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Vol. 18

In this issue. . . • President’s Message ..................4 • Calendar......................................3 • Convention Highlights ................6 • Folding the Flag........................12 • Certified Plants..........................16

AIS Agrees to “Cease and Desist” in its claims of meeting NCBVA Standards. See late breaking story by NCBVA Counsel, J. Scott Calkins, Esq. Page 5

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50-Year-Old Plaque Brings Back Memories By Tina Mahjoub


f you bet on the horses, you might say that finding NCBVA memorabilia on eBay is a “long shot.” But for the second time in recent months, an item with a historical connection to the organization has turned up on the world’s largest on-line marketplace. The collectible item, a plaque bearing a horseshoe worn by Triple-Crown winner Citation, was given to Maryland Governor Theodore R. McKeldin in 1953 by the NCBVA. The association presented the horseshoe to the late Governor McKeldin in appreciation of his appearance and speech at the group’s annual convention June 16, 1953 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Just a few months ago we featured an article in The Bulletin about another eBay treasure found by NCBVA member Bill Forsht: early patent papers for a concrete burial vault. Citation was horse racing’s first millionaire and the eighth Triple-Crown winner. He was Horse of the Year in 1948 and earned countless other awards. Citation, also called Big Cy, was owned and bred by Warren Wright’s Calumet Farm, the most successful thoroughbred stable in American history. N C B V A p r e s e n t e d C i t a t i o n ’s horseshoe to the M a r y l a n d Plaque (above) bears G o v e r n o r a shoe worn by because of the Triple Crown history the horse Winner, “Big Cy” had made in Citation (left). Maryland and also for the r a c e h o r s e enthusiasm the Governor shared with J.H. “Sonny” Cloud, 1953 NCBVApresident, who also hailed from racehorse country. See TRIPLE CROWN, Page 8 a

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National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. 900 Fox Valley Drive, Suite 204 Longwood, Florida 32779-2552 (800) 538-1423 Fax: (407) 774-6751 President Dan Hicks Hicks Industries Miami, FL President-Elect J.C. Clifton Quality Burial Vault Co. Houston, TX Secretary/Treasurer Graham MacLeod Detroit Wilbert Vault Co. Detroit, MI Immediate Past President Jack Swihart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Directors Darren Baxter Baxter Burial Vault Service Cincinnati, OH Marty Begun Eagle Burial Vaults Detroit, MI Tim Brown Brown-Wilbert St. Paul, MN Warren Chandler Master Grave Service, Inc. Bogart, GA Linda Darby Sempsrott Greenwood Plastics Phoenix, AZ

President’s Message By Dan Hicks

Association Works For You!


t’s hard to believe that six months have gone by since our last convention and another is just around the corner. A tremendous amount of work is continuing to make sure we have another great program scheduled in Las Vegas. We want to keep the NCBVA convention fun; yet, a viable educational experience to ensure your participation and business success. Be sure to look at the program highlights on page 6 and watch the Website, for details as they unfold. You will see in Scott Calkins article (page 5), action was taken to stop Vantage Products Corporation from using the NCBVA Specifications to advertise illegally (in our opinion). Thanks to Scott for a great job. Prime Succession, Inc. has recently gone into bankruptcy and a member of the old MHI group from Tallahassee, Fla. is leading an investment group to take over the company. Hopefully, none of our members will get financially hurt by the move. We are continuing work on all the various committees and projects that are ongoing. Some should be finalized and reported on by the annual convention in February. If you haven’t already, please take the time to thank those representatives you deal with who are employed by one of the “big four” (Doric, Eagle, Trigard and Wilbert). These companies provide an incredible amount of service and financial support to your organization and should be recognized.


