NCBVA Newsletter

National Concrete Burial Vault Association

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The NCBVA held its annual meeting on November 4th and 5th in Dallas, Texas. The meeting was conducted at the Hilton Garden Inn in Arlington and was tied to two optional events at AT&T Stadium – Rally Day and the Monday night NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans. The event was attended by burial vault manufacturers and suppliers stretching from Arizona to South Carolina.

The meeting agenda included updates to the plant certification program and round table discussions on SILICA/OSHA and marijuana in the workplace. Future educational topics were evaluated and scored with “Graveside Liabilities” ranking high on the list of members’ priorities. In addition, accomplishments from 2018 and goals for 2019 were covered, and new officers were elected.

2018 accomplishments -- DONE!

  • Simplify the dues structure.
  • Migrate to electronic invoicing and accounting best practices.
  • Evaluate the certification process and restructure certification cycles and/or enhance program if needed.
  • Offer additional value from our legal resource, Poul LeMasters.
  • Build an educational atmosphere or forum that is focused on the burial vault industry (in progress).
  • Maintain or grow the number of company memberships.

2019 Executive Team

The executive team for 2019 includes:

  • President: Steve Handley, Handley Precast Systems, Phoenix, AZ (Trigard)
  • Vice President/Secretary: Jeffrey Hardy, Hardy Doric Inc, Chelmsford, MA (Doric)
  • Treasurer: Paul Cooper, Cooper Wilbert Vault, Middletown, DE (Wilbert)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Elections and terms

The NCBVA is looking for individuals to serve on the Board of Directors. Members will serve on a sub-committee and participate in conference calls and occasional meetings. Applicants must be a current NCBVA member and serve a 3-year term. Interested in applying? Submit your information now.

2020 open spots: 3-year term (1)

2021 open spots: 3-year term (2) + 1-year term (1)

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Passing the Gavel

NCBVA: Passing the gavel

Mark Bates (Norwalk Vault), 2017-18 president, passes the gavel to the incoming president Steve Handley.

2019 GOALS

  • Maintain and grow memberships.
  • Develop sponsorship programs.
  • Conduct 3 educational programs.
  • Conduct annual meeting + 2 board meetings (1 at annual).
  • Manage expenses; reduce accounting hours year over year.
  • Evaluate FAMIC relationship / options.
  • Rollout new certification schedule / process.


A large portion of the recent board meeting and the annual meeting was spent discussing changes to the organization's bylaws. The proposed changes can be viewed now (link below) but the final document is still in review for legal recommendations. It will be distributed next quarter.


If you are interested in promoting your products or services to the NCBVA membership, below are some new options.

  • Newsletter – $500
  • Legal Issue Email – $500
  • Legal Issue Postcard Mailing - $700
  • Email/Postcard Combo - $1000

Annual Meeting

Sponsors of $1000+ can set up a tabletop onsite if interested.

  • Breakfast – $1000
  • Lunch – $1000
  • Break – $500
  • Bar – $1000
  • Transportation – $750

Need more information or ready to lock a sponsorship? Contact us now.

They are talking about it!

Did you see? The NCBVA annual meeting was mentioned in several recent publications.

Legal Brief: Silica Exposure

Missed the article on silica dust exposure? Read it now.

Legal Brief: Marijuana at work

Missed the article on marijuana in the workplace? Read it now.


After the feedback we received on Silica Exposure and Marijuana at Work, the legal committee has slated several additional articles on key topics including:

  • Graveside Liabilities
  • DOT for small trucks / vault carts
  • Social Media Protection/Risks
  • OSHA Top 10 Violations


Our goal for 2019 is to get the certification on a more consistent schedule. The board of directors divided the plants into 4 regions and NCBVA will aim to visit 10 companies per region per year, starting with the plants that are the most expired. To verify your slot or to request a visit, please email us.

Plant certifications are offered to active members for $1500 per site. The certification is valid for 5 years. Inspections are being conducted by concrete veteran Craig Anderson.

Annual Meeting 2019: Save the date!

  • Aug 10-11, 2019 (Saturday/Sunday) -- tentative
  • Plant tour w/ vendors + cemetery tour on Saturday– Bruns Doric Vault
  • Cardinals/Pirates baseball game on Sunday
  • St Louis. MO
  • Board meeting: Friday Aug. 9


Annual membership dues will be sent electronically from QuickBooks in January. Doric licensees - remember to submit a copy of your payment to Doric for reimbursement of $225.
View the Current Membership List

You can view the current membership list and submit your edits as needed.

Thank you to our sponsor

Thank you to HD Williams, this month's newsletter sponsor. HD Williams makes precast accessories like these lifting handles for air sealed burial containers (see photo below). Learn more at
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