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of the National Concrete Burial Vault Association

Preparing For Nature’s Wrath Baxter Vault Rebuilds After Devastating Storm

Cabins Nearing Sell-out For NCBVA Cruise

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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


Preparing For Nature’s Wrath ............................. 3 Attempting to Do Business as Usual After a Natural Disaster

Secretary/Treasurer Michael Crummitt Crummitt & Son Vault Co. Martins Ferry, OH

Marketing Materials Help Promote Concrete Vaults .... 4

Immediate Past President Todd Swihart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI

Cabins Nearing Sell-out For NCBVA Cruise..................... 12

Directors Wendy Bott Brown Mark H. Bott Co. Ogden, UT Doug Evans Carolina Doric, Inc. Florence, SC

Sail Away with NCBVA III

Baxter Vault Rebuilds After Devastating Storm ............ 14 By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer

Steve Handley Handley Precast Systems, Inc. Glendale, AZ

Membership Application ............ 22

Dave Long Eagle Burial Vault Association Joliet, IL

NCBVA Certified Plants ............. 23

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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Marketing in Your Area

Make “The Green Ad� Your Own–– We’ll Help You! !TTHECONVENTIONIN,AS6EGAS ONEOFTHESEMINARSFOCUSED in on what’s still a “hot� issue—the “green burial� trend. In answer to the question, “What is the best way for concrete burial vault manufacturers to compete in the green burial market?� seminar participants were united on the following points: s&ORYEARS BURIALVAULTMANUFACTURERSHAVEBEENhGREENvENvironmentally friendly manufacturing methods are used to create an environmentally friendly product). s"URIALVAULTMANUFACTURERSHAVEDEPENDEDONFUNERALHOMEDIrectors to get the word out to families concerning the environmental qualities of a concrete burial vault. s)FTHATSNOTHAPPENING BURIALVAULTMANUFACTURERSMUSTDOA better job of educating funeral directors. Voila! An Ad You Can Use So, how can you help educate funeral directors? An NCBVAproduced ad (shown here in a smaller version) that you can personalize and use to help impress the message on funeral directors ANDCEMETERYOWNERSWASINTRODUCEDINTHE*UNEISSUEOFThe Bulletin, which focused on the green burial trend. The ad visually highlights the protective qualities of the concrete burial vault, along with the recipe for its production—all-natural ingredients, such as GRAVEL SAND CEMENTANDWATER The copy is short and straightforward, emphasizing that a sealed burial vault is (1) made from ingredients that come from the earth; (2) properly sealed, a vault keeps chemicals from escaping into the earth; and (3) most importantly, the sealed burial vault protects the remains of the family’s loved one.




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Reduce. Reuse. Rethink. When you think green, think a concrete burial vault. Using concrete minimizes the depletion of our natural resources. Its ingredients come directly from readily available materials: water, aggregate (sand and gravel or crushed stone) and cement. Cement is also composed of mineral elements that occur naturally in the earth such as calcium, silica (sand), alumina, and iron. A vault not only is made from ingredients from the earth, but if properly sealed, it keeps any chemicals from escaping into the earth. The sealed burial vault also prohibits anything from entering the vault, thereby protecting the remains of your loved one. Now that’s something to think about.

Place Your Message here! Marketing-wise burial vault companies are beginning to use this 8.5 x 11-inch ad as a “stuffer� in mailings to funeral directors, families and cemeteries. Others have enlarged it to poster-size. You can, too. For only $15, NCBVA staff will provide you with a printable copy of the ad (in electronic PDF format) with your company information or personalized message. E-mail Bulletin editor, Jan Monahan ( or call   .#"6!   TOORDERYOURPERSONALIZEDhGREENv ad today. Use it in your next promotion and then follow up with funeral directors to make sure they got the message.

