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Vol. 17

No. 4

September 2002

In this issue. . . • • • • •

President’s Message ..................3 Release Agents ..........................7 Dust to Dust to Diamonds ..........8 Vault Marketing Program ............9 Estate Planning ........................11

©Walt Disney World

Get Ready For The Magic! Join the growing list of companies to meet the exacting standards of NCBVA Plant Certification . . . page 12

Disney’s Contemporary Resort at The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida has been chosen as the host hotel for NCBVA’s Annual Convention and Exposition February 15-18, 2003. One of Disney’s original and still most popular hotel complexes, The Contemporary Resort is an architectural marvel with a monorail track that glides right through the middle of the unique 90-foot atrium lobby. There are three themed restaurants including the award-winning California Grill with its spectacular views of the World, two swimming pools and a white sand beach which borders Disneys largest lake. This is a truly Magic venue for another exciting educational and networking opportunity for vault manufacturers from across the country and a departure from the long-standing custom of holding the meeting in June. Taking the convention to the number one travel destination in the world during the dreary northern winter months is part of the organizations efforts to put together the most attractive package possible for members and prospective members. For those able to sneak some extra time away, the program will begin on Saturday, Feb. 15 with an exclusive optional tour—Innovation in Action, A Behind the Scenes Tour of How the Disney Magic Happens. This three-hour adventure takes you to parts of the World seldom seen by the outside world. The educational program will then focus on providing practical information and tips to take home and use in your business, in addition to a tour of Thermoform Plastics and more information on self-compacting concrete. The program concludes with an evening at Cirque du Soleils La Nouba, a theatrical experience unlike anything youve ever experienced before. Save the dates on your 2003 calendar. You wont want to miss this one!

Annual Convention • February 15-18, 2003 • Orlando, FL



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September 2002 National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. 900 Fox Valley Drive, Suite 204 Longwood, Florida 32779-2552 (800) 538-1423 Fax: (407) 774-6751 President Dan Hicks Hicks Industries Miami, FL President-Elect J.C. Clifton Quality Burial Vault Co. Houston, TX Secretary/Treasurer 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


President’s Message By Dan Hicks

NCBVA Is Working For You


s we remember the horrific events of September 11 we should pause and give thanks that we live in such a great country that takes pride in our freedom and liberties and always remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. God Bless America! February is approaching rapidly as we look toward the land of the mouse and his Magic Kingdom in Orlando. A great convention is planned with a lot to learn and plenty of time for enjoying the Disney experience. Your marketing committee will be presenting our vault awareness program at the November board meeting of FAMIC (the Funeral and Memorialization Information Council). This is quite a step for the association and I am sure they will do a superb job for us. We have a board of directors meeting coming up in San Antonio, Texas before the National Funeral Directors Association convention. If you are in town for the NFDA program, feel free to attend the board meeting and see how your board works. We will be discussing our strategic plan. Just to give you a heads up, one of our competitors has brought to the marketplace a top sealing plastic burial vault, which I understand passes our center load test. As we have always been the voice of the concrete burial vault industry, maybe we should revisit the subject of including metal and plastic burial vault manufacturers in our organization to truly be a national burial vault association. I am interested in hearing members thoughts on this.

Bob Donatelli Baumgardner Products Co. Akron, OH Graham MacLeod Detroit Wilbert Vault Co. Detroit, MI Kelly Pellicano Graffius Burial Vault Co. Sinking Springs, 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 Membership & Bookkeeping Sonia Medina


Industry Calendar of Events October 20-23, 2002

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

November 11-12, 2002

Casket & Funeral Supply Assn. Fall Coference & Trade Show Adams Mark Hotel, Indianapolis, IN

December 15-19, 2002

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

February 3-7, 2003

World of Concrete Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada

February 15-18, 2003

NCBVA Annual Convention & Expo Orlando, FL

February 21-25, 2003

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

March 10-13, 2003

ICFA Annual Convention & Exposition Las Vegas, NV

April 2-6, 2003

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



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Top10 Reasons Why People Quit Their Jobs “Employees don’t quit their companies, they quit their bosses.” There are many reasons why good employees quit. Most are preventable. Gregory P. Smith, a business growth consultant, has identified a top-ten list of reasons why people leave their jobs. 1. Management demands that one person do the jobs of two or more people, resulting in longer days and weekend work. 2. Management cuts back on administrative help, forcing professional workers to use their time copying, stapling, collating, filing and other clerical duties. 3. Management puts a freeze on raises and promotions, when an employee can easily find a job earning 20-30 percent more somewhere else. 4. Management doesnt allow the rank and file to make decisions or allow them pride of ownership.


