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February / March 2010 National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. P.O. Box 917525 Longwood, Florida 32791   .#"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 Doug Evans Carolina Doric, Inc. Florence, SC Steve Handley Handley Precast Systems, Inc. Glendale, AZ Dave Long Eagle Burial Vault Association Joliet, IL



TABLE OF CONTENTS Board Actions Lead NCBVA Forward ................. 4 New Credit Card Program; NCBVA Will Cruise in 2011!

A Message from the President ............................... 7 It’s Not Easy Being Green By Stephen Hatfield

Emergency Evacuation Plans Prevent Loss, Tragedy ................. 8 By Dave Brugger, P.E. Plant Certification Representative

Update on Georgia Litigation..... 13 By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Legal Counsel

Convention Wrap-up.................. 14 Membership Application ............ 20 NCBVA Certified Plants ............. 22 Industry News ’N Notes ............. 24

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 Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL Executive Director Thomas A. Monahan, CAE Certified Association Management Co. Longwood, FL Legal Counsel J. Scott Calkins, Esq.

Cover Photos: Upper (from left): Hubert McQuestion, PresidentElect; Stephen Hatfield, 2010 President; Michael Crummitt, Secretary/Treasurer; Wendy Bott Brown, Director. Lower Left: Scott Calkins has served as NCBVA’s legal counsel for more than 40 years. In recognition of his outstanding service, President Steve Hatfield presented him with a plaque at the annual meeting in Las Vegas. Lower Right: Carol Schultz, Doric Vault of WNY, is serenaded by “Elvis.”

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The NCBVA Board meets face-to-face at least once a year, and always at the annual meeting. A number of important actions were taken by the Board at its February 3rd meeting in Las Vegas:

Board Actions Lead NCBVA Forward

NCBVA Makes “Goodwillâ€? Payment Out of Legal Fund !TITS/CTOBER MEETING THE"OARDAUTHORIZEDTHEESTABLISHMENTOFAN.#"6! Legal and Regulatory Fund so that NCBVA would be able to offer ďŹ nancial assistance in potentially precedent-setting court cases, such as the on-going case in Savannah, GA. The Board was apprised by Attorney Scott Calkins on the status of the Savannah case and Executive Director Tom Monahan reported that, as a result of fundraising efforts, APPROXIMATELY HADBEENRECEIVEDTODATEINTHEFUND!SAGOODWILLGESTURE of support for the burial vault manufacturers involved in the Savannah case, the Board VOTEDTOPAYOUTOFTHEFUNDATOTALOF TOTHEATTORNEYSREPRESENTINGTHEMANUFACturers. New Member Service! NCBVA Endorses Credit Card Program for Members The Board endorsed a new credit card program that Executive Director Tom Monahan searched out and presented as a possible member beneďŹ t. This program will provide extremely favorable terms to NCBVA members. (For details, please see ad, p. 27.) Pack Your Bags; NCBVA Will Go Cruising in 2011! "ECAUSETHECONVENTIONONTHECRUISESHIPFreedom of the Seas was highly successful in terms of attendance and member satisfaction, the Board authorized Executive DiRECTOR-ONAHANTOSIGNACONTRACTWITH2OYAL#ARIBBEANTOHOLD.#"6!SANNUAL convention on the Allure of the Seas-ARKYOURCALENDARSFOR&EBRUARY   The Allure is currently nearing completion in Norway, and when built, it will be equal in size to its sister ship, The Oasis. These two ships are—bar none—the largest passenger ships in the world today and boast amenities previously unheard of in cruise travel. Don’t wait to reserve your space and select your accommodations! Limited number of STATEROOMSAVAILABLE3EEINFORMATIONONPAGES  Restoration of Points in CertiďŹ cation of Plants Based on a recommendation by David Brugger, NCBVA’s Plant CertiďŹ cation Representative, the Board approved the restoration of points detracted for safety issues on a certiďŹ cation inspection, provided the plant owner can provide documentation that the problem has been corrected. Board Appointments The Board accepted the resignation of Linda Darby Sempsrott of Trigard, who has SERVEDONTHE"OARDFORYEARS"ASEDONHERRECOMMENDATION "LAKE3WINFORDOF Trigard was formally appointed as her successor on the Board. Linda Darby Sempsrott was appointed as NCBVA’s voting representative to the Funeral and Memorialization Information Council (FAMIC). Blake Swinford (left) accepts a plaque on behalf of Linda Darby Sempsrott for her service as a member of the Board. Linda was unable to attend the convention due to the death of her grandmother.



