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BULLETIN of the National Concrete Burial Vault Association

August 2012

Keeping Your Cool In a Heat Wave


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National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 917525 Longwood, Florida 32791 (888) 88-NCBVA • Fax: (407) 774-6751 President Hubert McQuestion Lake Shore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI President-Elect Michael Crummitt Crummitt & Son Vault Co. Martins Ferry, OH Secretary/Treasurer Jerry Russell Southern Ohio Vault Co. Portsmouth, OH Immediate Past President Stephen Hatfield Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL Directors Mark Bates The Norwalk Vault Company Bridgeport, CT Ed Bruns Bruns-Norwalk Vault Co. St. Louis, MO

TABLE OF CONTENTS Keeping Your Cool In a Heat Wave.............................. 4 Make Sure Your Workers Are Not At Risk

Wait & See Attitude about Crane Rule Could be Hazardous To Your Financial Health................ 8 By J. Scott Calkins NCBVA Legal Counsel

In an Ideal Company Family Stays Strong.................... 12 Ideal Burial Vault Co.

Convention 2013 Registration . .............................. 17 Membership Application............. 18

Steve Handley Handley Precast Systems, Inc. Glendale, AZ

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

Dave Long Eagle Burial Vault Association Joliet, IL

Industry News ’N Notes.............. 22

Curt Shannon SI Funeral Services Ennis, TX Blake Swinford Trigard Vaults / Greenwood Plastics Danville, IL Greg Tilley Ideal Burial Vault Co., Inc. Depew, NY Steve Vincent Doric Products, Inc. Marshall, IL Dennis Welzenbach Wilbert Funeral Services Broadview, IL Executive Director Thomas A. Monahan, CAE Certified Association Management Co. Longwood, FL Legal Counsel J. Scott Calkins, Esq.

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Keeping Your Cool In a Heat Wave Make Sure Your Workers Are Not At Risk


t’s August and it’s hot. Perhaps hotter than you can ever remember. As heat rises, so does the death rate—especially among older people. The demand for your burial vaults may have increased this summer, but in ramping up production to meet demand, your employees may also be at risk. If they are older (not everyone retires at 65 any more), have health conditions or take certain medications, their risk is even higher. Consider the results of a recent 24-

year study by Harvard School of Public Health in Boston that was published on line April 9 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and draw your own conclusions about the effects of heat stress on the general population. A news item written by Christine Moyer on amednews. com highlighted results of this study, which correlated the effects of extended high tem4

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peratures above the average with the life expectancy of older people—particularly those with chronic medical conditions. For every one degree increase in an area’s average summer temperature, the death risk for the elderly (those over 65) rose between 2.8 and 4 percent. Researchers used Medicare data from 1985 to 2006 and followed the long-term health of 3.7 million people who lived in 135 U.S. cities. They found that in the years when summer temperature swings were higher, the death rate corresponded, as opposed to the years when there were smaller variations in temperature. Extremes Tax the Body Extreme heat taxes a body’s internal system for regulating temperature. The body’s response to heat is sweating to cool down. If the ability to sweat becomes compromised, however, one’s internal temperature can rise to dangerous levels, stressing the heart and other vital organs. Older persons and those with diabetes, heart or lung conditions are vulnerable to heat-related illness. Extreme of cold temperatures have an effect on the death rate, too, but not nearly to the same extent as hot temperatures. The National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tracks cold-related and heat-related fatalities. In 2011, the NOAA reported a total of 29 extreme cold deaths, which was slightly above the 10-year average of 27. With eight deaths, Illinois had the most cold-related deaths for the fourth consecutive year. Coming in at second place with three victims each were New Mexico, Nevada and Texas. The most hazardous place to be was outside, which accounted for 21 deaths. The hardest hit age ranges

