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Vol. 16

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April 2001

Association Maps Out Course To Better Serve The Industry In this issue.



President's Message Monks' Silent Labor Tent Safety Certified Plants

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Make plans today to attend the NCBVA Annual Convention & Exposition— Program and Registration Form on pages 8-9


he National Concrete Burial Association Board of Directors recently took on the enormous task of developing a long-range strategic plan designed to position the association to fulfill member needs well into the next decade. The two-day intensive session laid out a vision and mapped a direction that, when finished, will guide the future membership services provided by the organization. Recognizing that NCBVA is the voice of the burial vault industry that serves the needs of the death care profession, members of the board looked at the rganization's core values. It was agreed that NCBVA stood for honesty, integrity, continuing education, a commitment to providing quality products and services, and the sharing of important information. Within that framework, it was decided that one future direction for NCBVA would be a commitment to excellence within the industry. In order to help the organization implement the plan, the board ranked, in order of importance, the immediate and long-range tasks which will need to be accomplished. The primary short term position of NCBVA will be to help its members succeed, followed closely by increasing the association's visibility to markets inside and outside the death care industry. The issue of NCBVA visibility also placed in the top three issues for the long term. Placing third in the short term tasks, but a number one goal of the association for the long term will be to grasp a better understand of the market and its members. The board also took a look at the organization and industry strengths, as they are today, and weaknesses .as they relate to the future. The specifics of these areas will be summarized in future issues of The Bulletin. The main issues, and their priorities, which will guide the direction of NCBVA in the next three to five years will be to: Promote the organization's manufacturing standards throughout the burial vault industry, Attract quality members, Help our members succeed, Understand the market, Increase NCBVA's visibility, Enhance NCBVA's government presence, Review NCBVA's organizational structure, and Design a way to bring needed new funds into the organization. A next step in the plan's development will be to finalize the specific direction and wording followed by a detailed membership survey which will assess member needs for the next three to five years. As the plan and survey develops additional information will be provided in future issues of The Bulletin.

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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 Tim Brutsche Brutsche Concrete Products Battle Creek, Ml President-Elect Jack Swihart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI *Um:4 Secretary/Treasurer Dan Hicks Hicks Industries Mulberry, FL Immediate Past President Warren Chandler, Sr. Master Grave Service Bogart, GA Directors, District 1 Robert Hardy Hardy Doric, Inc. Chelmsford, MA Kelly Pellicano Graffius Burial Vault Co. Reading, PA Directors, District 2 Marty Begun Eagle Burial Vault Detroit, MI Curt Zamec Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Forest Park, IL Directors, District 3 Bob Donate111 Baumgardner Products Co. Akron, OH Darren Baxter Baxter Burial Vault Service Cincinnati, OH Directors, District 4 Jeff Grayson Superior Vault Co. Charlestown, IN Graham MacLeod Detroit Wilbert Vault Co. Detroit, MI Director, District 5 J.C. Clifton Quality Burial Vault Co. Houston, TX Linda Darby Sempsrott Greenwood Plastics Phoenix, AZ Executive Director Thomas A. Monahan, CAE Certified Association Management Company Longwood, FL Legal Counsel J. Scott Calkins Harrisburg, PA


President's Message By Tim Brutsche

You Must Participate To Reap the Benefits! y now you should have received your convention program and registration for "Family and The Future," our Annual Convention & Exposition to be held June 21-23 at the Pocono Manor Inn in Pennsylvania.


I would like to personally invite each and every member of NCBVA (and prospective members, too) to attend; you will not regret the time and money spent. This theme is very appropriate since most of our members businesses are family owned and operated. This is a perfect time to network with others in the same industry who are facing the same problems—not only those business problems with customers and employees, but the personal problems we face when working with our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children. The last year has gone by quickly. I have been extremely fortunate to have served with one of the best board of directors that NCBVA has ever had—each and every one of the board has exhibited total commitment to the future of our association. We recently held a special meeting with a professional strategic planner to help chart the future for NCBVA. We made a substantial investment of time and money to assure that we would develop a plan for continued success. We can no longer afford to be static—we must move on and continue to provide additional services to our members, the lifeblood of this association. Your participation in the activities of the association is essential. Just as you need to be physically active for your personal health, you need to be personally active for your association's health. In today's business environment, what you don't know will definitely hurt you! As I leave the board and join the outstanding group of past presidents, I ask only one thing—be active, support your association, support the suppliers to your association and provide input to your incoming board of directors. By doing so you ensure your own success as well as the future success of NCBVA—an association that will be here for your descendants in this fine industry.



