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Wilbert Announces Award Winners at Annual WMA Conference

October 2, 2009

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Wilbert Announces Award Winners at Annual WMA Conference

image BROADVIEW, IL, October 1, 2009 ? Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. (WFSI) presented its sales and service awards at the Wilbert Manufacturing Association (WMA) annual meeting on September 30 in Sandestin, FL. On hand to present the awards was WSFI president, Wm. Anthony (Tony) Colson.

For achieving the highest overall sales in cremation products, American Wilbert Vault Corporation in Forest Park, IL, received a Pinnacle award. Receiving sales growth awards for their performance with cremation products were Witherbee & Whalen, Canton, NY; Josten Wilbert Vault, Lincoln, NE and Christy Vault Company, Colma, CA.

In recognition of their overall performance in sales growth percentage, the following ten firms were honored with Pinnacle awards ? Keating Wilbert Vault, Wilbraham, MA; Witherbee & Whalen, Canton, NY; Baltimore Wilbert, Baltimore, MD; Tri-State Wilbert Vault, Ironton, OH; Memphis Burial Vault, Memphis, TN; Century Wilbert Vaults, Toronto, ON; Schultz Wilbert Vault, Streator, IL; Brown-Wilbert, Inc., Redwood, MN; Waterloo Wilbert Vault and SI Funeral Services – Wichita, KS.

Two licensees were acknowledged with an award for growth in total sales over the past year. They were Century Wilbert Vaults, Toronto, ON and American Wilbert Vault, Forest Park, IL.

In total, 55 licensee operations achieved the status of Ultimate Service Provider, the highest service honor one can achieve as a Wilbert licensee. Only licensees that score in the top 15% on the rigorous graveside service evaluation are eligible for the Ultimate Service Provider award. Among the standards that are rated by WFSI field service engineers are the condition of the equipment and materials, the appearance of the personnel and the quality of the Wilbert vault.

Clinton Wilbert Vaults, Inc. in Clinton, IA and Roland Wilbert Vaults, Inc. in Marion, IA were recognized for having attained the highest Ultimate Service Provider score among Wilbert Licensees. Other Ultimate Service Provider winners were SI Funeral Service, Commerce City, CO; Bailey Monument and Vault, Waycross, GA; Burlington Wilbert Vault Works, Inc., Burlington IA; Wilbert Burial Vault Co., Fort Dodge, IA; Mason City Wilbert Vault Co., Mason City, IA; Sioux City Wilbert Vault Co., Sioux City, IA; Waterloo Wilbert Vault Co., Waterloo, IA; Northern Illinois Vault Co., Inc., Belvidere, IL; Kelley Vault Co., Inc., Danville, IL; Knauer, Industries, Ltd., Joliet, IL; Peoria Wilbert Vault Co., Inc., Metamora, IL; Quincy Wilbert Vault, Quincy, IL; Sterling Vault Co., Sterling, IL; Schultz Wilbert Vault Co., Streator, IL; Minnick Services, Corp., Ft. Wayne, IN; Richmond Wilbert Vault, Richmond, IN; SI Funeral Services, Kinsley, KS; SI Funeral Services, Wamego, KS ; SI Funeral Services, Wichita, KS; Richards-Wilbert, Inc, Hagerstown, MD; Brutsche Concrete Products, Battle Creek, MI; Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corporation, Saginaw MI; Brown-Wilbert, Inc., Mankato, MN; Brown-Wilbert, Inc., Morris, MN; Brown-Wilbert, Inc., St. Cloud, MN; SI Funeral Services, Moberly, MO; SI Funeral Services, Rolla, MO; SI Funeral Services, Springfield, MO; SI Funeral Services, St. Joseph, MO; St. Louis Wilbert Vault Co., St. Louis, MO; Asheville Wilbert Vault Services, Inc., Candler, NC; Yates Wilbert Vault Co., Inc., Charlotte, NC; Arnold Wilbert Corporation, Goldsboro, NC; Goria Enterprises, Inc., Greensboro, NC; Wilbert Vault Company, Lumberton, NC; Brown-Wilbert, Inc., Fargo, ND; Northern Wilbert Vault Service, Grand Forks, ND; Baxter Burial Vaults, Cincinnati, OH; Turner Vault, Lima, OH; Bell Vault & Monument, Miamisburg, OH; Turner Vault, Northwood, OH; SI Funeral Services, Lawton, OK; SI Funeral Services, Oklahoma City, OK; SI Funeral Services, Sulphur, OK; SI Funeral Services, Tulsa, OK; Columbia Wilbert Vault Co., Cayce, SC; Wilbert Burial Vault Co., Inc., Greenville, SC; Charleston Wilbert Vault Co., Inc., Summerville, SC; Wilbert Vaults of Houston, Houston, TX; SI Funeral Services, San Antonio, TX; Richards-Wilbert, Inc. Mt. Jackson, VA; Richards-Wilbert, Inc., Roanoke, VA and Brown-Wilbert, Inc., Sun Prairie, WI.

?The entire Wilbert licensee organization believes in funeral service and strives to set the standard for service in the funeral profession?, stated Colson. ?This elite group of award winners has demonstrated sales and service performance that puts them in the upper echelon of their peers. It is through relationships with dedicated funeral home customers throughout North America that these organizations are able to achieve these prestigious honors.?

About Wilbert

Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. is the leading single-source supplier of burial vaults and cremation-related products and services to North American funeral homes. From its corporate offices in Broadview, the company licenses the right to manufacture burial vaults under the Wilbert trademark to a network of over 200 licensees, sub-licensees and distributors throughout North America.