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It’s Not Easy Being Green By Stephen HatďŹ eld President

)FYOUPASSEDONTHE!NNUAL#ONVENTIONIN,AS6EGAS YOU really missed a good experience—all the way around. You’re going to read it elsewhere in this issue, but it bears repeating that we had a 55 percent increase in companies represented, and we believe that’s due to NCBVA partnering with the World of Concrete. Those industry members who came to Las Vegas really appreciated that they could literally do two things at the same time—take in an outstanding tradeshow AND meet with fellow burial vault manufacturers. Notwithstanding the obvious beneďŹ ts of mega tradeshows, the importance of spending time with people who are also involved in your line of work cannot be overstated. In recent years our industry has been taking some hits: from cremation, which was originally thought to be a passing fad; from aggressive steel and plastic manufacturers of burial vaults; from foreign competition; from Internet-based competition; and now, from the “green burialâ€? trend. The opportunity to get together and share ideas for meeting any current challenge is the strength of our organization. I’m pleased that, on the whole, we don’t whine about the economy or forces that may be having a negative impact on us. We look for solutions


to our common problems—as some say, “How to make lemonade out of lemons.â€? Arriving at a game plan for meeting the “green burialâ€? challenge was an excellent seminar sponsored by NCBVA and facilitated by Maureen O’Brien. (More details are covered in the CONVENTIONWRAP UPONPAGE h-OvPUTUSTHROUGHOURPACES in three focused sessions that forced us to come to a number of realizations. One key point is that our industry has been “greenâ€? for years, but that message isn’t coming out loud and clear— especially to funeral home directors on whom we’ve been depending, more or less, to point out the beneďŹ ts of concrete burial vaults (composed of natural ingredients that come from the earth; the ability to prevent chemicals from escaping into the earth; and capable of doing the ultimate job of efďŹ ciently protecting loved ones). Those of us who participated in Mo’s seminar came to the conclusion that no clear deďŹ nition of “greenâ€? exists, however; that there are “shadesâ€? of “green;â€? and that education is the key to helping the public and funeral home directors think of the concrete burial vault as the best and “green-estâ€? choice. Kermit the Frog, one of Jim Henson’s most popular and loved Muppets, immortalized individuality with the song, It’s Not Easy Being Green. Remember it? It ended with the words, “I am green and it’ll do ďŹ ne, it’s beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be.â€? If NCBVA can collectively come up with an excellent deďŹ nition of green and shades of green, we have the means as a member of the Funeral and Memorialization Information Council (FAMIC) to get the word out to everyone. This calls for action: Who is willing to step forward and be part of a task force to take on this challenge for the beneďŹ t of all our members? Or do you have a better idea? Call me.

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One of the most frequent issues I ďŹ nd during plant visits for certiďŹ cation purposes is the lack of an evacuation map and plan. When I enter a building for the ďŹ rst time, my mind paints a scenario in which all the occupants and I must exit in a hurry. I strongly recommend that you engage in this mental exercise, too, and prevent a potential business nightmare. Don’t guess! Plan for safety in any emergency. When to Evacuate Here are just a few reasons that an emergency evacuation might be necessary: s&IRE s$ENSESMOKE s#HEMICALSPILL s%ARTHQUAKES s4ORNADOS s!VEHICLEHITTINGTHEBUILDING s!IRlLLEDWITHCEMENTDUST s#ARBONMONOXIDECONCENTRATIONSOR chemical fumes s%LECTRICALPOWERFAILURE s&LOODING

Simple Evacuation Plans Evacuation plans must be simple and easy to follow in the event of an emergency. Every employee must be familiar with the building layout and be able to exit safely from anywhere in the building. Training is required to insure that every employee understands emergency evacuation procedures. Post Evacuation Maps An evacuation map should be posted wherever employees congregate (the locker room, ofďŹ ces and production areas, for example). s%VACUATIONMAPSSHOULDSHOWTHELO cations of ďŹ re extinguishers and exit doors. s!NYBARRIERSTOADIRECTEXITPATHnn such as stacks of inventory, large machinery, production areas, stair ways, railings, electrical panels and HAZARDOUSMATERIALnnSHOULDBEONTHE drawing. s4HEEVACUATIONMAPDOESNTNEEDTO be perfectly in scale, but it does need to properly represent the building shape and features. s$ESIGNATEASPECIlCAREATOGOTO during an evacuation so you can quickly account for everyone. s4HErendezvous location should be an open area, away from the building.

