springfield, VT), Rocksolid
(Cleveland, OH), Rocky Mountain Stone (Albuquerque, NM), Solid Surfaces
(Rochester, NY) Solid Tops (Easton, MD), Stone Store (Houston, TX), Surface
Products (Cornelius, NC), Top Master (Kansas City, KS) and TWD Surfaces
“These companies now are 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, the Accreditation Manager at the MIA.
“Our product offering and customer service is unparalleled, and warranties are
offered on all products,” said Chad Seiders, Artisan Group Executive Director.
“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 dedication Artisan Group members have to our customers and the premium
To become an Accredited Natural Stone Fabricator by the MIA, a company must
have successfully completed three phases of application. Phase one is the
completion of a lengthy application that requires 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 requires 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 tests the applicant’s knowledge and application of material usage,
installation, fabrication, restoration, care and maintenance, administration,
legal/contracts, and jobsite and shop safety. The third phase is a
comprehensive site visit, which includes a facility review, document review and
one or more installation site visits.
20th Artisan Group Member Achieves Coveted Marble Institution of America Accreditation
January 27, 2011