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Vol. 15


No. 3

June 2000

Substance Abuse It IS in Your Shop! In This Issue President's Message


Legal Update


New Members


Convention Photos


Certified Plants


The statistics are startling. The threat to your business is ominous. In a three hour, edge-of-your-seat seminar, Robert Stutman outlined the serious substance abuse problem in this country and why manufacturers like NCBVA members should be alarmed and alert. Seventeen percent of the U.S. workforce, or one of every six employees, has a substance abuse problem, according to Stutman who is considered the nation's expert on drugs in the workplace. He spoke at the pre-cruise NCBVA meeting at the Miami (Fla.) Airport Hilton. Substance abuse is broken down into three categories: illegal drugs, alcohol (as it affects a person's ability to do his job),



The whole gang gathered on deck for this commemorative group photo

and legal drugs (sharing and overmedicating). The cost to businesses as a result of these abuses goes way beyond the numbers. Losses take the form of: Absenteeism, Turnover, Production, Pilferage, Violence, Accidents, and Workers Comp claims. "The average substance abusing employee costs you $5,200 per year, per employee," said Stutman, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and now a special consultant on substance abuse for the CBS News division, including the CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, CBS This Morning, and Face the Nation. While the losses listed above can be substantial, they pale in comparison to the price your company will have to pay if one of your employees injures or kills someone else and you are taken to court. How do you deal with the issue? A written policy that covers every imaginable scenerio and a drug testing program are crucial to protecting your company against potential litigation, says Stutman. "If you aren't drug testing, you don't have a program and you aren't dealing with the issue," he warned. A good drug test includes these factors: A collection facility that meets Department of Transportation (DOT) standards, A lab that is NIDA certified, Continued on page 14




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National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. 900 Fox Valley Drive. Suite 204 Longwood, Florida 32779-2552 lutp:// (500) 538-1423 Fax: (407) 774-6751 President Tim Brutsche Brutsche Concrete Products Battle Creek, MI President-Elect Jack So hart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Secretary /Treasurer Dan l i cks I licks Industries Mulberry, FL

President's Message BY TIM BRUTSCHE

Immediate Past President Warren Chandler. Sr. Master Grave Service Bogart, GA Directors, District I Robert Ilardy Hardy Doric, Inc. Chelmsford. MA Kelly Pellicano Graffius Burial Vault Co. Reading, PA Directors, District 2 Marty Begun Eagle Burial Vault Detroit. Ml Curt Zamec Wilbert Funeral Services. Inc. Forest Park. IL. Directors, District 3 Bob Donatelli Baumgardner Products Co. Akron, OH Darren Baxter Baxter Burial Vault Service Cincinnati, Oft Directors, District 4 Jeff Grayson Superior Vault Co. Charlestoxvn, IN Jack Swihart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp Saginaw, MI Director, District 5 LC. Clifton Quality Burial Vault Co. flouston. TX Linda Darby Sempsrott Greenwood Plastics Phoenix. AZ Executive Director rh on-la , A, M ona h an , CAL Cortilied Association Management Company Longwood. FL .

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New President at the Helm

On Watch for Uncharted Reefs


nother convention has come, and by the time you read this, gone. Now is a time to ask yourself, "Did your ship come in?" Or are you aimlessly adrift with no one at the helm? - Rest assured, your association has an excellent crew, and we see fair weather and smooth sailing ahead. Is this the forecast for your firm also? With Master Warren Chandler at the wheel last year, we laid a course for the future success of this association. My task this year is to continue on this tack, avoiding the uncharted reefs that lay ahead. We tried something different this year, a cruise meeting. Many attended and had a tremendous time, but some "mutinied" because we dared to try something different. I think we all need to try something "different" on occasion with our own businesses. For if we continue to sit "becalmed," always doing the same thing the same way, we will soon find our individual ships with decks awash, sinking. We need to gather together with our fellow "skippers" and share information amongst ourselves. NCBVA needs not only to be an association of manufacturing members who enjoy each other's company in a social atmosphere, but also to continue to lead the industry as a form of "think tank" sharing ideas and innovation to propel this group through the new millennium. This can only be accomplished if we work as a unified "crew," not only made up of individual firms, but also including suppliers and franchise groups alike. I would like to introduce a theme for the association to look at through the year 2001. I call it "CREDIBILITY AND CONSISTENCY." It is a theme that is crucial to the success of all involved in this association—suppliers, franchise groups and individual members alike. One cannot exist without the other. For to be consistent, you and your firm, your products and personnel must be credible (accountable, flexible, responsible). Without credibility you will never be consistent. "Come aboard" with me and the fine group of men and women on the board of directors and give a "heave ho" to old stagnant ideas that belong in the "bilge." Full speed ahead!




