Tag: Wilbert

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Wilbert publishes new “Cremation Choices Catalog”

Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc., (WFSI) the leading provider of burial vaults and cremation-related products and services in North America, is pleased to announce the launch of their new Cremation Choices Catalog on October 1st. Wilbert Merchandising Manager, Mike Devaney stated, “We are excited about the new expanded catalog. We are adding 80 new urns and mementos to our line of over 300 cremation products. Our goal is to give our licensee network and the funeral home customers they serve the […]

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WilbertEDU to present “Grief in Children’s Literature” CEU webinar

On Thursday, September 1, Wilbert’s WilbertEDU continuing education series will feature author Jessica Vitalis discussing her 2021 book, The Wolf’s Curse.  Here’s what Wilbert says about the topic: “In this WilbertEDU session, Jessica discusses grief in children’s literature and how she came to write The Wolf’s Curse, which chronicles the journey of a 12-year-old apprentice named Gauge. Join us as we learn about Gauge, his journey, and why the topic of grief in children’s literature is so important.” One hour […]

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Industry leaders team up for “Growth and Expansion” webinar

Industry leading consulting firm Johnson Consulting Group along with industry leading financial firm Live Oak Bank will be combining to offer a webinar on Wednesday, August 10.  The webinar title is “Opportunities for Growth and Expansion” and will offer advice on “financing in the funeral market such as first-time acquisition tips, ground-up expansions, renovations, refinancing, growth strategies, and much more.” Presenters will include Bob Ekins of Johnson Consulting Group and Tim Bridgers, Senior Vice-President of Live Oak Bank. To register […]

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Don’t forget about WilbertEDU

The other day I received an invitation to register and attend the the upcoming National Funeral Directors (NFDA) Convention in Baltimore.  It made me think and realize that I am behind in my CEU units due for Minnesota license renewal come January 1.  I’m planning to attend the NFDA convention and will get some needed CEU credits there. About the same time I received an e-mail from the fine folks at Wilbert reminding me about their upcoming WilbertEDU webinar featuring […]

Finance

Wilbert, Park Lawn make acquisitions

We’ve mentioned that many death care companies are intent on growing and right now many seem to have the cash-flow to fuel those acquisitions that lead to company growth.  Just last week Wilbert, Inc. announced an acquisition of a molding and finishing manufacturer who produces casket hardware, automotive/transportation components, and other consumer products. On the same day of that acquisition announcement, Park Lawn Corporation, a public company involved in Death Care mainly in the consumer funeral and cemetery businesses, announced […]

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Don’t forget about free Continuing Education credits offered by Wilbert

If you are like me, you might not even know where you are sitting with Continuing Education credits to keep your license current.  I need to check because I know that because of the Covid pandemic some of the CE credits required for my funeral director and insurance agent requirements were temporarily suspended because of the difficulty in getting these credits during that time. I was reminded of that fact the other day when I was switching out copy for […]

Cemetery Finance Products

Wilbert merges Memorial Monument into fold

In a transaction announced last week but completed on December 27, 2021, according to this press release, Wilbert has merged operations with Memorial Monuments & Vaults (MMV) headquartered in Meridian, Idaho. According to the press release, MMV has 19 locations in the western part of the United States and provides monuments and related funeral services to retail, funeral, and cemetery customers. Here’s what Mark Bates, CEO of Wilbert, said of the transaction, “The combination of Wilbert’s financial resources, national distribution, […]

Finance

Wilbert acquires Continental Casket Company. . .more growth hinted

Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. announced last week that they had acquired certain assets of the Continental Casket Company of Watseka, Illinois.  According to a press release received by Funeral Director Daily, “Continental is a regional distributor of metal and wood caskets with three warehouses serving funeral professionals in Illinois and areas of Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and Missouri.” According to Don Robinson, President of Wilbert’s Casket Division, “Continental is a great brand in the mid-west with a history of top quality […]

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Short on staff? . . . . Global Recruiters may be able to help

If you follow the news you know that employment staffing is difficult all over America right now.  The death care profession is certainly no different.  If you are looking for staff or you are an individual that wants to know what is available in the death care employment field, you need to give Global Recruiters of Batesville a call. Recently Bob Heidlage purchased the Global Recruiters of Cincinnati and moved it back to Batesville, Indiana, where it was originally founded.  […]

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News you can Use

In our continuing desire to keep funeral service professionals up to date on what is happening in the industry, we bring you these sources of information which may be of information to you.  Have a great weekend. NFDA “A Brush with Death” podcast series —  Podcast #25 brings you the “Class of 2021”.  In this podcast four members of this year’s mortuary science graduating classes from around the country share what they have learned and what they anticipate their careers […]