AUSTIN, TX — Members of Artisan Group recently toured fellow member shop KG Stevens with tour guide Fabricator’s Choice, to see the latest machinery and shop layout efficiency. Members discussed fabrication -- from sales to installation, and shared new ideas and concepts for issues that all countertop fabricators face. As a result of the meeting, the group is expanding its vendor partnership program. The tour’s next stop was the Kohler Design Center and Foundry, expanding the group’s product knowledge.  The Kohler partnership has been expanded to allow group members to better capitalize on the Kohler brand recognition. “As tough as it for business owners to take time away, this trip will drive business and relationships well beyond the time in Kohler,” said John Hansen, Kohler sales manager. “The group’s enjoyment of the VIP factory tour and design center will continue to grow the relationship between Kohler and Artisan Group. I'm looking forward to seeing the group again in April, having been attending the industry showcase since the inaugural meeting four years ago.”

The group allowed trip sponsors Kohler, Moraware, Tenax, AG&M, Park Industries, Baca Systems, Fabricators Choice and Heritage Wood/Craft Art to address the attendees regarding efficiency, design, finances and more. 

“Whenever the Artisan Group gets together, great information is shared among its members,” said Jon Lancto, Artisan Group best practices consultant. “Having this take place at a venue like Kohler was icing on the cake.”

The trip included a packed business itinerary, but in Artisan Group fashion, the group made time for fun and comradery as well, with fishing, golf and some shooting. “We have an amazing group that works hard and plays hard,” said Chad Seiders, Artisan Group executive director. “The group started out as a granite buying club of fly fisherman. We have continued that tradition as a group, with several fishing trips during the year. We also golf and shoot at some locations. Our family atmosphere is one of the aspects that makes our group unique.”