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NCBVA Rounds Up the Best For 2006 Annual Convention In this issue.



News 'n Notes Disposition of Remains Featured Plant Convention Program Certified Plants


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ne of the outstanding benefits of attending an NCB VA Convention is the opportunity to visit a local vault manufacturing plant. This year's Plant Tour will be an exceptional experience at Suhor Industries' newly expanded and renovated stateof-the-art facility in San Antonio. Suhor Industries, with headquarters in Overland Park, KS, is the largest manufacturer of burial vaults in the U.S. SI Funeral Services in San Antonio is a 25,000 square foot facility that produces more than 6,000 vaults per year. The first batch of concrete was poured from the new system on July 27 and while the renovation process will be ongoing, most will be completed just prior to the Plant Tour on Tuesday, February 21, 2006. While Suhor Industries produces Doric, Wilbert and Trigard vaults, the San Antonio plant is a Wilbert licensee. Joseph Suhor is President and CEO of Suhor Industries, Inc.

2006 Convention & Exposition

Charging Into

New Frontiers February 19-21, 2006

Avoid the Stampede Register Early! (See Page 12)

Attendees will board buses at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel for the 30-minute ride to the manufacturing plant. The tour will last about 90 minutes. The Annual Convention begins Sunday, February 19 with a Reception and Riverboat Cruise down the famous Paseo Del Rio which winds through downtown San Antonio under towering cypresses, oaks and willows and alongside beautiful gardens, retail shops and restaurants. The convention offers two full days of educational programming that will inspire business owners and managers of small and large businesses alike, including Motivational Speaker Walter Bond; Leadership expert Chip Madera, and Editor-in-chief of The Concrete Producer, Rick Yelton. There is also ample time for visits with suppliers to see the latest in products and services. Motivational and inspirational humorist Suzie Humphreys will speak at the Installation Banquet on the final evening of the convention. A program outline is printed on Page 12 along with a Registration Form. For more detailed information please visit the Web site ( ) or contact NCBVA headquarters at (407) 788-1996.


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December 2005 National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. 195 Wekiva Springs Rd., Suite 200 Longwood, Florida 32779 (800) 538-1423 Fax: (407) 774-6751 President Graham MacLeod Detroit Wilbert Vault Co. Detroit, MI President-Elect Darren Baxter Baxter Burial Vault Service Cincinnati, OH Secretary/Treasurer Martin Begun American Vault & Concrete Products Corp. Detroit, MI Immediate Past President J.C. Clifton Quality Burial Vault Co. Houston, TX Directors Warren Chandler Master Grave Service, Inc. Bogart, GA



Industry News and Notes Teddy Bears Add a Soft Touch to Trigard's Serenity Collection Trigard's Serenity collection of infant, toddler, and youth combination casket/burial vaults will now include a comforting Trigard teddy bear. Although many hospitals and funeral homes offer some type of grieving program, the parents still walk away with empty arms. Trigard desires to give the parents something to cuddle and cry with, and to help them get through those first agonizing nights. Every bear carries a condolence card for the hurting parents that states "I am with you always." Wilbert and Artist Donate Painting to ABC show Artist Ray Simon, whose work is distributed exclusively to the deathcare industry through Wilbert's licensee network, recently created a customized painting for ABC's hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Entitled "A Mother's Love," the exclusive customized painting was given to the Novak family on the show's December 4 episode. Simon made the portrait in memory of Jackie Novak, who died this past Mother's Day, leaving her husband, Jeff, and their three young children behind. Simon learned of the Novak's story from the local press surrounding the arrival of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team and was moved by the family's loss. Simon is recognized across North America for his paintings that capture the essence of the people and places they depict. * * *

Michael Crummitt Crummitt & Son Vault Co. Martins Ferry, OH Linda Darby Sempsrott Trigard Vaults / Greenwood Plastics Danville, IL Stephen Hatfield Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL Hubert McQuestion Lakeshore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI Todd Swihart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Steve Vincent J.P. Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL Scott Watts Watts Vault & Monument Co. Des Moines, IA Curt Zamec Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Forest Park, IL

