Nashua’s Ripano achieves top North American designation

NASHUA – Ripano Stone­works joined the ranks of the nation’s elite countertop fabricators in June when they achieved the coveted designation of Marble Institute of America Ac­credited Natural Stone Fabricator. Ripano is now one of 82 companies in the United States and Canada to achieve the designation.

MIA accreditation for natural stone fabricators and commercial contrac­tors recognizes those com­panies that meet the indus­try’s highest standards for business activities, product knowledge, fabrication and installation.

"Ripano is now among the finest in the natural stone in­dustry with respect to crafts­manship, safety, and busi­ness practices," said James A. Hieb, executive vice pres­ident/CEO at the MIA. "They can now proudly display the accreditation seal, symboliz­ing their achievement."

To earn MIA accredita­tion, a company must com­plete an intensive, rigorous process that includes docu­mentation of its business and employment practices, letters of recommendation, a written examination, and site visits to the facility and completed jobs.

Companies that achieve MIA accreditation exempli­fy best practices in physical facilities and equipment, business and trade prac­tices, technical knowledge and expertise, quality con­trol, safety, ethics and many other areas.

"The MIA Accreditation is a tremendous honor," said Matt Laliberte, vice presi­dent of Ripano Stoneworks. "For our family-owned and operated company from New Hampshire to be consid­ered among the elite crafts­men throughout all of North America, it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our employees and to the trust our customers have placed in us."

For more information about Ripano’s products and services go to www. ripano.com, call 886-6655, or visit the showroom on East Hollis Street in Nashua.