Modern Home Builder - Winter 2018 - 103
Some of Artistic Finishes' products are stained by machines, but the majority are
hand-stained by artisans. The company's artisans often stain one stick at a time and
need to have an eye for color.
By keeping operations lean and nimble, Artistic Finishes has
been able to respond to changes in consumer preferences. The
company was one of only 10 Minnesota-based companies honored
with this award, which had more than 80 nominees.
"We would not be accepting this award if it weren't for the
loyalty of our employees and customers," owner and President
Dennis Leach said at the time. "We're proud of our achievements
and the constant perseverance it takes to be able to remain a success story. We are excited for what the future has in store for us
as we move forward with our goals of continuous improvement
and product innovation."
EVOLUTION AND INNOVATION
Founded in 1985, Artistic Finishes is the brainchild of brothers
Dennis Leach and Tom Leach. The company started as a contract
finisher of miscellaneous wood products.
The two brothers worked with a variety of wood window parts,
kitchen cabinet doors, retail fixtures, residential pre-finished millwork and flat plywood panel components for various manufacturers.
Over the first 10 years, the brothers started noticing a lack of
options for customers in the hardwood accessories market. They
saw a growing need for innovation and decided to take their company in a new direction.
"From there the company quickly grew and formed into an accessories company for the wood flooring industry," Treiber says.
In 1995, Artistic Finishes started specializing solely in pre-finished hardwood accessories manufacturing. The brothers also saw
a need for hardwood accessories that offered finishes and durability
that matched a new generation of prefinished hardwood floors. As
the company started moving in that direction, its workforce base
grew from 30 people to more than 100 by 2007.
"In 2007, it became evident that we needed to branch out,"
That's when online purchasing became an increasingly large
percentage of the company's annual sales revenue. Adapting to the
times, Artistic Finishes formed a sister company, MoldingsOnline.com. The new e-commerce website enabled its customers
to streamline the ordering process. They could order what they
wanted, when they wanted it and without having to place a bulk
order for inventory purposes. When the economy took a nosedive
in the late 2000s, the sister company helped carry Artistic Finishes
through the recession.
Artistic Finishes remained focused on innovative manufacturing
techniques, finish clarity, color, grain definition and durability. The
company recognizes that its ability to provide products that require a high level of craftsmanship make it a premier manufacturer
for prefinished hardwood moldings, vents, stair treads and risers in
the flooring industry.
In 2017, Artistic Finishes and MoldingsOnline.com became one
entity and website, under the parent company's name - Artistic
Finishes. Although the core of its work remains that of a craftsman,
the company continues searching for ways to improve through
modern technology and innovation. )
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