Materials Help Promote Concrete Burial Vaults NCBVA members have been discovering that the marketing materials created several years ago by the Marketing Committee are a valuable resource in helping to explain the beneďŹ ts of lined concrete burial vaults. Materials include a color brochure and a DVD titled, “Reasons to Consider a Lined Concrete Burial Vault.â€? The materials can be used at seminars, civic meetings, or offered to funeral directors and cemetery sales personnel as a valuable sales aid. %ACH$6$ISPLUSPOSTAGE"ROCHURESAREPERHUNDRED MINIMUM PLUSPOSTAGE If you would like to take advantage of these consumer-oriented materials, call 888-88-NCBVA or E-mail Bulletin Editor Jan Monahan (

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Preparing For Nature’s Wrath Attempting to Do Business As Usual After a Natural Disaster As recently as May 1, we witnessed a classic example of a “natural disasterâ€? in the U.S. &LOODINGOFEPICPROPORTIONSHAPPENEDIN.ASHVILLE 4.FOLLOWINGRAINFALLOFTOINCHES INAVERYSHORTTIMEFRAME2OADSANDRAILROADTRACKSWEREWASHEDOUT) WASSUBMERGED in places around the city. More than 25 people lost their lives in Tennessee, and the adjacent states of Kentucky and Mississippi that were also affected by the excessive rainfall. Flooding hadn’t been a problem in the Nashville area since 1937 because ood control projects had been initiated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. But that’s the way it is with natural disasters. In spite of human plans to prevent them, they can happen very quickly, and usually without warning. The damage can be catastrophic and take months, even years, to repair. No place in the world is immune from natural disasters. So what steps should the prudent burial vault manufacturer take in order to continue to do business under abnormal conditions? Adequate Insurance–– It’s a “Must Haveâ€?! Don’t waste money by being “insurance poor,â€? but work closely with a reputable insurance professional to have “enoughâ€? coverage. Here are some points to take into consideration: s )NSURE YOUR BUSINESS FOR replacement cost, not just compensation for loss. s )NCLUDE IN YOUR COVERAGE business interruption insurance that includes a per diem allowance for the costs of renting trucks and buying inventory (from other manufacturers) while your pr oducti o n cap aci t y i s d i mi n i sh ed o r i s co mp l et el y o u t o f operation. s -AKE SURE THE ENDORSEMENTS COVER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT COULD BE ANTICIPATed. If your facility is located on high ground, flood insurance may not be necessary, but consider tornado, terrorist, high wind, hurricane, earthquake and other potential causes of loss—if they are applicable in your location. s)NTHEEVENTOFADISASTER DONTTRUSTANYINSURANCEADJUSTERTOESTIMATEYOURLOSSES(AVE the situation evaluated by a competent structural engineer or general contractor. Caution: While you may not want to consider it, make sure the building is condemned if the damage warrants it. Often insurers will tell you a building can be repaired, when in reality it can’t. They will offer you a settlement check, a binding settlement contract, and then drop your coverage. After that, they have no stake in your future. . . and you’ll be up the proverbial creek.

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In Case of Fire Forms will warp and deform in a ďŹ re and often will not be repairable. Just because they are made of steel, don’t assume forms are immune to ďŹ re damage. All your inventory will be ruined. Smoke damage can be as extensive as the damage caused by the ďŹ re itself. Not only that—the water used to extinguish the ďŹ re will cause damage as well. Flood Referring once again to the news coverage of the automobiles and trucks submerged in the May 1 Nashville ood, keep in mind that if your property is ooded, all your vehicles will be either lost or seriously damaged. Your building will probably be full of mud and ood debris. Your inventory can be shifted and ruined. Forget about salvaging electronics such as computers, phone systems, etc. They likely will be lost. Earthquakes There’s often a domino effect of accessory damage when earthquakes happen. Entire buildings can be shifted off their foundations and huge cracks can be created in the foundations and surrounding land. In addition, your inventory can be destroyed and ďŹ res can be started by disrupted electrical systems. Natural gas lines and fuel lines can be damaged, causing releases into the building. A building that does not appear to be damaged can actually be a total loss because its frame is stressed beyond its limits. Tornadoes They present all the same risks as earthquakes and pose the added risk of high wind damage. Hurricanes Because there’s usually more advance warning of a possible hurricane, you may be able to board up your plant and move some items to a safer location. Hurricanes don’t always act as the weather forecasters predict. If one does hit your area or you happen to be in the exit path of one and are subjected to heavy rainfall miles or even states away, add ood damage to all the potential losses posed by earthquakes and tornadoes. Ice Storms Ice storms can put an entire metropolitan area out of commission because of collapsed building structures, downed power lines and resultant power outages, fallen trees and branches, and transportation networks that become virtual ice rinks. Be sure that your computers and electrical equipment are protected by power surge devices. If you expect freezing temperatures in your building, consider ways to protect or reduce possible damage to water heaters, pipes and plumbing ďŹ xtures. If pipes are broken, ooding may occur in your plant. Epidemics & Pandemics In recent years we’ve been subjected to predictions of the devastation that could happen as a result of H1N1, bird u or other types of u. If an epidemic were to occur, it could mean potential disaster for the following reasons: (1) a substantial portion of your workforce could be out of action; (2) your supply chain could be interrupted; and (3) the demand for your products and services could be greatly increased. In order to properly prepare for an epidemic, consult and consider addressing this as a concern with your funeral director clients. Other Important Alternatives: Evacuation Plan Every facility should have an evacuation plan, and the evacuation map should be posted in a very visible location. (For detailed information on emergency EVACUATION PROCEDURES PLEASE REFER TO $AVID "RUGGERS ARTICLE IN THE !PRIL  issue. Plant safety is an important area in NCBVA’s certification program.)

