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Safety Update How Can OSHA Work For You?

August 2010


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National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. P.O. Box 917525 Longwood, Florida 32791 http://www.ncbva.org   .#"6!s&AX   President Stephen Hatfield Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL President-Elect Hubert McQuestion Lake Shore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI Secretary/Treasurer Michael Crummitt Crummitt & Son Vault Co. Martins Ferry, OH Immediate Past President Todd Swihart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Directors Wendy Bott Brown Mark H. Bott Co. Ogden, UT

TABLE OF CONTENTS Bill Would Expand Funeral Rule to Cemeteries......... 4 By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Legal Counsel

Safety Update.............................. 7 How Can OSHA Work for You?

Industry News ’N Notes ............. 10 Calendar .................................... 10 Working Smarter ....................... 12 Efficiency Reaps Rewards For Operations & Employees By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer

Doug Evans Carolina Doric, Inc. Florence, SC

2011 Convention Cruise ............ 16

Steve Handley Handley Precast Systems, Inc. Glendale, AZ

Going Out With A Bang ............. 19

Dave Long Eagle Burial Vault Association Joliet, IL 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 Blake Swinford Trigard Vaults / Greenwood Plastics Danville, IL Steve Vincent Doric Products, Inc. Marshall, IL Executive Director Thomas A. Monahan, CAE Certified Association Management Co. Longwood, FL Legal Counsel J. Scott Calkins, Esq.

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Membership Application ............ 20 NCBVA Certified Plants ............. 21

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Do Your Part in Support of H.R. 3655–– Expanding Funeral Rule to Cemeteries By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Counsel

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couple of months ago I urgently advised you to write or call your U.S. CongressMANANDYOURTWO3ENATORSTOINDICATEYOURSUPPORTOF(2THATWOULD expand the Funeral Rule to include the regulation of cemeteries. As stated by Rep. Bobby Bush (D-Ill), the sponsor of this legislation: “This legislation would be a signiďŹ cant ďŹ rst step toward comprehensive and uniform regulation of cemeteries and funeral home practices in the country.â€? Such legislation is supported by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and many other national associations connected with the deathcare industry. )HAVESERVEDASYOURASSOCIATIONCOUNSELFORMORETHAN years. During this entire time, our industry’s major problems and headaches at the local level have been concentrated on the imposition by cemeteries of discriminatory, unreasonable and unlawful policies and regulations. It is no wonder that now I am receiving more news of members’ problems regarding cemeteries, especially cemeteries that are now being purchased by investors.

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FTC Advisory Opinion In April the FTC staff issued an advisory opinion to Universal Casket Co. concerning practices engaged in by some funeral providers in connection with the delivery to them of caskets purchased by consumers from third-party casket sellers. Universal is the supplier of caskets to consumers who have purchased caskets from Costco or Wal-Mart on an at-need basis. The caskets are delivered by Federal Express. The important and signiďŹ cant part of the long and detailed opinion is the following general statement on the FTC staffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just play a little word game with it: Whenever you see the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;funeral provider,â&#x20AC;? replace it with the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;cemetery,â&#x20AC;? and whenever you see the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;casket,â&#x20AC;? replace it with the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;burial vault.â&#x20AC;? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s try it out. The words in brackets are the suggested replacement words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Restrictions by a funeral provider [cemetery] that unreasonably impede the delivery of a third-party casket [burial vault] create an unreasonable burden on a consumerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to use such a casket [burial vault=INVIOLATIONOF3ECTIONB  !SAGENERAL rule, a funeral provider [cemetery] should avoid acts or practices that treat third-party casket [burial vault] retailers differently from the funeral providerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s [cemeteryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] regular casket [burial vault] supplier.â&#x20AC;? Make Those Calls With a little effort by each of our members in making the suggested calls to support such legislation, we just might create sufďŹ cient interest by Congress to enact this needed law. And just think of the beneďŹ ts that will be derived for our members and the industry when there is a level playing ďŹ eld and all participants in the deathcare industry are treated fairly. Instead of the members ďŹ ghting cemetery regulations and practices in court like we have been made to do, the member could call the FTC for its intervention, thereby avoiding a costly legal confrontation. Please take a half-hour within the next two weeks to call your Congressman and 3TATE3ENATORS"EPREPAREDTOPROVIDETHENUMBEROFTHE(OUSE"ILL(2 YOUR name, the name of your company and address and the area that you service (that is, several counties within the Congressmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s district), and most importantly, the necessity of the passage of such legislation to provide FTC regulation and protection of the consumer and you as a third-party supplier of burial vaults chosen by the consumer for cemetery burial.