Industry Calendar of Events

August 13-16

Cremation Association of North America Convention, Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, IL

September 18-20

ICFA Cemetery/Small Funeral Management Conf. Four Points by Sheraton, Santa Monica, CA

September 23-28

Bob Donatelli Baumgardner Products Co. Akron, OH

Selected Independent Funeral Homes Phoenician Hotel, Scottscale, AZ

October 19-22

Kelly Pellicano Graffius Burial Vault Co. Reading, PA

NFDAAnnual Convention and Expo Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 31 - Nov. 3

National Precast Concrete Assn. Industry Outlook Conference The Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC

November 3-4

CFSA Fall Conference and Trade Show Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, Indianapolis

Steve Vincent J.P. Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL Curt Zamec Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Forest Park, IL

2004 Executive Director Thomas A. Monahan, CAE Certified Association Management Company Longwood, FL Legal Counsel J. Scott Calkins, Esq

February 17-20

World of Concrete Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL

February 22-24

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, NV

March 21-Apr 3

OGR Annual Conference Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, FL

April 23-25

ICFSEB 100th Annual Conference Downtown St. Louis

Publications Director Jan Monahan Membership & Bookkeeping Sonia Medina




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AIS Agrees to “Cease and Desist” Order By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. J. Scott Calkins, Esq.

NCBVACounsel Recently NCBVA became aware of advertising in the death industry that made claims that certain burial vaults manufactured by Advanced Interment Systems, Inc. (AIS) complied with NCBVA Performance Standards and Specifications. In the recent issue of the American Funeral Director, in a full page ad on the back cover, AIS states that their vaults “were engineered and tested to excel all weight load criteria set by the NCBVA.” In addition, the firm, which is a subsidiary of Vantage Vaults, is marketing top seals and air seals and advertising that such vaults are compliant with current NCBVASpecifications. NCBVA President Dan Hicks had the tests reviewed by competent concrete burial vault experts. He was advised that such claims were deceptive and based on a flawed testing procedure, After reviewing the information with NCBVA’s Board of Directors, I was instructed to write the manufacturer and demand that they cease and desist from further advertising such claims. We believe that the members of NCBVA should be made aware of such misleading and deceptive advertising and also be informed of the action their national organization is taking on their behalf and on behalf of the consuming public and the funeral directing profession. This the full text of the letter sent to AIS which sets forth the reason and argument why such tests were flawed and deceptive and the demand for immediate cease and desist.

UPDATE....UPDATE....UPDATE As we go to press, NCBVAhas received word from Councel Scott Calkins that AIS has agreed to all demands. In a letter dated July 22, James Rainard, president of Vantage Products Corporation, writes: “Vantage and its affiliates will cease and desist from using the name National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. (NCBVA), its standards and specifications in advertising, test reports and other documentation.” “This is an excellent example of how the association monitors the industry and responds quickly for the benefit of all members,” said Calkins.

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Mr. Michael Lacy Advanced Interment Systems, Inc. 960 Almon Road Covington, GA 30014

July 11, 2003

Re: Non-compliance of Ultima and Paramount AIS Burial Vaults with NCBVA Performance Standards and Specifications Dear Mr. Lacy: As Counsel for the National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. (NCBVA), I have been instructed by that organization’s Board of Directors to demand that Advanced Interment Systems and its salespersons and all other agents immediately cease and desist from distributing, circulating and advertising that based on certain test reports your products (such as the UItima Top Seal and Paramount Air Seal Burial Vaults) conform to and are in compliance with NCBVA Specifications. NCBVArecently obtained a test report titled, “Testing of the Ultima Top Seal Burial Vault” prepared by Stress Engineering Services, Inc., which deceptively and incorrectly states and infers that such product meets the conditions outlined in “Performance Standards and Plant Certification for the Manufacturing of Concrete Burial Vaults” (paragraph G., Sub Paragraph IX. Finished Product Testing), as adopted and utilized by NCBVA. The flaw in the testing procedure and report is that the engineering firm did not utilize the “conditions” as outlined and the conditions utilized were modified to achieve what is a misrepresentation of strength as it relates to NCBVAperformance standards. The artificial (and misleading) strength was achieved by utilizing two “C-channels located approximately 20 inches above the vault base.” These channels ran along the entire sides of the vault, thus restricting outward movement of the sidewalls while the unit was being loaded. In addition to this abnormality, deflection is only reported after the load was released and the unit was allowed time to rebound/spring back at which time deflection was measured. We all know the weight of the earth will not allow the unit to rebound/spring back. Once it is deflected, it will stay that way until the weight of the earth is removed. The NCBVASpecifications clearly states deflection measurements are to be taken while the load is applied and if the deflection exceeds 1⁄2 inch on the cover or 3/8 inch on the base, the vault is deemed to be a failure. NCBVA therefore demands that Advanced Interment Systems, its parent Vantage or any of its “sister corporations” along with such salespersons and agents immediately cease and desist from further use of such misleading, deceptive and flawed test reports and any advertising based on such report that your vaults comply with NCBVA Specifications. An affirmative timely response to this letter would be appreciated. Failure to do so by July 25, 2003 will necessitate my recommendation to the Board of Directors of NCBVAto consider legal recourse in the courts along with its industry-wide publicity. Very Truly Yours, J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Counsel CC: James Rainard, President, Vantage Mark A. Bennett, P.E. Principal, Stress Engineering Services, Inc. Officers and Board of Directors of NCBVA