were 40 - 49 and 70 -79. More men than women were victims of cold-related deaths (17 vs. 12). Contrast those statistics with the 2011 heat-related fatalities (206), up significantly from 138 fatalities in 2010 and well above the 10-year average of 119. The most dangerous place to be was in a permanent home with little or no air conditioning (119 deaths attributed). The next most dangerous location was outside or in an open area (31 deaths). Texas had the most victims at 46, followed by Pennsylvania, 36, and Illinois, 33. Older adults (aged 50+) were most affected, with 170 deaths. More men than women were killed by heat (133 vs. 73). According to the Harvard study, use of alcohol and prescription medications are other compromising factors when it comes to heat-related illnesses and death potential. Some of the 13 medications or substances that could raise a person’s risk of developing heat-related complications include amphetamines, antihistamines, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, diuretics, laxatives and tricyclic antidepressants. Who’s at Risk in the Workplace? While the elderly are particularly at risk when temperatures rise and stay elevated, no one is immune from heat-related illness. According to Cal/OSHA, workers new to outdoor jobs are generally most at risk. In 2005, that agency investigated 25 incidents of heat-related illness and found that in nearly half the cases, the worker involved was on his/her first day of work. In 80 percent of the cases, the worker involved had only been on the job four or fewer days. New workers in the outdoors and those returning to outdoor work after a time away should gradually build up a tolerance for hot conditions. Additional risk factors for heat-related illness: (1) working in direct sunlight; (2) performing prolonged or strenuous work; and (3) wearing heavy protective clothing. Work-with-the-Heat Advice From NCBVA Members Glendale, AZ (Phoenix area) One expects to endure higher temperatures in a desert area such as Glendale, where the average in December and January is about 66º, and the average in July is usually about 105. Steve Handley, President of Handley Precast Systems Inc., says temps have been

going above the average lately. He states that the thermometer hit 113 on July 9, fell to 112 on July 10, and “really cooled off” on the 12th at only 109. The “low” temperatures for those days were above 90. Because all of Handley Precast’s production is done outside with no cover, their day starts at 5 a.m. and usually concludes by Handley Bolander 2 p.m. “We’re all motivated to finish production as this will keep you cooler than you might quickly as possible to get out of the heat,” think. The undershirt will get wet from says Steve. “But the most important thing sweat, but that will help keep you cool. And to remember about working in excessive don’t forget a hat and sunscreen.” heat is to drink lots of water—not soda or caffeinated drinks—to keep hydrated. My Newton, IL (Southern IL) employees have lived here most of their Mark Bolander, Owner/President of Rex lives and know how to recognize when Vault, reports that his production workers someone is getting overheated. They do a have been starting at 6 a.m. since early good job of keeping an eye on each other June, and that the high was 105 in the and make anyone showing signs of heatmiddle of a 17-day heat wave. Three large related stress sit down out of the sun and commercial fans in the plant keep the air drink water.” moving. “Another thing,” Steve continues, “our Mark also stresses the importance delivery trucks are all air-conditioned, but of staying hydrated, avoiding extended we’ve learned not to keep the temperature periods of time in direct sunlight, weartoo cold in the trucks because it’s hard on ing proper clothing and a hat or cap. (He the body to go from extreme cold air to reminds burial vault workers that, out of extreme heat. When at a service, our guys courtesy in the cemetery, hats/caps should look for shade to stand in whenever posbe removed while near the family of the sible, and they always have plenty of water deceased.) available.” Mark doesn’t mince words about job Dressing properly for working in heat smarts. “Most of our employees work alone is also important, Steve points out. “Most in the cemetery,” he states. “If you can’t of our production employees wear longhire people with common sense, you’d sleeved shirts with undershirts. Amazingly, better do more training. Make sure they are provided with a functioning cell phone and well-maintained air conditioning in the If you don’t have a safety training service truck.” program in effect for heat-related

illness and prevention, search on line for safety training for heat conditions to find government and private training sources. Some of the sites that will come up as a result of your search include: Occupational Safety & Health Administration (; State OSHA Offices; Center for Disease Control (; College & University Websites.

Houston, Texas Jay Walker, Operations Manager of Wilbert Vaults of Houston, LLC, says that temperatures the first week of July were not too bad—in the mid-90s, cooling down to midto high 80s the following week because of rain. Production in the summer starts at the regular time of 7 a.m. Large vent fans and some floor fans help move air through the production area. “Hydration is very important,” says Jay. “We stress cutting the caffeine intake dur-

