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President’s Message ..................3 Meet New President....................8 Legal Issues by Calkins ..............9 Conference Photos ..................10 Certified Plants..........................16 Report on SCC..........................20

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Campaign to Raise Identity Of Concrete Vault Industry


unique and ambitious program designed to educate funeral professionals and consumers on the concrete burial vault industry and ultimately increase sales was unveiled by the NCBVA Marketing Committee at the Annual Convention June 22-25 in Houston, TX. The goals of the innovative advertising/marketing/awareness program, which is the result of nearly 18 months work, are three-fold: (1) to create awareness on the national level, (2) to pool resources and provide marketing support and materials that members can use, and (3) to provide educational tools that can be easily used in the local communities. The program was developed as a result of a survey conducted by NCBVA to assess and prioritize what members want and need from the association to help in their businesses in this highly competitive and ever-changing industry. In an energy-charged audio/visual presentation, representatives of the four major franchise/dealer organizations showed how the generic program would be of benefit to all manufacturers regardless of brand. The NCBVA Marketing Committee that developed the plan is comprised of JoAnn Baldwin, Doric Products, Inc.; Linda Darby-Sempsrott, Trigard Vaults/Greenwood Plastics; Julie A. Burn, Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc.; and Marty Begun, Eagle Burial Vaults. “We need to be proactive, not reactive. This is our industry and we need to take control of it,” said Linda Darby-Sempsrott. In addition to competing with each other, the industry is faced with competition from cremation, lawn crypts, etc. “We as an industry need to be working together to keep as much of our market share as we can possibly keep for as long as we can keep it,” urged Sempsrott. Continued on page 6

BIG NEWS! Convention moves to February in Orlando J. C. Clifton (R) introduces Marketing Committee Panel (from left) Marty Begun, JoAnn Baldwin, Julie A. Burn, Linda Darby-Sempsrott



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National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. 900 Fox Valley Drive, Suite 204 Longwood, Florida 32779-2552 (800) 538-1423 Fax: (407) 774-6751


President’s Message By Dan Hicks

BIG NEWS! Convention moves to February in Orlando

P resident Dan Hicks Hicks Industries Miami, FL P resident-Elect J.C. Clifton Quality Burial Vault Co. Houston, TX Secretary/Treasure r Robert Hardy Hardy Doric, Inc. Chelmsford, MA Immediate Past President Jack Swihart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Directors Darren Baxter Baxter Burial Vault Service Cincinnati, OH Marty Begun Eagle Burial Vaults Detroit, MI Tim Brown Brown-Wilbert St. Paul, MN Warren Chandler Master Grave Service, Inc. Bogart, GA Linda Darby Sempsrott Greenwood Plastics Phoenix, AZ Bob Donatelli Baumgardner Products Co. Akron, OH Graham MacLeod Detroit Wilbert Vault Co. Detroit, MI Kelly Pellicano Graffius Burial Vault Co. Reading, PA Curt Zamec Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Forest Park, IL

Executive Director Thomas A. Monahan, CAE Certified Association Management Company Longwood, FL Legal Counsel J. Scott Calkins, Esq Publications Director Jan Monahan


This Convention Was Great Next Will Be Even Better!