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

Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. has been distinguished with two of Graphic Design: usa magazine's 2005 American Graphic Design Awards. One award honored Wilbert for the creative, colorful, and organized presentation of its 2004-05 Cremation Choices 速 Catalog. The second award recognized the design of Wilbert's popular quarterly newsletter, the Updater. Problem of Unclaimed Remains Most funeral directors admit to having a few urns of unclaimed remains stowed away in file cabinets, garages or basements. Occasionally, a family cannot agree on what to do with their loved one's ashes, or the person who made the arrangements died without telling anyone about the urn in storage. The Cremation Association of North America estimates 5% of remains are never picked up. The phenomenon is an unspoken problem in the industry. Most funeral home directors, however, are reluctant to clear the shelves. Index of Advertisers Some never do. Their fear is that a family member will turn up years later asking for American Brilliance, Inc. 17 the remains. American Cemetery Supplies, Inc. 11 Axis Corporation 14 Power Struggle Following Storms Crescent Bronze Powder Co. 7 Florida Funeral Industry officials want to D & C Supply Co., Inc. 7 make restoring power to funeral homes a Doric Inc. 21 higher priority after hurricanes. A spokesEdgmont Metallic Pigment Co. 4 man for the Florida Funeral Directors AssoHolland Supply Inc. 15 ciation said hospitals, police departments, Long Machine Co. 16 gas stations and supermarkets took preceMatthews Cremation 2 dence over funeral homes in getting their Mixer Systems 18 power restored following Hurricane Wilma Onyx Coating Corp. which wracked the southern areas of the 17 Plastic Plaque, Inc. state in October. Keeping bodies without 4 proper refrigeration creates a health issue. Roma Chemical & Brush 21 The association's executive director said it Trigard Vaults 10 has taken funeral homes weeks to recover W. C. Cardinal 21 from Wilma and damage was a lot more exWilbert, Inc. 22 tensive than they had anticipated.



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Appointment of an Agent Directs Desired Disposition of Remains By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Counsel I am sure you have seen or read the stories in the media, including the funeral industry's trade journals, about the litigation, the family quarrels, and the need to include a review of funeral and burial arrangements in the estate planning process. As a vault manufacturer and major supplier to funeral homes, you should be aware of this matter so that you can intelligently converse with your customers and maybe even supply them with the appropriate form to fill out. For most general practitioners as well as trust and estate attorneys, the estate planning process usually involves dealing with personal wishes, preparation and execution of documents, review of assets, titling, and beneficiary designations. Once the individual's desires have been understood, the document signed, and the requisite paperwork brought into line to ensure proper flow of assets to beneficiaries, it is generally assumed that the attorney's work is over. For some clients, however, particularly those who are alone with no close family (a group which most often includes the elderly), estate planning should also include a review of one's wishes for funeral and burial arrangements.


The sad stories that we all have read and heard about demonstrate the need to plan for an ultimate resting place. According to the Senior Law Section of the American Bar Calkins Association, a statutory step in this direction is being proposed in New York with a draft amendment to the public health law dealing with the disposition of a decedent's remains. Its purpose is to establish the right of a spouse/domestic partner, family members, and others to dispose of the remains. Up to now, I have always advised that the right of disposition be set forth in priority fashion, starting with the surviving spouse, then the children, then the parents, etc. Now comes along a proposed statute to create a hierarchy of individuals who have the right to dispose of the decedent's remains if those instructions are not in the deceased person's will—if such will can be timely produced and verified. Now first in line are those individuals who are designated on a written document such as an "appointment of agent to control disposition of remains" created Continued on page 7



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(Your Name and Address) Being of sound mind, willfully and voluntarily make known my desire that, upon my death, the disposition of my remains shall be controlled by (Name of Agent) With respect to that subject only, I hereby appoint such person as my agent with respect to the disposition of my remains, including cremation. Special Directions: Set forth below are any special directions limiting the power granted to my agent as well as any instructions or wishes desired to be followed in the disposition of my remains, to the extent that my estate and agent are financially and reasonably able to do so:

Indicate below if you have entered into a preneed arrangement for funeral merchandise or service in advance of need: ( ) No, I have not entered into a preneed arrangement. ( ) Yes, I have entered into a preneed arrangement. (Name of establishment with which you arranged merchandise and services) Agent: Name Address Telephone Number Successors: If my agent dies, resigns, or is unable to act, I hereby appoint the following persons (each to act alone and successively, in the order named) to serve as my agent to control the disposition of my remains as authorized by this document: First Successor Name Address Telephone Number Second Successor Name Address Telephone Number