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ing the day with more water. Drinking a lot of coffee and sodas can make a person lose more fluids. In the plant for breaks we provide powder Gatorade for one cooler every day, and also have a cooler of water. The supervisors watch for signs of heat stress. If anyone seems to be getting too hot, we catch it before there are any problems. So far we’ve never had anyone who’s had to go to the hospital.” Delivery personnel also have small coolers of Gatorade available. Jay reports that most of the drivers are long-term employees and are able to handle the heat by working smart and staying hydrated. Working smart is a part of safety training at Wilbert Vaults. “Each year we have a safety meeting,” Jay states, “and we include how to adjust to working in the heat. Whenever we talk to potential employees, we are sure to cover the heat conditions in which we often have to work.” North Chesterfield, VA (Richmond area) Some burial vault manufacturers have to deal with high humidity as well as high heat, which can make working conditions feel even hotter. E.O. “Earnie” Markham,

The work can’t get done without them. President of Markham Vault Services, reports: “We had temperatures around 100 and above for approximately 10 straight days in the Richmond area. The humidity made it even worse. A major storm went through, and some homes and businesses in our area were without power for two or three days. Some went without power for a full week. During this stretch the temperature in our production facility easily reached 120+ in the afternoon once. Everyone was sent home.” Without air conditioning in the plant, the only way to cope with high heat days, says Earnie, is to open all roll-up doors and try to get some cross-breeze through the open doors. “During the hot periods in the summer,” Earnie explains, “we start the production crew at 6 a.m. and they leave by 2 p.m. if at

all possible. We have fans in the ceiling that pull hotter air up in the summer, and fans at either end of the building in the eaves pull the air outside. These ceiling fans reverse in the winter months to try to keep the hotter air from rising above the production floor. They are designed to push the heat that naturally rises back down.” Earnie cautions that they don’t use any floor fans blowing across the poured forms because of the potential for creation of flash hairline cracks. Safety training is also key for Markham Vault. All employees are required to complete training that includes a first-aid course that addresses heat-related problems, how to identify them, and most importantly, how to prevent them. “When the temperatures are high,” says Earnie, “we send our delivery personnel out earlier to complete the set-up process if at all possible. They may have to work in extreme heat at the conclusion of the graveside committal, but that can’t always be avoided. That’s where training and common sense are important.” See Signs of Heat Stress...Page 9

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Kathrine Lee "Kathy" (Fisher) Brutsche, age 55, died unexpectedly April 22 at her home in Battle Creek, MI. She was the wife and partner of NCBVA Past President Tim Brutsche, Brutsche Concrete Products, Battle Creek, MI. Daughter of John "Jack" Westley and Nancy Ann (Cleveland) Fisher, Kathy was born in Seattle, WA and moved to Battle Creek in 1968. She was a 1975 graduate of B.C. Lakeview High School and continued her education at Michigan State University, where she met her husband. Kathy was employed in a retail store until children began arriving‌four in all, including a set of twins. Once the children were all in school, Kathy returned to the work world, joining her husband in the family business that included her father-in-law, Past President Earl Brutsche, and her two sons. Kathy, along with Tim, was Owner/ Operator's of Brutsche Concrete Products of Battle Creek for the past 32 years. They rarely missed an NCBVA convention, usually bringing along a number of children and children’s friends! Kathy was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church and the Battle Creek Country Club. She enjoyed sailing, skiing, making jewelry and having the family over for Brutsche family in earlier years Sunday night dinner and a movie. Surviving are her husband Tim; her twin daughters, Britany Anne Brutsche of Pittsburgh, PA, and Jordan Paige Brutsche of Battle Creek; her two sons, Michael Andrew "Mickey" and Kenneth Fitzgerald "Kenny" Brutsche, both of Battle Creek; and her sister, Victoria G. Fisher of Battle Creek. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, C. Doreen (Bunning) Fisher; and her twin sister, Constance L. Fisher. Editor’s note: The news of Kathy’s passing was sent out in April in an e-Bulletin. It is re-published here for our readers who may not have seen it on line.

