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Foundation Partners Group Expands Footprint in New York State

February 10, 2016
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Foundation Partners Group Expands Footprint in New York State

Acquisition of Ballweg & Lunsford in Syracuse Complements Existing Presence in Empire State

Orlando, FL – Foundation Partners Group (FPG), a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has announced the acquisition of Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Homes in Syracuse, NY.  These two funeral home locations join eight other FPG funeral homes operating in New York State.

“This acquisition of Ballweg & Lunsford offers an exceptional opportunity to build upon our network in central New York,” stated Brad Rex, FPG President and CEO.   “As part of our growth strategy, we look to affiliate with firms that complement both our existing infrastructure and promote high quality, personalized service in their operations.  Ballweg & Lunsford delivers on both these objectives and we are thrilled that Kurt Lester and his team have chosen to join the Foundation Partners family.”

Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Homes was established in 1912 when Carl J. Ballweg founded the firm in Syracuse, NY.  In 1964, William A. Lunsford, Jr. purchased the business after working for Mr. Ballweg for fifteen years. Mr. Lunsford’s grandson, Kurt Lester, is the current president and owner.

“I look forward to bringing new ideas and technologies like the ShareLife® multi-sensory experience to our families in the Syracuse area,” said Kurt Lester.  “My staff and I are eager to work with the rest of the Foundation Partners team to take our operations to the next level.

Lester will continue to manage the two locations.  The original Ballweg & Lunsford facility is located on the south end of Syracuse and the second was opened in 1995 in Lafayette, NY, ten miles south of Syracuse.

“Foundation Partners Group is committed to partnering with the best independent operators in our profession,” stated Justin Baxley, Senior Vice President of Business Development at FPG.  “Ballweg & Lunsford has long enjoyed an outstanding reputation in the Syracuse area and consistently deliver the same high standards we strive to achieve every day.”

About Foundation Partners Group:  Foundation Partners Group (FPG) is a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products.  As one of the largest privately owned funeral operators, FPG owns and operates funeral homes and cemeteries in 13 states, and is actively seeking to expand its locations throughout the U.S.  With headquarters in Orlando, FL, Foundation Partners is committed to revolutionizing the funeral profession with a customer experience-centered approach that harnesses innovation and values the power of relationship and partnership.  For more information, visit the new Foundation Partners Group website at