he annual convention is over and I am very grateful to the membership for electing me to lead the association as president. On behalf of the board of directors, I would also like to thank the suppliers, exhibitors, and members for their continued support of the NCBVA at this year’s convention. If you did not get a chance to attend this convention, you truly missed out. The weather in Houston was beautiful and the programs were excellent. We started with a tour of the National Museum of Funeral History, which I would recommend that everyone see at least once! On display were caskets made to look like animals and even vegetables, hearses from all periods in time, funeral memorabilia of famous people, and the odd and bizarre funeral and burial customs of earlier times. The marketing committee presented a new brochure for the consumer and a national ad campaign for the major trade journals. They also produced a program on PowerPoint for community education. This presentation is very easy for anyone to use (just ask Marty Begun) and will be an excellent tool to use at local community events. It’s a First Class product and I would like to thank JoAnn Baldwin, Linda Darby-Sempsrott, Julie A. Burn, and Marty Begun for their many hours of hard work. Dan Garrison, CCE, Vice President of North American Cemetery Operations for SCI, gave us an enlightening update on the stockholders’ viewpoint, which showed a positive financial picture for the future of the company and the Dignity plan. The generational gaps between the different age groups (Veterans, Boomers, Gen X and GenY) were explained by Brenny Watt. This program focused on the characteristics, personalities, and values of each generation to give us a better understanding of how the times in which we were raised shaped our thinking. The point is that if we can better understand each other, we can work better together and more productively in our companies. On the last night we boarded a newly launched 95 foot yacht and dined and danced as we cruised around the Gulf of Mexico until they politely asked us to disembark! This year, after much consideration, the board of directors has decided to hold the next convention in February, rather than June, in one of the most popular destinations in the world—Orlando, Florida. This is quite a departure after 73 years of holding the meeting in June, but is an effort to attract more members and their families to the convention. We are working hard to put on the best convention ever. We want to prove to all concrete burial vault manufacturers that membership in the NCBVA is worth the time and investment by providing the information that will help you in your business now and in the future. The board is excited about this change and has already appointed teams to move forward to meet our number one goal, “Helping you succeed.” We have some great programs planned to make that a reality so that each of you can “Find Your Hidden Pot of Gold.” I hope you will begin planning now to join your industry colleagues in February in Orlando. The exact dates will be announced soon.



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Curt Zamec installs new officers Robert Hardy (left), J .C. Clifton (center), and Dan Hicks (right)

NCBVA Installs New Officers The NCBVA membership unanimously accepted the 2002/ 2003 slate of officers as submitted by the Nominating Committee at the annual meeting June 22 in Houston, TX. Daniel J. Hicks, Hicks Industries, Miami is president, J.C. Clifton, Quality Burial Vaults, Houston, TX is president-elect, Robert Hardy, Hardy Doric, Inc., Chelmsford, MA is Secretary/ Treasurer. Kelly Pellicano, Graffius Burial Vaults, Sinking Springs, PA and Tim Brown, Brown-Wilbert, St. Paul, MN, were elected to the board of directors for three-year terms. Continuing on the board of directors are: Darren Baxter, Baxter Burial Vault Service, Cincinnati, OH, Marty Begun, Eagle burial Vaults, Detroit, MI, Warren Chandler, Master Grave Service, Inc., Bogart, GA; Linda Darby Sempsrott, TrigardVaults/ Greenwood Plastics, Phoenix, AZ; Bob Donatelli, Baumgardner Products Co., Akron, OH; Graham MacLeod, Detroit Wilbert Vault Co., Detroit, MI; and Curt Azmec, Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Forest Park, IL.

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Continued from page 1 To increase awareness on the national level, the committee retained a professional ad agency to design a full page, black and white ad that will be strategically placed in selected death care industry trade publications (see sample ad on adjacent page) “Funeral professionals often don’t understand the benefits of the lined concrete vault,” said Sempsrott. “We need to give them as much knowledge as we can, as often as we can.” In addition to the ad, a four-color, bifold brochure (lower right) has also been designed. It includes pictures and text that outline the benefits of lined concrete burial vaults over regular concrete boxes. It is designed to be used by the funeral professional to help families decide what to purchase for their loved ones. Julie A. Burn, Wilbert Funeral Services, explained how these marketing materials can be used by members in their hometowns for their own customers. “We’re relying on our funeral directors to educate our consumers and in many cases that’s not happening,” said Burn. The materials developed by the

Dear Readers, We at the National Concrete Burial Vault Association Bulletin would love to hear from you. Specifically we are looking for press releases from you so that we can continue to address issues and topics that are directly facing you. Do you have an idea for an article of interest to other manufacturers? Why don’t you take a few minutes and send us a press release about your happenings. We’re interested in details about special events, individuals who deserve recognition, awards, new services you are providing. Suppliers: let us know about your new products and services. Color or black and white photos are also welcome. If you are unsure about how to write your press release or article, don’t hesitate to give me a call at (407) 788-1996 or e-mail me at It would be my pleasure to assist you. Looking forward to hearing from you, Jan Monahan Editor