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Opening Reception at Madame Tussaud’s Famous Wax Museum Mingle with sports legends, rub elbows with celebrities, and take pictures with American icons at Madame Tussaud’s famous wax museum. Enjoy cocktails and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres in the museum’s new Spirit of America room and then roam freely through the venue, which showcases over 100 finely sculpted wax figures.

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Jeff Hobson is one of the most in-demand comedy magicians working today. Hobson has won numerous awards for his skills. Among the most recent is his “Best Comedy Magic” award given by the International Magic Awards Association. He’s been seen on HBO, Showtime’s Comedy Club Network, and Fox Family’s “Masters of Illusion.”

Business Exposition NCBVA Associate Members bring the latest products and services to the annual Exposition. There’s plenty of time set aside for networking and exploring new business opportunities.

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TRIPLE CROWN, Continued from Page 1 Earl J. Brutsche, a former executive director of NCBVA who now heads up the association’s plant certification program, has an excellent memory about NCBVA history. The veteran NCBVA member attended that convention in 1953 and recalls the presentation. “It was not unusual for the NCBVA in its past history to present such trophies. I would say that this shoe is authentic,” Brutsche said. The plaque reads, “Presented to Gov. Theodore McKeldin by Nat’l Concrete Burial Vault Ass’n 1953; This shoe worn by Citation.” The horseshoe surrounds the plaque and both are on a 5 3⁄4-inch wood base.

The Elusive Triple Crown This past June, Funny Cide and jockey Jose Santos got horseracing fans’hopes up in the pursuit of another Triple Crown, a win that would have ended the 25-year drought. While Funny

economy. The focus on saving small businesses and the national economy hasn’t changed much since then. “There are but a few factors which should strengthen our faith in the ability of this America of ours and its free enterprise system to avoid depression,” McKeldin said in his speech. “Small business has a very important role in the maintaining of this faith. Small business is the big business of many American villages, towns and cities. Many places have one or several small industries—the industries which sustain their economies, the town and the village are the basis of our National life,” he said. Miller now proudly displays the horseshoe on a shelf under a silver tray that was presented to 1954 Preakness Stakes winner Hasty Road for a race he won in 1953. When he received the plaque, it was heavily tarnished. But with a little polishing, Miller reports that most of the tarnish is now gone revealing just some surface scratches and very little pitting. “It shined up very nicely,” he said. “I’m just very grateful to have had the opportunity to acquire a piece of history that not only relates to one of the greatest thoroughbred race horses of all-time, but also has a very interesting history—the NCBVAand the Governor—behind it,” Miller said. Tina Mahjoub is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, who has been interning this summer at the NCBVA headquarters. She has a bachelor of arts degree in English with a minor in magazine journalism. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism.

Cide was an amazing horse, winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the race at Belmont showed just how difficult it is to win the Triple Crown. One race announcer put it this way, “It’s not surprising that there aren’t more Triple-Crown Winners; it’s surprising that there are as many winners.” There have only been eleven Triple-Crown Winners, the last, Affirmed, in 1978. Funny Cide was the fifth Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner in the past seven years to come up short in the Belmont, the longest and most difficult of the three races. Mark Miller, a 35-year-old attorney residing in Boston, found the prize while surfing eBay for potential memorabilia to add to his thoroughbred racing collection. The auction ran for seven days and Miller competed with several bidders for the horseshoe. In the end, Miller won, with a surprisingly low bid of $450. Another stallion shoe belonging to Secretariat had sold at a prior eBay auction for almost $2,000.

