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Are “Green� Burials Truly Green? The convincing case for traditional funerals & eco-friendly concrete burial vaults

Also in this issue: Why You Should Care About Quality Concrete



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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 Stephen Hatfield Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL President-Elect Hubert McQuestion Lake Shore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI Secretary/Treasurer Wendy Bott Brown Mark H. Bott Co. Ogden, UT Immediate Past President Todd Swihart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Directors Michael Crummitt Crummitt & Son Vault Co. Martins Ferry, OH Linda Darby-Sempsrott Trigard Vaults / Greenwood Plastics Danville, IL Doug Evans Carolina Doric, Inc. Florence, SC Steve Handley Handley Precast Systems, Inc. Glendale, AZ Dave Long Northeastern Eagle, Inc. Joliet, IL Tony Colson Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Forest Park, IL Jerry Russell Southern Ohio Vault Co. Portsmouth, OH Dennis Schultz Doric Vault of Western N.Y., Inc. Buffalo, NY Steve Vincent Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL Executive Director Thomas A. Monahan, CAE Certified Association Management Co. Longwood, FL Legal Counsel J. Scott Calkins, Esq.


TABLE OF CONTENTS A Message from the President................................ 4 Anti-Trust & Your Competitors By Stephen Hatfield

“Green” Burials & “Green” Cemeteries................... 6 Are They a Threat to How We Treat The Living & The Deceased? By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer

A Team That Works..................... 14 Successful Partnership For Carolina-Doric A Manufacturer’s Profile

Why You Should Care About Quality Concrete.............. 16 And How to Make Every Batch Correctly By David Brugger, P.E. NCBVA Plant Certification Representative

Membership Application............. 21 NCBVA Certified Plants.............. 22 Industry News ’N Notes.............. 24 Sponsor Spotlight....................... 26 Edgmont Metallic Pigment Co., Inc.

Our Advertisers American Cemetery Supplies, Inc.............7 Axis Corporation......................................25 CemenTech.............................................26 Crescent Bronze Powder Co......................4 D & C Supply Co., Inc................................4 Doric, Inc..................................................17 Edgmont Metallic Pigment Co., Inc..........20 Holland Supply, Inc..................................11 Long Machine Co.....................................19 Matthews Int’l., Cremation Div...................2 RoMix Chemical & Brush, Inc..................13 Rostine Manufacturing & Supply.............17 Trigard Vaults.............................................5



A Message from the President Stephen Hatfield

Anti-Trust & Your Competitors It seems like I was just writing about spring springing and now all of a sudden the unofficial start of summer (Memorial Day) has smacked me in the face. My Mom always told me the older you get, the faster the days go. I didn’t realize she meant time traveled at the speed of light. Since my last column, your Board and staff have worked quickly on several challenging fronts to benefit our industry and members. Some of you may not be aware, but a large funeral home conglomerate is working on having a single vendor handle its burial vault needs within certain regions or states. Because of that, some of our members are working with their surrounding business associates in an effort to make a deal to accommodate the conglomerate’s needs. Please take note: Our distinguished attorney, J. Scott Calkins, has issued an opinion that those doing this could be on the verge

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of violating anti-trust laws. I seriously urge all our members to seek legal advice from a competent law firm that specializes in anti-trust issues before making any commitment with fellow vault dealers/manufacturers regarding pricing. We have, again, addressed certain advertising claims of Goria Corporation with Mr. Pierre Goria, President, both with correspondence and personal conversations among Mr. Goria, NCBVA Director Steve Vincent and NCBVA Plant Certification Representative Dave Brugger. I am confident amicable solutions have been obtained and will be adhered to. I ask all our members never to make disparaging remarks about another type of burial vault, but to only present the positive side of our industry together, stressing the benefits and qualities of concrete as compared to other materials. Director Vincent made a very succinct comment during a recent board conference call. He said (and I’m paraphrasing) When the public sees or hears the term “burial vault,” in their minds the term encompasses all burial vault businesses, regardless of the composite materials used to make them. Therefore, any negativity hurts the industry as a whole––whether manufacturers of concrete, plastic or metal burial vaults. Having brought Mr. Vincent’s comments to your attention only reinforces my belief––and I know my comments may be considered heresy––that it might be time for our organization to study the viability of opening the membership to all burial vault manufacturers and not just concrete burial vault manufacturers, but I’ll address that at a later time.

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In case you haven’t noticed, some new buzzwords are prevalent in the mainstream media––words such as ecofriendly, ecoconscious, envirofriendly, and green anything. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to save Planet Earth from the harbingers of civilization: air pollution, plastic bags, styrofoam disposable food containers (the list goes on), and, oh yes, metal and wood caskets and concrete burial vaults. In the name of the environment, concrete burial vaults are getting labeled incorrectly as environmentally unfriendly and therefore unnecessary products. Burial vault manufacturers should educate themselves on the “green” trend as it affects the industry, and then take steps on a collective and individual basis to do something to positively to promote the concrete burial vault––a truly green product.

“Green” Burials & “Green” Cemeteries–– Are They a Threat To How We Treat the Living & the Deceased?


