Artisan Group Is The First Stone Group Ever To Achieve 100% Marble Institute of America Accreditation For All Members

Oct 25th, 2014 | By admin | Category: What's New at Bangor Laminates, featured articles

The Artisan Group of stone fabricators has become the first group to have every member Marble Institute of America (MIA) Accredited. The group members have completed rigorous testing on quality, safety and service to provide homeowners across North America with the best countertop purchasing experience.

“MIA staff and the Board of Directors thank Artisan Group for their unwavering support of the Accreditation Program,” Garen Distelhorst, Communications Director, Marble Institute of America.
“Their lofty goal of reaching 100% Accredited has been instrumental in the growth of the program. For that, we will always be grateful. This accomplishment sets them apart from any other group of fabricators in the world. They are the only group that has been vetted by a third party credentialing body to be superior in all areas of the stone business.”

With 35 members and growing, Artisan Group covers most major markets in the United States and Canada and can handle a variety of fabrication needs from a local to national scale. Members average more than 20 years of fabrication experience in the countertop industry.

“Artisan Group was formed to raise the stone business to a higher standard,” says Artisan Group Executive Director Chad Seiders. “Above and beyond providing our own exclusive countertop brands, and the industry’s first lifetime granite warranty, our by-laws require all members to obtain MIA Accreditation. The process has been hard work, but this achievement reflects the Artisan Group’s commitment to quality.”

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 job-site 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.

Congratulations Artisan Group!

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