Management constantly reorganizes, shuffles people around, and changes direction. 6. Management doesnt have or take the time to clarify goals and decisions. Therefore, it rejects work after it was completed, damaging the morale and esteem of those who prepared it. 7. Management shows favoritism and gives some workers better offices, trips to conferences, etc. 8. Management relocates the offices to another location, forcing employees to quit or double their commute. 9. Management promotes someone who lacks training and/or necessary experience to supervisor, alienating staff and driving away good employees. 10. Management creates a rigid structure and then allows departments to compete against each other while at

the same time preaching teamwork and cooperation. Interesting isnt it, that all 10 factors begin with the phrase Management Interesting too, just how many of these high-turnover factors are preventable? Theres a saying that is quite true, Employees dont quit their companies, they quit their bosses. On one retention survey, 35 percent of respondents answered yes to the question, was the attitude of your direct supervisor/manager the primary factor in quitting a previous job? Soft management skills —people skills are the critical element in battling high turnover and creating a high-retention workforce. Greg Smith is author of the book Here Today Here Tomorrow: Transforming Your Workforce from High Turnover to HighRetention.

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Proper Use of Release Agent Is Important By Earl J. Brutsche NCBVA Plant Inspector

result when good workmanship and a good release agent are used without a hammer.

For as long as vaults have been manufactured weve used form oil (hereafter referred to as release agent). Years ago used motor oil was the standard, but not any more. In fact today this would be a violation of OSHA and EPA regulations. The use of a release agent is necessary for ease of stripping, for a good finish, and also for the continued care of the molds. A clean mold should have a thin film of release agent applied with a brush, rag, or sponge. It should NOT be applied with a sprayer. A thin coat will provide a finish that will have less voids and also less oil on the floor. There are many firms including some that are NCBVA members that will provide information and prices on their product. Find one that you like and apply as required. Clean molds and a quality finish are the

Safety programs In my travels around the country inspecting plants for NCBVAs Plant Certification Program, I find that many of our members dont have a formal written safety program. Meeting at the time clock with a driver who ran over a shrub in a cemetery does not count as a safety meeting! Since OSHA has added many new regulations, you should be up to date and have your house in order. Field inspectors are under instructions to start enforcing new rules so be alert. You can get a copy of an excellent bimonthly newsletter titled, Safety Compliance Alert by contacting the following: Progressive Business Publications 370 Technology Drive Malvern, PA 19355 Phone: 800-220-5000

VA Purchases Land For National Cemetery In South Florida The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has purchased 313 acres in southern Palm Beach County near Boca Raton to build a national cemetery to serve south Floridas veterans. For many years, South Florida has been on VAs priority list for building a much needed national cemetery to serve nearly 438,000 veterans, said Anthony J. Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Were glad we now have the right property to convert this goal to reality in a relatively short time, Principi said. He said VA expects to begin interments in two years, even before the cemetery is fully built. Two VA studies since 1987 identified south Florida as an area with a large number of veterans not served by a national or state veterans cemetery. Nationwide, VA now operates 120 national cemeteries.



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Dust to Dust to...Diamonds?

Harry D. Williams

Process transforms cremated remains into synthetic gems

Harry D. Williams, an active member of NCBVA until his retirement in 1990, died August 19, 2002 at his home in Columbus, IN. A U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, He founded H.D. Williams Co. in 1961. Born January 3, 1926, he was the son of Aylett and June M. Scudder Williams. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, sons Mark A. Williams of Salem, Oregon and Jeff L Williams of Columbus; three grandchildren, brother Carl of Columbus and sister Doris Dunlap of Crawfordsville. Harrys encouragement, ingenuity, flawless memory and enthusiasm will be missed by the staff at H.D. Williams.