NCBVA’s marketing committee provide members with a cost-effective way to increase awareness of member’s individuals firms as well as their affiliation with the National Concrete Burial Vault Association on the local, regional, and state level. The ads and the brochure, according to Burn, have been designed in such a way that members of NCBVA can customize them with their own company name and contact information. “We find that when a funeral director is educated on the product they have a lot more confidence and that is going to come across to the families that they serve,” said Burn. Other tools for promoting and educating on the local level according to Burn include: • Newsletters, • Sales Incentives, • Educational Seminars, and • Sponsorships (i.e. funeral association functions, local trade fairs, golf tournaments). Presentations or educational seminars need not be just to funeral professionals. JoAnn Baldwin, Doric, Inc., demonstrated an audio/visual presentation that can be used in conjunction with, or in addition to, the print materials by members to get their name out as a local burial vault manufacturer. “There are lots of service organizations (Rotary, Lions, etc.) and veterans organizations which have monthly

meetings and they are always looking for programs—something short,” said Baldwin. “This presentation doesn’t take long. It comes completely prepared and hopefully will plant a seed in the attendee’s mind that when they need to go to the funeral home they are going to need a vault and there is a special product they can get. Hopefully they will ask for a lined concrete burial vault. We don’t care whose. That’s not the point. We’re all in here together. This is going to help our industry promote an understanding about the products that we manufacture.” The turn-key program is a 15-minute presentation that comes on a compact disk, complete with an easy to follow script that describes the advantages of the lined concrete burial vault and its construction to exacting NCBVA specifications. Equipment required is laptop computer, a digital projector, screen, and mouse. Baldwin and Marty Begun, Eagle Burial Vaults, demonstrated how easy the program is to follow—“Just read and click!” In conclusion, and again to emphasize the unity of the association, Sempsrott said, “We want to set the example here today. We are all competitors; it’s a competitive world and we need to do that, but each of us are here to raise the These marketing and educational materials are tangible tools that NCBVA will be providing as a membership benefit. Memberswill willreceive receive a a packet packet of Members information information with with samples of the materials available available in in the the near near future. future. IfIf you you have have any any questions, feel free to call any of the marketing committee members or NCBVA Headquarters at (407) 788-1996.

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Meet the New President Daniel J. Hicks Hicks Industries Miami, Florida

THREE GENERATIONS -- Pride shows on the faces of the family following the installation of Dan Hicks as President of NCBVA. From left Ruth, Dan, his wife Connie, daughter Candice, son Pat and father Ken Hicks.

Second Generation “Vault Man” Takes The Helm He is soft-spoken with a sentimental nature, but savvy enough to currently rank as one of the largest concrete vault manufacturers in the country. Daniel J. Hicks, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hicks Industries, was installed President of the National Concrete Burial Vault Association at the Annual Convention and Exposition in June in Houston, TX. Born in 1953, Dan’s destiny as a vault man seemed “cast in stone.” His father, Ken Hicks had a ready-mix and a vault plant in Michigan and for as long as both can remember, father and son talked about being in business together some day. But first Dan needed to get an education. He attended high school in Big Rapids, Michigan where his folks still have a lakeside retirement “chalet.” As a high school football player, Dan’s determination led him to being the leading ground gainer and “Running Back of the Year.” He received a scholarship to Ferris State University where he majored in building construction and eventually received a degree in concrete technology from Alpena College. Always popular with his peers, Dan laid early groundwork as a leader when elected class president. Dan worked off and on throughout school and after with his Dad until Ken and his stepmother Ruth moved to Miami, where Ken bought what would eventually be Carlton Wilbert Vault Co. Dan started his own ready-mix concrete company, which he eventually sold, but in the interim he tried his hand at professional golf. Dan started playing golf when he was about six years old – mostly to avoid having to do the dishes, says his Dad. With a combined family of four teenagers, Ken and Ruth had the boys compete against the girls in the evenings following dinner –losers had to do the dishes! Dan became an excellent golfer, winning the Junior Amateur National Golf Camp in high school and playing against teams from the Big Ten Conference in College. He played in the PGA mini-tour in Florida but good as he was, he soon found it wasn’t