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Safety Update

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Are you concerned about a possible visit from a representative of the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)? You should be. While the Agency now offers a number of employer-friendly programs, it also continues its enforcement role and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still targeting manufacturers of concrete products. Fines for violations (that can be classiďŹ ed as serious, willful, or repeat) can be steep, but can also be mitigated, if you take immediate steps to be compliant.

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etâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start our update by taking a look at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;scary stuffâ&#x20AC;? ďŹ rstâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; enforcement activity. On OSHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd a very interesting tool called an Integrated Management Information System (IMIS). IMIS was designed as an information resource for in-house use by OSHA staff and management, as well as state agencies that carry out federally-approved OSHA programs. Access to IMIS is provided to members of the public who wish to track OSHA interventions or to perform statistical analyses of OSHA enforcement activity. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not necessary to register and have a password to use IMIS. Just click on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Data & Statisticsâ&#x20AC;? tab on the OSHA website, then click on the link â&#x20AC;&#x153;Search Inspections by SIC.â&#x20AC;? (Although NAICS #ODESHAVEBEENUSEDSINCE ITISSTILL possible to search by using SIC 3272, the code for concrete products, including burial vaults.) Keep in mind, however, that unless a case is closed, IMIS entries concerning it are subject to continuing corrections and updating as the case progresses. A search of a 2.5-year time period

*ANUARY   UP TO *UNE   yielded 713 cases. While most cases were classiďŹ ed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;plannedâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;follow-up,â&#x20AC;? 85 of that 713â&#x20AC;&#x201D;approximately 12 percentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; were initiated as the result of â&#x20AC;&#x153;complaints.â&#x20AC;? A number of serious violations cited by OSHA involved guarding ďŹ&#x201A;oor and wall openings and holes, conďŹ ned spaces, and operation of forklifts. Whistleblowers.gov ANYONE, including your employees, can submit a complaint about possible unsafe conditions in your plant. An OSHA press RELEASE ISSUED *ULY   STATES THAT â&#x20AC;&#x153;Workers who â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;blow the whistleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on prohibited or unlawful practices in the workplace as well as safety and health discrimination play an important role in assuring compliance with federal laws.â&#x20AC;? OSHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whistleblower program was put into efFECTON-ARCH /N*ULY /3(! unveiled a dedicated Web address for the whistleblower protection program (www. whistleblowers.gov). A key quote in the release was attributed to David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor: â&#x20AC;&#x153;OSHA

doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work unless workers feel secure in exercising their rights. This Web page is part of OSHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise to stand by those workers who have the courage to come forward when they know their employer is cutting corners on safety and health.â&#x20AC;? Ask yourself: Does any worker (or former worker) have a reason to make a complaint about our plant? If your answer is â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes,â&#x20AC;? take steps now to correct any problem areas. Avoid Cutting Corners; Have a Plan OSHA issues a variety of standards for the workplace, including: s4OXICSUBSTANCES s(ARMFULPHYSICALAGENTS s%LECTRICALHAZARDS s&ALLHAZARDS s4RENCHINGHAZARDS s)NFECTIOUSDISEASES s&IREEXPLOSIVEHAZARDS s$ANGEROUSATMOSPHERES s-ACHINEHAZARDS s#ONlNEDSPACES When there is not a speciďŹ c standard, the OSH Act invokes a general duty clause [Section 5(a)(1)] that requires each employer to â&#x20AC;&#x153;furnish. . . a place of employment which [is] free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.â&#x20AC;? If any of the areas mentioned above apply to your plant, you must take responsibility for ensuring that you are in compliance. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like assistance, click on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trainingâ&#x20AC;? tab to see the options available to you. Target Area: Forklifts OSHA states that thousands of injuries relating to powered industrial trucks (forklifts) happen each year as a result of disregard for safe operating procedures, mostly attributable to inadequate training. Injuries occur in a number of situations, such as: (1) when lift trucks are inadvertently driven off loading docks; (2) when employees are August 2010 l NCBVA.ORG