Stephen (Steve) Harold Stillerman Stephen (Steve) Harold Stillerman, father-in-law of NCBVA Director Mark Bates (Norwalk Vault Company, Bridgeport, CT), passed away on July 3, 2012 after a 12-year battle with Leukemia. He was 72 years old. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, daughters Lisa Stillerman and Nicole Bates, son-in-law, Mark, and granddaughter, Alexandra. Steve graduated from Boston University and had a successful 25-year career in private equity investing.­­­­He was the founder of Westfield Capital, an investment firm that had controlling interests in numerous manufacturing and distribution businesses He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the World Presidents Organization. Steve lived an extraordinary life filled with his love of family, friends, spirituality, lunch club, YPO forums, and boating. He donated much of his time as an advisor to the American Woman’s Economic Development Corporation in New York City, as a member of the Greenwich Board of Social Services, a mentor to Big Brothers of Greenwich, CT, and a business lecturer at Sacred Heart University and Skidmore College. Steve’s proudest accomplishment was his service and commitment as both member and Chairman of the Board of Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT, where he was serving as Chair Emeritus. Â



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Wait-and-see Attitude Concerning the Crane Rule Could Be Hazardous To Your Financial Health! By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Counsel To keep our members informed, the previous NCBVA Bulletin (June 2012 issue) published a letter sent by NCBVA to Dr. David Michaels, MPH, Assistant Secretary of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). The letter is a formal request for our industry’s exemption from the Crane Rule. It has come to my attention that apparently some members believe that because the Association has submitted such an exemption request, they may not have to comply with existing regulations of the Crane Rule. As a result, they are currently choosing to do nothing proactive. Adopting such a “wait-and-see” attitude is risky business. Here’s why: Crane operators, signalers and riggers for mobile cranes were required to be OSHAqualified by November 8, 2010. That’s the effective date of the requirement. That’s the reality. To those owner members who have taken the necessary steps to qualify their employees involved in crane operations or are in the process of having their personnel qualified through in-house programs or NCBVA’s OSHA-approved training program, please allow me as your long-time counsel to compliment you. Delaying Compliance is Risky To those member owners who are risking severe penalties by delaying the qualification of their crane-operator personnel, here are some pointed questions: Are you ready for a fine that could reach $20,000 or more? Are you ready for a citation from OSHA that not only contains a fine but may also curtail your delivery of your concrete burial vaults because your personnel are not qualified? Here’s a personal warning: No one should rely on the NCBVA letter to OSHA (which I participated in drafting) to be favorably received and the exemption granted. That letter is a long shot!!! And finally, a word of advice: Non-compliant member owners should waste no further time in implementing a program to qualify crane operators and other involved personnel. The qualification procedure may be “home grown” (that is, you may establish your own in-house teaching and testing by OSHA-approved teachers) or, offered by an outside training/testing resource. To take advantage of a cost-effective program designed specifically for burial vault manufacturers, contact Tom Monahan, NCBVA’s Executive Director. He’ll be glad to explain about the courses being offered by NCBVA, as well as the costs and locations of the teaching-and-testing seminars. Let me state once more for the record: If you are currently using a crane to deliver concrete burial vaults, and your personnel involved are not qualified or not even in the process of qualification, then please accept this WARNING and take appropriate action.


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In an Ideal Company Family Stays Stong By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer

At the Trigard Convention in 2011, Ideal Burial Vault Company took home two awards, one of which was the new “You Get It” award. Shown (L - R) are George Tilley, President, and Greg Tilley, Vice President; and Donna Darby-Walthall, CFO, and Rich Darby, COO, Trigard.


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here’s no real secret to our company’s longevity,” states Greg Tilley, Vice President of Ideal Burial Vault Company. “We have always held tightly to three main strengths: Working hard, adhering to high quality standards, and providing unwavering service. Our service never falters. Even when there are blizzards—and we have plenty of them here—we try to deliver the best service and product possible.” Greg brings an engaging smile and a positive attitude to his position in the company. He is responsible for searching out new business and opportunities, and is the third generation of leadership in the family-owned business, serving beside his father George as President of the company founded by Borden (George’s father) in 1952. Add innovation to the strengths listed above and the recipe thickens for positive results. Ideal Burial Vault has served the Buffalo area since it was established. The company has been an Eagle dealer and still offers those products. Three years ago the company also became a Trigard dealer and expanded into the Rochester market. Trigard encourages innovation in the burial vault manufacturing industry and gives awards to dealers that practice new ways of getting and keeping business. In September 2011, Ideal Burial Vault took home two awards from a sales meeting: “Highest New Dealer Sales Growth” and a new “You Get It” award that recognizes the dealer that does an exceptional job of promoting its brand, serving families and embracing new trends in the burial vault industry.