Archives Yield Information Miller further investigated the horseshoe and e-mailed NCBVA headquarters about his find. He also contacted the University of Maryland curator of historical records and obtained a copy of Governor McKeldin’s daily planner which showed an entry reminder for the NCBVA convention, as well as a copy of the speech Governor McKeldin made to the NCBVA. The Governor spoke to members of the NCBVAon his plan for business expansion and tax reduction, in hopes to boost the sagging

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Column Offers Golfing Fans A Final Round By Tom Monahan NCBVAExecutive Director What utilizes lots of open land and can be the location of great sorrow, frustration, happiness and satisfaction all at the same time? If you’re in the death care profession, you probably guessed a cemetery. But if you are a sportsman and guessed golf course, you would also be correct. Blake Swinford and the Darby family of Trigard in Danville, Illinois had an idea to marry these two vast users of acreage in a more efficient manner. While driving past Turtle Run Golf Club in Danville on his way to work, Swinford developed a plan for utilizing a golf course for the final resting place of cremated remains Although families have been spreading

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Each Fold of the Flag Has A Special Meaning Do you know that at military funerals, the 21 gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776? Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but there is special significance to every fold! ✯ The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life. ✯ The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. ✯ The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world. ✯ The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance. ✯ The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decaur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong. ✯ The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all. ✯ The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic. ✯ The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day. ✯ The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it! has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded. ✯ The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born. ✯ The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews’eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. ✯ The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians’eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. ✯ The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.” After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

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California Woman Holds Home Funeral Seminars A northern California woman is running seminars out of her home teaching do-it-yourself home funerals. She dispenses advice ranging from the legalities of getting a body home from the morgue to the basics of bathing a corpse. In running seminars on how people can care for their own dead, Jerri Lyons and her nonprofit group Final Passages have become leaders in a small but growing movement that seeks to provide a more compassionate and cheaper alternative to mainstream funeral practices. A spokesman for the Funeral Consumers Alliance said he has no figures for how many Americans conduct home funerals each year but predicts the numbers are growing, noting it is legal to bring a body home in 45 out of 50 U.S. states.

States Deal With Problem of Increasing Roadside Memorials

You see them everywhere --on city highways and rural byways-roadside memorials, shrines to loved ones lost in traffic fatalities. They may be as subtle as a simple cross with flowers. Sometimes they are large displays of religious symbols and personal mementos--teddy bears, sports gear, etc. Their growing numbers are challenging transportation departments charged with regulating materials on public rights of way. Some call them a form of spontaneous folk art. Others believe they mark a cultural change, a spilling out of death from cemeteries, where traditionally it has been neatly contained into passageways of everyday life. Others call them a garish hazard and believe that memorials should be placed on private property, not on public land. Several states have taken up the issue of what to do about these displays recently, with widely varied results. Alaska and Idaho liberalized laws to allow most memorials, as long as they are not considered a potential public safety hazard an excessive distraction or obstruction on land adjacent to state roads. Wyoming prohibits individual displays and requires families to put up an aluminum sign: a gravestone, with a broken heart and a dove superimposed on top. Wisconsin’s highway department is reconsidering its ban on the memorials, in light of a painful issue that flared this year when it dismantled a shrine to 10 victims of a 50-car pileup. Indiana transportation officials are contemplating tighter regulations, and perhaps requiring standardized markers. In Illinois, where there are at least 10,000 memorials across the state, the policy is to leave them up unless they become intrusive. Colorado transportation decided to begin enforcing the law roadside displays are illegal in the state - by taking down the memorials. Virginia tried regulating memorials this year by replacing them with standardized “Drive Safely� markers. Both states neither encourage memorials nor make it a priority to remove them - a look-the-other-way policy many departments informally adopt. Roadside memorials are believed to have originated in the Southwest when the Spanish colonized the region in the 16th and 17th centuries. Pallbearers would stop on their way to a cemetery, put a coffin down, say a few prayers, and that area would be marked with stones and sometimes a cross.