April 2001

Monks Work Silently to Create Simple Handmade Caskets


na small Iowa abbey, 36 Trappist monks work silently as they handcraft simplecaskets of oak, walnut, ash and pine. Now, for the first time since the retreat was founded in 1949, their handcrafted products will be available to the public. Trappist Caskets is an extension of an activity that has been taking place at New Melleray Abbey for the past 150 years; the making of honest wood caskets which reflect Father Stephen

"Then they are truly monastics when they live by the labor of their hands" Rule of St Benedict their sincere and direct approach to death. The business venture was launched about a year and a half ago to offset the abbey's dwindling farm profits but they were only sold to funeral homes and distributors or used for their own abbey members. Trappists belong to the Cistercian tradition, which calls for a life of manual labor and contemplative prayer. The monks remain silent for at least half the day as part of a vow of obedience. All the wood for the caskets comes from the forest which surrounds the abbey. The monks mill the logs into boards in their sawmill and then craft the caskets in their woodworking shop. They then upholster the caskets with a muslin liner. The monks produce about 300 caskets a year and sell them for $550 to $1,385. The simplicity, work-

Trappist Monks in their woodworking shop

manship, and affordability of the product seems to appeal to many people, especially the baby boomers who are looking for more personal, less traditional funeral arrangements. The enterprise has only one paid employee who manages the business and marketing side of Trappist Caskets which are marketed on a Web site; the monksalso talk with potential customers at the abbey's showroom.


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Loaning Tents for Events r' Increases Your Liability By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Legal Counsel This article first appeared in The Bulletin in December, 1997 and is being reprinted at members' request. ou might be asking, why is Scott interested in discussing tents"? It may come as a surprise t some members to learn that over the past six or seven months, I have received a number of requests for advice and recommendations regarding the use of tents owned by vault manufacturers. I have researched the liability of funeral directors/vault manufacturers for supplying defective or inappropriate erected tents. To date, the only court decisions involving tents deal with charges by the public against the funeral director and vault manufacturer under a breach of contract for not providing a tent which had been ordered or for supplying an unclean, unsightly tent. I did not find any cases dealing with liability for injuries, etc. If any of the readers of this article have personal experience or know of any litigation or insurance claims for liability due to use of their tents, please send information to NCBVA. The potential liability for tents can be broken down into four or


ATTENTION SUPPLIERS / VENDORS Showcase your new products and services at NCBVA's Annual Exposition June 21-23 in Pocono Manor, PA. Booths, Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities still available; Great Networking opportunity. For information contact Bonnie Leroy, NCBVA Headquarters (407) 788-1996 Ext. 103

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five different categories: (1) A tent supplied and erected by the vault manufacturer for service at the cemetery; (2) A vault manufacturer's tent with cemetery personnel erecting said tent; (3) A tent left in place for hours after the cemetery service; (4) And, of course, the proverbial damage allegedly done by the erection of a tent for the cemetery service. In speaking with many vault manufacturers, I find that the generally accepted practice (with which I concur) is that no tent shall be used for cemetery service unless it is erected by the vault manufacturer's personnel, and that such personnel remove said tent shortly after the service is concluded and the family and friends have departed. In the few instances where a vault manufacturer allows cemetery personnel to erect the tent, the vault manufacturer should obtain a release and hold harmless agreement to protect himself from potential liability for improper erection of the tent. The most potentially troublesome uses of your tents are when they are utilized for purposes other than the cemetery and funeral service. As a gesture of community goodwill, many vault manufacturers will allow their tents to be used free of charge for local charity events, weddings, parties, etc. In my opinion, such usage greatly enhances your chance of liability for injury to individuals involved in the event. In this regard, I understand that vault men will provide their tents free of charge, including setting them up and tearing them down with their own personnel; renting with the use of their own personnel setting up and tearing them down; or renting or providing tents free of charge with the users setting them up and tearing them down. Allowing a user to set up and tear down created unnecessary potential liability. I recommend that vault men, if asked to provide a tent for a purpose other than cemetery service, rent them for a fee comparable to the price charged by the local commercial rental companies. However, we all know that vault men are often "forced" to provide tents for the funeral director's customer, a daughter's high school party, etc. When faced with this situation be sure that your tents are erected and town down by vault personnel. If you are renting your tents for public use, it is most important that they be made of fire retardant material. You should have a certificate, either on the tent or in your possession, indicating that said tent is made of fire retardant material. Several vault men have indicated that local fire chiefs will disallow the use of a tent if fire is going to used such as grilling or even smoking unless the tent is made of fire retardant material.