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Veterans Receive Honors That Were Long Overdue The cremated remains of 41 indigent veterans that had languished in a Philadelphia morgue—some for as long as four years—have finally been buried at Fort Indiantown Gap National in Pennsylvania in a small ceremony marked by grace and simplicity. More than 50 Pennsylvania veterans from several organizations came to the service moved by news that the ashes of fellow veterans went unburied because of a communication breakdown between the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office and the city's Veterans Advisory Commission. The problem came to light after one vet's family members inquired about whether he had received a proper burial. The Medical Examiner's Office identified the remains of 62 men thought to be veterans still sitting in the morgue. The 41 buried Friday were verified as honorably discharged veterans.


Court Bases Decision On NCBVA's Definitions BY



NCBVA Counsel In my 44 years of legally representing the concrete burial vault industry. I have finally discovered a court decision in which the judge names the National Concrete Burial Vault Association (NCBVA) and relies on its definitions of a liner and a vault as one of the controlling reasons for holding a cemetery liable for fraudulently not honoring prearrangement contracts. Last year, in the Court of Appeals of the state of Washington, the Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens exhausted its appellate remedies after the state cemetery board found the cemetery guilty of substituting grave liners for vaults to fulfill prearranged contracts that specified "internment vault" without the knowledge or consent of the families. New owners of the cemetery in 1991 provided grave liners instead of burial vaults for as many as 71 decedents who had prearrangement contracts for burial vaults. Unless the families asked, they were not told about the substitution. If asked, cemetery employees explained that the new "commercially manufactured" grave liners were an improvement over the old cemetery manufactured vault. If the families wanted a "commercial" vault, it would cost an additional $300. A son filed a complaint with the Cemetery Board when he discovered his mother was buried in a liner even though she had purchased a contract which included an "internment vault." The cemetery contended throughout the appellate process that the terms were then and are today essentially meaningless. "Vault," "liner," or "grave box" are merely marketing terms according to the cemetery. The cemetery pointed to the absence of a definition of' the word "vault" either in the statute or the contract. The statute lumps together vaults and liners as "outer burial containers." In addition the cemetery contended that there is complete disagreement between industry experts as to the definition of a "vault," even today. The State Cemetery Board and the Court of Appeals agreed that the industry does differentiate between a vault and a liner. The Court relied upon NCBVA's definition as a nationally recognized standard. The court stated as follows: "Since 1990, the National Concrete Burial Vault Association has defined liner and vault. A liner is a burial receptacle placed in the ground in a cemetery, designed and built to support the weight of the earth above it and to prevent the grave from collapsing. A vault performs all the functions of the concrete grave liner and, in addition, is lined and sealed. It is designed and constructed to increase the overall tensile strength of the finished unit and to reduce the risk of the intrusion of exterior elements." Relying on NCBVA's definition and other relevant factors, the Court concluded that the cemetery was guilty of substituting liners for vaults and upheld the Cemetery Board's order to suspend the Cemetery's license (authority to operate) for 24 months, subject to stay if the cemetery pays a $15,000 fine and replaces the offending liners with vaults for those families who wanted vaults. This decision, although somewhat insignificant in scope, raises the obvious question for future court decisions regarding our industry and the probability of reliance on NCBVA's standards, certifications, definitions, etc. Would a court rely on the NCBVA certification and standards program in finding that an inferior vault was not made in accordance with NCBVA standards and possibly not even manufactured in a NCBVA certified facility'? That may sound unrealistic now but who knows where future courts will ascertain some type of standard to measure the manufacture of concrete burial vaults. For that matter. what about cemeteries which want to prevent inferior vaults from being utilized for internment'?