J. Frank Vogt J. Frank Vogt, 95 died August 16 in Louisville, KY. Vogt purchased Vogt Vault Co., in 1940 and ran it until his retirement in 1971. During those years, he was a loyal member of NCBVA. He was preceeded in death by his wife Ruth and is survived by son John P. Vogt who has run the company since Franks retirement and is a past president of NCBVA, James E. Vogt, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A company located in the Chicago suburbs says it has developed a process that can turn cremated human remains into diamonds that can be worn as jewelry. The process is the brainchild of Greg Herro, head of LifeGem Memorials who has spent the past three years refining the process which utilizes the carbon found in cremated bones. Synthetic, or human-made diamonds have been manufactured since the mid-1950s, when General Electric Co., developed the process of making small diamonds for industrial uses. Herro says he is building on the simple fact that all living creatures are carbon-based and diamonds are carbon based. The ash is first purified in a vacuum induction furnace at about 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It is then placed in a press under intense pressure and heat, replicating the forces that create a natural diamond, a process that takes about 16 weeks. An independent laboratory, EGL USA, in a prepared statement said it is impossible to distinguish LifeGem synthetic diamonds from other synthetic diamonds. A small thimbleful of carbon can be made into a 0.25-carat diamond, for which LifeGem would charge $4,000. A full Karat would cost $22,000. LifeGem claims its diamonds are identical to natural diamonds in every aspect - brilliance, fire, luster, and hardness. The only difference is that natural diamonds are formed with an arbitrary carbon source, and we choose an exact carbon source to create a one-of-a-kind memorial to your loved one, according to company literature. The diamonds are available in blue, red and yellow. LifeGems can be purchased as loose diamonds or in a setting designed specifically to accent the gems. The companys exclusive line includes the Treasure Ring 造 collection as well as necklaces, pendants, earrings, and many other custom designed pieces. LifeGems is another company trying to meet the demands of a generation that is looking for alternative options for memorialization and builds on the publics growing acceptance of cremation. It certainly gives new meaning to the idea of the family jewels!

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NCBVA Now Offers Marketing Materials For Members to Use In Their Own Towns Members have responded enthusiastically to NCBVAs new Vault Marketing Program, that is designed to raise awareness of the concrete vault industry. Hundreds of brochures which outline the reasons to select lined concrete burial vaults have been mailed to manufacturers across the country to help explain the advantages of our product to funeral directors and consumers. In addition to the full color bi-fold brochure which can be personalized for individual vault companies, there is a black and white full page ad that can be inserted in local newspapers, magazines and trade publications. This innovative program was designed to provide marketing support and the materials needed to help association members create awareness of the product and ultimately increase sales. It is the result of nearly 18 months work triggered by the Membership Survey to assess and prioritize what members want and need from NCBVA at the national level to help in this highly competitive and everchanging industry. In addition to these materials, there is also a 15-minute presentation that comes on a compact disk with an easy-to-follow script that describes the advantages of the lined concrete burial vault and its construction to exacting NCBVA specifications. This program is available for presentation at local chambers of commerce, Elks Club, Kiwanis, Funeral Director and Rotary meetings, etc. The ad is also being strategically placed in selected death care industry trade publications. The committee which developed this outstanding program includes representatives of the major franchise/dealer organizations: JoAnn Baldwin, Doric Products Inc.; Linda Darby-Sempsrott, Trigard Vaults/Greenwood Plastics; Julia A. Burn, Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc.; and Marty Begun, Eagle Burial Vaults. Please use the form included on this page to order your materials now or contact the headquarters office at (407) 788-1996.