What’s the Forecast? Hurricane Predictions: The team at Colorado State, led by William Gray, is predicting an above-average hurricane season, which ofďŹ cially begins on June 1. For details, go to Tornado Predictions: An interesting authority on tornadoes is the NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK. In addition to predictions for  THESITEPROVIDESUP TO DATESTAtistics on deadly tornadoes that have ALREADYTAKENPLACEINACROSSTHE U.S. Visit tornado-stats.php. Earthquake Predictions: Based on a Google search (earthquake predictions FOR ONECOULDCOMETOTHECONclusion that the science of earthquake prediction is not so scientiďŹ c. If you don’t trust the stars, numerology or Tarot card readings (a number of sites found!), you may wish to check out two that appear science-based. A NASA-funded earthquake prediction program, the Rundle-Tiampo Forecast, PUBLISHED IN  HAS ACCURATELY PREDICTED  OF  #ALIFORNIA EARTHquakes in this decade. Read about it at EARTHANDSUN?EARTHQUAKESHTML Another site of interest is www.psysORGCOMNEWSHTML





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First Aid Kit, Food & Water Emergency supplies should always be available, including ashlights with extra batteries, a ďŹ rst aid kit, tools (for emergency use only), and food and water for employees and visitors/customers to use during a period of unexpected conďŹ nement. Temporary OfďŹ ce Facilities It’s a good idea to have a back-up plan available for temporary ofďŹ ce space. Consider such resources as your insurance agent or another local business for “borrowingâ€? ofďŹ ce space for a short time until you can rent temporary space or bring a mobile home onto your property for ofďŹ ce use. (Even before the ice storm hit, George Moss was using a mobile home for ofďŹ ce space on his property. His new building incorporates ofďŹ ces and a showroom.) Electronic Data These days, electronic data is an asset of substantial value, and loss of it for even one day can hamper your ability to carry on effectively. Consider all the data you use daily that is essential to support of your business (employee contact information, customer information, inventory, suppliers of equipment and materials, employee records, safety records, etc.) Solutions for protection of important data include the necessity of entering all transactions into the system promptly and using an off-site data storage and protection system (such as Carbonite) that immediately backs up all data. Additionally, software is available that immediately backs up data to a USB hard drive or thumb drive that can be taken off-site every day. If several employees share the responsibility of closing up at the end of the day, it would be a good idea for each to have his/her own data storage devices. (Thumb drives and other portable storage devices are relatively inexpensive.) Another word of caution concerning the human element: when an employee has custody of your data ďŹ les, he/she should be bonded and very trusted. Data theft (which we’ll cover in a future issue) is a very serious matter. If necessary, data can be encrypted and password-protected. If you choose this alternative, consider setting it up so that only you and your CPA can open those ďŹ les. Agreements with Other Vault Companies One thing that stands out as a beneďŹ t of