By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer

oogle “green” burials and you’ll come up with more than 1,430,000 possible references. Do the same with “green” cemeteries and the number soars to more than 3,780,000. Now try “concrete burial vaults.” The yield is a modest 37,300! (NCBVA, by the way, shows up at the top of the list; that’s a good thing.) Consider these Internet statistics, do just a little research, and you’ll soon come to the conclusion that there is a growing movement against traditional funerals and burials and everything connected with them. There are two individuals who are highly visible in promoting this trend. One is Joe Sehee, Founder and Executive Director of the recently formed Green Burial Council, and the other is Lisa Carlson, consumer activist. Sehee, Carlson and others are inclined to categorically lump cemeteries together as being flat and uninteresting, with few or no trees. Obviously, beautiful park-like cemeteries have been disregarded, such as Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA (the oldest parkconcept cemetery in the U.S., established in 1831; now a National Historic Landmark), Forest Hills in Madison, WI and Spring Grove in Cincinnati, OH. Spring Grove was patterned after the worldrenowned Pere Lachaise in Paris, France. These green spaces, with

beautiful monuments and sculptures, are a public resource and attract visitors as well as those who are paying their respects to family members. Through the Green Burial Council, Joe Sehee has been methodically targeting funeral directors and encouraging them to offer the Council’s Green Burial Package and earn the Council’s seal of approval. The Council has also been working with trade and professional associations, such as the NFDA, the ICCFA and the Order of the Golden Rule to offer seminars, webinars, workshops and conferences on “environmentally sustainable practices and products.” Two Important Facts–– 1. Concrete is Enviro-Friendly Dave Brugger, NCBVA’s Plant Certification Representative, was consulted about the properties of concrete. He verifies that concrete is an environmentally friendly material. “The concrete used to make burial vaults,” Brugger says, “is usually composed of 40 percent gravel, 36 percent sand, 18 percent cement and six percent water. Cement is made from mineral elements and compounds that occur naturally in the earth, such as calcium, silica (sand), alumina and iron.” He continues, “Furthermore, concrete does not disintegrate into environmentally harmful Green, continued on page 8

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compounds when buried in the ground. Not only does it resist attack from mild acidity and alkalinity, it is also resistant to sulfates, nitrogen and most other common subsoil chemicals.” 2. Concrete Offers Protection & Safety Tom Monahan, CAE, Executive Director of the NCBVA, has for some time been alerting members to the green burial movement. “In addition to the physical protection of the deceased loved one, which is the main reason for the concrete burial vault, there is no better protection for the environment than a lined, properly sealed, concrete burial vault,” he states. Citing the facts given by Dave Brugger, Monahan emphasizes: “You can’t get a more environmentally friendly material than concrete. The ingredients for a burial vault (metal, sand, gravel, water) all come from the earth.” Monahan continues, “The integrity of the burial vault is also a safety feature for the living. It prevents the collapse of earth around the burial site. Even in park-concept cemeteries, some heavy equipment is used Tom Monahan, CAE for maintenance of the grounds and for digging new graves. Such equipment could feasibly cause ruts and holes, but the burial vault serves as a support for the ground above it and prevents this kind of damage and safety hazard.” A threat to the traditional funeral industry now, according to Monahan, is the inroad into market share that the green burial and green cemetery movement is bringing about. Its proponents say the motivation is not money but concern for the environment and a kinder, more personal way of dealing with the death of loved ones. It’s a strong plea to emotions. “If members of our industry wait too long to get proactive about the protective and safety features of their products, they will lose a tremendous amount of market share. We must do exactly as the Joe Sehees of this world are doing, and that is work directly on the local level with funeral home directors and consumers, telling the important protective and environmentally friendly features of quality-manufactured, concrete burial vaults,” he states. Will We Soon Have A Lost Generation? A well-known NCBVA member and current Board member who is concerned about green burials and green cemeteries is Linda Darby Sempsrott. As CEO of Trigard (Danville, IL) Ms. Sempsrott has a significant amount of funeral industry experience behind her: She is responsible for the management and operation of burial vault manufacturing companies, funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories and cremation gardens. When she heard Joe Sehee speak at a NFDA Professional Women’s Conference, Ms. Sempsrott took advantage of challenging his information on the spot. She is concerned, however, that other concrete burial vault manufacturers may not be vocal enough about traditional funerals and concrete burial vaults. “I am amazed at how easily led some members of our industry are

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and why they are not concerned about the green burial and green cemetery movement,” Ms. Sempsrott says. “There are certainly inconsistencies that are being put out in the media. A lined, sealed concrete burial vault does not release any harmful chemicals into the environment.” “Also,” she continues, “I’ve heard the rationale that refrigeration and dry ice can take the place of embalming. What’s dry ice? It’s solid carbon dioxide. Not exactly an environmentally friendly option.”* Linda Darby-Sempsrott Ms. Sempsrott also takes exception to negative comments about cemeteries. “Where does our history lie?” she asks. “It lies in cemeteries around the world. I’m concerned that with the green cemetery concept, we’re going to have a lost generation. There will be nothing to memorialize who people are and when they were on this earth.” What About Disease? Does the Germ Die with the Host? Without the protection of a sealed concrete burial vault and casket, Ms. Sempsrott is concerned there is the possibility in some areas that the deceased may be dug up by predatory animals. She also raises the question about exposure to possible disease to individuals who come in contact with unembalmed bodies (such as body handlers, funeral home personnel, mourners and other personnel who may be in or near body storage areas). This is not an ungrounded, irrational fear. Thanks go to Debbie Dodge of the Cambridge, MA-based Dodge Company, which has been a respected name in embalming chemicals since 1893, for providing three published articles (see references on page 12) that substantiate that there is no scientific evidence for the “germ dies with the host” theory, and that embalming, because of the disinfectant nature of the chemicals used, has a public health value. You will note that these articles date as far back as 1968, but the time element is irrelevant. The natural laws of decomposition, infectious diseases and toxicology have not changed since then. The final report of the literature search of Index Medicus for the years 1963, 1964, 1965 and part of 1966, sponsored by the Embalming Chemical Manufacturers Association (ECMA), is quite definitive. The guidelines for the search were to avoid literature published by an embalming chemical manufacturer, a college of embalming or any related interest. The search focused on literature published in the fields of medicine, pathology, biology and related sciences. A total of 265 references was selected. In addition, 88 book references were selected from the 1966 Subject Guide to Books in Print, published by R.R. Bowker. The two lists were submitted to Green, continued on page 10

*[Editor’s note: According to the Wikipedia, dry ice is toxic in high concentrations. In addition, it can cause severe skin damage. It sublimates into large quantities of carbon dioxide gas, which could displace oxygen-containing air and pose a danger of asphyxiation. Wikipedia cautions that dry ice should only be exposed to open air in a well-ventilated environment.]