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struck by a lift truck; or (3) when employees fall while on elevated pallets. As you can expect, most forklift accidents also involve property damage, such as damage to racks, pipes, walls and other machinery. OSHA offers an e-Tool, complete with actual photos of various types of forklifts and proper operating procedures. For those who like to see things in black-and-white, on paper, two sample daily checklists with illustrations are provided to assist in training regarding OSHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powered industrial truck operations. The one checklist created by the UAW-Ford National Joint Committee on Health and Safety includes excellent graphics. In case you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know, anyone under

SHMS Checklist Management Commitment & Employee Involvement /3(!ESTIMATESTHATWORKPLACEINJURIESANDILLNESSESCOSTOURNATIONSBUSINESSES billion/year in wasteful and often preventable expenses. Effective Safety and Health Management Systems (SHMS) help reduce the extent and severity of work-related injuries and illnesses. While OSHA regulations do not require employers to have a SHMS, having one is highly advisable. The following â&#x20AC;&#x153;SHMS Checklistâ&#x20AC;? was excerpted from a PDF on Effective Safety and Health Management Systems; the complete fact sheet is available by clicking on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Publicationsâ&#x20AC;? tab. s$EVELOPANDCOMMUNICATEASAFETYANDHEALTHPOLICYTOALLEMPLOYEES s$EMONSTRATEMANAGEMENTCOMMITMENTBYINSTILLINGACCOUNTABILITYFORSAFETYAND health, obeying safety rules and reviewing accident reports. s #ONDUCT REGULAR SAFETY AND HEALTH MEETINGS INVOLVING EMPLOYEES MANAGERS AND supervisors. s!SSIGNRESPONSIBLEPERSONS TOCOORDINATESAFETYANDHEALTHACTIVITIES s)NTEGRATESAFETYANDHEALTHINTOBUSINESSPRACTICESe.g., purchases, contracts, design and development). s)NVOLVEEMPLOYEESINSAFETYANDHEALTH RELATEDACTIVITIESe.g., self-inspections, accident investigations and developing safe practices). s2ECOGNIZEEMPLOYEESFORSAFEANDHEALTHFULWORKPRACTICES

18 (in a non-agricultural situation) is prohibited from operating a forklift. OSHA also publishes a YouthRules! section to help young workers and promote safety consciousness in those young people who are working in manufacturing situations.

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SHARP, An OSHA Incentive The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) is designed to provide incentives and support to employers who implement and continuously improve effective safety and health programs at their worksites. When a company receives SHARP recognition, its worksite is exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while its SHARP certiďŹ cation remains valid.

Hazard Prevention & Control s%LIMINATEANDCONTROLWORKPLACEHAZARDSe.g., engineering controls, workstation design and work practices). s%STABLISHAPREVENTIVEMAINTENANCEPROGRAM s+EEPEMPLOYEESINFORMEDOFSAFETYANDHEALTHACTIVITIESANDCONDITIONS s0LANFOREMERGENCIESe.g., create an evacuation plan, train employees and conduct ďŹ re drills). s2ECORDANDANALYZEOCCUPATIONALINJURIESANDILLNESSES