going to pay the bills and he realized he needed to return to the business world. In 1987, he became a partner with his father at Carlton Wilbert Vault. When Ken Retired, Dan purchased the remaining company shares. Now known as Hicks Industries, Inc., the company which includes three vaults plants, manufacturing the Doric, Eagle, and Wilbert brands, and one ready-mix concrete operation—virtually tripled in size under Dan’s direction. The plants are scattered from one end of the state to the other: Miami (south Florida), Mulberry (central Florida) and Alachua (northern Florida). Dan and his family—wife Connie, son Pat, 17, and daughter Candice, 15, — live on the state’s West Coast in Fort Myers Beach so traveling three to four days every week is the norm. Dan’s civic and professional affiliations include the Masons, Elks, Moose, and Rotary. He is active in the Florida Funeral Directors Association, the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida, the Florida Funeral Sales and Supply Association, the Funeral and Cemetery Alliance of Florida, where he has served on the board of directors, and the Florida Independent Ready-mix Association. He has also served on the Wilbert, Inc., corporate board, is currently Secretary/Treasurer of the Funeral and Memorialization Information Council (FAMIC), and has been on the board of NCBVA for the past seven years. Described by his father as “a thinker and a planner,” Dan has been doing a lot of thinking and planning about the future of NCBVA. The theme for his year as president is, “Helping Members Find Their Hidden Pot of Gold.” “ With Cremation on the rise, we have to adapt our business to the marketplace and be better business people,” Hicks said. “The goal of the association is to help all concrete vault manufacturers succeed in their business.” Installed by Curt Zamec, President and CEO of Wibert, Inc., Dan endured a “roast-like” introduction during the Annual Meeting of NCBVA.

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Crematory Operations Must Be Prepared For Changes By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. • NCBVA Legal Counsel At the NCBVA Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, I reviewed several issues of direct interest to concrete burial vault manufacturers. A couple of the issues, such as the US Supreme Court decisions regarding patent protection and denial of employment to disabled job applicants will be addressed in more detail in future issues of The Bulletin. Suffice it to say that the employment decision may well be the cornerstone of a shift in national policy to equal the playing field between employers and job applicants. The Court spelled out the right of the employer to deny employment to disabled or handicapped job applicants for a job considered by the employer to be hazardous to the health and safety of the applicant. The patent protection decision gives inventors more power to sue competitors for making modified versions of patented products—a decision that some in the vault

industry may find helpful or harmful, depending of your own operation. But more about these decisions later. The topic that invoked the most interest is the overwhelming rush by state legislatures to regulate the crematorium industry and what cremation operations may expect when dealing with funeral homes. We were all shocked by recent news stories regarding the fraud, deceit, and criminal activity being perpetrated by a few crematories throughout the country, most especially the notorious operation in Georgia. As a result, many states are now reviewing and redrafting their existing laws and regulations with regards to crematories. Of course the major change being suggested in the laws and regulations is to tighten up the licensing and inspection requirements and impose stricter standards on applicants for crematory licenses. In Illinois, for example, legislation (which may

have been passed by the time you read this article) exceeds just licensing by requiring operator training, continuing education, and inspection. I was somewhat surprised when a show of hands revealed that almost half of the meeting attendees were involved in crematory services. Tim Brutsche reported that he has received a request from a chain funeral home operation to provide extremely sensitive and proprietary information regarding his crematory services. On my recommendation he will seek his own corporate counsel involvement and will keep me advised. Where did that particular conglomerate obtain such questions and requests for Continued on page 15


2002 June 2002 Omni Houston Hotel

Special thanks to the following sponsors for their generous contributions to the success of this convention: Acromix Systems / ERMC Crescent Bronze Powder Co., Inc. Dayton Richmond Concrete Accessories Doric Products, Inc. Edgmont Metallic Pigment Co., Inc. Forta Corporation Plastic Plaque Products, Inc. Trigard Vaults / Greenwood Plastics Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc.