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an ECMA committee to select the articles to be photocopied at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. While not all the articles were photocopied nor all the books purchased, the collective evidence is substantial. One reference noted that staphylococci and B. anthracis linger on after death of the host. Another reference determined the life span of many organisms in dead, untreated tissue, and stated that tetanus lives 234 days and typhus 90 days. Tuberculosis bacilli live on in a dead host, as does syphilis. A paper by Erich Hoffman (Ref. 23 in the search) states: “. . . the dangerous teaching that syphilis cannot be transmitted from cadavers to autopsy workers is refuted. Among 38 previous case histories, such transmission was proved in 20 and was probable in 14.” The final report of the literature search concluded that “. . . infectious organisms can be spread by physical contact or may be airborne. Laboratory studies indicate that compounds such as aldehydes, phenols, alcohols, etc., are effective disinfectants and preservatives.” Questionable Info on Websites It has long been said that, in most people’s perceptions, if something is published, it must be true. That can now be said for information published on Internet sites. Unfortunately, some Internet viewers may not be as discerning as they should be. Currently, traditional cemeteries and the traditional funeral industry are not getting good press in any media. Some half-truths and misleading information are published on websites. Here is just a sampling: “. . . It is estimated that the more than 22,500 cemeteries across the United States bury 827,060 gallons of embalming fluid every year. . . . These [chemicals and additives] substances eventually find their way into the soil where they can contaminate local water supplies. . . .” Or: “. . . .Death these days is bad news for the environment. Although you can’t stop the steady march of time, you can ensure that your passing does not take such a toll on the earth by informing your loved ones to provide you with a green burial. . . .” Or, “. . . .Most individuals are now buried according to the customs of the Funeral industry, with rituals dictated more by the pocketbook than personal customs. . . .” Existing “Green” Cemeteries in the U.S. Visit the following websites for a view of the trend that is now well-established in the UK (since 1993) and that is making inroads in the culture of the U.S. (Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve; Mary Woodsen, President, Board of Trustees)

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Or, “A green burial reduces environmental impact and conservation easements preserve our open spaces. . . .” And finally, here is information presented on the Glendale Nature Preserve website: “Each year, 22,500 cemeteries across the United States bury approximately––embalming fluid: 827,060 gallons, which includes formaldehyde; caskets: 90,272 tons of steel; caskets: 2,700 tons of copper and bronze; caskets: 30-plus million board feet of hardwoods; vaults: 1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete; and vaults: 14,000 tons of steel.” The following attribution is provided for those statistics: “Compiled from statistics by Casket and Funeral Association of America, Cremation Association of North America, Doric Inc., The Rainforest Action Network, and Mary Woodsen, Pre-Posthumous Society.” Speak Up for Concrete! What Can You Do? There is so much information and plenty of mis-information out there regarding green burials, home burials, and green cemeteries that it would be impossible to cover everything completely in this issue of The Bulletin. Rather, it is up to you, members of the NCBVA, to become highly informed about this trend. Websites of “traditional” deathcare associations that are members of the Funeral and Memorialization Council (FAMIC) are provided for your convenience. Be aware of the various messages each is promoting. Also provided are web addresses of some of the organizations whose representatives are speaking negatively about all aspects of the funeral industry. How can you help preserve the way we honor our dead and protect your industry? Here are some things you could consider doing Green, continued on page 12

Funeral & Memorialization Council (FAMIC) (NCBVA is a member of this group)

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What you can do: Write letters to newspapers; create and submit positive ads; hold an Open House at your facility; present seminars for the public and the press. Do your homework! Green, continued from page 10

in your immediate area: (1) Write letters to the editors of local newspapers with factual information about the positive reasons for the use of concrete burial vaults and why concrete is an environmentally friendly material. Note: Keep it upbeat and stress the pros, not the cons; it will do no good to write inflammatory letters. (2) Consider paying for advertising space and create ads that call attention to the items mentioned in #1. In this issue you’ll find an ad created and donated by Trigard for NCBVA member use that graphically shows the environmentally friendly composition of concrete, the benefits of concrete burial vaults and promotes NCBVA, all at the same time. (3) Invite local press and funeral directors to an “open house” at your facility, and talk up the positive attributes mentioned in #1. (4) Present positive seminars for the general public and the press. Do your homework. Get the facts, then do something positive. The way we honor our dead depends on you.

References-Provided by The Dodge Company Hinson, Maude R., Medical Research Librarian, “Literature Search on the Infectious Nature of Dead Bodies for The Embalming Chemical Manufacturers Association,” Sept. 1, 1968, Downers Grove, IL. Rose, Gordon W., PhD & Hockett, Robert N., MS, “The Microbiologic Evaluation and Enumeration of Postmortem Specimens from Human Remains,” reprinted from Health Laboratory Science, Vol. 8, No. 2, April 1972; copyright by the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC. Burke, P.A. and Sheffner, A.L. (October 1976). “The Antimicrobial Activity of Embalming Chemicals and Topical Disinfectants on the Microbial Flora of Human Remains. Health Laboratory Science; 13: 267-270.