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New Officers Installed at Annual Meeting In a unanimous decision at NCBVA's Annual Meeting, June 11, 2000 in Miami, Fla., the following slate of officers was elected: Tim Brutsche, Brutsche Concrete Products, Battle Creek, Mich., President; Jack Swihart, Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp., Saginaw, Mich., Vice President; Dan Hicks, Hicks Industries, Miami, Fla., Secretary/Treasurer. Elected to serve new five year terms as directors: Kelly Pellicano, Graffius Burial Vault Co., Sinking Springs, Pa., District 1; Marty Began, Eagle Burial Vault, Detroit, Mich., and Curt Zamec, Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Forest Park, IL, District 2; Darren Baxter, Baxter Burial Vault Service, Cincinnati, OH., District 3; Linda Darby Sempsrott, Greenwood Plastics, Phoenix, Az., District 5. Other members serving on the Board are Warren Chandler, Master Grave Service, Bogart, Ga, Past President; Bob Donatelli, Baumgardner Products Co., Akron, Oh., District 3; Graham MacLeod, Detroit Wilbert Vault Co., Detroit, Mich., District 4; Jeff Grayson, Superior Vault Co., Charlestown, Ind., District 4 and J.C. Clifton, Quality Burial Vault, Houston, Tx., District 5. (From left) Warren Chandler, Tim Brutsche, Dan Hicks, Jack Swihart


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NCBVA Welcomes Newest Members James B. Austin J.B. AUSTIN, INC. P.O. Box 868 Dover, NH 03821-0868 Ph: (603) 742-6135 Wade Earnshaw Vice President/Owner SUPERIOR VAULT COMPANY 12735 La Plata Rd. (P.O. Box 10) Bryantown, MD 20617 Ph: (301) 274-3772 Fax: (301) 274-4759 Lane R. Larkin, Jr. Manager ROCKY MOUNTAIN MONUMENT & VAULT 10600 S. 1700 East Sandy, UT 84092 Ph: (801) 571-2831 Fax: (801) 553-2456

Timothy Santeiu Secretary/Treasurer SANTEIU VAULTS, INC. 12700 Fairlane Livonia, MI 48150 Ph: (734) 422-6700 Fax: (734) 422-6790 Dennis E. Schultz President DORIC VAULT OF W.N.Y., INC. 561 Pavement Rd. Lancaster, NY 14086 Ph: (716) 681-1776 Fax: (716) 681-4932 Kenneth Tomlinson President/Owner THE EVERLASTING VAULT CO., INC. 10700 Liberty Rd. Randallstown, MD 21133 Ph: (410) 922-4040 Fax: (410) 922-4075


Another Retail Outlet Opens In California Funeral Merchandise速 opened its second store in June in Sacramento, CA, selling funeral related products, reportedly at a savings of up to 75 percent. A company press release says, " Consumers can now buy caskets, urns, and all other funeral related products direct without middlemen at a fraction of the cost charged by mortuaries. Each Funeral Merchandise store is equipped with up-to-date price lists from every local mortuary. Funeral Merchandise has condensed these General Price Lists for easy review by consumers and they have called it the "Sacramento's Mortuary Casket & Service Fee Comparison Chart." Clients can also order caskets online from across the country. Funeral Merchandise then delivers the requested casket of choice overnight to the mortuary of their choice nationally.

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PROVIDING SERVICE AND REALIBILTY FOR OVER 40 YEARS THE LOGAN VAULT HANDLERS ARE MANUFACTURED WITH ONLY NEW BRAND NAME PARTS窶年OT USED OR RE-MANUFACTURED. This gives you better dependability and longer life of your Handler. OUR NEW 3/4 TON AXLE is manufactured narrower than the standard 3/4 ton truck axle to allow for more maneuverability in the Cemetery. The Logan Vault Handler can handle both straight and cross grave settings. The Logan is equipped with hydraulic variable speed Forward and Reverse, also a High and Low range gearbox STANDARD. STRENGTH IS NOT IN THE STEEL ALONE IN A VAULT HANDLER; IT IS IN THE DESIGN The Logan was designed to withstand the stress of a heavy load and yet light enough not to tear up turf in the Cemetery. The Logan was designed over 40 years ago and has seen many improvements in maneuverability and efficiency. The Logan Vault Handler is designed to give you optimum power using reliable parts and durable construction. It has been tested, beaten, used and abused for over 40 years. The Logan always was and still is the benchmark of Vault Handling equipment, And that is why we are the

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NCBVA proudly recognizes the following companies which have a current standing in the Plant Certification •Z`) Program Abel Vault & Monument Co.