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Vaults Require High Quality Concrete Mixes By Earl J. Brutsche


here are many factors that one has to be concerned about when talking about quality concrete. There are many kinds of concrete. Let's take a look at a mix design for a driveway in a northern part of our country. You would want to start with a design which contained five percent to 7 percent airentraining admixture, 1" coarse aggregate, fine aggregate and type 1 cement plus water and end up with a 2" slump. Your mix design would look like this: 1,700 lbs 1" course aggregate 1,300 lbs natural sand 658 lbs type I cement 250 lbs water 5 oz air admix This would produce a psi of 4500 pounds

in 28 days which is good concrete for what it is intended for.... A concrete drive in a northern climate which is subject to freezethaw problems But for a quality mix design for burial vaults you need a much different and richer design such as the following: 1,450 lbs of 'A" crushed coarse aggregate 1,450 lbs of natural sand 800 lbs of type I or I/II Portland cement 316 pounds of water (38 gallons) This will give you a workable 6" slump 6,000-psi in 28 days but most important is that you get triple the strength of the other mix design in 16 hours, and this is what you need to handle the unit during stripping and storing the morning after casting. It also stands to reason the higher 6,000 pound-psi makes for a much stronger unit. In no case should a unit be delivered with

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NCBVA Annual Convention & Exposition June 21-23, 2001 The Pocono Manor Inn, Pocono Manor, PA

Program Thursday, June 21, 2001_ 8:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor Setup 4:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. Registration 4:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. Exhibits Open 6:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m. Old Fashioned Family Barbeque

Friday, June 22, 2001 7:30 a.m. — 8:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast (Exhibits Open) 9:00 a.m. — Noon Opening General Session "Maintaining Your Sanity in a Family Operated Business"

— Edward E. Robinson, Jr. President of Advanced Marketing Concepts, Inc. and Robinson Seminars Intl. Noon — 1:30 p.m. Lunch (Exhibits Open) NCBVA Business Session 2:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. Family Golf Tournament 6:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Dinner

Saturday, June 23, 2001 7:30 a.m. — 8:45 a.m. 9:00 a.m. — Noon

Registration and Breakfast (Exhibits Open) Second General Session "Drugs and the Family"

— Robert Stutman Chairman, Employee Information Services Noon — 1:30 p.m. Exhibitor Showcase Luncheon 1:30 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. Free afternoon to explore the Poconos 6:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. President's Cocktail Reception 7:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m. Installation Banquet featuring John Charles

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Pocono Manor Inn is a registered National Historic district. Local residents call it "The grand old lady of the mountains." Located atop the Pocono Mountains, one is dazzled with the breathtaking view. Rooms are appointed with finely crafted mohogany furniture in keeping with the hotel's history which dates back to 1902. • •

Two 18-hole golf courses wind through the wooded resort which has a long and distinguished history with All Star Golf, the LPGA and several PGA Senior events. • •

The glorious feeling of being in the mountains is part of the Pocono Manor experience. Guest may lounge poolside, horseback ride, play indoor and outdoor tennis, go on a hay ride, work out in the Nautilus Fitness Center, and much more.

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Family and the Future


NCBVA Annual Convention & Exposition June 21-23, 2001 The Pocono Manor Inn, Pocono Manor, PA

Early Bird Registration Form Make a copy of this form as necessary

Name of Company Mailing Address City, State, Zip Code Telephone Number


Number Registrants: (Please indicate which registrants are children under 12. Use adult rate for older children) First Name

Last Name

Nickname (for name badge)

Registration fees per person (Indicate number of registrants per rate) Before May 15 Member Adult Member Spouse/Guest Member's Child (under 12) Non-member* Adult Non-member Spouse/Guest Non-member's Child Exhibitor Comp (1 per booth)

After May 15

x $300 x $300 x $25 x $400 x $400 x $25

x $350 x $350 x $30 x $495 x $495 x $30

Exhibitors! One complimentary full registration is included per paid exhibit booth. Additional representatives please register at the appropriate rate. Call NCBVA for exhibitor packet.