Promoting Concrete Vaults In Your Community Among the tools that NCBVA has available for you to use to promote concrete burial vaults in your community is the Green Ad (see full size on adjacent page). The ad is available in a pdf format that can be printed and provided to local funeral directors or published in local newspapers. If you would like a copy of the ad, email or call 1-888-88-NCBVA.

February / March 2010 Requirements for Exit Doors Easy-to-operate exit doors must be reachable from all locations in the building. s%XITSMUSTBEMARKEDWITH%8)4 signs. It is best if the Exit signs are lighted. s%XITDOORSMUSTOPENOUT NOTIN s%XITDOORSMUSTHAVEPANICBARS OR be completely unlatched when the building is occupied. s)FTHEREISADOORTHATDOESNTLEADTO safety but that could be confused with an exit, it should be marked Not an Exit. s4HERECANBENOBARRIERSOFANYKIND inside or outside, at any of the exits. A clear path, as wide as the doorway, is required. s'ARAGEDOORS SLIDINGDOORSANDROLL up doors don’t qualify as exits because they take too long to open. Be aware that your state/county/city (whichever has jurisdiction) may not have strict enough building codes regarding exits. (Sad to say, but some states/municipalities don’t.) Nevertheless, you are still legally liable for the safety of your building. Take the extra steps to insure that people can quickly and safely exit your building. Sample Evacuation Plan (below). Yours can be hand-drawn or done with computer graphics. It does not need to be exactly to scale.

NCBVA BULLETIN Other Critical Elements For Emergency Evacuation & Disaster Management At the beginning of this column I advised about the importance of careful planning for safety. In addition to those elements already mentioned, there are additional considerations that should not be overlooked for emergency evacuation and disaster management. sFire extinguishers of the correct type, currently inspected, must be in their proper locations. s!LLELECTRICALPANELSSHOULDBEEASILY accessible. s! INCH WIDEPATHWAYORONE as wide as the panel, whichever is larger) must be completely free of obstacles in front of each major electrical panel. s4HERECANBENOEXPOSEDBREAKER slots or exposed wiring at any panel. s4HEmOORNEARTHEPANELAND the panel itself must never be wet unless it is a weatherproof, outdoor-rated panel or disconnect. s!LLELECTRICALPANELSMUSTBE grounded. s"ATTERY POWEREDEMERGENCYLIGHTING is advisable if your building would be very dark in the event of a power failure.


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NCBVA Legal & Regulatory Fund Contribution Form YES! I want to protect my business and contribute to the NCBVA legal and regulatory fund

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If paying by credit card you may fax this form to NCBVA’s secure FAX at 1-407-774-6751 or mail contribution form with payment to: NCBVA Legal and Regulatory Fund P.O. Box 917525 Longwood, FL 32791 “NCBVA accountants have said that contributions to this account are tax deductible. We encourage you, however, to check with your tax advisor to be sure the contribution is deductible in your case.”

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Update on Georgia Litigation


I surely don’t need to remind you that litigation can be very expensive. The vault manufacturers in the Savannah By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. area have already expended in excess of NCBVA Counsel  ANDGAVEABRIEFREPORTONTHEIR For more than a year now, NCBVA President Steve HatďŹ eld, Execu- situation at the recent NCBVA annual tive Director Tom Monahan and I have attempted to keep you all MEETINGHELD&EBRUARY IN,AS6EGAS informed regarding the serious concrete burial vault litigation now As stated by the main vault manufacturer from Savannah: “What happens in this taking place in Georgia. Counsels for the parties to the litigation were advised by the litigation in Georgia will not be restricted 'EORGIA3UPREME#OURTON*ANUARY THAThBECAUSEOF to Georgia.â€? You have been encouraged through the trial-court-granted injunctive relief based on its legal determination that the appellants’ concrete vault ban was unreasonable under issues of The Bulletin and direct mail to donate a contribution to the Georgia Cemetery Law, the appeal does not fall within this Court’s NCBVA Legal Fund. If you have not already made a contribution, equity jurisdiction. Accordingly, the appeal is transferred to the I urge you to do so. (See contribution form on Page 12) Court of Appeals.â€? In my discussion with Georgia counsel for the concrete burial (Editor’s note: Because the information is detailed in issues of the vault companies involved, I was advised by him that the cemeteries’ Bulletin, Attorney Calkins did not repeat here the background counsel may ďŹ le a reply brief and that the vault counsel may need of the litigation concerning the ban of concrete burial vaults in ďŹ ve to ďŹ le a short response. After the ďŹ ling of the briefs, the Court of Georgia cemeteries and why such prohibition was implemented by Appeals will either request oral arguments in the case or simply rule, the owner of the cemeteries. If you’ve misplaced your copies of the based on the record and briefs submitted. It is expected that a ruling ISSUESANDWANTTORE VISITTHEBACKGROUNDOFTHECASE PLEASE refer to the “libraryâ€? section of NCBVA’s website.) will be forthcoming by that Court in the fall of this year. Through my columns in The Bulletin over the course of the past year, I have advised NCBVA members of the seriousness of this litigation. An adverse decision in Georgia could well be used as precedent in litigation in other states.





