Suhor Industries honored by Kansas City Business Journal

May 20, 2013
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Overland Park, KS, May 10, 2013 – Suhor Industries, a precast concrete manufacturer and the world’s largest burial vault manufacturer, is being recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as a 2013 Champions of Business honoree.  The Champions of Business Award is presented annually to 15 top Kansas City area companies who exhibit industry leadership, innovation, community involvement and meet both years in business and annual gross revenue requirements.  An independent panel of judges selects the honorees.

Company Chairman and CEO, Joe Suhor, commented, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award and to be recognized as one of the 15 top companies in Kansas City.  We owe a great deal of gratitude to our customers for allowing us to serve them every day.  We are very proud of our entire team for their support and contribution to our success.  We look forward to continued growth of our business throughout the coming years.”  President Dennis Welzenbach added, “We have a very large network of customers, suppliers, associates, employees, and friends who have supported us for many years, we extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to each and every one of them.”

About Suhor Industries

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Suhor Industries, Inc., a privately held company, has been in the burial vault business since 1933 starting in Kansas City, Missouri.  Today Suhor’s primary business remains as a burial vault manufacturer.  Annually, Suhor Industries touches over 100,000 families who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Suhor’s other divisions include Signet Supply, the fastest growing casket company in the USA, SI Precast Concrete, which provides a variety of products for wastewater treatment, underground utilities, commercial retaining walls, farming, and other construction products, SI Memorials a designer and manufacturer of cemetery headstones, grave markers, and specialized projects that recognize former dignitaries, and government officials, SI Veteran Memorials, building everlasting tributes to honor those who have served our country, and SI Construction Services which designs, constructs, and installs large scale lawn crypt and columbarium projects throughout the USA.

Since 1990, Suhor has made over 50 individual business acquisitions in the funeral service and precast industries which has helped accelerate their growth.  In 2011, Suhor acquired controlling interest in Wilbert Funeral Service Incorporated (WFSI).  WFSI is the licensor of Wilbert burial vaults and cremation urns, and is the industry leader with a network of nearly 200 Licensees serving funeral homes and cemeteries throughout North America.  In 2012, WFSI acquired Pierce Chemicals, an industry leading embalming fluid and funeral supply company.  Wilbert also acquired three of the leading United States Mortuary Colleges, Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas Texas, Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Atlanta, GA, and Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, IN.

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