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B renny Watt’s presentation is designed to bring harmony to the wo rk place


Generation Gap


n our progressive time, as old rules and stereotypes are being revised, the term diversity has come to the forefront of our social consciousness. On television programs, in classrooms, and in corporations, diversity has become a key issue. However, most of us think of diversity only as it relates to race and gender. Not often do we associate diversity with age. Yet generational diversity is one of the biggest challenges facing today’s business world. Because individuals are so influenced by the generations in which they grew up, age impacts how people perceive the world around them. The headlines, movies, and music of a generation can affect people even more than their parents. Consequently, generation shapes how people behave in a business setting, which is why older and younger workers tend to butt heads so often. Each generation wants to do things “their way.” In the work force, four generations collide. These generations are “Veterans” (born 1923-1943), “Boomers” (1943-1960), “Gen X” (19601980), and “Gen Y”(1980-today). Brenny Watt, a graduate of the Crummer School of Business and an expert on management and work environments, shed light on the issue of generational diversity during her presentation at the NCBVA Annual Convention in June. Watt, who fits right in as a “Boomer” raising a “Gen Xer,” addressed some of the problems that

generational diversity poses and offered some innovative ways to handle them. An energetic and arresting speaker, Watt began by showing the audience how their own views are filtered through generational lenses. The audience participated in the program by reminiscing about the eras in which they grew up. The values they gained in childhood color the way they see the world today and define them as members of their generations. Very different values and lifestyles characterize the different generations. Watt next asked her audience to describe each of these groups, and their answers illustrated the stereotypes about each generation. These same stereotypes emerge in the workplace. For this reason, older workers tend to think that their younger co-workers from “Gen X” are slackers. “Gen X,” on the other hand, thinks that the loyalty of “Vets” and “Boomers” is an archaic value. In order for these groups to work together peacefully, they must recognize and then reduce their own filters in order to understand one another. Watt helped the different generations understand one another by teaching the history and values of each group. Their heroes and defining events, for example, provide insight into how they think and behave. The “Vets” are consistent and disciplined. The “Boomers” are defined as workaholics and go-getters. Members of “Gen X” are self-reliant and informal. “Gen

Y” is a global generation with an optimistic future. By beginning to understand one another, the generations can take the first step toward bridging the generation gap. “Understanding generational differences is critical to creating harmony, mutual respect, and joint effort where today there is suspicion, mistrust, and isolation,” said Watt. Watt provided some other ways to improve generational harmony in the workplace. The “Boomers” currently control corporate culture while “Gen X” challenges it. The solution, says Watt, is to keep the traditional ways of business but incorporate the needs and wants of the younger generation. A cross-generational environment should be free of labels such as “slacker” and “Dilbert.” Watt champions “Zero Assumption Management (ZAM),” which says that managers should assume the best of employees independent of their age brackets. Work should also be flexible and relaxed to appeal to a diverse work force. Watt advocates the “Platinum Rule,” which states that we should treat others as they would like to be treated. In other words, we should acknowledge people’s differences without trying to impose our values on them. When different generations understand and accept one another without judgment, they will be able to work together effectively in a comfortable, productive environment.



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Industry Calendar of Events August 14-17, 2002

CANA Annual Convention Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

October 20-23, 2002

NFDA Annual Convention Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX

December 15-19, 2002

Jewish Funeral Directors of America Annual Meeting The Diplomat, Hollywood, FL

Feb ru a ry 3-7, 2003

World of Concrete Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada

Feb ru a ry 2003

NCBVA Annual Convention & Expo O rlando, F L

Feb ru a ry 21-25, 2003

National Precast Concrete Assn. & MCPX Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

