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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
high-quality 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," Treiber says.
Artistic Finishes has responded to
changes in consumer preferences
by keeping operations lean.

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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 merged to become 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 new ways
to improve through modern technology
and innovation.

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