A Few Consumer Watchdog & “Pro-Green” Websites (There are many more!) Funeral Consumers Alliance GAIAM Life Green Burial Council

“Must” Reading A few sites visited in the research for this article provided links to magazine articles or transcripts of broadcastings. You may be interested to read the following: A March 2009 feature by Max Alexander, “The Surprising Satisfactions of a Home Funeral,” published in The Smithsonian magazine and (number of readers: 7,069,000). From the site, you can click on the article “Going Green,” written by Joe Sehee and published in the November 2007 issue of ICCFA Magazine. Currently, the Council’s list of news articles adds up to more than 40--including articles published in the Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic.

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Leaders in the Green Burial Movement Joe Sehee, Green Burial Council Joe Sehee is a former Jesuit lay minister who, according to an article published in the April 2008 issue of American Funeral Director, had been recruited by IBM, later left that corporate life and did communications work for the cemetery and funeral industries. Leaving that all behind, too, he and his wife started to build an ecological retreat called “The Pilgrimage,” which was sited near Joshua Tree National Park in California. Somewhere along the line, he became an advocate for social change, and took aim at the funeral industry. In 2005 he sold his home and used the proceeds to found the Green Burial Council. Sehee espouses an environmentalist’s and conservationist’s love for the land, and views green burials as a way to conserve natural land resources, and to protect the land from the proliferation of boring, lackluster cemeteries. Lisa Carlson, Consumer Watchdog For many years Lisa Carlson was Executive Director of the Funeral Consumer Alliance. She is a public speaker and sought after as a guest for talk shows, and has appeared on hundreds of national and local television and radio stations (such as National Public Radio, to name one important connection). Carlson’s first book was published in the ’80s and was a how-to for bypassing the funeral industry. Carlson is described on book publisher Upper Access’s website as “. . . a full-time consumer activist and sometime hell raiser, working on behalf of Americans to protect their rights in dealing with the funeral industry.” In the late ’90s, Carlson’s “landmark” book, Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love, was published. The book is described on the Upper Access site as “. . . the major source of information for anybody wishing to understand and take charge of funeral arrangements for a friend or relative without being taken advantage of by people aggressively selling funeral goods and services.” She has also published a collection of cartoons, I Died Laughing: Funeral Education with a Light Touch.

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It’s not always wise to become partners with a friend, but in the case of Doug Evans and Jim Woods, it was a good move. Each feels strongly about making quality products and treating customers as they like to be treated themselves. Together, they’ve forged a relationship that has doubled the growth of their company, Carolina-Doric, Inc., in 11 short years. Here are some insights into why their partnership has been successful.

Jim Woods (left) handles sales to funeral homes and PR. He says Doug Evans helps him keep the promises he makes to funeral directors.

A Team That Works!

Forging a Successful Partnership

By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer


hat makes a successful partnership? Respect, shared interests, and each individual bringing something different to the table that complements the partnership. Just being friends helps. Such are the characteristics of the partnership between Doug Evans and Jim Woods, owners of Carolina-Doric, Inc. in Florence, SC. Although the two didn’t live near each other or go to the same schools when they were children, their parents were all good friends, so Doug and Jim have known each other since they were about five years old. While they are two different individuals, their lives have some commonalities. Take Doug, for example. After graduating from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, Doug had no thoughts about going into burial vault manufacturing. Instead, he went to work for corporate giant “Big Brown”––UPS––at a time when that company’s star was rising and winning award after award for excellence in business. Forbes magazine once described UPS as “. . . [It] used to be a truck-

ing company with technology. Now it’s a technology company with trucks.” On its website, UPS describes itself as “A company that’s never shied away from reinventing itself.” The spirit of reinvention must have rubbed off on Doug, who learned entrepreneurial thinking and technology skills from the best during the 11 years he spent in UPS management. Those skills have come in handy in the partners’ expansion of Carolina-Doric. In Jim’s case, he began working in a funeral home part-time when he was 15 years old and continued until his high school graduation. His family thought his job interests were a little strange because no one in the family had ever been involved in the funeral industry. Like Doug, Jim enrolled after graduation at Francis Marion University, but says after he’d spent 18 months there, he felt like he was wasting his time. He followed his heart and earned a degree in mortuary science from Gupton-Jones Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA. After that he returned to Florence and went to work for a funeral home

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for about five years. Then he entered the burial vault manufacturing industry and worked four years for Carolina-Doric prior to purchasing the company. Partnership Formed In 1997 the opportunity presented itself to buy Carolina-Doric, and that’s when Doug and Jim decided to team up and buy the business. How has that worked out? Extremely well. “We work well as partners,” says Doug. “With Jim’s background as a funeral director and in the vault business, he takes care of sales and PR. I handle the manufacturing end, driver coordination and plant maintenance.” Jim’s expresses his side of the partnership by saying, “Doug allows me the freedom to go out as a sales representative to funeral homes and make promises we can keep. We have a good relationship with our funeral homes because I’ve been on their side of the industry. The funeral directors have a sense of comfort that a funeral director is watching their interests in handling their burial vaults.” Coordination of the company’s drivers is a big job, but considering his background with UPS, it’s more of a “natural” for Doug. Carolina-Doric has expanded over the past 11 years into three locations: the original location, which is the main manufacturing facility in Effingham, SC; a satellite delivery location in Walterboro, SC; and a production and delivery facility in Burlington, NC. The three sites employ a total of 37 people, including Barbara Evans (Doug’s mother), who works in the main office. A fleet of 28 trucks covers a territory from the Burlington location (central North Carolina), down through Florence, SC and all down the Carolina coast. Doug estimates that Carolina-Doric covers 70 percent of the South Carolina market. The company produces approximately 6,700 units per year. How does a former UPS employee learn the facts about concrete burial vault construction? Doug admits this was not so much of a “natural” transition for him. “I had to learn quickly everything I could about the concrete industry,” says Doug. “It was kind of trial by fire. Fortunately for me, Ryan Kannaday, Sr., who had retired,