Pekin. IL

Tulsa. OK

American Concrete Industries

Bangor, ME

Century Vault Co., Inc.

Taunton, MA

American Vault Co.

Clinton Wilbert Vaults, Inc.

Cleveland, OH

Clinton, IA

American Vault & Concrete Products

Cooper Wilbert Vault Co.

Barrington, NJ

Detroit, MI

Costello Vaults

American Wilbert Vault Corp.

Forest Park. IL

Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada Crummitt & Son Vault Corp.

Arrow Vault Co., Inc.

Martins Ferry, OH

Lafayette. IN

D.G. Robertson, Inc.

Atlas Concrete Products, Inc.

Orlando, FL

Williston, VT Dardanelle Vault & Monument

Automatic Wilbert Vault

Dardanelle, AR

Tacoma, WA

Deihl Vault & Precast Co.

Baumgardner Products Co.

Akron, 01-1

Orangeville. PA Delaware Valley Vault Co., Inc.

Baxter Burial Vault

Chester, PA

Cincinnati, OH

Detroit Wilbert Vault Corp.

Baxter Vault Co.

Detroit. MI

Baxter Springs, KS

Doody Burial Vaults, Inc.

Beck Vault Co.

Winchendon. MA

Rome, NY

Doric Huntington Vault Co.

Brewster Vaults & Monuments

Millville, NJ

Huntingburg, IN Doric of Central Arkansas

Brown-Wilbert, Inc.

Little Rock, AR

Fargo, ND

Doric of Kansas Vault, Inc.

Brown-Wilbert, Inc.

Iola, KS

Morris. MN

Doric of Nashville, Inc.

Bruns Norwalk Vault Co.

Saint Louis, MO

Nashville, TN Doric of Northeast Arkansas

Brutsche Concrete Products

Battle Creek, MI

Jonesboro, AR Doric of South Texas

Brutsche Concrete Products

Benton Harbor, MI

Elsa, TX Doric of Texas, Inc.

Buckeye Vault Service

Houston, TX

Mansfield, OH

Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc.

Buck Simmons Vault Srvcs. Inc.

Roanoke. VA

Newton, KS Doric Manufacturing Co.

Bush Concrete Products, Inc.

Muskegon, MI

Boaz, AL Doric Mississippi, Inc.

C & M Precast

Jackson, MS

Kerrville, TX

Doric-South, Inc.

Calumet Wilbert Vault Co. Inc.

Gary, IN

Demopolis, AL Doric Vault of Eastern NY, Inc.

Carolina-Doric, Inc.

Hudson, NY

Florence. SC

Doric Vault Co. of S. Illinois

Central Burial Vaults, Inc.

Oklahoma City. OK

Central Burial Vaults, Inc.

Marion. IL Eagle Burial Vault Co. of LA

Ruston. LA

Esterly Burial Vault Co.

West Reading, PA Evans Eagle Vaults, Inc.

Leola, PA Everlasting Vault Co.

Randallstown, MD Florida Wilbert, Inc.

Jacksonville, FL Fond Du Lac Wilbert Vault

Fond Du Lac, WI Forsyth Bros.

Fithian, IL Forsyth Bros. Concrete Prod.

Terre Haute, IN Gettysburg Burial Vault Co.

Gettysburg, PA Grable Vault Co.

Logansport, IN Gray Bros., Inc.

Kansas City, KS Gross Vault & Monument

Thomasville, GA Hairfield Vault Co.

Hickory. NC Hardy Doric, Inc.

Chelmsford, MA Ham n Vault Service

Massillon, OH Harris Precast, Inc.

La Porte. IN Heilman — Wirtz, Inc.

Cedar Hill, TX Hicks Industries, Inc.

Mulberry, FL Hydraulic Dolly, Inc.

Altoona, PA J.P. Vincent & Son, Inc.

Galena, IL Jacson, Inc.

Henderson, TX Jefferson Concrete Corp. Watertown, NY Josten Wilbert Vault Co.

Sioux Falls, SD L-D Vault Service

Chattanooga, TN Lakeshore Burial Vault Co.

Brookfield, WI Lavaca Vault Co. Lavaca, AK Ludlow Burial Vault Co.

Ludlow, MA

Lycoming Burial Vault Co. Inc.