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APPOINTMENT OF AGENT TO CONTROL DISPOSITION OF REMAINS (con't) Duration : This appointment becomes effective upon my death. Prior Appointment revoked: I hereby revoke any prior appointment or any person to control the disposition of my remains. Reliance: I hereby agree that any cemetery organization, business operating a crematory of columbarium, funeral director, embalmer, or funeral establishment that receives a copy of this document may act under it. Any modification or revocation of this document shall not be effective as to any such party until that party receives actual notice of the modifications or revocation. No such party shall be liable because of reliance on a copy of this document. Statement by witness (Must be 18 or older): I declare that the person who executed this document is personally known to me and appears to be of sound mind and acting of his or her free will. He or she signed (or asked another to sign for him or her) this document in my presence. Witness 1: (Signature) Address: Witness 2: (Signature) Address: Acceptance and Assumption by Agent: I have no actual knowledge or actual notice of revocation of this appointment to control disposition of remains. I hereby accept this appointment and assume this obligations provided by this appointment for the reasonable costs of disposition. I have the right, however, to be reimbursed by the fiduciary of the decedent's estate, provided such costs are determined reasonable.

Signed this

Day of

(Your signature)

This form appears an addendum to the article by J. Scott Calkins, Esq. appearing on page 4, The Bulletin, Volume 21, NO. 6, December 2005. Reprinted with Permission of The American Bar Association.

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Remains Continued from page 4 by the enabling statute. If the individual has not executed such a '1114 }clocument, then the decision-making hierarchy would be as I have recommended. The model form for the Appointment of Agent is included on the preceding two pages of this issue of The Bulletin. One of the prime justifications for this legislation, according to the Bar Association, is the fact that New York's existing law lacks a formal mechanism that allows an individual to designate an agent (including a domestic partner) to carry out his or her burial wishes. In the absence of a will, this has resulted in disputes over who has the right to dispose of a loved one's remains. The proposed legislation creates a process that allows an individual, before he dies, to name a person or persons who would make the decision about burial after the individual dies. While this matter does not affect you directly, it is my opinion and recommendation that you make yourself aware of this issue and the suggested solutions. I believe it is incumbent on you, as a participant within the death industry, to be knowledgeable about these issues so that you can express yourself to your customers when asked whether you are aware of such trend, and that you can also voice your opinions concerning the solutions. Please make copies of the two-page form that we have included for your convenience. I would not recommend sending copies to your customer list, but rather be prepared to provide a copy to a funeral home when the subject is discussed.

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World of Concrete Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, NV

February 19-21

NCBVA Annual Convention & Exposition Westin Riverwalk Hotel San Antonio, TX

February 23-25

National Precast Concrete Assn. Manufactured Concrete Products Exposition (MCPX) Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim, CA

March 15-18

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Babylon Vault Began in Basement Babylon Vault Company, Inc. was first established in 1930 by Guy W. Babylon under the name of "Guy W. Babylon and Sons." Years later, the name was changed to Babylon Vault Company. In 1979, the business was incorporated. The first vault, which Graham helped to pour and deliver at age 12, was manufactured in the basement of the Babylon home in Wakefield Valley. Graham's grandmother was an invalid, but from a wheelchair in the front lawn, she observed the unveiling of the first vault and got to see it painted white. She died shortly after that and, ironically, was actually buried in the original "Babylon Vault." The original form used for the vaults was called "The Perfect Seal Vault Form." It became obsolete when the "Automatic Seal Vault form" was designed. This form was adjustable. Up to seven different-size

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vaults could be made with one form. (Currently, the "Capitol Forms" from Wilbert are used for the standard concrete vault.) In the spring, the forms were moved from the basement to the machine shed, which was soon outgrown. Manufacturing operations then moved into the newly constructed chicken house. Company expansion highlights: After renting a delivery truck for the first 10 years of business, Guy Babylon bought a Ford truck in 1941. In 1942, the company purchased a tent, grass and a lowering device to assist them at graveside. In 1945, the company became a distributor of Wilbert Vaults. Guy Babylon died in 1948, leaving his only surviving son (one son was killed in the war), G. Graham Babylon, as the sole owner of the business. In 1980, Babylon Vault became a sublicensee of Wilbert Vaults.


Graham, age 12, stands by the first vaults that he helped pour in 1930.