took me on, helped me with production details and gave me a lot of insight.” Today, Doug and Jim pride themselves on keeping their promises to their funeral home customers––by manufacturing a quality product they can stand behind with no misgivings whatsoever. “We do a lot of personalization with our products,” says Jim. “That makes us s t a n d o u t from our competition.” Carolina-Doric’s manufacturing facilities are NCBVA-certified and Doric’s standards are strictly followed. In addition, the company provides such services as above-ground sealing and offers bottled water in the cemetery during the summer. Image is very important, the two believe. “We have a nice-looking fleet of trucks,” says Doug, “and we make sure they are always clean and in good condition. The same goes for all of our equipment. The good reputation we have with the funeral homes we serve is important to us, and maintaining that relationship is what helps us stay at the top of our game, to put it into teamwork terminology.” Pro-Traditional Funerals When asked about the green burial trend, Jim prefers to concentrate on traditional burials and takes Doug’s statements a step further: “We focus on the extra value of the traditional funeral. As suppliers of personalized vaults and nice set-ups at the cemetery, we make an important contribution to an overall pleasing, calming presenthe family in honoring loved do helps people see the value

tation for ones. What we of a traditional funeral.” Doug reinforces that goal: “We don’t want to get away from traditional burials,” he states. “A traditional service is designed to help the people who are left behind when a loved one dies. The funeral director’s role is very important in creating a service that allows people to get together to share in the grieving and healing process. From what I’m seeing initially, I don’t think green burials can accomplish that purpose effectively.” Carolina, continued on page 20

Photos: (upper) The Woods family: Jim and wife Wendy with sons Jaye and Thomas. (left) Carolina-Doric sponsors a Little League team for which Doug coaches. Sons Walker and Wayne play on the team. (right) Doug and wife Alison enjoyed the sunset in Key West during the 2009 NCBVA Convention.



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Plant Management Savvy

Why You Should Care About Quality Concrete & How to Make Every Batch Correctly By Dave Brugger, P.E. Plant Certification Representative


s I visit more plants, doing NCBVA inspections, I am more aware than ever of the variety of aggregates, admixtures, cements, fly ash and water quantities that are used by manufacturers of concrete burial vaults. Some of the mix designs may result in easy pouring and finishing, but they fall short of the mark because they don’t develop the ultimate strengths required of a burial vault. Some mix designs give great strength, but are more expensive than necessary. There are excellent mix designs available, but some are not so good. There are many ways to get a good batch of concrete––every time. This article is intended as a review of the materials and the methods that can result in high-quality concrete. Gravel For gravel, many use crushed limestone, crushed granite, pea gravel and many more varieties of gravel than I could name. Based on my experience, I have come to the conclusion that hard crushed stone in size ranges from ¼ inch to 5/8 inch or blends of those sizes is the best choice. Clean washed gravel is essential to making good concrete. Pea gravel becomes rounded either by rolling around in sand and turbulent water, or from thousands of years in moving earth flow. The speed at which gravel came to be rounded is an important consideration. Soft stone that became rounded fairly quickly makes poor aggregate. Hard stone, however, took thousands of years to become rounded, and is certainly a better aggregate than rounded soft stone. Another important consideration in using rounded pebbles is smoothness. Pebbles with shiny, hard surfaces might not be a good choice because they may be too slippery for adherence of the

concrete paste. Remember that concrete can be no stronger than its weakest component. The greatest mix design can be ruined by a poor choice of aggregate. A simple, non-scientific test of gravel hardness is to take individual samples of gravel, put them in the jaws of a bench vice and crush them. Examine the results carefully, then draw your own conclusions regarding strength and hardness. Gravel works best when it absorbs and retains water. Therefore, the best gravel from that standpoint is saturated on the inside with water, but damp on the surface. The industry term is Saturated Surface Dry (SSD). If you soaked your sand and gravel in water for 48 hours, then dried it on the outside only to the point where it was damp, it would be SSD. Any water in excess of a damp surface should be deducted from the water you add to the mix. The same is true of water in the sand. Sand Sand should be hard, angular, and free of excessive amounts of silt, clay or organic materials. There is a measure of the fineness of sand that involves shaking it through a series of screens with the distance between screen wires ranging from 3/8 inch to 1/100 inch. The sand retained on each screen is weighed in grams and a series of calculations is performed to come up with a number called the fineness modulus (FM). Concrete sand should have a FM that is between 1.95 and 3.11. Smaller numbers are finer, and