Total Registration Fees $

*Non-members who join NCBVA within 30 days of the convention may apply the $100 non-member difference toward their annual dues. Or join now using the application form on page 15 and use the member rate. PAYMENT INFORMATION -- in order to process your registration, we need either a check for payment in full or credit card information. I hereby authorize NCBVA to process my registration for the NCBVA Convention on the credit card listed below. 71 Check (Make check payable to NCBVA, mail with this completed form) CI MasterCard 171 Visa CI American Express Card Number

Expiration Date:

Print Name (As It Appears on Card) Signature

Special Needs It is important to us that you enjoy NCBVA's conference. If you have any special needs, please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS -- (800) 233-8150

Ask for Reservations. NCBVA CONVENTION RATE: $159 Single per person; $139 Double per person; $25 per child per night when sharing with parent(s). All rates are for the Full American Plan which includes convention meals and unlimited green fees on two 18 hole championship golf courses, use of standard recreational facilities, taxes and gratuities. Hotel arrangements should be made directly with the Pocono Manor Inn & Golf Resort by May 15, 2001. After that date, reservations will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis. Please be sure to mention that you are attending the NCBVA Convention in order to get the convention rate.

Mail or fax (credit card registration only) this form to: NCBVA * 900 Fox Valley Drive Suite 204, Longwood, FL 32779-2552 • Phone: (407) 788-1996 • Fax: (407) 774-6751



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Harden Tenders Resignation from NFDA Robert Harden, executive director of the 13,500-member National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has resigned his position after nearly 15 years. In an NFDA press release, President John Carmon said, "His [Harden's] leadership has helped NFDA grow to hold the premier position among funeral service associations and helped NFDA become a fiscally responsible association that has grown and prospered during his tenure. Harden oversaw the construction of NFDA's new facility in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and created the Washington, DC., office four years ago. He helped create a new membership driven governance structure that has positioned NFDA for the new millennium. Christine Pepper, NFDA's assistant executive director, has been appointed acting executive director, and the Board will appoint a special task force to search for Harden's successor. All of NFDA's events and programs will continue as planned. The NFDA 12t1 Convention & International Expositon is scheduled for October 7-10, 2001 in Orlando, Florida.

Hillenbrand sees profit Casket and medical equipment maker Hillenbrand Industries Inc. said that its first-quarter earnings per share before charges rose, due in part to improved gross profit margins. The Batesville, Indianabased company reported earnings before realignment charges of 61 cents per share, compared with 55 cents per share a year ago. The company reported net income of $25 million, or 40 cents per diluted share, compared with $36 million, or 58 cents per share, a year ago.

Attend Funeral Online A Canadian based company is preparing to allow funeral directors across North American to Webcast funerals, memorial services and burials live on the Internet. believes Webcasts are gaining in acceptance among those who would otherwise be kept away from paying their last respects because of distance, cost, work or health reasons.

Industry Calendar June 21-23 NCBVA Annual Convention Pocono Manor Inn & Golf Resort Pocono Manor, PA October 7-10 NFDA Annual Convention & Intl Expo Orange County Convention Center


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NCBVA proudly recognizes the following companies which have a current standing in the Plant Certification Program Abel Vault & Monument Co. Canton, IL