Consultation Program OSHA now also offers a confidential nation-wide free consultation service so that employers can ďŹ nd out about potential hazards at their worksites. This program gives small business owners access to highly qualiďŹ ed occupational safety and health professionalsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at no costâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who can assist them in developing and implementing effective safety and health management systems. According to the OSHA website, the Consultation Program is completely separate from the OSHA inspection effort. No citations are issued or penalties pro-

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Training for Employees, Supervisors & Managers s0ROVIDETRAININGONSPECIlCSAFEWORKPRACTICESBEFOREANEMPLOYEEBEGINSWORK s0ROVIDEADDITIONALTRAININGFORNEWWORKPROCESSESANDWHENACCIDENTSANDNEAR misses occur. s0ROVIDEREFRESHERTRAININGONAROUTINEBASIS

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2010 CALENDAR August 4-7 CANA 92nd Annual Convention Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Honolulu, HI Sept. 29-Oct. 2 Selected Independent Funeral Homes Walt Disney World Grand Floridian Orlando, FL September 16-18 Doric Annual Meeting Kingston Plantation Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach, SC September 29-Oct. 2 Selected Independent Funeral Homes Walt Disney World Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Orlando, FL October 10-13 NFDA Ernest Morial Convention Center New Orleans, LA November 15-16 Casket & Funeral Supply Assn. Crowne Plaza Union Station Indianapolis, IN

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DePue Wilbert also has a monument and signage business. This beautiful monument was built in tribute to 14 lives lost in 2008 during an industrial accident at the Imperial Sugar ReďŹ nery in Savannah, GA. Fourteen doves were released at the memorial service. Fourteen feathers that were left after the doves were released, a Bible, prayers, and notes were buried inside the boulder.

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People may be surprised to learn that the personable Charlie DePue, Jr. they know is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sharpshooterâ&#x20AC;? at heart, having been a member of the riďŹ&#x201A;e team for four years at Georgia Tech. Charlie originally had his sights set on a career with Chrysler Corporation, which at the time he graduated from college was a strong, highly successful manufacturing giant. Today Charlie is owner of DePue Wilbert, Inc. in Savannah, GA, and has no regrets that his career with Chrysler was shot down. By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer

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harlie DePue Jr. is a prime example of a burial vault manufacturer who was brought up in the family business but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect to make a career of it. His father, Charles DePue Sr., had worked for years for H.M Patterson & Son, the largest funeral home in Atlanta, but wanted to be in business for himself. At THATTIME &RANK"OWEN3RHADTHE7ILBERT franchise in the state of Georgia. DePue Sr. obtained a sub-license from him for the Savannah territory. For the ďŹ rst two years, DePue Wilbert did not do any manufacturingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;instead, vaults were manufactured

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in Jacksonville, FL and transported up to Savannah. Sometime around  $E0UE 7ILBERT began manufacturing vaults. Young Charlie Jr. worked weekends and summers in the plant, gaining hands-on experience. After high school, he enrolled in Georgia Tech and earned a degree in industrial management and industrial engineering. His hoped-for career with Chrysler never materialized because of the senior DePueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illness, but #HARLIEHASNOREGRETSh)NTHESUMMEROFMY Dad was diagnosed with cancer,â&#x20AC;? says Charlie, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I stepped in to help â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;temporarily,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but I discovered I really liked the burial vault manufacturing business. This transition was good for my Dad, who was able to take some time off, travel and do other things he ENJOYED$ADLIVEDANOTHERYEARSAFTERTREATMENT