August 2003

NCBVA Certified Vault Manufacturing Plants

Abel Vault & Monument Co. Chesapeake Burial Vault Co. Eagle Burial Vaults Canton, IL Ingleside, MD Perry, GA Abel Vault & Monument Co. Christy Vault Co., Inc. Esterly Burial Vault Co. Pekin, IL Colma, CA West Reading, PA American Concrete Industries Evans Eagle Vaults, Inc. Clinton Wilbert Vaults, Inc. Bangor, ME Leola, PA Clinton, IA American Vault Co. Everlasting Vault Co. Cooper Wilbert Vault Co. Cleveland, OH Randallstown, MD Barrington, NJ American Vault & Concrete Prod. Florida Wilbert, Inc. Cooper Wilbert Vault Co. Detroit, MI Jacksonville, FL Middletown, DE American Wilbert Vault Corp. Fond Du Lac Wilbert Vault Cordeiro Vault Co., Inc. Forest Park, IL Fond Du Lac, WI Vallejo, CA Forsyth Bros. Arnold-Wilbert Corp. Costello Vaults Fithian, IL Goldsboro, NC Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada Forsyth Bros. Concrete Prod. Arrow Vault Co., Inc. Creter Vault Corp. Terre Haute, IN Lafayette, IN Flemington, NJ Gettysburg Burial Vault Co. Atlas Concrete Products, Inc. Crummitt & Son Vault Corp. Gettysburg, PA Orlando, FL Martins Ferry, OH Grable Vault Co. Automatic Wilbert Vault D.G. Robertson, Inc. Logansport, IN Tacoma, WA Williston, VT Graffius Burial Vault Co. Babylon Vault Co. Dardanelle Vault & Monument Sinking Springs, PA New Windsor, MD Dardanelle, AR Granite State Doric Baumgardner Products Co. Delaware Valley Vault Co., Newport, NH Akron, OH Philadelphia, PA Gray Bros., Inc. Baxter Burial Vault DePue Wilbert Vault Kansas City, KS Cincinnati, OH Savannah, GA Hairfield Vault Co. Baxter Vault Co. Deihl Vault & Precast Co. Hickory, NC Baxter Springs, KS Orangeville, PA Hardy Doric, Inc. Beck Vault Co. Detroit Wilbert Vault Corp. Chelmsford, MA Rome, NY Detroit, MI Harn Vault Service BeierBurial Vaults Doody Burial Vaults, Inc. Massillon, OH Columbus, WI Winchendon, MA Harris Precast Brewster Vaults & Monuments Doric Concrete Vaults Inc. Laporte, IN Millville, NJ Garden City, KS Heilman – Wirtz, Inc. Brown-Wilbert, Inc. Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Cedar Hill, TX Fargo, ND Great Bend, KS Hicks Industries, Inc. Brown-Wilbert, Inc. Doric Concrete Vaults Inc. Alachua, FL Morris, MN Osage City, KS Hicks Industries, Inc. Bruns Norwalk Vault Co. Doric Huntingburg Vault Co. Miami, FL Saint Louis, MO Huntingburg, IN Hicks Industries, Inc. Brutsche Concrete Products Doric of Kansas VaultGray Bros. Mulberry, FL Battle Creek, MI Iola, KS Hydraulic Dolly, Inc. Brutsche Concrete Products Doric of Nashville, Inc. Altoona, PA Benton Harbor, MI Nashville, TN J.P. Vincent & Son, Inc. Buckeye Vault Service Doric of Northeast Arkansas Galena, IL Mansfield, OH Jonesboro, AR Jacson, Inc. Buck Simmons Vault Srvcs. Inc. Doric of South Texas Henderson, TX Roanoke, VA Elsa, TX Jefferson Concrete Corp. Bush Concrete Products, Inc. Doric Concrete Vaults Watertown, NY Muskegon, MI Limon, CO Josten Wilbert Vault Co. C & M Precast Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Sioux Falls, SD Kerrville, TX Newton, KS Lakeshore Burial Vault Co. Calumet Wilbert Vault Co. Inc. Doric Manufacturing Co. Brookfield, WI Gary, IN Boaz, AL Lavaca Vault Co. Carolina-Doric, Inc. Doric Mississippi, Inc. Lavaca, AK Effingham, SC Vicksburg, MS Louisell-Davis Vault Service Carolina-Doric, Inc. Doric-South, Inc. Chattanooga, TN Florence, SC Demopolis, AL Ludlow Burial Vault Co. Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Doric Vault of Eastern NY, Inc. Ludlow, MA Marlow, OK Lycoming Burial Vault Co. Inc. Hudson, NY Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Montoursville, PA Doric Vault of Western NY, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Marion Vault Works Depew, NY Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Marion, IN Doric Vault Co. Tulsa, OK Markham Burial Vault Services Griffin, GA Richmond, VA Central New York Vault Co. Doric Vault Co. of S. Illinois Markham-Carter Vault Service Cortland, NY Marion, IL Smithfield, VAProgram, please Century Vault Co., Inc. on NCBVA’s For information exclusive Plant Inspection and Certification Dura Vault For information on NCBVA’s exclusive Plant Inspection andMasterGrave Certification Program, please Service Barnstable, MA North Bend, OH contact NCBVAHeadquarters atat1-800-538-1423 or form on contact NCBVAHeadquarters 1-800-538-1423 oruse useapplication application form onadjacent adjacentpage. page. Athens, GA Cheboygan Cement Products Co. Eagle Burial Vault Co. of LA Cheboygan, MI Ruston, LA