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Industry Challenges When asked what he thinks are the main challenges facing burial vault manufacturers, Greg replies: “Cremation is the easy answer, but I think it’s far worse for company management to exhibit the traits of resistance to change and short-sightedness. Cremation is not going to go away. As owners of burial vault manufacturing facilities, we need to carefully study what has changed that affects our business, and figure out to how fit into those changes to sustain business.” “We need to keep working with our funeral directors to get them on board with the changes,” continues Greg, “instead of bemoaning the fact that business is drastically different from what it was 10, 20 or 50 years ago. Embracing change is a much more positive approach.” Challenges in the supply chain of goods and materials, however, can be a real concern. “The escalation of fuel prices is a hurdle that’s constantly with us,” states Greg. “We spend considerable effort on making our plants and our company vehicles as energyefficient as possible.” In addition to its main production plant in Depew, Ideal Burial Vault has a storage facility in rural LeRoy. Greg advocates that it’s important to know the markets one serves, and to meet the needs of those markets. There are distinct characteristics of the Buffalo and Rochester markets, but the two cities share struggles that are common all across the country––from the biggest cities to the smallest villages and towns. “Around 1900, Buffalo was one of the largest cities in the U.S. and thriving,” says Greg, “and Rochester was also strong. I heard a comment on the news recently that the whole world is suffering, and I believe we are seeing that. As we all know, toward the end of the 20th century many businesses––such as the steel industry, for one example––began moving out of the state and even out of the country. People have been hard hit financially, and we have to work with that.”

The Tilley family: Nathan, 8; Greg; Neve, 5; and Amy.

Family: Another Success Factor Family ties are yet another strengthening factor for Ideal Burial Vault, but the working atmosphere isn’t necessarily perfect all the time. “We’re tightly knit,” says Greg, “but that doesn’t mean we don’t have disagreements. There are 12 on the staff, so there can be a lot of volatility, but we mend our bridges quickly because we are family.” Within the company are two father/son combinations, one uncle and nephew, and a pair of cousins. Filling a job vacancy has never been a problem because there’s always a friend of a friend who can usually fit right in. Working on Certification Ideal Burial Vault is a long-time NCBVA member. The Tilleys want to get their plant certified and are awaiting a slot on the NCBVA’s plant certification representative’s inspection schedule. In the meantime, Craig Anderson, the NCBVA representative, is working with them on their mix design. The NCBVA and the assistance it provides to the burial vault industry are additional strong assets that should be utilized, in Greg’s opinion. At the annual convention in January in Las Vegas, he was elected to the Board of Directors. Like many other owners and managers present at the convention, he appreciated taking part in the first train-the-trainer program for rigging, one of NCBVA’s efforts in helping manufacturers comply with recent crane operator requirements. Greg got his start in the family business like many other children of burial vault manufacturers. He went with his father to funeral set-ups on Saturdays. If there was a body of water nearby,

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fourth generation, and Greg has already he’d bring along a fishing pole. At the age begun taking Nathan with him to the plant of 15, Greg was helping pour vaults during and to cemeteries for set-ups. holiday breaks and summer vacations. He “My Grandmother Dorothy did all the began delivering vaults at 16. After high books until she was 90,” says Greg, “and school, he continued to work in the family my Mother (Marian) did all the invoicing business part-time while earning a degree in until just recently. It’s sometimes difficult to mechanical engineering from the University pull Dad away from the plant, but he does of Buffalo. like to golf and ride his motorcycle.” “I liked the idea of mechanical engineering because I enjoyed taking things apart to see how they worked, as well as the challenge of putting them back together,” Greg says. “I used to study in the truck while waiting for funerals.” A natural course of events sideracked Greg away from a career in mechanical engineering, however, and into a career in the family vault business. “When I finally received my degree,” he comments, “it was 1991, the early beginnings of the recession. My grandfather passed away around that time. Those two major events gave me a convenient excuse to stay As his father did with him, Greg is introducing the next in the family business, and I’ve generation to the family business. Nathan often accomnever regretted it.” panies him on cemetery set-ups and in the plant. Family Values Although Greg jokingly refers to his wife Amy as a “health fanatic,” she is really a healthcare professional. A radiation therapist, she has also been a saleswoman of radiation equipment and an instructor in its use. For a time she operated a gym, but decided that serving clients at the gym until 8 or 9 p.m. was very stressful on the young Tilley family. Greg and Amy have two children—Nathan, 8, and Neve, 5. “Amy is still passionate about well being,” says Greg, “but now she concentrates on our family’s fitness and provides others with health advice through her website.” Greg spends many hours maintaining and building up the family business, but tries to spend as much time as possible with the kids. When he can squeeze in some extra time for himself, he enjoys skiing, biking, hunting and hockey. A strong work ethic seems naturally ingrained in the Ideal Burial Vault family management team through three successive generations. The Tilley youngsters are the