FM’s between 1.95 and 2.50 are better for self-consolidating concrete mixes. A fineness modulus of 2.25 to 3.11 is better for non-SCC mixes. You can obtain the FM of your sand from your supplier or from a concrete testing laboratory. (A modulus is simply a number that results from a specified series of equations. That number conveys useful comparative information.) A non-scientific test is to take samples of sand and fill a glass jar half-way. Add water to the jar until it is not quite full, close the jar and shake vigorously. Observe how cloudy the water gets, how long it takes for the cloudiness to settle, and finally, observe the layers of material that are formed when everything has settled. Compare several sands and, again, form your own conclusions. You can learn a lot at almost no cost. Unit Weights of Aggregates–– An Important Concept If you fill a container with compacted SSD sand, level it off and weigh it accurately, then take the same steps in the same container with the gravel you use, the results will be the comparative weights of the same volumes of material. Let’s say, hypothetically, that you weigh a pail of sand and it weighs 26 pounds. Then you do the same procedure with gravel and it weighs 29 pounds. You can use a ratio equation that tells you 100 pounds of sand takes up the same space as 112 pounds of gravel. Therefore, if you wanted equal amounts of sand and gravel, you would use a ratio of 100 to 112. If you want 10 percent more sand than gravel, reduce the gravel by five percent to 106 lb and increase the sand by 5 percent to 105 lb. Even though they weigh approximately the same amount, there would be 10 percent more volume of sand than gravel. The ratio equation is simple: Divide 100 by the 26-pound sand weight (100/26=3.85), then multiply the 29-pound gravel weight

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by 3.85 (3.85X29=112). The numbers are sets more slowly than Type I. rounded off, but the answer is close enough Type III cement--Called High Early to say that 100 pounds of sand occupies Strength Cement, this cement hardens and about the same space as 112 pounds of gains strength faster than Type I, but in 28 gravel. The numbers will vary according to days the results are about the same. It costs the materials you use, but the method is the more, so you may consider using a higher same. Use your bathroom scale if you don’t quantity of Type I instead. For the same have a lab scale. The ratio will be accurate enough. It is important to weigh the container when empty and deduct the container weight It doesn’t have to be expensive from the total weight.


Too Much Cement vs. Not Enough It is well established that in order to attain next-day stripping strength as well as good ultimate strength, a 700-lb/yard cement content is recommended. With less, you are taking a risk because it leaves no margin for error. Too much cement in a mix is also problematic. Again, based on my experience, I would say that 800 lb/ yard should be the maximum. The reason is that the demand for water is increased to the point that the amount of water per total batch size or difficult to produce high-quality Cement is excessive. There is a ratio of water concrete. Good mix designs, good There are several types of cement to aggregate content as well as a ratio that have acceptable applications, procedures, proper timing and of water to cement that should not be depending on the prevailing soil exceeded. The ultimate result of an quality materials are all important. chemistry, pouring temperatures over-rich design is that the product and product turnaround time. The will look great when stripped and types are presented in order of the early strength will be high, but, in the frequency of use. investment you may attain an acceptably long term, months after the production date, Type I cement––Most commonly used, faster set time and higher ultimate strengths. internal curing stresses will develop and the this cement has a good set time, good work- It can be used in all the same conditions as concrete will self-destruct. ability, and develops strength in a reasonable Type I cement. time when used properly. It is suitable for Type V cement––This is special cement Fly Ash most soil chemistries. for use in structures that are exposed to Fly ash is a by-product of combustion of Type II cement––Best used where soil severe sulfate soils or conditions. Type V is pulverized coal. It has many cement-like sulfate concentrations are higher than in frequently used in the vicinity of the Great properties and can be used to replace cement normal soil, but not extremely high. Type II Salt Lake, for example.

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18 in a concrete mixture. My recommendation is that it be used to replace no more than 20 percent of the cement in a burial vault mix design. Compression test samples should be used to optimize the mix because there are different types of fly ash and the contribution to ultimate strength can vary. Fly ash is a lot less expensive than cement, so it can contribute to a cost savings without loss of quality, if used properly. Water Clean, potable, chemical-free water is essential for good concrete. The amount of water varies, however, depending on the chemical admixtures used. With no admixtures, the maximum amount of water should be 46 percent of your cement weight. That includes water carried on the surface of the aggregates and already in the mixer. If you are using a high-range water reducer, the water can range from 35 to 40 percent. With the use of self-consolidating admixtures, the water can be much lower. (I have seen it as low as 30 percent total water.) If you use ready-mix concrete, you might have to fight off the guy with the hose to keep the water-to-cement ratio within limits! An ammeter, or some form of electronic moisture or slump control, along with a water meter, are very good investments. They are equal in importance with the scales used to measure the sand, gravel and cement. Check out: DETS.html for a good, affordable slump control device. The ammeter can be calibrated to account for aggregate-borne water and yield perfect total water content in every batch. The mini-slump indicator is the one you should have for an electric motor-driven mixer. You will need a slump testing cone in order to equate your desired slump to the meter readings. Air Entraining A small amount of entrained air is beneficial. Three to 5.5 percent is a good target range. More than that will start lowering concrete strength. Air entraining makes concrete more durable in freeze-thaw circumstances. It also reduces bleed water, helps with finishing properties and reduces corner joint bleed marks. Admixtures High range water reducers--Based on my experience, I believe everyone should use these. (They are also called superplasticizers). The benefit is concrete that is