Tradition and Respect Carry Company Through the Years By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer


raham Babylon of Babylon Vault Co. in New Windsor, MD, has been in the concrete burial vault business since he was 12 years old. He began by working for his father, who started the business in 1930, then assumed leadership of the business in 1948 after his father died. Early this year, the company celebrated its 75th anniversary, which was commemorated by an open house for its customers on August 10. Graham expanded the family business by taking on a second manufacturing line— septic tanks. In 1954, the facility that is still in use today was built, even though it has since been enlarged three times. Modern production methods have been incorporated, such as an overhead bin system and a computerized mixing system. "In the old days," says Graham, "we had to lift 94-lb bags of cement and shovel every bit of stone and concrete mix." Babylon Vault now manufactures approximately 10 vaults and eight septic tanks a day (900 - 1,000 vaults/year), quite a far cry from 1930, when production capacity was one vault a day. In addition, Graham bought the property and building of Koontz Concrete, which is located adjacent to the original plant. That building was expanded in 2004. The septic tanks are poured in this location, and the vaults are stored there. The truck fleet has been expanded to six vault trucks and four septic tank trucks in order to provide good service to the company's customers. The company now employs 12 full-time people to manufacture the products and drive the trucks. A full-time secretary staffs the office, and there are no salesmen on the road. Graham comes into the office on a regular basis, and often watches when the lids are placed on the vaults.


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Growth is No Accident A'N, A thriving, growing business doesn't just happen. It's the result of careful planning and attention to good business relationships. Tradition is valuable, and a good relationship with area funeral directors has always been important to the management of Babylon Vault. Since 1941, the company has been showing its appreciation for its friends in business by hosting a dinner for area funeral directors, their wives and employees. Approximately 125 - 150 people attend the yearly dinners, which are always held on the first Tuesday in June.



Production methods used in the 1950s are shown above. Graham (left) is holding reinforcing wire. Skip forward to plant production today (below) where a worker finishes a vault lid.

Respected By Employees Graham says he's always believed in treating his employees just like he'd like to be treated, and that philosophy has served the company well. "Why, we've had six or seven men who have retired from working for us," he says. "One man worked for more than 45 years before he retired. His job at Babylon Vault was the only job he ever had." That the Babylon's leadership is greatly respected by the Babylon Vault employees is illustrated by this example. Earlier this year, when Trigard held its Dealer Convention in Indianapolis, Plant Manager Steve Koontz worked secretly with Trigard to coordinate a special tribute to Graham and Mary Babylon. He flew in for the convention and surprised them by helping present the BabyIons with a bronze plaque dedicated to their landmark 75 years in business. NCBVA's Role Speaking of the NCBVA, Graham became a member about 1940. He has attended every convention since 1941 until recently. He even spent the first leg of his honeymoon at the 1953 convention. Married on a Saturday, Graham took his new bride (Mary) to the convention, then they later went on to a dude ranch and Niagara Falls. That convention stands out in Graham's memory for other reasons, too. The guest speaker was Maryland Governor Theodore

McKeldin, one of the top political speakers in the country at that time, and Graham had been the person who had invited him to speak at the NCBVA convention. Governor McKeldin later gave the speech at the Republican National Convention that nominated Dwight Eisenhower for president. Graham and Mary have a daughter, Donna, who has her own business in Westminster, MD, and a son, Guy, in California who plays keyboard for Elton John. Graham has always loved sports. It's a little hard to see in the old photo of Graham on the preceding page that there is an "A" on his hat. That stands for the "Philadelphia Athletics." Graham says he always went to the World Series before he got married. In 1958 he witnessed the famous Baltimore Colts/New York Giants football game—the first championship game in NFL history to be decided in "sudden death" overtime. The Colts had trained in Graham's hometown for 28 years. Today at 87 years old, still a sports enthusiast, Graham enjoys watching all kinds of sports events.

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2006 Annual Convention & Exposition February 19-21, 2006 Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX

Charging Into New Frontiers • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • MMMMM • • • • MMM M M • • • • • • Program-at-a-Glance*

Sunday, February 19, 2006

••••••••••••••••••• 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

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Break with Exhibitors

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Setup

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6:00 p.m.

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1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Paseo Del Rio (Riverwalk), located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, is the pride of the city. Cobblestone walkways lead visitors to the river-level restaurants and shops. The river bubbles to the surface on the grounds of the University of the Incarnate Word and flows to downtown, threading its way through the city one level below the hustle and bustle of city streets. Along the horseshoe-shaped riverbend, the river is shaded by towering cypresses, oaks and willows and bordered by gardens of flowering Riverwalk ornamental plants.

