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National Concrete Burial Vault Association/ In Conjunction with World of Concrete - February 1-5

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October 2009



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National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. P.O. Box 917525 Longwood, Florida 32791 (888) 88-NCBVA • Fax: (407) 774-6751 President Stephen Hatfield Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL President-Elect Hubert McQuestion Lake Shore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI Secretary/Treasurer Wendy Bott Brown Mark H. Bott Co. Ogden, UT Immediate Past President Todd Swihart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Directors Michael Crummitt Crummitt & Son Vault Co. Martins Ferry, OH Linda Darby-Sempsrott Trigard Vaults / Greenwood Plastics Danville, IL


TABLE OF CONTENTS Celebrants Find Unique Ways to Help Families Celebrate Life............................... 4 By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer

Serious Challenge in Georgia Has Nationwide Impact For Concrete Vaults...................... 8 By J. Scott Calkins NCBVA Legal Counsel

Riding with Respect— Honoring Fallen Heroes . ........... 10 by Jan Monahan Editor, The Bulletin

2010 Convention........................ 12 Winning Partnerships... Deal Me In!

Doug Evans Carolina Doric, Inc. Florence, SC

Convention Reg. Form................ 14

Steve Handley Handley Precast Systems, Inc. Glendale, AZ

Membership Application............. 18

Dave Long Eagle Burial Vault Association Joliet, IL

NCBVA Certified Plants.............. 19

Tony Colson Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Forest Park, IL Jerry Russell Southern Ohio Vault Co. Portsmouth, OH Dennis Schultz Doric Vault of Western N.Y., Inc. Buffalo, NY Steve Vincent Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL Executive Director Thomas A. Monahan, CAE Certified Association Management Co. Longwood, FL Legal Counsel J. Scott Calkins, Esq.

Industry News ’N Notes.............. 21 Our Advertisers American Cemetery Supplies, Inc...... 7 Axis Corporation............................... 22 CemenTech, Inc................................ 15 Crescent Bronze Powder Co............... 6 D & C Supply Co., Inc....................... 16 Doric................................................. 15 Edgmont Metallic Pigment Co.......... 16 Holland Supply, Inc........................... 11 Long Machine Co.............................. 17 Matthews Int’l., Cremation Div............ 2 RoMix Chemical & Brush................... 8 Rostine Manufacturing & Supply...... 15 Trigard................................................ 5



October 2009

Trends in Funerals

Celebrants Search Out Unique Ways To Help Families Celebrate Life By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer


magine this fictitious funeral scene: It’s a near-perfect fall day, and the leaves on the trees surrounding a campground ampitheatre are just starting to turn. Friends and family of the deceased are dressed casually in jeans, and they are laughing—a lot—because the officiant is strolling around at the front of this little outdoor theatre, telling stories about the former avid fisherman who is lying off to the side in a wicker casket. Next to the casket is a grouping of photos—family pictures and pictures of fishing and camping expeditions—and on a stand next to the casket is a taxidermist’s pride and joy, a large-mouth bass, the one that didn’t get away. At the conclusion of the stories, those who shared

the man’s love of fishing come one by one up to the casket carrying bamboo fishing rods (environmentally friendly substitutes for fly-rods), which they leave symbolically resting against the casket. Does this sound a little far-fetched? Guess again. It’s not out of the realm of possibility as funerals—celebrations of life— are choreographed by a celebrant. And, keeping with another trend that’s sweeping the country, celebrants may also be outspoken proponents of green burials. What is a Funeral Celebrant? According to the website of the Celebrant Foundation and Institute in Montclair, NJ, “A Funeral Celebrant’s mission is to create a ceremony that reflects the wishes, beliefs, cultural background and values—religious or non-religious—of your loved one and your family. . . A celebrant funeral honors death and celebrates life.” To do a good job of this, a funeral celebrant literally spends hours with close family and friends to learn more about the deceased and what made his or her life unique, then crafts a “life story” ceremony for approval. The family is usually given an attractively presented personal historical record to keep as a memento and to preserve family history. The celebrant movement reportedly started in Australia somewhere in the early ’70s as a result of that country’s influx of many ethnic, cultural and religious groups, and the additional growth of gay/lesbian groups and the desire for “same sex” marriages (which were not sanctioned by church or state). In addition to funeral celebrants, there are celebrants available to help people commemorate all of life’s milestones: weddings, divorces, births, graduations, special accomplishments, retirement, and almost anything one chooses to celebrate. The Celebrant Foundation and Institute, founded by Charlotte Eu-