Memphis Burial Vault Co. Memphis, TN Mercer Vault Company Fredericksburg, VA Milan Burial Vault, Inc. Milan, MI Milwaukee Wilbert Vault Co. Milwaukee, WI Minnick Services Corp. Fort Wayne, IN Moore W ilbert Vault Co. Evans, GA Murray Vault Co. Austin, AR Neher Burial Vault Co. Springfield, OH Nor-Don Vault Co. Inc. Strafford, MO North Central Mich. Vault Srvc. Cadillac, MI 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 Panhandle Vaults Wellington, TX Peoria Vault Co. Peoria, IL Pennyslvania Concrete Vault Co. Greensburg, PA Perfection Vault Woodson, IL Phenix Vault Phenix City, AL Pioneer Vault, Inc. Doylestown, PA Pope Concrete Products Waycross, GA 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. Marion, IA Roosburg Vault Primghar, IA Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Sam Green Vault Co. Lynchburg, VA Saline Vault Co. Sweet Springs, MO Santeiu Vaults Inc. Livonia, MI Shenandoah Valley Vaults, Inc. Dayton, VA continued . . Shore . Vault & Precast Co. Exmore, VA

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August 2003

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 Sunnycrest, Inc. Auburn, NY SuhorIndustries Cedar Hill, TX SuperiorBurial Vaults, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Superior Vault Co. Bryantown, MD Superior Vault Co. Charlestown, IN Superior Vault Co. DBA Individual Mausoleum Co. Lawrenceburg, IN Superior Vault Company LTD Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Swan’s Concrete Products Westbrook, ME Tennessee Vault & Grave, Inc. Dechard, TN Tucker Vault Co. Farmington, MO Turner Vault Company Toledo, OH Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults Inc. Appleton, WI Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults Inc. Wausau, WI Vault Service Griffin, GA Vincent and Sons Galena, IL Washington Wilbert Vault Works Inc. Laurel, MD Warga Concrete Products Inc. Fort Wayne, IN Watts Vault & Monument Co. Montezuma, 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 WieserPrecast Stewartville, MN Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Atlanta, GA Wilbert Burial Vault (The James Co.) Waycross, GA Wilbert Vault of Houston, Inc. Houston, TX Williams Vault Company Emporia, VA WillmarPrecast Co. Willmar, MN ZeiserEilbert 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 Phone Number_______________________________________ Owner’s Name___________________________________________ Evening Telephone_______________________________________ 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. 900 Fox Valley Drive, Suite #204 Longwood, FL 32779-2552 (800) 538-1423 Fax (407) 774-6751 As an NCBVA member in good standing, the total of your Plant Certification Inspection will be $995 (Recertification, $495). Full payment should be enclosed with your application.