••••••••••••• MMMMMM 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast (Exhibits Open)

9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Employee Performance: Getting IL Keeping It & Maximizing It! Chip Madera

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast (Exhibits Open)

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

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There is no substitute for excellence in leadership. Organizations rise and fall during today's turbulent times because of those who stand at the helm. Leadership is not a title on our door or a position that we hold. Leadership is determined by the amount of influence others are willing to give to us. During this session, Chip will help you explore the simple yet profound definition of leadership; five levels of leadership; an employee Madera development plan (EDP) that will give leaders a daily strategy for equipping and energizing employees; keys to increasing employee motivation and performance; and establishing an employee motivational plan (EMP).

9:30 a.m. - Noon

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Monday, February 20, 2006

• • • • • • • • MMMMMMMM • •

8:00 a.m. - 400 p.m. Registration Desk Open

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Coffee Break with Exhibitors

12:30 - 4:00 p.m. Plant Tour- Suhor Industries A bus will take you to this outstanding tour of SI Funeral Services and SI Precast. Box lunches will be provided 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Installation Reception

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Installation Banquet & Entertainment Guest Speaker: Suzie Humphreys

*Program subject to change.

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NCBVA Annual Convention & Exposition February 19-21, 2006 Westin Riverwalk • San Antonio Make a copy of this form as necessary

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*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 by requesting a membership application, 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.

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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 The Westin Riverwalk is the host hotel for the NCBVA convention. The rate for NCBVA attendees is $199 single/double. Reservations must be made directly with the hotel.

Call 210-224-6500 Please be sure to mention that you are attending the NCBVA Convention in order to get the convention rate. The Hotel Reservation deadline is January 27, 2006. After that date, reservations will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.

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NFDA Relocates Convention The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has decided relocate the 2006 Convention & Expo from New Orleans, LA., to hiladelphia, PA. The decision was made to safeguard the needs and safety of convention attendees and exhibitors coming to the city still in crisis following Hurricane Katrina. "As funeral directors and caregivers, our focus is to help families and communities rebuild after tragedy," said NFDA President Bob Biggins, CFSP, CPC. "Our concern for our members, suppliers and convention staff and their potential risks weighed heavily on this decision. NFDA says it plans to return to New Orleans in the future and the staff is currently working with New Orleans convention officials to negotiate when such a date might be feasible. The 2006 NFDA Convention & Expo, NFDA's 125th annual gathering, will be held October 15-18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) in Philadelphia.


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NCBVA Certified Vault Manufacturing Plants NCBVA proudly recognizes the following companies that have a current standing in the Plant Certification Program Abel Vault & Monument Co. Canton, IL Abel Vault & Monument Co. Pekin, IL American Concrete Industries Veazie, ME American Vault Co. Cleveland, OH Arnold-Wilbert Corp. Goldsboro, NC Arrow Vault Co., Inc. Lafayette, IN Atlas Concrete Products, Inc. Orlando, FL Babylon Vault Co. New Windsor, MD Badger Burial Vault Co. Eau Claire, WI 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. Moths, MN Brown-Wilbert, Inc. St. Paul, MN Bruns Norwalk Vault Co. St. Louis, MO Brutsche Concrete Products Battle Creek, MI Brutsche Concrete Products Benton Harbor, MI Buckeye Vault Service Mansfield, OH 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. West Barnstable, MA Cheboygan Cement Products Co. Cheboygan, MI

Chesapeake Burial Vault Co. Ingleside, MD Christy Vault Co., Inc. Colma, CA Columbus-Beier Vaults Columbus, WI Cooper Wilbert Vault Co. Middletown, DE Cordeiro Vault Co., Inc. Vallejo, CA Costello & CompanyVaults Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada Creter Vault Corp. Flemington, NJ Crummitt & Son Vault Corp. Martins Ferry, OH D.G. Robertson, Inc. Williston, VT Dardanelle Vault & Monument Dardanelle, AR Delaware Valley Vault Co., Philadelphia, PA DePue Wilbert Vault Savannah, GA Deihl Vault & Precast Co. Orangeville, PA Detroit Wilbert Vault Corp. Detroit, MI 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 Kansas Vault Iola, KS Doric of Nashville, Inc. Nashville, 'TN Doric of Northeast Arkansas Jonesboro, AR Doric of South Texas Elsa, TX Doric Concrete Vaults Limon, CO Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Newton, KS Doric Manufacturing Co. Boaz, AL Doric Mississippi, Inc. Vicksburg, MS Doric-South, Inc. Demopolis, AL Doric Vault of Eastern NY, Inc. Hudson, NY Doric Vault of Western NY, Inc. Depew, NY