lette and Gaile Sarma, offers training and certification for celebrants. Their website states that there are now more than 3,000 celebrants worldwide, who have presided over more than one million ceremonies in 40 years. Other prominent organizations for celebrant training and resources include the In-Sight Institute out of Oklahoma City, OK, founded by former pastor Doug Manning, and the Humanist Society, which is an adjunct of the American Humanist Association. Funeral celebrants who are certified by these organizations are trained in the history of rituals, ceremonies and traditions of many cultures and religions. Celebrants Get Good Press Visit the first two websites listed in the sidebar on page 6, review the articles published, and you’ll realize that like the green burial movement, celebrants are getting good press. This Bulletin article was triggered by a feature, “Secular ‘celebrants’ lead more funerals,” published in the August 20, 2009 edition of USA Today. In it, William McQueen, the president of Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home in St. Petersburg, FL (a high retiree location) and the recently installed president of CANA, is quoted as saying: “Today, of all the ceremonies we deal with, I’d say 50% are religious or clergy-led, 20% are celebrant-led and 30% are having no ceremony or one led by family.” McQueen compared these estimates with the time period of 25 years ago, when most funeral services were religious or clergy-led. He was quoted as saying he had sent four people to be trained by the In-Sight Institute, and that these four celebrants are now on call for four Anderson-McQueen Centers in St. Petersburg. The same USA Today article cited a 2008 survey conducted by researchers at Trinity College’s Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture. In the national Continued on page 6

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Learn How You Can

Exhibit Free at The NCBVA Convention We know that the economy has seriously affected everyone’s budget and sometimes the first items to be cut are your marketing opportunities. But it is important to NCBVA members to learn about new products and services in the industry, so we’re working very hard to provide affordable, alternative ways for Associate Members/Suppliers to participate. This year NCBVA is offering Associate Members/Suppliers the opportunity to exhibit FREE* at the Annual Convention. You can’t get any better than that! In order to make this possible, there will not be pipe and drape booths. There will only be table-top or standalone displays. There will be no exhibit company involved, so shipping and storage of any materials will be the sole responsibility of the exhibitor. Each exhibitor will be provided a 6-ft draped table on which to display literature or samples and two chairs in the main convention meeting area––Partnership Plaza. All of the educational programs take place in this area and special time is allocated for attendees to visit with Exhibitors. A Free table will be offered to any registered associate/supplier attendee. Additional personnel at the table must also be a registered. Please join us at the NCBVA Convention February 2-4, 2010, which is being held in conjunction with World of Concrete. Details and registration forms are on pages 12-14.

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Serious Challenge in Georgia Has Nationwide Impact For Concrete Burial Vaults J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Counsel A New Jersey investor who owns and manages memorial park-type cemeteries in that state bought five cemeteries in Chatham County, GA (which includes the city of Savannah). After spending considerable money to improve those cemeteries, this investor determined that his investments were not generating sufficient revenue, so allegedly he eliminated the middle man and obtained a dealership in Clark Grave Vaults and an exclusive distributorship in Goria plastic vaults. The owner of the Savannah Cemetery Group (SCG) then banned concrete vaults and liners from his five cemeteries. He also is on record as saying that, in his opinion, concrete vaults are inferior to the vaults that he was marketing. Two concrete burial vault manufacturers that service the area in question, along with several local funeral homes, collectively obtained Georgia counsel and obtained a permanent injunction against the prohibition of concrete burial vaults. Although the owner instituted a new rule that only his cemetery employees could handle and install concrete vaults within his cemeteries, this restrictive policy was rescinded prior to the trial on the request for the injunction. The owner of the SCG then retained new Atlanta counsel and filed motion for a new trial. It was expected that the lower court would deny the new motion and, if so, the SCG would then appeal the matter to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Nationwide Impact This is a case of first impression in Georgia and the appeal will result in the only modern precedent on this issue, and therefore, in both counsels’ and my opinion, will have a nationwide impact. To put it plainly, an adverse outcome of this litigation could affect your business in your state just like the spread of the swine flu throughout the USA. I am not trying to scare you, but your attention to this litigation is imperative. Counsel for the Savannah area litigants has been successful to date in obtaining the injunction. I have had several conversations with him and exchanged communications regarding the litigation earlier this year. He has recently asked me to help in obtaining funds for the costs associated with the appeal. I have kept NCBVA’s officers and Board of Directors and management informed on this extremely important litigation. During the next meeting of the Board, which will probably be held in early October, this matter will likely be discussed and a plan of action adopted. In my opinion, between cremation and the “green concept” for cemeteries, your industry is facing yet another threat that must be met with passion and force. Take note that the main issue we are facing is the banning of concrete burial vaults and liners of any kind or design in such cemeteries. Please also note that the purpose of this ban is to eliminate the middle man (you) and to enable the successful promotion and sale of steel and polymer (plastic) vaults that the cemeteries in question are marketing.