artnering NCBVA’s annual convention with the World of Concrete (WOC) proved to be an enticing carrot for members of the concrete burial vault industry. Although most would still agree that the economy is sluggish, NCBVA had a whopping 55 percent increase in companies REPRESENTEDATTHECONVENTIONIN ASCOMPAREDWITHTHE convention in Key West. Including burial vault manufacturers and ASSOCIATEMEMBERSSUPPLIERS COMPANIESWEREREPRESENTEDIN Las Vegas. The opportunity to see a wide variety of products and equipMENTINmUENCEDMANYMEMBERSOFTHEINDUSTRYTOATTEND/NE member said, “I was very pleased with the ability to do two major things this year: network with my colleagues in the industry at NCBVA and also make the best possible deal on new equipment at the WOC show.â€? A number of NCBVA’s supplier members had a presence at the WOC show and also had a complimentary table at NCBVA’s “partnership plaza,â€? where meetings, seminars and nearly all food functions are held in one large meeting room. There was an increase in associate members with a sales presence and two burial vault manufacturing companies—Norwalk Wilbert and Minnick Services’ spin-off, Paws to Remember— joined this group to show other burial vault manufacturers some product options for diversiďŹ cation. Discussion of Hot Issues Speaker Maureen (“Moâ€?) O’Brien, founder and CEO of Maureen O’Brien & Sons, was brought in to facilitate a discussion on the question, “What is the best way for concrete burial vault manufacturers to compete in the green burial market?â€? “The green burial trend is the current pain in this industry, and we have to talk about it,â€? Mo announced at the start of her session. She then established what she described as a cafe scenario, a coffee-house discussion-group situation. In addition to the primary discussion question, Mo encouraged participants

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to think further outside the box and expanded the question to include: Are there secondary markets in which you are already involved or that you could enter? Lessons Learned Following lengthy and emotional discussons, the groups agreed on cohesive points and an action plan: s The burial vault industry is composed of good, respectable people; s There are different shades of “greenâ€?; s No universally acceptable deďŹ nition of a “green burialâ€? currently exists; s Members of industry must educate the public, funeral homes & cemetery owners; s Use Internet blogs as an education media; s Do something! s Protect the traditional burial; traditional cemeteries help preserve history; s Promote concrete vaults - Utilize the ad, “Are you protecting Mother or Mother Nature?â€? What Can NCBVA Do? Participants agreed that a collective voice is a stronger voice. President Steve HatďŹ eld pointed out that NCBVA is a member of the Funeral and Memorialization Information Council (FAMIC). He said it would be a logical step for NCBVA to come up with a comprehensive deďŹ nition of a “green burial,â€? including “shades of green,â€? and present it to FAMIC for industry-wide adoption THROUGHTHEASSOCIATIONSTHATCOMPRISE&!-)# The conference closed with a fun-ďŹ lled Viva Las Vegas style PARTYONTHETHmOOROFTHE3TRATOSPHERE(OTEL WITHAPPEARances by Las Vegas showgirls and “Elvis.â€? .