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Other Resources 1. If you don’t have a disaster plan in place for your company, start developing one now. Consider your human resources, physical resources and business continuity. Then, think about how a disaster could affect your employees, workplace and customers. Think creatively about how you can continue doing business if the streets around your company are impassable. For additional information to complement this current article, refer to a feature article, “Disaster Recovery Begins Before a Disaster Strikes,� which was published INTHE*UNEISSUEOFThe Bulletin. 2. Visit for disaster preparedness information, how to get help, and ways to give help. 3. Resources for Small Businesses: National Small Business Week (theme: “Small Business - Driving America’s Economy�), sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, was -AY  #HECKOUTWWWSBA gov for helpful information, including disaster assistance, new small business initiatives, interest-free loans, etc. NCBVA membership is that members are more willing to share information and help each other in distressing times. While no one likes to think a natural disaster could ever happen in his/her area, town or facility, it’s prudent to establish mutual assistance agreements with several nearby companies that sell the same product line. Each franchise company (Doric, Eagle, Trigard and Wilbert, etc.) should have a disaster plan whereby they can supply the needed items to a client on short notice. That could include a list of licensees who pledge assistance in a geographic area when needed, or a central supply of everything that is required. Each company needs to research its own solution and appoint a committee to control the logistics. Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it stands to reason that costeffective and convenient (or less inconvenient) plans are best made before a disaster happens. If you’re fortunate, you will never have to use those back-up plans.

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7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise Convention Allure of the Seas February 20-27, 2011

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


At Sea - NCBVA Board of Directors Meeting


At Sea - NCBVA Convention program (TBA)


7:00 a.m. Arrival St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 6:00 p.m Departure NCBVA Karaoke Night (open Bar)


7:00 a.m. Arrival St. Maarten, N.A. 5:00 pm. Departure


At Sea - NCBVA Convention Program (TBA)


1:00 pm. Arrive Nassau 7:00 pm. Depart Nassau

Sunday 2/27

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

REGISTRATION FORM Name of Company_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address ________________________________________

City, State, Zip _______________________________________

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

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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.

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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



Deck 8 - All Ocean/Balcony Rooms Double Occupancy Only The cabins listed below will only accommodate two people.

Starboard: 8548, 8554, 8556, 8558, 8560, 8566, 8568, 8664, 8668, 8676, 8680, 8686 Multiple-person cabins These cabins will accommodate up to four people. 8162, 8164, 8262, 8270, 8550, 8552, 8562, 8564, 8672, 8684

*Royal Caribbean International also reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement on all guests if the price of West Texas Intermediate fuel exceeds $65.00 per barrel. The fuel supplement for 1st and 2nd guests would be no more than $10 per guest per day, to a maximum of $140 per cruise; and for additional guests would be no more than $5 per person per day, to a maximum of $70 per cruise.

PAYMENT INFORMATION: Full payment is due 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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Natural disasters: Floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, wild ďŹ res, ice storms. There’s no planning for them, but if one hits your business, there are basically two choices: (1) Cut your losses and quit or (2) come up with a plan to move past the disaster and as quickly as possible get back to doing business as usual. For George Moss and partner Lonnie Allen of Baxter Vault in Baxter Springs, KS, quitting was not an option. In addition to customers, too many people—including family members who were involved in the company—depended on them and their successful business.

Baxter Rebuilds


By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer

N$ECEMBER  "AXTER6AULT#OMPANYWASJUSTONEOFTHETARGETSWHENA violent ice storm hammered the midwest section of the country—from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri, and all the way up through Illinois and Wisconsin. At the time, the physical plant facility of Baxter Vault consisted of three separate buildings, placed in a sort of horseshoe formation. Two of the buildings were seVERELYDAMAGED ANDONEHELDAPPROXIMATELYBURIALVAULTSINSTORAGE “We measured the covering of ice on the roof,� says George Moss, “and it ranged from 12 inches overall to about 15 inches deep at the eaves. No ordinary wood roof can withstand that weight.� A Doric licensee, George is quick to add, “You know, we build a pretty good vault, and most of our vaults stood up to the crushing weight of the ice and collapsed roof. We only LOSTABOUTPERCENTOFOURINVENTORYv As if the initial loss of inventory and damage to the plant weren’t enough, a short time LATER*ANUARY TOBEEXACT ANOTHERICE storm came through, just after clean-up was well underway and tarp had been placed on the roof. It was the unexpected and unthinkable—backto-back ice storms.