October 2009

Riding with Respect Patriot Guard Honors Fallen Heroes By Jan Monahan Editor, The Bulletin The rumbling roar of a couple dozen motorcycle engines breaks the early morning serenity of the cemetery grounds. The riders are dressed in the typical biker uniforms— jeans, t-shirts, assorted caps or headbands, jacketssome leather—emblazoned with multicolor patches. They are a diverse group of men and women, all ages, and they have ridden the long roads, some heading out before dawn, to honor one of their own on this solemn day. These are the Patriot Guard Riders and “one of their own” may be a person who has never mounted one of these machines of chrome and steel. Rather, one of their own is anyone who has served this country in the military—and they have come to pay respect and honor him/her. I encountered this surreal scenario on a recent field trip to our local cemetery to take some pictures for The Bulletin. My latent reporter’s curiosity kicked in so I hung around to find out more. An 88-year-old Air Force veteran was being laid to rest on this day. It was a full hour before the hearse and family would arrive. The Patriots waited quietly in Florida’s summer heat. They were a stark contrast to the Air Force honor guard—dressed in their crisply starched blues—that was practicing the steps they would take to carry the casket, make the 12 folds of the American flag and raise their rifles for the 21-gun salute. They spoke quietly amongst themselves, shifting from foot to foot the heavy poles bearing the large red, white and blue Ameri-

Patriot Guard members gather before a funeral of an American veteran.

can flags that decorate the back fenders of their bikes. When word came that the processional was on its way, they encircled the perimeter of the gravesite, taking sentry-like positions. Patriot Guard Riders began in 2005 in Kansas with an American Legion Riders chapter that went out in support of a fallen hero whose funeral was being picketed by protestors. They went on to develop their Mission: to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of

the family to 1) Show sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities and 2) Shield a mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors (through only legal and non-violent means). When questioned, one of the Riders said, “We have only one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. You don’t have to be a rider to join the group; you don’t have to be a veteran. The only prerequisite is respect.” And Respectful they are. During the ceremony they barely move. The only movement is the rustling of their flags in

the breeze and their slow-motion salutes at the appropriate moments throughout the service. Not until after the family has departed do they break their protective circle around the site and head back to their bikes for the oftentimes long ride home. I remember a good friend (who recently buried her husband at the National Cemetery in Rhode Island) telling me about a band of bikers who were there for the service. How touched she was by this outpouring of dignity and respect for her Veteran husband by this group of strangers who take time out of their lives to honor a fallen soldier and his/ her family. Similar expressions are posted in 31 pages of Letters of Appreciation on the group’s website Most echo sentiments like this: “You were a big part in the celebration of the life of a wonderful Husband, Dad, Granddaddy and Soldier. He was very proud to serve his country. I wish you could have known him personally, but I can guarantee that his spirit lives on in many people and he will be watching over each of you as he stands with God in heaven. If he were able he would want to thank you for the comfort you gave to his family. For all the families you have comforted by your mere presence I thank you.” A non-profit, tax-exempt, all-volunteer organization, Patriot Guard Riders also sponsors The Fallen Warrior Scholarship Fund that provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships to US military family members of our Fallen Warriors in their pursuit of higher education. There are groups in most states across the nation and Canada, their numbers reaching more than 171,000.

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In 2010, you can experience the best of two worlds because the NCBVA Convention will be held in conjunction with the World of Concrete (WOC) in the fabulous city of Las Vegas. Meet with your peers—other burial vault manufacturers—at the NCBVA Convention and program designed just for the burial vault industry, then, thanks to an arrangement worked out by NCBVA staff & WOC, you may attend the WOC Show at no charge. (Those who wish to register for WOC’s education program will be required to register separately with WOC.) Daily shuttle bus service between the Bellagio Hotel (NCBVA Headquarters) & the World of Concrete (Las Vegas Convention Center)

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2010 Annual Conven February 2-4, 2010 • Bellagio

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Wednesday, February 3

9:00 a.m. – Noon – NCBVA Board of Directors Meeting, Bellagio Hotel

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. - NCBVA Breakfast Buffet & Exhibitor Visits (Tabletop displays in NCBVA’s “Partnership Plaza”)

Noon - 4 p.m. – NCBVA Registration Desk Open - Pick up your registration materials early & be free to explore Las Vegas or the WOC.

