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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Many companies can build a staircase. Very few capture the customer's dream, style and flare. Even fewer make the entire experience easy and enjoyable. With modern tools, technology, expertise and real old-fashioned service, Bishop Woodcraft in Salt Lake does just that.

Shem Bishop welcomed me into his comfortable office located in a beautifully remodeled old home on 249 West 700 South. His father-in-law had purchased the old house as an investment and Shem decided that it would be ideal for his corporate headquarters.

Shem is a specialist. He deals only with custom staircase design, manufacturing and installation. Since 1987, his creations can be seen in high-end homes throughout the west and as far away as Hawaii, but most projects are along the Wasatch Front. When I say, "high-end homes," what do I mean? Well, a staircase Shem put in one home cost over $80,000.

It was so interesting to see some of the materials that are used in these custom stair projects. I assumed that wood was the only component but I saw stairways constructed of iron, glass, marble and stone. Some jobs might utilize three or four different mills to fabricate the materials for one project. It's also common for components to be used from around the world. The imagination is the only limit to what they can create.

In the end, Bishop Woodcraft's focus is simply, service. For Shem this means putting himself in your shoes, understanding what your needs and wants are, and then providing the greatest value. In fact, Shem specifically created this company to address and overcome the biggest problems contractors, builders and homeowners have with custom stair companies. He has even put together a report outlining these problems and how you can avoid them, basically a code of conduct and professional ethics for his industry.

It was wonderful to see the thought, planning and creativity that goes into designing those fabulous custom staircases.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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