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Company Philosophy: Enjoy Work = Produce Good Work In his everyday approach to the job, Greg Tilley personifies a zest for life and an enjoyment of work that has been passed on to him by family members in the business. “We spend a major portion of our lives at the workplace,” he states. “We believe people do a much better job if they really like what they do. That means giving them proper training, empowerment to make decisions, and flexibility in work schedules when they need it. Happy employees give us top-quality work. Ours is a business that serves people at their deepest needs. We’re pleased that we can provide an excellent product and meet those needs.”

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All Our Units Can Be Built To Accommodate Oversized Vaults We Also Offer A Fixed Boom Unit With All The Features Of Our Standard Unit A Large Selection Of Options Is Available On All Our Units


Gasoline-Powered, Crawling Vault Platform, With Steering 

A Positive Braking & Holding Power When Remote Switch Is Disengaged

Push-Button Movement & Steering

Hydraulic-Powered With A 5.5 Hp Honda Engine

We set the standards for vault handling equipment. We DO NOT copy anyone. We are always looking to the future.



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

Dues Schedule


 Manufacturer Member Dues are based on total units sold at this location.

Key Contact____________________________________Nickname_____________

    

Please check appropriate level: 1-999 Units..........$225 1000 - 1999..........$350 2000 - 3499..........$430 3500 - 4999..........$580 5000 and more.....$700

Title ______________________________________________________________ Company Name _____________________________________________________ Street Address _______________________________________________________ City _____________________ State _______________ Zip __________________ Phone ___________________________ Fax ______________________________ E-mail ____________________________________________________________ Company Web Site ___________________________________________________

 Associate Member......$300  Franchise Group........$1000

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Include payment with this completed form. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express


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Please charge my  Visa  MasterCard

 Doric  Con-O-lite

 Wilbert  Other

 Eagle  Trigard Provide Graveside Services

Metal Vaults Offer sizes for

 Plastic Vaults  Fiberglass Vaults  Children  Adults  Oversize

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Signature indicates that you have read and agree to abide by NCBVA’s Code of Ethics and the rules that govern the National Concrete Burial Vault Association. Signature is required before this application can be processed. _________________________________________ (Signature)

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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. 18

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 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 Carolina-Doric, Inc. Snow Camp, NC Cemex, Inc. Lake Worth, FL Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Marlow, OK

NCBVA Certified Vault Manufacturing Plants NCBVA proudly recognizes the following companies that have a current standing in the Plant Certification Program Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Tulsa, OK Central New York Vault Co. Cortland, NY Century Vault Co., Inc. West Barnstable, MA 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 Girard, PA

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.

Huntingburg Vault Co. Huntingburg, IN 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

NCBVA Certified Vault Manufacturing Plants (Continued) Saline Vault Co. Sweet Springs, MO Santeiu Vaults Inc. Livonia, MI Sexton Wilbert Corporation Bloomington, IN Sheldon Vault Co. Sheldon, IA Shore Vault & Precast Co. Exmore, VA Simerly Concrete Products, Inc. Bristol, TN Simerly Vaults, Inc. Knoxville, TN Southern Ohio Vault Co. Portsmouth, OH Southern Vault Service Blakely, GA Spoerr Precast Concrete Sandusky, OH SI Funeral Services Cedar Hill, TX SI Funeral Services Gerard, PA SI Funeral Services Parsons, KS SI Funeral Services San Antonio, TX Sunnycrest, Inc. Auburn, NY