Abel Vault & Monument Co. Pekin, IL

American Concrete Industries Bangor, ME

American Vault Co. Cleveland, OH

American Vault & Concrete Products Detroit, MI

American Wilbert Vault Corp. Forest Park, IL

Arnold-Wilbert Corp. Goldsboro, NC

Arrow Vault Co., Inc. Lafayette, IN

Atlas Concrete Products, Inc. Orlando, FL

Automatic Wilbert Vault Tacoma, WA

Babylon Vault Co. New Windsor, MD

Baumgardner Products Co. Akron, OH

Baxter Burial Vault Cincinnati, OH

Baxter Vault Co. Baxter Springs, KS

Beck Vault Co. Rome, NY

Brewster Vaults & Monuments Millville, NJ

Brown-Wilbert, Inc. Fargo, ND

Brown-Wilbert, Inc. Morris, MN

Bruns Norwalk Vault Co. Saint Louis, MO

Brutsche Concrete Products Battle Creek, MI

Brutsche Concrete Products Benton Harbor, Ml Buckeye Vault Service Mansfield, OH

Buck Simmons Vault Srvcs. Inc. Roanoke, VA

Bush Concrete Products, Inc. Muskegon, MI

C & M Precast Kerrville, TX

Calumet Wilbert Vault Co. Inc. Gary, IN

Carolina-Doric, Inc. Florence, SC

Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Marlow, OK

Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK

Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Tulsa, OK

Central New York Vault Co. Cortland, NY

Century Vault Co., Inc. Taunton, MA

Chesapeake Burial Vault Co. Ingleside, MD

Christy Vault Co., Inc. Colma, CA

Clinton Wilbert Vaults, Inc. Clinton, IA

Columbus-Beier Columbus, WI

Cooper Wilbert Vault Co. Barrington, NJ Cordeiro Vault Co., Inc. Vallejo, CA

Costello Vaults Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada

Crummitt & Son Vault Corp. Martins Ferry, OH

D.G. Robertson, Inc. Williston, VT

Dardanelle Vault & Monument Dardanelle, AR

Deihl Vault & Precast Co. Orangeville, PA

Delaware Valley Vault Co., Inc. Chester, PA

Detroit Wilbert Vault Corp. Detroit, Ml Doody Burial Vaults, Inc. Winchendon, MA

Doric Concrete Vaults Inc. Garden City, KS

Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Great Bend, KS

Doric Concrete Vaults Inc. Osage City, KS

Doric Huntingburg Vault Co. Huntingburg, IN

Doric of Central Arkansas Little Rock, AR

Doric of Kansas Vault, Inc. Iola, KS

Doric of Nashville, Inc. Nashville, TN

Doric of Northeast Arkansas Jonesboro, AR

Doric of South Texas Elsa, TX

Doric of Texas, Inc. Houston. TX

Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Newton, KS

Doric Manufacturing Co. Boaz, AL

Doric Mississippi, Inc. Jackson, MS

Doric-South, Inc. Demopolis, AL

Doric Vault of Eastern NY, Inc. Hudson, NY

Doric Vault Co. Griffin, GA

Doric Vault Co. of S. Illinois Marion, IL

Eagle Burial Vault Co. of LA Ruston, LA

Eagle Burial Vaults Perry, GA

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

Granite State Doric Newport, NH

Gray Bros., Inc. Kansas City, KS

Gross Vault & Monument Thomasville, GA

Hairfield Vault Co. Hickory, NC

Hardy Doric, Inc. Chelmsford, MA

Ham Vault Service Massillon, OH

Harris Precast, Inc. La Porte, IN

Heilman — Wirtz, Inc. Cedar Hill, TX

Hicks Industries, Inc. Alachua, FL Hicks Industries, Inc. Miami, FL 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

Louise11-Davis Vault Service Chattanooga, TN 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

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

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, Ml Precision Precast Inc. Pittsfield, MA

Quality Burial Vault Co. Houston, TX

continued .


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Rex Vault Service Newton, IL Rocky Mountain Monument/Vault Sandy, UT Roosburg Vault Primghar, IA Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Sam Green Vault Co. Lynchburg, VA 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 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


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

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 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

illmar Precast Co. Willmar, MN Winnipeg Burial Vaults Ltd. Winnipeg, Canada

Evening Phone Types of Outer Burial Receptacles Produced 0 Top Seals 0 Air Domes 0 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.




April 2001

DO THE MATH Death Rate x 50% Cremation Rate = 50% Less Burial Vaults Solution = B & L Cremation Systems, Inc.

Can you survive without your own Crematory? B & L Cremation Systems can provide you with state of the art cremation equipment with their proven design features such as: Fully Automatic Control System Hot Hearth Design Refractory Lined Exhaust Stack Lowest Fuel Consumption And Many More Advantages

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April 2001



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


Dues Schedule ElManufacturer Member Dues are based on total units sold for all locations of the company.

Please check appropriate level: 01-999 Units $170 01000 1999 712000 3499 C13500 4999 05000 and more -



$260 $350 $435 $525

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CIAssociate Member


CiFranchise Group


Payment Information Include payment with this completed form. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express CICheck is enclosed Please charge my


CIMasterCard 171Amex

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El 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 1:1Burial Vault Manufacturer 171Crematory

OFuneral Director OCemetery



OWilbert ClOther OProvide Graveside services


CIMetal Vaults 1:Plastic Vaults 171Fiberglass Vaults Offer sizes for CIChildren CIAdults CIOversize 171Associate Member: Tell us in 25 words of less about your product/services

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

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


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.



April 2001


FIRST CLASS Address Correction Requested

Annual Convention • June 21-23, 2001 • Pocono Manor, PA 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. uppliers: 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

Brewster Doric Burial Vaults hosted a meeting of the Doric directors at the Country Inn in Millville, NJ. Company directors from all across the nation were in attendance for the gathering, and in conjunction with the business meeting, honored Asa Brewster and his wife Myrtie on their golden wedding anniversary. Also in attendance was Anna Kannaday, wife of the late Ryan L. Kannaday. Back row, from left: Jerry Hardy, Hugh McQuestion, Mike Crummitt, Warren Chandler, Steve Vincent, Jim Wiens, Charlie Foskey, Mike Payment and R.L. Kannaday, Jr. Front row, from left: Jeanette Chandler, Pat McQuestion, Adair -1 Payment, Asa and Myrtie Brewster, Anna Kannaday, Shiela Hardy and Barbara Foskey.

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