Montoursville, PA Marion Vault Works

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 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 Peoria Vault Co.

Peoria. IL 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 Quality Burial Vault Co.

Houston. TX

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Member Application for Plant Inspection


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Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw. MI Shenandoah Valley Vaults. Inc. Dayton. VA Shore Vault & Precast Co. Fxmore. VA Simerly Concrete Products, Inc. Bristol, TN Simerly Vaults, Inc. Knoxville, TN Southern Ohio Vault Co. Portsmouth, 014 Southern Vault Service Blakely, GA Spoerr Precast Concrete Sandusky, OH Sterling Unlimited, Inc. Woodsboro. MD Sunnycrest, Inc. Auburn, NY 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. Aurora, IN Superior Vault Company LTD Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Swan's Concrete Products Westbrook, ME Tucker Vault Co. Farmington, MO Turner Vault Company Toledo, OH 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 Williams Vault Company Emporia, VA Willmar Precast Co. Willmar, MN Winnipeg Burial Vaults Ltd. Winnipeg, Canada

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 0 Top Seals 0 Air Domes 0 Sectionals Other

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Companies Pay the Price For Ego, Attitudes, and Deceit BY JACK SWIHART

District 4 Director How can egos, attitudes and deceit impact a business? Let's look at how these traits have affected some funeral service corporations. Looking back to November 1997, the following consolidators had strong stock values: SCI— $36.40; Stewart—$43.50; Loewen—$24.60; EC1—$21.25; and Carriage—$19.50. At that point in time it looked like consolidators would continue to become stronger and command greater market share. Fast forward to the beginning of the new millennium. The numbers have changed dramatically: SC1—$4.19; Loewen—$0.56; Stewart—$4.31; Carriage— $8.44; ECI had been acquired by SCI. How could that happen? Keep in mind that some years earlier Loewen lost a lawsuit by a group they had purchased and failed to honor a portion of the purchase agreement concerning pre-need contracts. It was alleged Loewen felt it could ignore the agreement with this small' firm. Did egos get in the way of good business judgment? Loewen lost the lawsuit and ended up having to pay around $200 million dollars. That will get shareholders' attention real quick! September 1998, SCI announced the purchase of Ed. Remember, SCI was buying properties in mass numbers and to avoid monopoly situations, they were selling some properties to Ed. Also, in September, Loewen's Larry Miller, Executive Vice President of Operations, left and 150 employees either moved or were laid off. Loewen's stock had dropped to $11.50. Looking ahead to November 1998, the SCl/ECI merger is moving forward with the closing set for December. Analysts predict SCI's stock to reach $57.00 after the closing. At Loewen, Ray Loewen has resigned as chairman and CEO under pressure from the shareholders. Stock fell as low as $7.00. As 1998 draws to a close, it seems acquisitions by the consolidators will continue unabated. Happy New Year 1999—maybe not for everyone. Analyst's reports indicate that during the last quarter of 1998 Loewen's volume declined by 4.3%. By February, more unhappy times. Industry reports indicate four law firms have introduced class action suits against Leowen Group alleging the company "misrepresented or failed to disclose material information" regarding operations, financial condition and its failure to successfully integrate components it had acquired. Meanwhile, at SCI, due to fourth quarter earnings decline and failure to inform shareholders, SCI also faces multiple lawsuits. Many shareholders who received their stock in exchange for shares of ECI due to SCI's acquisition of ECI. Prior to its January 21st disclosure, SCI sold $600 million worth of notes, and completed the ECI merger using $576 million worth of its allegedly inflated stock as currency. Upon SCI's announcement that it's fourth-quarter earnings would be well below expected levels, it's stock declined by 43% in a single day to $15.50 down from a high of $47.10. Shortly following this, Chief Operating Officer L. William Heiligbrodt resigned and many high level managers were shuffled. By May 1999, rumors of bankruptcy at Loewen abounded. Lawsuits against SCI continue because of massive declines in shareholder value. Most suits on behalf of ECI shareholders, whose equity had declined by more than half since the merger with SCI. The news in June is even grimmer. Loewen files for bankruptcy protection. SCI's first quarter net sales fell 9.4%, but analysts predict SCI is headed for recovery. November brings even worse news. SCI announced lower than expected earnings in the third quarter of 1999 and stock values fell to $7.82. Loewen sees it's stock fall below $1.00. All of this bad news created by the two largest consolidators is creating stock value problems for all consolidators as Wall Street loses confidence in all funeral service consolidators. What can be learned from all this? If we fail to control our egos and attitudes, bad things could happen to our businesses. The best advice is to be humble, honest, and do not sacrifice your integrity or your business' integrity for the love of the almighty dollar.