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. - NCBVA Annual Meeting

Noon – 4 p.m. – NCBVA Exhibitors: Display Table Set-up 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. – NCBVA Welcome Reception at the Bellagio Hotel Renew acquaintances and make some new friends at the NCBVA Welcome Reception. Enjoy cocktails and light hors d’ oeuvers before heading out on the town to enjoy your choice of the Vegas attractions, casinos and shows. All registered attendees are welcome.

FREE Exhibit Table to all registered Associate Members/Suppliers. See Details on Page 6 of The Bulletin and on the Registration Form on Page 14!

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Program: “Brand Selling— All Burial Vaults are Not the Same” Speaker: Janelle Barlow, PhD Author of Branded Customer Service Branded Customer Service is a comprehensive, practical guide that offers strategies, exercises and real-world examples of branded customer service in action. Through it, Barlow illustrates how to take service to a new level so that brand reinforcement (the positive image of your company and your product) occurs every time customers interact with your staff. Janelle Barlow shows how to infuse an entire company (or corporation) with brand values and create a recognizable style of service that reflects brand promises and brand images. Noon – 1:30 p.m. - Exhibitor Appreciation Luncheon & Visits with Exhibitors (Tabletop displays in NCBVA’s “Partnership Plaza”) 1:30 p.m. – Now that the NCBVA program is over for the day, catch the shuttle bus that leaves from the Bellagio Hotel for World of Concrete.

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Thursday, February 4 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. - NCBVA Breakfast Buffet & Visits with Exhibitors (Tabletop displays in NCBVA’s “Partnership Plaza”) 10 a.m. – Noon Program: “The Green Burial, Time to Fight Back or Time to Cut and Run?” Speaker: Maureen O’Brien CEO & Founder, O’Brien & Son, Inc. Google “green burials” and you come up with nearly two million references. Consider the massive exposure in the Internet and the news media and you’ll soon come to the conclusion that there is a growing movement against traditional burials and burial vaults. Vault market share is becoming smaller and smaller. Author, lecturer and business owner Maureen O’Brien thinks solutions to this problem can be found right in the same burial vault industry that is losing market share. She will take vault manufacturers and dealers through a two-hour exercise to find the answers that will bring back market share. Noon - Dismantle display tables Noon - Now that NCBVA program is over until 7 p.m., catch the shuttle bus that leaves from the Bellagio Hotel for World of Concrete.

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The Bellagio Hotel on The World-Famous Las Vegas Strip Reservations MUST be made early! Details on Registration form, next page. 6:30 p.m. – Board bus for transportation to the Stratosphere Hotel. 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. - NCBVA Installation Dinner at the Stratosphere Hotel You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the excitement of Las Vegas at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino. Soaring more than 100 floors above the city, the Stratosphere provides unparalleled panoramic views of the shimmering Vegas Strip and nearby valley. Jutting 1,149 feet into the Vegas skyline, the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest observation tower in the U.S. and one of the most exciting attractions among Vegas Strip hotels. This a truly remarkable venue for the conclusion of the NCBVA Convention and the installation of new officers. This exceptional Las Vegas hotel on the Strip offers thrills you can’t find anywhere else.­

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Did You Know??? OSHA requires annual inspections of overhead cranes, forklifts and other material handling equipment by a qualified outside service company. It also requires the equipment to be rated for load capacity and marked accordingly. Using a piece of material handling equipment beyond its rated capacity is a serious violation. OSHA also requires a device that prevents an automatic restart in the event of a power interruption. OSHA has begun enforcing those rules and imposing heavy fines in the wake of several accidents involving construction cranes. In a recent incident, a Pennsylvania precast manufacturer was fined $65,000 for overloading and lack of third-party inspections. A word to the wise‌.. From Dave Brugger, P.E. NCBVA Plant Certification Representative