for cancer. I beneďŹ ted from being able to spend a lot of time with him and being mentored by him.â&#x20AC;? Challenges to Manufacturers The father/son team looked into cremation in the earLYSh)TSTRUETHATCREMATIONISABIGCHALLENGE to our industry,â&#x20AC;? Charlie comments, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but Dad decided back then that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want any part in providing cremation services, and I agreed with that decision. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not our only challenge, however,â&#x20AC;? he notes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overhead has a signiďŹ cant impact on our business. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just sit around and wait for families to come to you. You have to get out and network.â&#x20AC;? One of the networking efforts of which Charlie is most proud is his 27 years service as a Rotarian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to give back to the community and not just concentrate on trying to bring business in,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the most satisfying things to me is to help young professionals get started in business. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m currently sponsoring a young dentist, and enjoy introducing him to other businessmen and women.â&#x20AC;? Charlie gives back to his community in another VERYIMPORTANTWAY&ORMORETHANYEARSHESBEEN a ďŹ reďŹ ghter and a ďŹ rst responder. He jokes that he is sometimes hesitant to tell those heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helping that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s connected with the deathcare industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They might worry that I could have a conďŹ&#x201A;ict of interest,â&#x20AC;? he smiles. There is one other big challenge Charlie is dealing with now: He is one of two burial vault manufacturers who, along with some funeral home owners, are standing up to a cemetery owner in Savannah who barred concrete burial vaults from his five cemeteries. Because NCBVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney alerted the ASSOCIATIONBACKINTHEFALLOFTHATTHISCOULDBE a precedent-setting case, NCBVA has been report-

ing on its developments in The Bulletin. A Legal and Regulatory Defense Fund was established by NCBVA in order to assist burial vault manufacturers in precedent-setting cases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very appreciative of NCBVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support in this particular issue,â&#x20AC;? says Charlie, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we also value the opportunity as members to interact with other burial vault manufacturers on a regular basis. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned much through NCBVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certiďŹ cation program and through the articles published in NCBVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bulletin. EfďŹ ciency Studies Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background in engineering has made him a proponent of doing things smarter, wherever possible. Even though he says he currently has â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best crew Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had,â&#x20AC;? he was interested in maximizing his vault operations, manned by 13 employees. Denny Knigga, Director of Operations for Wilbert Funeral Services visited DePue Wilbert last year to conduct an efďŹ ciency study. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can imagine our crew was at ďŹ rst skeptical about the outcome of the study, fearing that some workers might be laid off,â&#x20AC;? Charlie noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t our goal. We wanted to reward our team by being more efďŹ cient and give them more time with THEIR FAMILIES )F WE HAVE TO WE CAN POUR   vaults in one day now, using only two men.â&#x20AC;? Charlie says he has implemented nearly all the recommendations made by Knigga, as well as some of the recommendations made by NCBVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plant CertiďŹ cation Representative, Dave Brugger, P.E. Some of these recommendations included opening walls and building racks for storage so the vaults donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be handled once poured until they are ready for painting. The distances for carrying vaults has Continued

Charlie is proud of his simple and inexpensive customdesigned racks that he had made at an industrial machine shop. Vaults only have to be handled twice: once at the time of manufacture and lastly at the time of ďŹ nish and delivery.

Charlie DePue and his wife Linda with NCBVA Plant CertiďŹ cation Representative, Dave Brugger, P.E. (r).

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A typical DePue delivery truck (left).Charlie’s brother, an engineer, designed the unit on the rear with a hydraulic vault handler that can dig a grave and also install the vault.

ness in place, so we branched out into providing distinctive signage and special monuments. Our Savannah location includes a number of colleges, universities and hospitals, as well as good representation by the armed forces. There are divisions of the Rangers and Special Forces here—all good clients,” says Charlie. There are four employees involved in monument building at DePue’s. In recent years, Charlie is proud to add, the monument designs of staff member Richard McDowell have been featured on three separate covers of the MB News. also been decreased. “It’s amazing what time- and money-saving ideas can be put into place when an objective expert takes a look. Rather than fear what might come out of an efficiency study, we grabbed the opportunity, and our operations have definitely improved. There are still a few ideas left that I’d like to implement as soon as possible.” Long-time Diversification $E0UE7ILBERTPRODUCESMORETHAN VAULTSPERYEAR BUTBURIAL vaults are not its only product. “We realized a few years ago that all our business should not be concentrated in the funeral industry. With the Atlantic Ocean to the east of us, we had no choice but to look westward and consider our diversification options. We already had a monument building busi-

