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

Artisan Group is the only group that has been vetted by a third-party credentialing body to be superior in all areas of the stone business

AUSTIN–Oct. 10, 2014–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.

Check out the list of accredited companies here:

http://marble-institute.com/accreditedcompanies/nsf.cfm


Artisan Group™
Artisan Group is the premier network of stone fabricators in North America. All Artisan Group members have achieved full accreditation with the Marble Institute of America. The group is among the first granite fabricators in the world to have achieved this distinction. The Artisan Group’s extensive network allows the organization to offer the world’s best granite from the best sources around the globe. Utilizing the most technically advanced, automated shops in the industry, highly skilled craftsmen ensure that each and every installation meets exacting standards. From classic to exotic, it offers the most extensive array of color choices in the industry, and with short lead times and competitive pricing, Artisan Group granite countertops are closer than one might expect. For more information, visit www.artisan-collection.com.

About the MIA
For over 60 years the Marble Institute of America has been the worlds 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.

This is Artisan Stone Collection Calcatta Gold marble vanities in the master bathroom at the Southern Living Idea House in Nashville.