Posts Tagged ‘MIA’

Trindco has become One of the First Stone Fabrication Shops in Virginia to be Accredited Through the Marble Institute of America

August 2, 2013

Artisan Group member Trindco is one of the first stone fabricators in Virginia to be Marble Institute of America Accredited. Accredited Natural Stone Fabricators represent the best companies that work on residential and commercial stone projects.

“Trindco is now 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,” says Garen Distelhorst, the Accreditation Manager at the MIA.

“Success today depends not only on the expertise of your company, but also on the company you keep,” says Hunter Adams, owner of Trindco. “Achieving accreditation from the MIA makes Trindco a member of a very fine company of fabricators. We are proud of this achievement because it is a reflection of the pride and dedication our employees have to the Artisan Group of premier countertop fabricators.”

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.

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Trindco has been the premier fabricator and installer of premium countertops in Virginia and North Carolina since 1987. From granite imported from South America to quartz shipped from Spain, Trindco is proud to present a vast array of innovative surfaces unique to the market. Trindco has showrooms in Suffolk (1004 Obici Industrial Blvd., Suffolk, VA 23434) and Virginia Beach (501 22nd Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451). For more information, visit http://www.trindco.com.

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Artisan Group Member Jill Archambeau of Rocksolid Stone Works in OH, Wins MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Award

March 1, 2013

Jill Archambeau, Sales/Office Manager for RockSolid Stone Works (RSW) of Cleveland, Ohio, is the winner of the 2012 MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Award, presented annually to aspiring industry fabricators, installers, apprentices and administrative employees interested in furthering their careers in the stone industry.

Archambeau’s selection was based on a 500-word essay explaining her commitment to the natural stone industry. In her essay, Archambeau said, “I’ve always felt that training is the most important part of any job. I believe this scholarship is one resource that will give me the opportunity to learn, improve and master many new and existing skills. As with any learning opportunity that presents itself, I will share my experience with my co-workers and team. In today’s market place, knowledge and improvement of one’s self should be a goal for every employee and business owner.”

In a letter of recommendation, Kevin Thomas, General Manager of RockSolid Stone Works said, “Jill’s personal mantra is ‘knowledge is power’. She is constantly looking for new or better ways to train her staff here at RSW. She has set up an in-depth training program for all newly hired staff, as well as directing our staff in ‘refresher’ training courses.” Thomas continues, “Jill’s drive and energy to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers on a daily basis is truly exemplary. She never ceases to amaze me with her desire to make sure our customers are completely satisfied with all aspects of their purchase – from initial product selection through installation. Most clients today purchase only one natural stone countertop in their lifetime, and Jill’s aspiration is to make this event a very pleasurable, fun and rewarding experience. It’s been my pleasure to work with Jill at two different locations and at both locations she has excelled.”

MIA Executive Vice President, Jim Hieb, agreed with Thomas, “Jill is a fantastic representative of the natural stone industry and her energy is contagious. It was fantastic to award this scholarship to someone who truly appreciated and took advantage of it.”

This scholarship was established in 2004 to provide educational opportunities for aspiring fabricators, installers, or administrative apprentices interested in furthering their careers within the natural stone industry. Funds are made available through the generous donations of MIA members worldwide.

2012 MIA President, Michael Twiss of Columbia Stone Inc. of Tualatin, Oregan presenting the 2012 MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Award to Jill Archambeau of RockSolid Stone Works in Cleveland, Ohio.

2012 MIA President, Michael Twiss of Columbia Stone Inc. of Tualatin, Oregan presenting the 2012 MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Award to Jill Archambeau of RockSolid Stone Works in Cleveland, Ohio.

You picked out your dream countertop Do you want a novice cutting and installing your stone?

July 28, 2011

Who better to install your countertop? MIA even used Artisan Group members Tom & Su Rocks of Rocksolid Stone Works in Cleveland on the education poster!

So, you’ve picked out your favorite stone countertops that will match your style and be a focal point of your home. Now, who will be fabricating and installing them for you? Do you know who your countertop guy is? Really? If you purchase your granite or other stone countertops from a $29/foot sign on the street, you could be getting a countertop from someone cutting the top in their garage who may or may not have any fabrication or installation training. Most likely, there will be no warranty or guarantee that they will be in business if you need to call in the future. If you use an Artisan Group member across North America, you will have a lifetime warranty on your granite countertop. Artisan Group countertop fabricators average more than 20 years of fabrication experience and have achieved, or are working to achieve, full accreditation by the Marble Institute of America. Artisan Group is among the first in the world to be working toward this distinction. Artisan Group companies 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.

When homeowners decide to make the investment in a kitchen remodel, they should utilize a company who provides value for their dollar, stands behind its countertop product and has been trained to produce quality work that will enhance any home. For more information, visit http://www.artisan-counters.com, Blog https://artisangroup.wordpress.com/, Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Artisan-Group-Granite-Marble-and-Wood-Countertops/193341558012 Twitter   http://www.twitter.com  Artisan Granite

DETAILS of MIA: 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.