National Concrete Burial Vault Association

VAULT MARKETING PROGRAM ORDER FORM Company Name____________________________________________________ Billing Street Address or PO Box ______________________________________ City_________________________ State _____________ Zip___________ Shipping Street Address______________________________________________ City ________________________ State ______________ Zip __________ Phone # __________________________________________________________ Contact Person_____________________________________________________ ADVERTISEMENT - “Three Reasons to Consider a Lined Concrete Burial Vault� ______ I would like a copy of the advertisement to run in my local publications (NO CHARGE) ______ Please personalize the ad (NO CHARGE) ______ Use Company Name as listed above Personalization address______________________________________ _______ Do not personalize

BROCHURE - Reasons to Consider a Lined Concrete Burial Vault ______ Quantity ($25 PER HUNDRED, MINIMUM OF 100) ______ Yes, personalize ($40 PERSONALIZATION FEE) ______ Use Company Name as listed above Personalization address___________________________________ ______ Do not personalize

Check is enclosed for $_______ Credit Card: ______ VISA ______ MasterCard ______ American Express Card Number: ___________________________ Expiration: __________ Signature: _______________________________ If paying by credit card, fax this order form to: (407) 774-6751. Or mail along with payment to: National Concrete Burial Vault Association 900 Fox Valley Drive, Ste 204 - Longwood, FL 32779-2552 Phone: (407) 788-1996




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Beware Common Pitfalls In Naming Beneficiaries By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Counsel In previous articles on Estate Planning, I have offered advice on how to avoid taxes and probate court and several other planning issues. There are also some simple steps that many people overlook to make sure money from a life insurance policy or retirement plan ends up with their beneficiary of choice. Insurance policies and retirement plans are specifically designed to allow an easy transfer of assets to dependents and survivors. Yet, simple mistakes often thwart the best of intentions. Many of these mistakes are made by people whose disbursements of assets should be relatively simple. Here are some of the common pitfalls in designating beneficiaries: NAMING YOUR ESTATE AS THE BENEFICIARY This can undo certain policy or retirement plan advantages. For example, insurance benefits are generally not subject to claims from creditors, but an estate is. If your estate is the beneficiary, your insurance benefits may no longer be exempt. Also, naming an estate as beneficiary will result in the liquidation of an individual retirement account, with taxes becoming due immediately. This can deprive a surviving spouse or designated child of potential continued tax-free growth. You should definitely check with a tax expert or a lawyer knowledgeable in estate planning before naming your estate as a beneficiary. FAILURE TO NAME A SECONDARY BENEFICIARY If your primary beneficiary precedes you in death and you have not named a secondary beneficiary, your insurance policy and/or your retirement plan will bounce back to your estate. In that event, the money will be distributed according to your will, or if you have no will, according to laws in your state. This is a simple mistake but one that is made too many times. NAMING MINOR CHILDREN Generally, insurance companies, pension plans and retirement accounts will not pay death benefits to minors. Benefits are held until a court-approved guardian or trustee is appointed. If you want to provide for minors, name a trustee or establish a trust, otherwise the court will name one for you. FAILING TO UPDATE RECORDS People often neglect to make changes to their insurance policies or retirement accounts when their family situation changes. Make it a habit to review your policies and retirement plans. See ESTATE PLANNING, Page 16