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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 cemetery’s 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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U A D & Sons Vault Co. Suffolk, VA Abel Vault & Monument Co. Canton, IL American Concrete Industries Veazie, ME American Vault Co. Cleveland, OH American Wilbert Vault Corp. Forest Park, IL Arnold-Wilbert Corp. Goldsboro, NC Arrow Vault Co., Inc. Lafayette, IN Atlas Concrete Products, Inc. Orlando, FL Austin Concrete Products Dover, NH Babylon Vault Co. New Windsor, MD Badger Burial Vault Co. Eau Claire, WI Bailey Monument & Vault Co. Waycross, GA Baumgardner Products Co. Akron, OH Baxter Burial Vault Cincinnati, OH Baxter Vault Co. Baxter Springs, KS Beck Vault Co. Rome, NY Bell Vault & Monument Miamisburg, OH Brewster Vaults & Monuments Millville, NJ Brown-Wilbert, Inc. Morris, 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, Inc. Mansfield, OH C & M Precast Kerrville, TX Calumet Wilbert Vault Co. Inc. Gary, IN Capital Precast, Ltd. St. Johns, NL, Canada Carolina-Doric, Inc. Florence, SC Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Marlow, OK Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Tulsa, OK


NCBVA Certified Vault Manufacturing Plants NCBVA proudly recognizes the following companies that have a current standing in the Plant Certification Program Central New York Vault Co. Cortland, NY Century Vault Co., Inc. West Barnstable, MA Charleston Wilbert Summerville, SC Cheboygan Cement Products Co. Cheboygan, MI Chesapeake Burial Vault Co. Barkley, 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 & Company Vaults 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 Deihl Vault & Precast Co. Orangeville, PA Delaware Valley Vault Co. Blackwood, NJ DePue Wilbert Vault Savannah, GA 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 Tennessee Cowan, TN Doric Concrete Vaults Limon, CO Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Newton, KS Doric Manufacturing Co. Boaz, AL Doric Mississippi, Inc. Jackson, MS

Doric-South, Inc. Demopolis, AL Doric Vault of Connecticut North Haven, CT 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 Flagg-Palmer Precast, Inc. Oxford, MA Florida Wilbert, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Fond du Lac Wilbert Vault Fond du Lac, WI Forsyth Bros. Concrete Prod. Terre Haute, IN Forsyth Bros. Burial Vaults Fithian, IL Fort Myers Wilbert Vault Service Fort Myers, FL Gettysburg Burial Vault Co. Gettysburg, PA Golden Eagle Vault Co. Rocky Mount, VA Grable Vault Co. Logansport, IN Graffius Burial Vault Co. Sinking Springs, PA Granite State Doric Newport, NH Gross Vault Co. Thomasville, GA Hairfield Vault Co. Hickory, NC Hardy Doric, Inc. Chelmsford, MA Harn Vault Service Massillon, OH Harris Precast Laporte, IN Hicks Industries, Inc. Davie, FL Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL Horton Precast Gerard, PA Huntingburg Vault Co. Huntingburg, IN

For information on NCBVA’s exclusive Plant Inspection and Certification Program, please contact NCBVA Headquarters at 1-888-88-NCBVA or use application form on the next page.


Jacson, Inc. Henderson, TX Jefferson Concrete Corp. Watertown, NY Josten Wilbert Vault Co. Sioux Falls, SD Kansas City Wilbert Grandview, MO Lake Shore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI Lavaca Vault Co. Lavaca, AK Lindquist Concrete Products Ogden, UT Louisell-Davis Vault Service Chattanooga, TN Lycoming Burial Vault Co. Inc. Montoursville, PA Marion Vault Works Marion, IN Mark H. Bott Co. Ogden, UT Master Grave Service Athens, GA McDowell Doric Vault Co. Fletcher, NC Memphis Burial Vault Co. Memphis, TN Mercer Vault Company Fredericksburg, VA Milan Burial Vault, Inc. Milan, MI Minchew Concrete Products Co. Waycross, GA Minnick Services Corp. Fort Wayne, IN Montgomery Vault Co. Woodsboro, MD Montgomery Vault Co. Rockville, MD 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 Northwest PA Burial Service Cochranton, PA 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 Patriot Vault Co. Park Hills, MO Panhandle Vaults Amarillo, TX

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October 2009

NCBVA Certified Vault Manufacturing Plants (Continued)

Pennsylvania Concrete Vault Co. Greensburg, PA Perfection Vault Woodson, IL Phenix Vault Phenix City, AL 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. Clinton, IA Roland-Wilbert Vault Co. Marion, IA Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Sam Green Vault Corp. Lynchburg, VA St. Louis Wilbert Vault Co. St. Louis, MO

