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Cemetery delays, casket company acquisitions in the news

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As we wrap up another week at Funeral Director Daily we bring you some news that is seeming to happen because of the COVID situation and some news that just continues to happen as business opportunities present themselves regardless of the COVID situation across the world.

Our first item, that we cannot remember happening in the non-COVID world, is that of great back-ups and delays at some of America’s cemeteries.  This print article and video story from ABC – 7 out of Los Angeles tells of the current situation at Whittier, California, cemetery Rose Hills Memorial Park.

Rose Hills, considered by many to be the largest cemetery in the United States at over 2,500 acres, is seeing a backlog of up to six weeks for interments at its cemetery according to the article.

The news video tells of how the cemetery is trying to work around this issue and also how the delays are affecting the families served.

And, news that continues to happen in spite of the COVID situation is that of businesses doing what they believe is in their best interests in serving their clientele.  We recently learned that Thacker Casket Company has continued its growth spurt by acquiring Quality Professional Products of Michigan, a purveyor of caskets, according to its web-site, in the Michigan, northern Indiana, and western Ohio markets.

Thacker Casket is a family owned company that has been serving the death care industry since 1939.  They have production facilities in Florence, Alabama, and serve clientele in the eastern part of the United States.  You can learn more about each company by checking their web-sites furnished below.

Here is the web-site for Thacker Casket Company  

Here is the web-site for Quality Professional Products (QPP) of Michigan.

Earlier this month another casket company acquisition also took place.  That acquisition was by Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. (WFSI) when they announced that WFSI had acquired Hoffman Burial Supplies, Inc. of Illinois.  The new company will join Astral Industries and Signet Supply in the WFSI Casket Division.

According to this press release on the transaction, Hoffman Burial Supplies, founded in 1952, distributes steel and wood caskets as well as urns and printed supplies from six warehouses to funeral professionals in seven midwestern states.  You can learn more about each company by checking their web-sites furnished below.

Here is the Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. website

Here is the Hoffman Burial Supplies web-site.


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