NCBVA BULLETIN much easier to pour, contains less water and yields higher strengths. A super benefit of all water-reducing admixtures is much better dispersion of the cement particles, which also contributes to strength. Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC) admixtures--These are the ultimate flowinducing, water- reducing chemicals. If used with the right blend of aggregates, cement content and water, the results are incredible. At the expense of appearing to be a nutcase, I confess that SCC really excites me, and I believe everyone should use it. This technology can reduce labor costs, wear and tear on molds and equipment, and produce a superior product. SCC works best with finer sand and smaller gravel. Mixers There are many types of mixers on the market and most of them work well. The types with a stationary mixer body and moving blades, paddles or augers work best. Small rotating drum mixers work, but take a lot of time to properly mix a batch, and some don’t mix as well. Be sure to keep your mixer adjusted properly, replace worn parts and keep it lubricated. Timing is everything––The most important factor is to mix for the proper amount of time. This varies, of course, for every type of mixer, but one concept is critical: A certain amount of agitation is required to completely blend the materials and initiate the chemical reactions that must take place between the cement, water and admixtures. Cement is such a fine, highly absorbent powder that it forms into little balls or clusters, consisting of many particles. The mixer, aided by the admixtures and the grinding action of the aggregates, must break up and disperse these clumps of cement so that every individual particle of it contributes to the strength of the concrete. Once broken down, a given amount of time and agitation is required to get the cement to soak up some water and start chemically reacting to make new chemical molecules called concrete. The right time window for discharging and pouring is when the materials are fully blended, the chemical reaction is initiated, but the material is still at the maximum level of flowability. Over-mixing causes the reaction to be pushed too far in the mixer and can be detrimental. Your goal is to properly initiate the reaction in the mixer and finish it in your vault molds. One of the worst timing scenarios is where a ready-mix truck arrives too early or

June 2009 the manufacturer is not ready to pour, and the truck just sits there for a long time, with the drum revolving slowly. By the time it is discharged, the concrete is incompletely blended and starting to set up. The temptation is to add water and mix even longer, which makes the situation worse. Make sure you communicate with your ready mix producer, because timing is everything. A Good Recipe Your final mix design depends on a combination of factors, such as gravel size and type, sand fineness, type of cement and fly ash, the use of admixtures and the type of concrete mixer used. In general, I recommend a minimum of 700 pounds of cement or cement-fly ash combined per yard. Use equal amounts of sand and gravel by volume. Be sure to calculate the unit weight or weight-volume relationship explained earlier in this column. Use a super plasticizer and the minimum amount of water to get the necessary flow. A slump of about 5.5 inches, when using super plasticizers, is ideal. It would be preferable to use the same cement-aggregate mix weights, but finer sand and smaller gravel, an SCC admixture and a minimum of water, along with a small amount of air entraining. For SCC, a spread puddle between 18 and 24 inches in diameter should produce high early strengths and a good-looking product. A good mixer-mounted slump control system is almost essential to producing good SCC mixes. Not Rocket Science It doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult to produce high-quality concrete. Good mix designs, good procedures, proper timing and quality materials are all important. In future columns, I plan to expand on these subjects so that you can be the best at what you do. About Dave Brugger Dave Brugger, who has served as NCBVA’s Plant Certification Representative since April 2008, has more than 40 years’ experience in funeral service and burial vault manufacturing (also including other precast concrete products). From 1975 to 2007 he owned and directed Horton-Wilbert Vault’s operations, budgeting, finance, production, product development and personnel management, restoring that company as a market leader. Dave managed a staff of 41 at two factory production sites.

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Brief History –– Carolina-Doric, Inc. In March 1971, the husband-and-wife team of Ryan L. and Anna Kannaday opened Carolina Vault Company. After only a few months, Mr. Kannaday joined the Doric Burial Vault Manufacturer’s Association and became a Doric dealer. The Kannaday’s son, R.L., Jr., soon joined the family business. In September 1997, the family sold Carolina-Doric to Doug Evans and Jim Woods. Jim had been involved in funeral service for more than 15 years and had worked for the Kannaday’s for more than four years. Doug and Jim soon had the opportunity to purchase a small Eagle Burial Vault operation, which created additional volume and provided some much-needed equipment to help meet the increase in services. The two men opened a distribution facility in Burlington, NC in September of 1999, and in 2004 purchased a manufacturing facility outside of Burlington and began production in that location. Carolina-Doric, Inc. has received the Number One Dealer Award from Doric Products for the years 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007. Challenges Facing Industry Doug became a member of the NCBVA Board of Directors when the association’s annual convention was held in San Antonio in 2006. The company has been a member of the NCBVA almost since its inception, and Doug and Jim both appreciate its benefits. “We need more people involved in NCBVA so they can fully appreciate the value of our industry and stand together to promote it,” says Doug. “NCBVA provides the arena in which this can be done. There is no other organization that solely represents our interests.” Family & Community Doug’s and Jim’s family situations have similarities, too. Each is married to a woman who has a professional career. Doug’s wife Alison is marketing manager of international sales for Newco, Inc., a full-service non-destructive testing firm that has its headquarters in Florence. The couple are the parents of two active boys (Wayne, 7, and Walker, 5). Carolina-Doric sponsors a Little League team on which both boys play and learn teamwork skills. Doug is the coach. Jim’s wife Wendy is a psychologist for the Florence School District. They have two sons––also very active––Jaye, 10 and Thomas, 5. Their boys play on a Florence Recreational Department Little League team, and often end up playing against the Carolina-Doricsponsored team. By way of supporting the recreational department, Carolina-Doric has bought an advertising sign that’s one of many lining the ballfield fences. Community service is a value supported and endorsed by the partners. For the past six years, Doug has served on the Darlington County Planning Commission, the county in which he resides, and is currently chairman. The two men laughed when asked about their special interests or hobbies. Each is intensely involved in the success of CarolinaDoric and in being good Dads. “That’s enough on the home plate so far,” says Doug. Obviously, the men have hit a home run in their partnership, and want to keep the scores high for the burial vault industry.