Doric Vault Co. Griffin, GA Dura Vault North Bend, OH 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 Fon du Lac Wilbert Vault Fon du Lac, WI Forsyth Bros. Fithian, IL Fort Myers Wilbert Vault Service Fort Myers, FL Forsyth Bros. Concrete Prod. Terre Haute, IN Gettysburg Burial Vault Co. Gettysburg, PA Golden Eagle Vault Co. Rocky Mountain, VA Grable Vault Co. Logansport, IN Graffius Burial Vault Co. Sinking Springs, PA Granite State Doric Newport, NH Gray Bros., Inc. Kansas City, KS Hairfield Vault Co. Hickory, NC Hardy Doric, Inc. Chelmsford, MA Ham n Vault Service Massillon, OH Harris Precast Laporte, IN Heilman — Wirtz, Inc. Cedar Hill, TX Hicks Industries, Inc. Miami, FL Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL Horton Precast Gerard, PA J.P. Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL Jacson, Inc. Henderson, TX Jefferson Concrete Corp. Watertown, NY Josten Wilbert Vault Co. Sioux Falls, SD .

Lakeshore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI Lavaca Vault Co. Lavaca, AK Louise1I-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 Minnick Services Corp. Fort Wayne, IN Montgomery Vault Co. Woodsboro, MD Montgomery Vault Co. Rockville, MD Moore Wilbert Vault Co. Evans, GA Murray Vault Co. Austin, AR 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 Pennyslvania Concrete Vault Co. Greensburg, PA Perfection Vault Woodson, IL Phenix Vault Phenix City, AL

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For information on NCB VA's exclusive Plant Inspection and Certification Program, please contact NCBVA Headquarters at 1-800-538-1423 or use application form on the next page.



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Pioneer Vault, Inc. Doylestown, PA 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 Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Sam Green Vault Co. Lynchburg, VA St. Louis Wilbert Vault Co. St. Louis, MO Saline Vault Co. Sweet Springs, MO Simerly Concrete Products, Inc. Bristol, TN Santeiu Vaults Inc. Livonia, MI





Tennessee Vault 8z Grave, Inc. Dechard, 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 Griffm, GA Washington Wilbert Vault Works Inc. Laurel, MD Warga Concrete Products Inc. Fort Wayne, IN Watts Vault & Monument Co. Des Moines, IA Wayne Burial Vault Co., Inc. Indianapolis, IN Welte Vault Co. Danbury, IA Western Carolina Vault Co. Fletcher NC West Plains Vault & Mfg. Co. Pomona, MO Whitman Vault Co. Whitman, MA

Sheldon Vault Co. Sheldon, IA Shenandoah Valley Vaults, Inc. Dayton, VA Shore Vault & Precast Co. Exmore, VA 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 Suhor Industries Parsons, KS Sunnycrest, Inc. Auburn, NY Superior Burial Vaults, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Superior Vault Co. Bryantown, MD Superior Vault Co. Charlestown, IN Swan's Concrete Products Westbrook, ME

Wicomico Vault Co., Inc. Salisbury, MD Wieser Precast Stewartville, MN Wieser Doric Vault Co. LaCrescent, MN Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Atlanta, GA Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Muskegon, MI Wilbert Burial Vault (The James Co.) Waycross, GA Wilbert Services Lancaster, NY Wilbert Vaults of Houston, Inc. Houston, TX Willbee Concrete Products Jackson, MI Williams Vault Company Emporia, VA Willmar Precast Co. Willmar, MN Zeiser Wilbert Vault Co. Elmira, NY

National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. Member Application for Plant Inspection Name of Plant Plant Mailing Address Plant Street Address Plant Telephone

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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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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, and new services you are providing. Suppliers: let us know about your new products and services. Color or black and white photos are also welcome. If you are unsure about how to write your press release or article, don't hesitate to give me a call at (407) 788-1996 or e-mail me at It would be my pleasure to assist you. Looking forward to hearing from you, Jan Monahan Editor

Best Wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year

NCBVA Board of Directors and Staff

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