September 2002

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


Central New York Vault Co. Abel Vault & Monument Co. Eagle Burial Vault Co. of LA Cortland, NY Canton, IL Ruston, LA Century Vault Co., Inc. Abel Vault & Monument Co. Eagle Burial Vaults Barnstable, MA Pekin, IL Perry, GA Cheboygan Cement Products Co. American Concrete Industries Esterly Burial Vault Co. Cheboygan, MI Bangor, ME West Reading, PA Chesapeake Burial Vault Co. American Vault Co. Evans Eagle Vaults, Inc. Ingleside, MD Cleveland, OH Leola, PA Christy Vault Co., Inc. American Vault & Everlasting Vault Co. Colma, CA Concrete Products Randallstown, MD Detroit, MI Florida Wilbert, Inc. Clinton Wilbert Vaults, Inc. American Wilbert Vault Corp. Jacksonville, FL Clinton, IA Forest Park, IL Fond Du Lac Wilbert Vault Cooper Wilbert Vault Co. Arnold-Wilbert Corp. Fond Du Lac, WI Barrington, NJ Forsyth Bros. Goldsboro, NC Cordeiro Vault Co., Inc. Fithian, IL Arrow Vault Co., Inc. Vallejo, CA Forsyth Bros. Concrete Prod. Lafayette, IN Costello Vaults Terre Haute, IN Atlas Concrete Products, Inc. Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada Gettysburg Burial Vault Co. Orlando, FL Creter Vault Corp. Gettysburg, PA Automatic Wilbert Vault Flemington, NJ Grable Vault Co. Tacoma, WA Crummitt & Son Vault Corp. Logansport, IN Babylon Vault Co. Martins Ferry, OH Graffius Burial Vault Co. New Windsor, MD D.G. Robertson, Inc. Sinking Springs, PA Baumgardner Products Co. Williston, VT Granite State Doric Akron, OH Dardanelle Vault & Monument Newport, NH Baxter Burial Vault Dardanelle, AR Gray Bros., Inc. Cincinnati, OH Deihl Vault & Precast Co. Kansas City, KS Baxter Vault Co. Orangeville, PA Hairfield Vault Co. Baxter Springs, KS Detroit Wilbert Vault Corp. Hickory, NC Beck Vault Co. Detroit, MI Hardy Doric, Inc. Rome, NY Doody Burial Vaults, Inc. Chelmsford, MA Beier Burial Vaults Winchendon, MA Harn Vault Service Columbus, WI Doric Concrete Vaults Inc. Massillon, OH Brewster Vaults & Monuments Garden City, KS Harris Precast Millville, NJ Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Laporte, IN Brown-Wilbert, Inc. Great Bend, KS Heilman – Wirtz, Inc. Fargo, ND Doric Concrete Vaults Inc. Cedar Hill, TX Brown-Wilbert, Inc. Osage City, KS Hicks Industries, Inc. Morris, MN Doric Huntingburg Vault Co. Alachua, FL Bruns Norwalk Vault Co. Huntingburg, IN Hicks Industries, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Doric of Kansas Vault, Inc./Gray Miami, FL Brutsche Concrete Products Bros. Hicks Industries, Inc. Battle Creek, MI Iola, KS Mulberry, FL Brutsche Concrete Products Doric of Nashville, Inc. Hydraulic Dolly, Inc. Benton Harbor, MI Nashville, TN Altoona, PA Buckeye Vault Service Doric of Northeast Arkansas J.P. Vincent & Son, Inc. Mansfield, OH Jonesboro, AR Galena, IL Buck Simmons Vault Srvcs. Inc. Doric of South Texas Jacson, Inc. Roanoke, VA Elsa, TX Henderson, TX Bush Concrete Products, Inc. Doric Concrete Vaults Jefferson Concrete Corp. Muskegon, MI Limon, CO Watertown, NY C & M Precast Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Josten Wilbert Vault Co. Kerrville, TX Newton, KS Sioux Falls, SD Calumet Wilbert Vault Co. Inc. Doric Manufacturing Co. Lakeshore Burial Vault Co. Gary, IN Boaz, AL Brookfield, WI Carolina-Doric, Inc. Doric Mississippi, Inc. Lavaca Vault Co. Effingham, SC Vicksburg, MS Lavaca, AK Carolina-Doric, Inc. Doric-South, Inc. Louisell-Davis Vault Service Florence, SC Demopolis, AL Chattanooga, TN Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Doric Vault of Eastern NY, Inc. Ludlow Burial Vault Co. Marlow, OK Hudson, NY Ludlow, MA Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Doric Vault Co. Lycoming Burial Vault Co. Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Griffin, GA Montoursville,Program, PA ForBurial information exclusive Plant and Certification please Central Vaults, Inc.on NCBVA’sDoric Vault Co. of S. Inspection Illinois Marion Vault Works Tulsa, OK contact NCBVAHeadquarters Marion, at 1-800-538-1423 or use application form on adjacent page. IL Marion, IN


Markham Burial Vault Services Richmond, VA Markham-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 Precast Concrete Products, Inc. Blissfield, MI Precision 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 Roosburg 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 Turner 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 Works Inc. Laurel, MD Warga 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_______________________________________ Owners 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


❐ Manufacturer Member Dues are based on total units sold for all locations of the company.

❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Please check appropriate level: 1-999 Units ........$170 1000 - 1999 ........$260 2000 - 3499 ........$350 3500 - 4999 ........$435 5000 and more ....$525

Key Contact____________________________________Nickname_____________ Title ______________________________________________________________ Company Name _____________________________________________________ Street Address _______________________________________________________ City _____________________ State _______________ Zip __________________ Phone ___________________________ Fax ______________________________ E-mail ____________________________________________________________ Company Web Site ___________________________________________________

❐ Associate Member ....$150 ❐ Franchise Group........$600

Payment Information Include payment with this completed form. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express

❐ Check is enclosed Please charge my ❐ Visa ❐ MasterCard

❐ Amex

Account #_____________________ Expiration date _________________

Mailing Information NCBVA 900 Fox Valley Drive Suite 204 Longwood, FL 32779-2552 (800) 538-1423 Fax: (407) 774-6751

❐ Check here if you prefer to have your mail sent to your home. Home street Address _________________________________________ City _____________________ State ______________ Zip ___________ Home Phone _________________ Home Fax ______________________

COMPANY INFORMATION ❐ Burial Vault Manufacturer ❐ Crematory

❐ Funeral Director ❐ Cemetery

❐ Doric ❐ Con-O-lite

❐ Eagle ❐ Trigard ❐ Provide Graveside services

❐ Wilbert ❐ Other

❐ Metal Vaults ❐ Plastic Vaults ❐ Fiberglass Vaults Offer sizes for ❐ Children ❐ Adults ❐ Oversize ❐ Associate Member: Tell us in 25 words of less about your product/services

❐ Please enroll me in NCBVA today! Signature indicates that you have read and agree to abide by NCBVAs Code of Ethics and the rules which govern the National Concrete Burial Vault Association. Signature is required before this application can be processed. _________________________________________ (Signature)

___________ (Date)

CODE OF ETHICS We believe that concrete is an ideal material for the construction of burial vaults for the interment of human remains and that a properly constructed concrete burial vault is worthy of acceptance by the public. Our sales and advertising policies will be governed by standards acceptable by the public and the funeral profession and by principles advocated by the National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. We pledge fair trade practices to our competitor whose product we will not disparage. We shall conduct our business on sound business principles, striving to build a relationship of respect and confidence for the burial vault industry with the public, with the funeral director and with the cemeteries management. We will abide by the rules and regulations of the National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc., thereby contributing to a stronger and greater national industry.

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Annual Convention • February 15-18, 2003 • Orlando, FL 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 dont you take a few minutes and send us a press release about your happenings. Were 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, dont 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

ESTATE PLANNING, continued from page 1 FAILURE TO BE SPECIFIC Ambiguities can complicate payment and leave a door open for disputes. The courts are full of such cases. Dont just write on the line for the beneficiary my wife or my child. Such wording may not be sufficient, particularly in instances of multiple marriages or additional children either your own or by adoption. In naming beneficiaries, use full names. ASSUMING YOUR WILL HAS YOU COVERED. Generally, beneficiaries named in insurance policies and retirement plans trump any instructions you leave in your will. Make sure you have specified beneficiaries in your policies and plans. Many banks and investing accounts have mechanisms for naming beneficiaries so those assets can avoid probate. Check with your banks, mutual funds and brokerage firms to see if Payable on Death or Transferable on Death options are available. NOT LEAVING INSTRUCTIONS AS TO WHERE YOUR WILL, INSURANCE PAPERS, AND OTHER IMPORTANT RECORDS ARE KEPT. I have advised our members regarding this all-important responsibility in previous Counsel articles but it is worth repeating again. Remember that all the financial and tax advice in the world is useless if appropriate family members cant find your documents or dont know of their existence. Make sure your family is familiar with your most important records and where they are kept. Store such records in a secure file, vault (could be concrete) or on one of the new online files that are available and inform your family of their location. Do your loved ones a favor. Check your records so you can avoid these mistakes.

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