M a rch 10-13, 2003

ICFA Annual Convention & Exposition Las Vegas, NV

Ap ril 2-6, 2003

Order of the Golden Rule Annual Convention Reno Hilton, Reno, NV

C REMATORIES, continued from page 9 information? Probably from Harvey Lapin, Esq., an old friend of mine who specializes in mortuary law. Following the Georgia fiasco, Lapin advised his funeral home clients and others that before a funeral home contracts with a crematorium, it MUST (1) carefully investigate the crematorium and (2) obtain information about its financial condition. In the contract between the funeral home and the crematorium, the following must be included: 1. Establish the obligations of both parties. 2. Provide each party to indemnify and hold each other harmless for the others’ obligations. 3. Require each party to have adequate insurance. 4. Require each party to provide insurance certificates indicating coverage for the other parties in the event of litigation. 5. Require the crematorium to establish an identification procedure for the human remains during and after the cremation. In addition, Lapin also suggests that the funeral home must monitor the crematorium’s employees to insure performance, regularly visit the operation, confirm the identification procedure and insure that proper practices are being implemented and state requirements and accepted industry standards are being met. If you are involved in owning and operating crematoriums, you must obtain and implement the updated industry standards such as those set forth by the Cremation Association of North American (CANA) or others as well as insure compliance with your state laws and regulations (that are being changed as I write this article). If you are involved in crematorium operations and are contacted by your local funeral home owner or a representative of a chain operation requesting “a whole bunch of information” about your operation, don’t be shocked—be prepared!



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NCBVA proudly recognizes the following companies which have a current standing in the Plant Certification Program


Central New Yo rk Vault Co. Abel Vault & Monument Co. E agle Burial Vaults Cortland, NY Canton, IL Perry, GA Century Vault Co., Inc. Abel Vault & Monument Co. Esterly Burial Vault Co. Barnstable, MA Pekin, IL West Reading, PA Cheboygan Cement Products Co. American Concrete Industries Evans Eagle Vaults, Inc. Cheboygan, MI Bangor, ME Leola, PA Chesapeake Burial Vault Co. American Vault Co. Eve rlasting Vault Co. Ingleside, MD Cleveland, OH Randallstown, MD C h risty Vault Co., Inc. American Vault & Florida Wilbert, Inc. Colma, CA Concrete Products Jacksonville, FL Clinton Wilbert Vaults, Inc. Detroit, MI Fond Du Lac Wilbert Vault Clinton, IA American Wilbert Vault Corp. Fond Du Lac, WI Cooper Wilbert Vault Co. Fo rsyth Bros. Forest Park, IL Barrington, NJ Fithian, IL A rnold-Wilbert Corp. Cordeiro Vault Co., Inc. Fo rsyth Bros. Concrete Prod. Goldsboro, NC Vallejo, CA Terre Haute, IN A rrow Vault Co., Inc. Costello Vaults Gettysbu rg Burial Vault Co. Lafayette, IN Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada Gettysburg, PA Atlas Concrete Products, Inc. C reter Vault Corp. G rable Vault Co. Orlando, FL Flemington, NJ Logansport, IN Automatic Wilbert Vault C rummitt & Son Vault Corp. G raffius Burial Vault Co. Tacoma, WA Martins Ferry, OH Sinking Springs, PA Babylon Vault Co. D.G. Robertson, Inc. G ranite State Doric New Windsor, MD Williston, VT Newport, NH Baumga rdner Products Co. Dardanelle Vault & Monument G ray Bros., Inc. Akron, OH Dardanelle, AR Kansas City, KS Baxter Burial Vault Deihl Vault & Precast Co. Hairfield Vault Co. Cincinnati, OH Orangeville, PA Hickory, NC Baxter Vault Co. Detroit Wilbert Vault Corp. H a rdy Doric, Inc. Baxter Springs, KS Detroit, MI Chelmsford, MA Beck Vault Co. Doody Burial Vaults, Inc. H a rn Vault Service Rome, NY Winchendon, MA Massillon, OH Beier Burial Vaults Doric Concrete Vaults Inc. H a rr is Precast Columbus, WI Garden City, KS Laporte, IN B rewster Vaults & Monuments Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Heilman – Wi rtz, Inc. Millville, NJ Great Bend, KS Cedar Hill, TX B rown-Wilbert, Inc. Doric Concrete Vaults Inc. Hicks Industries, Inc. Fargo, ND Osage City, KS Alachua, FL B rown-Wilbert, Inc. Doric Huntingbu rg Vault Co. Hicks Industries, Inc. Morris, MN Huntingburg, IN Miami, FL B runs Norwalk Vault Co. Doric of Kansas Vault, Inc./Gray Hicks Industries, Inc. Saint Louis, MO B ros. Mulberry, FL B rutsche Concrete Products Iola, KS Hydraulic Dolly, Inc. Battle Creek, MI Doric of Nashville, Inc. Altoona, PA B rutsche Concrete Products Nashville, TN J.P. Vincent & Son, Inc. Benton Harbor, MI Doric of Northeast A rkansas Galena, IL Buckeye Vault Service Jonesboro, AR Jeffe rson Concrete Corp. Doric of South Texas Mansfield, OH Watertown, NY Elsa, TX Buck Simmons Vault Srvcs. Inc. Josten Wilbert Vault Co. Doric Concrete Vaults Roanoke, VA Sioux Falls, SD Limon, CO Bush Concrete Products, Inc. Lakeshore Burial Vault Co. Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Muskegon, MI Brookfield, WI Newton, KS C & M Precast L avaca Vault Co. Doric Manufacturing Co. Kerrville, TX Lavaca, AK Boaz, AL Calumet Wilbert Vault Co. Inc. Louisell-Davis Vault Service Doric Mississippi, Inc. Gary, IN Chattanooga, TN Vicksburg, MS C a rolina-Doric, Inc. Ludlow Burial Vault Co. Doric-South, Inc. Effingham, SC Ludlow, MA Demopolis, AL C a rolina-Doric, Inc. Lycoming Burial Vault Co. Inc. Doric Vault of Eastern NY, Inc. Florence, SC Montoursville, PA Hudson, NY Central Burial Vaults, Inc. M a rion Vault Wo rks Doric Vault Co. Marlow, OK Marion, IN Griffin, GA Central Burial Vaults, Inc. M a rkham Burial Vault Services Doric Vault Co. of S. Illinois Oklahoma City, OK Richmond, VA Marion, IL Central Vaults, Inc.on NCBVA’s exclusive ForBurial information PlantCo.Inspection and Certification Program, please E agle Burial Vault of LA Tulsa, OK contact NCBVAHeadquarters Ruston, at 1-800-538-1423 or use application form on adjacent page. LA