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7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise Convention !LLUREOFTHE3EASsFebruary 20-27, 2011

REGISTRATION FORM Name of Company_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address ________________________________________

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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. (Reduced prices are offered for 3rd and 4th guests, including infants and children who share accommodations with two full-price paying adults). Single occupants must pay the full double occupancy rate (rate below x 2) or contact NCBVA 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 person’s registration. Cabins are assigned on a ďŹ rst come-ďŹ rst served basis. Registration deadline is December 1, 2010. Cabin Categories (Available staterooms listed to the right) Double Multiple Member: $1,349 $1,490 Non Member: $1,549 $1,690 3rd/4th Person N/A $940

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PAYMENT INFORMATION: Full payment is dues upon submittal of this registration form. Cancellations: Full refund, less a $100 administrative fee, will be made, if cabin can be resold prior to sailing. A 10% late fee will be added to any registration received after the registration deadline of December 1, 2010. ‰ Check (Make payable to NCBVA and mail along with this form) I hereby authorize NCBVA to process my registration for the NCBVA Convention on the credit card listed below: ‰ Master Card ‰ Visa ‰ American Express Cabin fee (see above) : +Addt’l Person: +Addt’l Fees:

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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 +ERRVILLE 48 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

February / March 2010

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.


Jacson, Inc. (ENDERSON 48 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 !MARILLO 48

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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. (OUSTON 48 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 #EDAR(ILL 48 SI Funeral Services Gerard, PA SI Funeral Services Parsons, KS SI Funeral Services 3AN!NTONIO 48 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. (OUSTON 48 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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Owner’s Name_____________________________ Evening Phone______________________________ Plant Manager/Contact Person__________________ Evening Phone_______________________________ Types of Outer Burial Receptacles Produced P Top Seals P Air Domes P 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 &AX  

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



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INDUSTRY NEWS ’N NOTES In Memoriam Florence M. Darby of Danville, IL passed away on January 27 at the age OF&LORENCEWASTHEBELOVEDMOTHER of James “Big Jim� Darby and David Darby, both of Danville. She had eight grandchildren, including Linda Darby Sempsrott, Donna Walthall, Rich Darby, Tom Darby, all of Danville; Karen Ritz of Peoeria, AZ; Scott Darby OF!USTIN 48 -ATT$ARBYOF0HOENIX AZ and Stephanie Darby of Carmel, IN. 3HEHADGREAT GRANDCHILDRENANDA sister, Betty Farr of Danville. Florence and her husband, Charles W. Darby, MOVED TO $ANVILLE IN /CTOBER  when they purchased Sunset Memorial Park where Florence served in many capacities throughout the years. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the entire family. Watkins Named VP Of NFDA Operations Michael J. Watkins, CFSP, has been named senior vice president of operations of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). In his new role, Watkins will oversee the Member Services Division, the International Relations Department, and the association’s internal operations, which includes the Accounting, Information Technology and Human Resources departments. CLASSIFIED AD 4WO 3TERIL4ENTSFORSALEX  #HARCOAL'REY BOTHWITHSIDE walls and 1 backwall. One used, in excellent condition; one brand new. #ALL,EAHAT-ILAN6AULT )NC  FORPRICINGANDFURTHER information.

2010 CALENDAR March 10-13 ICCFA Grand Hyatt & San Antonio Convention Center 3AN!NTONIO 48 Cemen Tech’s New Pumper Cemen Tech Inc., manufacturer of volumetric mixers, introduces the newest innovation in the production and placement of concrete with the CTI pumper package. This self -contained system was engineered in cooperation with Reed Pump and is designed to transport a Cemen Tech MCD82-ANDA2EED!(OR!(TOTHE JOBSITE4HE#EMEN4ECH-#$ 2-IS capable of transporting eight cubic yards of materials, and it and the pump are capable of PRODUCING PLUSCUBICYARDSPERHOUROF fresh high-quality concrete. Contractors no longer need to tie up additional manpower and equipment in transporting both the mixer and pump unit to the job site. Trigard Names New Creative Director Trigard proudly welcomes Julia Megan Sullivan to its team as creative director. A Danville High School alumna, Ms. Sullivan is pleased to be joining the team after serving as marketing manager for Carle Clinic in Urbana, Il. Ms. Sullivan brings more than a decade of experience, specializing in bridging creative advertising with marketing strategy. She attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and holds a BA from New York University.

March 25-27 CFSA Winter Seminar Charleston Place Hotel Charleston, SC April 8-10 NFDA Professional Women’s Conference The Mulberry Inn Savannah, GA April 22-24 OGR Annual Conference Broadmoor Resort Colorado Springs, CO July 31-August 5 NFD&MA Harbor Beach Marriott Resort Fort Lauderdale, FL August 4-7 CANA 92nd Annual Convention Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Honolulu, HI October 10-13 NFDA Convention Center New Orleans, LA November 15-16 Casket & Funeral Supply Assn. Crowne Plaza Union Station Indianapolis, IN

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