August 2003

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 for all locations of the company.

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Please check appropriate level: 1-999 Units ........$170 1000 - 1999 ........$260 2000 - 3499 ........$350 3500 - 4999 ........$435 5000 and more ....$525

Title _________________________________________________________________ Company Name ________________________________________________________ Street Address __________________________________________________________ City _____________________ State _________________ Zip ___________________ Phone ___________________________ Fax _________________________________ E-mail _______________________________________________________________ Company Web Site _____________________________________________________

❐ Associate Member ....$150 ❐ Franchise Group........$600

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❐ Check here if you prefer to have your mail sent to your home. Home street Address _________________________________________ City _____________________ State ______________ Zip ___________ Home Phone _________________ Home Fax ______________________

COMPANY INFORMATION ❐ Burial Vault Manufacturer ❐ Crematory

❐ Funeral Director ❐ Cemetery

❐ Doric ❐ Con-O-lite

❐ Eagle ❐ Trigard ❐ Provide Graveside services

❐ Wilbert ❐ Other

❐ Metal Vaults ❐ Plastic Vaults ❐ Fiberglass Vaults Offer sizes for ❐ Children ❐ Adults ❐ Oversize ❐ Associate Member: Tell us in 25 words of less about your product/services

❐ Please enroll me in NCBVA today! Signature indicates that you have read and agree to abide by NCBVA’s Code of Ethics and the rules which 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 cemeteries 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.

August 2003



National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. 900 Fox Valley Drive, Suite 204, Longwood, FL 32779-2552

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Annual Convention • February 22-24, 2004 • Las Vegas, NV Dear Readers, We at the National Concrete Burial Vault Association Bulletin, would love to hear from you. Specifically we are looking for press releases from you so that we can continue to address issues and topics that are directly facing you. Do you have an idea for an article of interest to other manufacturers? Why don’t you take a few minutes and send us a press release about your happenings. We’re interested in details about special events, individuals who deserve recognition, awards, new services you are providing. Suppliers: let us know about your new products and services. Color or black and white photos are also welcome. If you are unsure about how to write your press release or article, don’t hesitate to give me a call at (407) 788-1996 or e-mail me at It would be my pleasure to assist you. Looking forward to hearing from you, Jan Monahan Editor

Industry News and Notes Independents Plan Annual Meeting A humorist on family relationships and the workplace, an entertainer-comedian, a funeral home operator and a ‘50s band are headliners for the Annual Meeting of Selected Independent Funeral Homes September 23-28 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Charles Petty will present, “Climbing the Ladder of Success and Taking Your Family With You” at the General Luncheon September 24. The Annual Banquet on September 27 will feature the music of Paul Revere and the Raiders which has sold nearly 50 million records in the past 25 years. The meeting will be held at the Phoenician Hotel in Scottsdale.

Trigard Conference Trigard dealers met June 25-27 in Indianapolis, Indiana for educational sessions and to renew old acquaintances. The focus was on

the many reasons that Trigard and its family of dealers enjoy such success, and how to further grow it. In addition to a tour of Trigard facilities, one of the highlights of the meeting was the tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Museum.

On Death and Taxes Missouri’s Supreme Court has ruled that caskets are subject to sales tax, but vaults are not. The state historically has collected sales taxes on caskets saying caskets are personal property just like retail items such as appliances, furniture or clothing. Vaults, the Justices say, are not. One mortuary director argued to no avail that customers don’t own a casket until it’s buried in the ground with the body and therefore should not be considered personal property subject to sales tax.

OGR Installs Billy Wages of Wages & Sons Funeral Home, Stone Mountain, Georgia, was installed president of the International Order of the Golden Rule at the group’s 75th Anniversary Conference in June in Reno, Nevada.

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