M a rkham-Carter Vault Service Smithfield, VA Master Grave Service Athens, GA Memphis Burial Vault Co. Memphis, TN Mercer Vault Company Fredericksburg, VA Milan Burial Vault, Inc. Milan, MI Milwaukee Wilbert Vault Co. Milwaukee, WI Minnick Services Corp. Fort Wayne, IN Moore Wilbert Vault Co. Evans, GA Neher Burial Vault Co. Springfield, OH Nor-Don Vault Co. Inc. Strafford, MO North Central Mich. Vault Srvc. Cadillac, MI Norwalk Vault Co. Johnstown, PA Odon Vault Company, Inc. Odon, IN Omaha Wilbert Vault, Inc. Omaha, NE Ostwalt Vault Co. Concord, NC Palm Vault Co. Ada, OK Panhandle Vaults Wellington, TX Peoria Vault Co. Peoria, IL Pennyslvania Concrete Vault Co. Greensburg, PA Perfection Vault Woodson, IL Phenix Vault Phenix City, AL Pioneer Vault, Inc. Doylestown, PA Pope Concrete Products Waycross, GA Poplar Bluff Doric Vaults, Inc. Poplar Bluff, MO P recast Concrete Products, Inc. Blissfield, MI P recision Precast Inc. Pittsfield, MA Quality Burial Vault Co. Houston, TX Rex Vault Service Newton, IL Rocky Mountain Monument/Vault Sandy, UT Roland-Wilbert Vault Co. Marion, IA Roosbu rg Vault Primghar, IA Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI

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Sam Green Vault Co. Lynchburg, VA Saline Vault Co. Sweet Springs, MO Santeiu Vaults Inc. Livonia, MI Shenandoah Valley Vaults, Inc. Dayton, VA Shore Vault & Precast Co. Exmore, VA Simerly Concrete Products, Inc. Bristol, TN Simerly Vaults, Inc. Knoxville, TN Southern Ohio Vault Co. Portsmouth, OH Southern Vault Service Blakely, GA Spoerr Precast Concrete Sandusky, OH Sunnycrest, Inc. Auburn, NY Suhor Industries Cedar Hill, TX Superior Burial Vaults, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Superior Vault Co. Bryantown, MD Superior Vault Co. Charlestown, IN Superior Vault Co. DBA Individual Mausoleum Co. Lawrenceburg, IN Superior Vault Company LTD Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Swan’s Concrete Products Westbrook, ME Tennessee Vault Fairview, TN Tucker Vault Co. Farmington, MO Tu rner Vault Company Toledo, OH Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults Inc. Appleton, WI Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults Inc. Wausau, WI Vault Service Griffin, GA Washington Wilbert Vault Wo rks Inc. Laurel, MD Wa rga Concrete Products Inc. Fort Wayne, IN Watts Vault & Monument Co. Montezuma, IA Wayne Burial Vault Co., Inc. Indianapolis, IN Welte Vault Co. Danbury, IA West Plains Vault & Mfg. Co. Pomona, MO Wicomico Vault Co., Inc. Salisbury, MD Wieser Precast Stewartville, MN Wilbert Burial Vault (The James Co.) Waycross, GA Williams Vault Company Emporia, VA Willmar Precast Co. Willmar, MN


National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. Member Application for Plant Inspection

Name of Plant ____________________________________________ Plant Mailing Address_______________________________________ Plant Street Address________________________________________ Plant Telephone____________________________________________ Fax Phone Number_________________________________________ Owner’s Name_____________________________________________ Evening Telephone_________________________________________ Plant Manager/Contact Person_________________________________ Evening Phone_____________________________________________ Types of Outer Burial Receptacles Produced ❐ Top Seals ❐ Air Domes ❐ Sectionals Other____________________________________________________

Please return this application with full payment to: The National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. 900 Fox Valley Drive, Suite #204 Longwood, FL 32779-2552 (800) 538-1423 Fax (407) 774-6751 As an NCBVA member in good standing, the total of your Plant Certification Inspection will be $995 (Recertification, $495). Full payment should be enclosed with your application.




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National Concrete Burial Vault Association “Serving the death care industry with the very best”

Dues Schedule


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Tests at Four Plants Prove Promising for SCC By Earl J. Brutsche • NCBVA Plant Inspector In the April issue of The Bulletin, I talked about testing that was being done on a new mix design for self-compacting concrete, also known as self-placing or selfconsolidating concrete. Preliminary tests of the self-compacting concrete (SCC) were conducted in no less than four plants using different coarse materials, different additives, and cements. The plants which participated in April and May were: Master Grave of Bogart, Georgia; Carolina Vault in Florence, South Caroliina; Lakeshore Burial Vaults of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Brutsche Concrete Products, Battle Creek, Michigan. This new concrete is not really new. It started in Japan in 1988 and has been subjected to research both in Europe and the U.S. We have been told that this has been well received and great success has been achieved in both cast-in-place and in pre-cast plants. Here are some of the reasons this concrete could be what we are all looking for:

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Higher earlier strengths, Higher ultimate strengths, Little if any vibration, Less curing time which equals A smaller inventory (10 day maximum)

The results of the four test facilities were presented at the annual meeting in Houston. We believe that there is a place for this mix design in some concrete vault plants while acknowledging that additional testing is needed before we can say, “This is the only way to go.” First, we should remind you that very close control at the mixer is necessary. Second, there are some additional costs. Finally, there is a delay before finishing the covers. You don’t just use your old mix design and throw in “x” ounces of a new chemical. Your representative from the chemical company along with your cement supplier

will set up the mix design. It is not unusual for two to four technicians and/or professional engineers to spend a day or two finetuning the design, mixing, placing and testing of selfcompacting concrete. We believe that higher earlier strengths can be achieved and even higher ultimate strengths in just 7 to 10 days. There are many advantages to SCC and we will be testing and checking for the next few months to determine what the disadvantages might be. If you would like a copy of the material presented at the meeting, please call the association headquarters at 1-800-538-1423 or direct questions to Hugh McQuestion, Doug Evans, Walter Chandler or Timothy Brutsche.

Bulletin 2002 June  

Bulletin of the National Concrete Burial Vault Association

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