Saline Vault Co. Sweet Springs, MO Santeiu Vaults Inc. Livonia, MI Sexton Wilbert Corporation Blomington, IN Sheldon Vault Co. Sheldon, IA 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 SI Funeral Services Cedar Hill, TX SI Funeral Services Gerard, PA SI Funeral Services Parsons, KS SI Funeral Services San Antonio, TX 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., Ltd. Mississauga, Ont., Canada Swan’s Concrete Products Westbrook, ME Turner Vault Company Toledo, OH Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults Inc. Appleton, WI Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults Inc. Wausau, WI Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL 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 West Plains Vault & Mfg. Co. Pomona, MO


Whitman Vault Co. Whitman, MA 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. Waycross, GA Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Muskegon, MI Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Traverse City, MI Wilbert Services Lancaster, NY Wilbert Vaults of Houston, Inc. Houston, TX Willbee Concrete Products Jackson, MI Williams Wilbert Des Moines, IA 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_________________

Fax Number_______________________________________

Owner’s Name_____________________________ Evening Phone______________________________ Plant Manager/Contact Person__________________ Evening Phone_______________________________ Types of Outer Burial Receptacles Produced ❐ Top Seals ❐ Air Domes ❐ Sectionals Other________________________________________________ Please return this application with full payment to: The National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. P.O. Box 917525 Longwood, FL 32791 (888) 88-NCBVA Fax (407) 774-6751

For a NCBVA member in good standing, the Plant Certification Inspection fee is $1295.

October 2009



INDUSTRY NEWS ’N NOTES Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Wins Two Ginny Awards For the fifth year in a row, Wilbert Funeral Services’ Cremation Choices catalog is the proud recipient of the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) 2009 Ginny Award of Excellence for Outstanding Product Catalog. In addition, the philanthropic efforts of the Wilbert Foundation were also recognized with a “Ginny” for the work the organization does with pediatric hospitals. CANA created the Ginny Awards in 2002 as a way to honor professionals in the cremation and memorialization industry. The Cremation Choices catalog heightens awareness of the many selections available to families when cremation is chosen as the means of final interment. In addition to product selections, the catalog discusses service options as well as the many ways cremation products can be personalized. Axis Introduces New Trailer Axis Corporation has just introduced a new self-propelled dump trailer. “Now, if our customers need to move and dump anything, they can do it with ease and safety with our new self-propelled dump trailer,” says Matt Oldiges. Made from the same high quality materials and parts as the company’s vault handlers, the dump trailers by Axis Corporation will last for years and provide customers with the same peace of mind they have in using all Logan trailers. Trigard’s Interactive Healing Tree Package The Healing Tree is a part of a new Trigard Celebration of Life package that allows families to participate in an interactive ceremony at the gravesite as they say their final goodbyes. The Healing Tree is designed for the white marble Aegean vault cover. The tree design is three-dimensional, and has twenty dove-shaped memory rings scattered throughout the top of the vault. The family can say their final goodbyes as they take a memory ring from the Healing Tree as a keepsake to wear on a necklace, attach to a keychain or simply keep in a pocket as a memento of their loved one. “The Healing Tree creates an experience where family members can be an active participant in the ceremony of their loved one. We need to remember that the services we provide are really for the living,” says Linda DarbySempsrott, CEO of Trigard. A family can celebrate a life lived with the Healing Tree commemorative poem that is provided with Trigard’s Healing Tree kit. Trigard also offers literature with a tear-away poem, a marketing DVD that shows the Healing Tree being used at the gravesite, and everything needed to display the Healing Tree in the funeral home, including extra memory rings, necklaces, key rings, and jewelry stands.

2009 October 7-10 Selected Independent Funeral Homes Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, CA October 25-28 NFDA International Convention & Expo Boston Convention & Expo Center Boston, MA November 16-17 CFSA Fall Conference Crowne Plaza Indianapolis IN


February 1-5* World of Concrete Las Vegas, NV *Now you can attend both!! February 2-4* NCBVA Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas, NV March 10-13 ICCFA Grand Hyatt & San Antonio Convention Center San Antonio, TX March 25-27 CFSA Winter Seminar Charleston Place Hotel Charleston, SC April 8-10 NFDA Professional Women’s Conference The Mulberry Inn Savannah, GA

We Want to Hear From You!! We at the National Concrete Burial Vault Association Bulletin would love to hear from you. Please 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. Send to

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• Watch an online demo of the Logan Handler in action, or an operating video • Review a list of all available options with pictures, descriptions and benefits • See a list of safety and labor savings options • Complete an online Request for Quote and custom-build your own handler • View multiple pictures of handlers of various colors and options

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