The wood roofs on the buildings (above and upper right) could not withstand the weight of some 12 inches of ice and collapsed after a storm blew through in December of 2007. The good news is that most of the vaults withstood the weight of the ice and collapsed roof.

Customers to Serve; Responsibility to Employees "AXTER6AULTPRODUCESNEARLY VAULTSAYEAR SERVINGANAPPROXIMATE MILERADIUS INCLUDing southwestern Missouri, northwestern Arkansas, northeastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. This is a large customer base to serve. The main production plant (and a warehouse) is located in Baxter. Additional warehouses are located in Gentry, AR and Independence, KS. There were also employees (some family members) to take into consideration. One of George’s two sons, Chris, works in the business but is currently stationed in Afghanistan. Son-in-law George (married to George’s wife’s


More often than not, fishing trips are family outings. Last year George took Betty on a trip to Canada where he says, “She out-fished me.” And there are pictures to prove it (right). daughter) works in the plant. Bookkeeping responsibilities are shared by George’s wife, Betty, who works three days a week, and Lonnie’s wife, Diana, who works two days a week. All in all, there are 17 employees. George and Lonnie assessed the ice-storm damage and devised a strategic plan to keep the business going until rebuilding could take place. “If there was any luck at all in what happened,” says George, “it was that the one undamaged building housed our crane system. We moved as many vault forms as we could into that building, as well as our mixer. Our batch plant wasn’t harmed. We put a tarp on the roof and across the end of the building and set up propane heaters so we could continue to pour, but we only poured enough vaults to get by until we were in our new building. In addition, we didn’t have room for the forms for all the vaults, so we bought a few vaults from other burial vault manufacturers to get by and serve our customers.” Except for a small portion of land owned by the gas company, Baxter Vault takes up an entire city block. The city of Baxter Springs helped out with their recovery efforts by closing off the street so that Baxter Vault could use that roadway to store some vaults outside. George and Lonnie also renovated a building in town and used it to store a line of “lighter weight” steel vaults they also sell. It took George and Lonnie about a year-and-a-half to direct clean-up operations, select contractors for the new building, and then wait for better weather for construction to begin. Wouldn’t you know? A year ago in May, the vault plant was damaged again, not as extensively, this time by hail. In addition to having satisfactory insurance coverage (“You can ever have enough insurance,” says George.) what other measures did they take to offset any future unpredictable acts of nature? Continued, page 16

They came back bigger and better! Instead of wood, steel trusses were used in the the new 28,900 sq. ft building (below). The ceiling is high to accommodate additional storage.



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INDUSTRY NEWS â&#x20AC;&#x2122;N NOTES Trigard Plaque Honors Soldier !SOLDIERDECLARED-)!IN is being honored for his service in Vietnam. Ron Smith will be memorialized with two monuments featuring a custom, Brilliant Impressionsâ&#x201E;˘ color bronze marker by Trigard Bronze. The marker, which has a collage of pictures of that help tell the soldierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life story, will be placed on the grounds of the VFW in Covington, IN. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is important to honor those who serve our country. We are glad to be a part of memorializing a local soldier,â&#x20AC;? said Trigard Chief Operations OfďŹ cer Rich Darby. Some of the members of Ronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s troop returned home, but he never returned. He was later declared â&#x20AC;&#x153;Killed in Actionâ&#x20AC;?, even though his body still has not been found.

Doricâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walker Conducts Education Seminars Tim Walker, Director of Dealer Development and Sales for Doric Products, Inc., recently conducted a number of funeral service workshops in conjunction with the Kansas Funeral Directors Association (KFDA). Four regional continuing education workshops focused ONh&UNERAL3ERVICE4RENDSAND#HALLENGESAND"EYONDv(EDISCUSSEDCASKETSAND vaults as well as green burials, cremation and the inďŹ&#x201A;uence of third-party vendors. The use of technology in the funeral service industry, a continuously evolving ďŹ eld, was also APARTOFTHEPRESENTATION-ORETHANFUNERALDIRECTORSATTENDEDTHEWORKSHOPS*IM Wiens, President of Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc., (Newton, KS), supported the KFDA by underwriting the workshops. Continuing education credits were also provided to funeral directors in the Lynchburg, VA area who attended a workshop hosted by Sam Green Vault Company (Lynchburg, VA). Tim addressed 32 funeral directors on a variety of topics, including burial vault production knowledge and how to present it, cremation, funeral home websites, and personalization.

Design Awards Go To Wilbert Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. has received awards for two of its marketing communicaTIONSEFFORTSÂ&#x2C6;4HE #REMATION#HOICESCATALOGANDTHE7ILBERT!NNUAL 2EPORT4HE!MERICAN)N (OUSE$ESIGN!WARDSWEREPRESENTEDBY'RAPHICS$ESIGN 53!%ACHYEARTHECOMPETITIONRECEIVESMORETHAN ENTRIES BUTONLYAFEWRECEIVE a certiďŹ cate of excellence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These awards are one sign among many that our marketing communications efforts are effective and paying dividends for our licensees and the funeral homes they serve,â&#x20AC;? said Joe Weigel, Wilbert Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

2010 CALENDAR July 31-August 5 NFD&MA Harbor Beach Marriott Resort Fort Lauderdale, FL Sept. 29-Oct. 2 Selected Independent Funeral Homes Walt Disney World Grand Floridian Orlando, FL August 4-7 CANA 92nd Annual Convention Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Honolulu, HI 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

2011 February 20-27 NCBVA Eastern Caribbean Convention Cruise Allure of the Seas Departs from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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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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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.


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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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. BlissďŹ eld, MI Precision Precast Inc. PittsďŹ eld, 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 Swanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 .AMEOF0LANT??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 0LANT-AILING!DDRESS?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 0LANT3TREET!DDRESS??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 0LANT4ELEPHONE?????????????????&AX.UMBER??????????????????????????????????????? /WNERS.AME?????????????????????????????%VENING0HONE?????????????????????????????? 0LANT-ANAGER#ONTACT0ERSON??????????????????%VENING0HONE??????????????????????????????? Types of Outer Burial Receptacles Produced P Top Seals P Air Domes P Sectionals /THER???????????????????????????????????????????????? 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  

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INDUSTRY NEWS ’N NOTES Continued from page 20

New Casket Line Features Thermoplastic Materials Commemorative Casket USA, LLC has announced a first for the funeral industry with the introduction of its all-new line of injection-molded thermoplastic caskets. Thermoplastic materials have been widely used in many other industries for years due to their inherently low cost, weight savings and durability characteristics. The Commemorative Casket USA, LLC sealed casket product line features patented advanced technology. The caskets are constructed with environmentally friendly recycled material and are manufactured in the USA. The exterior casket color options include traditional painted versions, and a variety of graphic finishes, including wood, marble, granite, carbon fiber and camouflage, using a hydrographic process. Commemorative Casket USA, LLC has been formed in partnership with Clarion Technologies, Inc. headquartered in Green-

ville, MI. Clarion Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1999 as an injection molding manufacturer, and currently supplies parts and assemblies primarily to automotive, appliance and consumer product markets.

Matthews Expands European Operations Matthews International Corporation has announced that the next step in the expansion of its European cremation operations is the acquisition of the Furnace Construction Company Ltd. (FCC) cremation business. Based in Manchester, UK, FCC was founded IN  AND IS A WORLDWIDE LEADER IN THE design, manufacture and service/repair of cremation equipment as well as filtration and abatement systems. Matthews and FCC will expand the existing operations and team to meet the demand for additional cremation equipment and service in the UK and other countries.

CemenTech on Tour CemenTech Inc will conduct a North American tour throughout the spring and summer

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