Superior Burial Vaults, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Superior Vault Co. Bryantown, MD Superior Vault Co. Charlestown, IN Superior Vault Co., Ltd. Mississauga, Ont., Canada Swan’s Concrete Products Westbrook, ME Turner Vault Company Toledo, OH Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults Inc. Appleton, WI Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults Inc. Wausau, WI Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL Washington Wilbert Vault Works Inc. Laurel, MD Warga Concrete Products Inc. Fort Wayne, IN Watts Vault & Monument Co. Des Moines, IA Wayne Burial Vault Co., Inc. Indianapolis, IN Welte Vault Co. Danbury, IA West Plains Vault & Mfg. Co. Pomona, MO

Whitman Vault Co. Whitman, MA Wicomico Vault Co., Inc. Salisbury, MD Wieser Precast Stewartville, MN Wieser Doric Vault Co. LaCrescent, MN Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Atlanta, GA Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Waycross, GA Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Muskegon, MI Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Traverse City, MI Wilbert Services Lancaster, NY Wilbert Vaults of Houston, Inc. Houston, TX Willbee Concrete Products Jackson, MI Williams Wilbert Des Moines, IA Williams Vault Company Emporia, VA Willmar Precast Co. Willmar, MN Zeiser Wilbert Vault Co. Elmira, NY

National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. Member Application for Plant Inspection

Name of Plant ___________________________________________________________________________ Plant Mailing Address______________________________________________________________________ Plant Street Address_______________________________________________________________________ Plant Telephone_________________

Fax Number_______________________________________

Owner’s Name_____________________________ Evening Phone______________________________ Plant Manager/Contact Person__________________ Evening Phone_______________________________ Types of Outer Burial Receptacles Produced  Top Seals  Air Domes  Sectionals Other________________________________________________ Please return this application with full payment to: The National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. P.O. Box 917525 Longwood, FL 32791 (888) 88-NCBVA Fax (407) 774-6751 20

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

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INDUSTRY NEWS ’N NOTES INDUSTRY CALENDAR August 15-18 CANA 94th Annual Convention The Westin Bayshore Vancouver, BC, Canada September 19-22 Selected Independent Funeral Homes 94th Annual Meeting The Westin Copley Place Boston, MA October 5-6 Order of the Golden Rule Fall Forum Charlotte, NC

Matthews International Cremation Division Welcomes Newest Members

Matthews International Cremation Division announces the addition of Patrick Turner and Dawn Heaton to the Urns and Memorial Arts Call Center. Both will be dedicated to selling memorialization products and servicing customers. “The expansion of our Memorial Arts team further strengthens our ability to meet the needs of our customers,” noted Robert Beare, Division Manager of Sales and Marketing of North America for Matthews Cremation. “Patrick’s and Dawn’s comprehensive understanding of sales and marketing will greatly benefit Matthews Cremation, our sales network, and our clients.” Matthews provides the industry with distinct groups of combustion and environmental products and services.

Funeral Professionals Can Get Free Video To Educate Families on Committal Services

October 7-10 NFDA International Convention & Expo Charlotte Convention Center Charlotte, NC October 17-19 ICCFA Fall Management Conference Arizona Biltmore Phoenix, AZ November 5-6 Casket & Funeral Supply Association Fall Conference & Trade Show JW Marriott Indianapolis, IN February 23-25, 2013 NCBVA Annual Convention & Exposition Gaylord Palms Resort Orlando, FL

Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. (WFSI) has a new video available at no charge to funeral professionals. “The Value of a Committal Service” is one of a series of videos WFSI has produced that helps funeral professionals educate families on funeral service options. A committal service can be one of the most poignant elements of a funeral service and families appreciate learning about this from their funeral professional. “Ideally, the video is placed on funeral home websites for families to view before they come in for the arrangement conference,” said Wayne Stellmach, Director of Marketing for Wilbert Funeral Services. “Funeral professionals are encouraging families to watch the video in advance so that they get some ideas on committal service possibilities and can discuss them during the arrangement conference. However, this video has tremendous value even when viewed during the conference or for pre-need arrangements. It all goes to providing that meaningful experience for families.” Wilbert has set up a dedicated website where this video can be viewed, downloaded, or linked to:

Equity Firm Acquires Aurora Casket Co.

Aurora Casket Company, the largest independent supplier in funeral service, has been acquired by affiliates of Kohlberg & Company, L.L.C., a private equity firm based in Mount Kisco, NY. The company operates five manufacturing facilities in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1890, Aurora was privately owned through five generations by the Backman and Barrott families. This merger is expected to accelerate Aurora Casket’s growth.

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