Bangor Laminates Accredited by the Marble Institute of America

Feb 11th, 2009 | By Bangor Laminates | Category: Dealer Resources, What's New at Bangor Laminates

mia_sealBangor Laminates is the first and only fabricator in the state of Maine to earn the coveted designation of Marble Institute of America (MIA) Accredited Natural Stone Fabricator. In addition to leading Maine stone fabricators with this accreditation, Bangor Laminates is the 36th fabricator to earn this recognition from the MIA in the country and the 13th Artisan Group member to do so. Accredited Natural Stone Fabricators are primarily companies that work on residential projects such as kitchens and bathrooms.

To become an Accredited Natural Stone Fabricator by the MIA, a company must have successfully completed three phases of application. Phase one was the completion of a lengthy application that required 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 required 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 tested 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 was a comprehensive site visit, which included a facility review, document review, and one or more installation site visits.

Garen Distelhorst, the Accreditation Manager at the MIA said, “Bangor Wholesale Laminates is now able to proudly display the accreditation logo, which symbolizes that they are among the finest in the natural stone industry with respect to craftsmanship, safety, and business practices.”

For over 60 years the Marble Institute of America has been the world’s leading information resource and advocate for the natural dimension stone industry. MIA members include marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, and other natural stone producers and quarriers, fabricators, installers, distributors, and contractors around the world. The purpose of the MIA’s accreditation program is to provide excellence in the natural stone industry and recognize companies demonstrating compliance with quality standards, so that the public values, has access to, and benefits from consistent, competent, and safe fabrication, installation and maintenance of natural stone.

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