Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ GSM: MATW) (“Matthews” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aurora Casket Company (“Aurora”) from Kohlberg & Company. Aurora is a well-respected manufacturer and distributor of caskets and other products to funeral homes across the United States. In the year ended December 31, 2014, Aurora’s revenues were $142 million with adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of approximately $21 million.
While it would be alarming for a taxi driver to be asleep at the wheel, Victor Perez Cardona’s final trip is the one exception. After the Puerto Rican taxi driver died of cancer at age 73, his family honored his final request over the weekend by propping him up in a spot he occupied for the last 15 years of his life: The driver’s seat of his cab.
Getting coffee in my town is tough. I’m not what you would call a coffee snob necessarily; however, I do have my standards. It can’t be bitter, old, or resemble Valvoline; in fact, I actually prefer espresso. My love affair with espresso has painted me into a coffee bean corner, practically forcing me to choose my local gourmet coffee house for my morning refreshment. So what’s the problem? Local coffee houses are the best! Well, yes, except the local java spot near my home.
Are you death curious? Qeepr is excited to announce the second installment of our #Talkdeath web series on June 17th at 3pm EST, featuring current editor of About.com’s Dying, Funerals & Grief website, Chris Raymond, and author Gail Rubin (A Good Goodbye). Using the #Talkdeath hashtag, we are currently taking all your questions via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and asking them to our panel of death professionals. Whether you are curious about funeral practices, how to overcome a loss or want to know what happens to our bodies when we die- Start asking your burning questions about death & dying now!
Tyler Fraser, CEO of UPD Urns, has announced a new product called Always™ Busts. UPD Urns is leveraging 3D technology to lower the cost of bronze sculpting and likeness artwork on cremation urns. The Always™ Busts are available world-wide. UPD Urns has expanded their facility to offer state of the art 3D scanning and printing services to funeral homes.
Since the beginning of time, people have been expressing their thoughts on death in many, many ways. In fact, these ideas, discussions and philosophies surrounding death have been the origin of many great works of art.
Here’s a first look at our new custom ASD – Answering Service for Directors LEGO FUNERAL SET. Coming soon to a funeral convention near you! Funeral Directors in Pennsylvania attending the PFDA Convention will be the first to see the new set on display.
FrontRunner and Solutionz Technologies Announce Partnership Offering a whole new level of Funeral Service care
FrontRunner Professional, a leader in solutions for the funeral services industry today announced a new partnership with Solutionz Technologies to offer the industry’s only integrated, intelligent trip planning platform. This exclusive new feature will be included at no-charge to all FrontRunner clients and will be available to all new clients, integrating trip planning into the Book of Memories™ product.
Thacker Caskets, Inc. awarded two dedicated Sales Consultants awards for their sales accomplishments during 2014. “We are extremely proud of both Larry and Lori’s accomplishments”, says CJ Thacker, CEO of Thacker Caskets. “Larry has continually built solid relationships with his customers since 2009, thus all leading up to his successes in 2014.” CJ also added of Lori, “Lori’s attentiveness to the needs of her funeral home customer’s has allowed her to gain trust and loyalty unusually quickly in this industry.”
Facebook No. 2 Sheryl Sandburg Shares What She’s Learned About Loss and Grieving 30 Days After Tragic Death Of Husband
Facebook Inc. No. 2 Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday posted a moving essay about mourning the death of her husband, Dave Goldberg. It was her intention, she wrote, to give back to those who have helped her through her grief and also to mark the conclusion of the first 30 days of mourning, a period that has a special meaning in Judaism.