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U 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

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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. Ingleside, 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 Laporte, IN Hicks Industries, Inc. Davie, FL Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL Horton Precast Gerard, PA Huntingburg Vault Co. Huntingburg, IN

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Jacson, Inc. Henderson, TX Jefferson Concrete Corp. Watertown, NY Josten Wilbert Vault Co. Sioux Falls, SD Kansas City Wilbert Grandview, MO Lakeshore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI Lavaca Vault Co. Lavaca, AK 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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U 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. 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


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

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

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



June 2009

INDUSTRY NEWS ’N NOTES Trigard Dealers to Meet in Danville Trigard’s biennial convention is taking place in Danville, IL this summer on July 26th – 28th. Danville is the hometown of Trigard’s main office and manufacturing plants. It is a location where Trigard’s vault dealers can learn from and network with the entire Trigard staff. While Trigard offers a program called “Trigard University” and encourages dealers to visit its Danville facilities often, the Trigard Convention will be a more extensive learning experience, complete with plant tours, keynote speakers, and of course, a little fun with a Trigard golf outing and luau. “Trigard University is more of a crash course, while the Trigard Convention is a fun event to bring the entire family to. We will share ideas on how to survive during these hard economic times, and introduce our new Healing Tree product to our dealers. Our goal is that our vault dealers will walk away with a lot of ideas on how to improve their businesses when they leave the Trigard Convention,” says Trigard’s CEO, Linda Darby-Sempsrott. Trigard dealers will also learn how to become leaders with Trigard’s keynote speaker Maureen O’Brien. Maureen is a motivational speaker and a small business sales coach, and is the author of “Get Your Big Girl Pants On and Sell Something”. “We know how hard the economy is right now, and that is why there is no registration fee to attend the Trigard Convention. We feel that it is only when we give our best, that our vault dealers are able to give theirs,” says COO, Donna Darby-Walthall. ICCFA Has New Leadership The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) elected new leadership during its 2009 Annual Convention & Exposition in April in Las Vegas, NV. Gregg M. Williamson, CCE, was elected President. Other new officers are Kevin R.

2009 June 4-7 Funeral Service Assn. of British Columbia The Grand Okanagan Resort Kelowna, BC July 26-28 Trigard Biennial Convention Danville, IL August 1-15 NFDMA Annual Conference Detroit Marriott and Cobo Convention Center Detroit, MI August 19-22 CANA Annual Convention Marriott City Center Hotel Denver, CO Sept. 29-Oct. 2 Catholic Cemetery Conference Chicago Hilton & Towers Chicago, IL October 25-28 NFDA International Convention & Expo Boston Convention & Expo Center Boston, MA November 16-17 CFSA Fall Conference Crowne Plaza Indianapolis IN 2010 March 10-13 ICCFA Grand Hyatt & San Antonio Convention Center San Antonio, TX

Daniels, CCE, President-elect; Jeff Kidwiler, CCE, CSE, Vice President, Education; Nancy R. Lohman, CCFE, Vice President, Membership & Marketing; Darin B. Drabing, Vice President, External Affairs; I. Frederick Lappin, CCE, Vice President, Internal Affairs; Kenneth E. Varner, CCFE, Treasurer; and Cynthia A. Thompson, CCFE, Secretary. Matthews Cremation Hosts Pet Loss Conference Matthews Cremation (Division of Matthews International Corp), with the support of the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) & Kates-Boylston Publications, announces the second annual Pet Loss Business Development Conference––Opportunity Unleashed. This one-day educational forum will be hosted in Chicago (Aug. 10), Philadelphia (Aug. 12)  and Orlando (Aug. 14). The presenting faculty will share their unique expertise through Funeral, Cemetery, Veterinary and Grief Support networks that focus on building meaningful memorial services that connect with today’s pet parent.  This year’s conference will feature new faculty members plus pet loss suppliers who will showcase their specialty products & services. For reservations go to www.  or call 1-800-327-2831. Wilbert Honors Top Sales Performers Wilbert Funeral Services recently honored top sales performers in its licensee network. Sales Rookie of the Year was presented to Matt Stewart of Suhor Industries in Oklahoma City, OK. Outstanding Sales Awards were given to Arnold Wilbert, Goldsboro NC; Bickes, Inc., Decatur, IL and Yates Wilbert Vault Co., Charlotte, NC. Awards of Outstanding Sales in the cremation segment were awarded to Legrand Wilbert, Los Angeles, CA; Elm Cap Industries, West Hartford, CT and Christy Vault Co., Colma, CA.

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June 2009

Sponsor Spotlight Edgmont Metallic Pigment Co., Inc. West Chester, Pennsylvania

Edgmont Metallic Pigment, NCBVA’s “Platinum” sponsor, has been serving the burial vault industry for more than 45 years. The company takes pride in supplying its customers with a quality product and a host of other services, including expert color matching, fast turn-around on orders, development of custom colors and shades, and product support. In addition to the burial vault industry, Edgmont serves a number of other industries, but Dolly Horsell, President and CEO, says she has a special fondness for the members of the

vault industry, and that’s why her company has chosen to be a sponsor of the NCBVA. Sponsor support makes possible the providing of special enhancements for the membership and the association. “We are pleased that the NCBVA plays an important role in upholding ‘family’ values in the disposition of loved ones, and we strongly support that ethic in a time when other considerations often overshadow respectful treatment of a loved one. In turn, we are deeply appreciative of the support given to us by members of the NCBVA. Our working relationship for more than 45 years has been wonderful—one that we truly value,” states Mrs. Horsell.



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