Joie de Vivre & the Golden Rule To relax, Charlie enjoys golfing and boating. He holds a pilot’s license and occasionally rents a small plane to fly, commenting that it’s too expensive any more to own a plane. His university rifle team experience has made guns a lifetime favorite pastime for him, too. Charlie and his wife Linda also travel for business and pleasure. They attend conventions together, and those events aren’t just for NCBVA or Wilbert. Linda is a former teacher of Russian and French, but she gave that up 17 years ago to be involved in the jewelry business. She is an independent representative of Premier Designs Jewelry. When interviewed for this article, Charlie was pleased to say that “Linda is taking me to Dallas on July 13 for the 25th anniversary convention of Premier Designs. They are expecting

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MORETHAN PEOPLE)TSHOULDBEQUITEANEXPERIENCEAND)M looking forward to it.â&#x20AC;? Linda brings jewelry along to the NCBVA and Wilbert meetings, too, and enjoys adding an extra dimension of â&#x20AC;&#x153;funâ&#x20AC;? for the women in attendance by displaying her jewelry. The DePueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family gives them other reasons to travel. One son and a daughter are spaced continents apart. Son Chad (Charles III) got his start with Microsoft and now has his own company in Buenos Aires. The DePues are planning a trip there in early winter. Daughter Lauren is an RN in Seattle. One son, Dean, is closer to Savannah. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a banker in Columbus, GA. The DePues also enjoy their ďŹ ve grandchildren (three boys and a set of twinsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;boy and girl). The twins have just turned two years old. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious that Charlie DePue employs a joie de vivre in his everyday life and tries to run his company by the Golden Rule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family is very important to me, and we serve families as we would want our families to be served. The traditional funeral is important, and you must keep in mind how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want your own parents, sister or brother treated.â&#x20AC;? That also includes taking care of his crew. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get referrals for new employees from those who are already working in our plant. That says a lot. In addition, we try to set higher goals for them and offer rewards for reaching those goals, such as special recognition and bonuses,â&#x20AC;? Charlie states. Sounds like Charlie DePue has discovered and put in practice many ways to give back, all the way around. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;giving backâ&#x20AC;? philosophy certainly works in a positive way for him.

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Cruise/Convention Itinerary Saturday 2/19/2011

Sunday 2/20

*Arrival Ft. Lauderdale Airport (NCBVA Shuttle provided to hotel) 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - NCBVA cocktail reception

Noon - 4:00 p.m. Shuttle provided to Port 5:00 p.m. Ship sails - NCBVA Grand Welcome Aboard Reception

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Telephone Number______________________ Fax Number _________________ E-mail ___________________________________ Registrants: (Please indicate ages of registrants who are minor children) First Name Last Name ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Convention Cruise Rates Registration Fees are based on double occupancy per cabin and include accommodations and meals. Single occupants must pay the full double occupancy rate (rate below x 2) or contact NCBVA (888-88-NCBVA, ext. 5) and we will try to match you up with a roommate. Please note: Prices do not include mandatory per-person Departure and Port Service fee of $159.00 per person*; Convention Registration Fee of $300; Taxes and RCL fees of $106.28; and Gratuity of $84 (total of $649.28), which must be added to each personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s registration. Cabins are assigned on a ďŹ rst come-ďŹ rst served basis. Cabin Categories (Available staterooms listed to the right) Balcony Economy Member: $1,349 $990 3rd/4th Person

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Portside: 8156, 8170 Starboard: 8566, 8568 Multiple Cabins: Parties with 3 or more people will need to call NCBVA Headquarters to inquire about availability. NEW!! Economy Cabins: four economy-priced cabins have been secured in response to members who requested a less expensive accommodation. The economy cabins are in addtion to the available balcony cabins listed above and are not shown on the deckplan. The lower-rate cabins have no windows and are located â&#x20AC;&#x153;insideâ&#x20AC;? with no view, but are the same size. Reservations are no longer being taken on line. Call 888-88-NCBVA, ext. 5.

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

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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. 20

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5 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 La Porte, 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.

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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, AR 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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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

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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_________________

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