Rine 2000

Continued from page 1 EMIT and CGMS tests. Results are received and reviewed by a Medical Review Officer (MR0). If you are spending the majority of your drug-testing dollars on preemployment testing. you may be wasteing your money, says Sunman. While it's a valuable tool Im deterrence. it is the least efficient form of testing. Test every other person and achieve the same value at half the cost, he advises. Spend what you saved on random, probation period testing. If you are going to do it, "Do it smart." advises Stutman. Another important piece of advice: if you only conduct a drug test in a post accident situation, you are ignoring the biggest piece of the problem: alcohol accounts for over 60 percent of substance abuse related accidents. Always do an alcohol test and a drug test in a post accident situation. The drugs of choice are changing rapidly. Heroin use is up, cocaine use is down and most employers don't even know the names of the new drugs or the fact that substance abusers can now "beat" a drug test with adulterants and dilutents—the new words for the millennium. Does your policy have clear-cut rules involving the use of these new substances? Many labs do not even test for adulterants and (Ailments. You could have employees regularly cheating on drug tests without ever having an idea of realistically gauging your employment drug problem. In 1990 Stutman established Robert Stutman & Associates, Inc. (RSA), a management consulting firm which designed and implemented comprehensive and practical substance abuse prevention programs. It was later acquired by Employee Information Services and is now a division of El. El provides drug testing, background screening, occupational health. consulting, training and legal services to businesses of all sizes. For more information on how they can help you set up a Drug-Free Workplace policy visit their Web site at Imp:// .

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[1- [D LLS Hi [ TEV\irS AND R[O TH NSM Considers New Name Members of National Selected Morticians are considering a referendum to change the association's name to Selected Independent Funeral Homes to more accurately reflect the group's identity. It had been suggested by some that the term 'mortician" is outdated and carries a negative connotation for many people. Also, the NSM is an international, rather than national association. If approved, a new logo will be developed and implementation of the new identity will occur throughout 2001. A brand identity consulting firm was retained to conduct the evaluation and offer guidance. A primary goal was to be certain that consumers could quickly distinguish NSM firms (independents) from others in the marketplace, most notably the funeral service firms owned by the publicly traded consolidators. OGR Names New Executive Director Donald P. Hagemann has been appointed executive director and chief executive officer of the International Order of the Golden Rule. Prior to his appointment, he has served as chief financial officer since 1996.

Expo Discontinued DeathCare World Expo will no longer be presented by the International Order of the Golden Rule. Unable to maintain the success it achieved at its first event in Las Vegas, the Expo will be replaced by a Suppliers Showcase at the group's 2001 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The Showcase will be a somewhat expanded form of the showcase suppliers have had the opportunity to present at the last couple of OGR conventions. York Appoints CEO Thomas J. Crawford has been appointed president and chief executive officer of The York Group, Inc. Crawford has extensive experience in the funeral products industry. He spent 18 years with Hillenbrand Industries and for 14 fourteen years was with the Batesville Casket Company. The Neptune Society Announces Major Online Initiative The Neptune Society, Inc, the first cremation company to sell pre-need contracts online, has announced a major online mar-

keting initiative to reach its targeted demographic of seniors and baby boomers, two of the net's fastest-growing segments. The company has retained the head of a leading Internet marketing firm to manage, implement and enhance Neptune's online marketing activities. To the Moon, Alice! Celestis Inc., which launched cremated bits of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and LSD guru Timothy Leary into the heavens more than three years ago, is now taking reservations to bury the dearly departed on the moon as early as next year. A commercial rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base or Cape Canaveral will include a payload of lipstick-size capsules containing cremated remains of about 200 people. The four-day, 240,000 -mile flight to the moon ahd then collision with its surface will run $12,500 per person. Each capsule contains about 7 ounces of ash and is inscribed with the name of the deceased and an epitaph. "We are trying to open the space frontier for everyone," said co-founder, Charlie Chafer from company headquarters in Houston, Tx.

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