Friday, November 30, 2012

Offer the families you serve the best protection

As the winter season approaches, give the families you serve the warmth of caring about their protection.

A Trigard lined, sealed burial vault provides a clean, dry casket space, protecting the family's loved one as well as their investment in the casket. Unlike single-layer outer burial containers, a lined burial vault's layers of protection work together to provide strength you can count on.

Provide the families you serve with the layers of protection they deserve. Learn more about the layers of protection, or call Customer Service at 800.637.1992 to place an order today.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What is your mission?

Ryan Snyder, Plant Manager

A couple of years ago, at our Trigard Convention, I had the opportunity to share what I felt the mission of the Trigard manufacturing team was. That statement was as follows:

"To provide ever increasing value to all of our stakeholders, including customers, associates, suppliers, and our community. Based on core values of integrity, trust and mutual respect, we will drive continuous improvement in all aspects of our operations, striving for excellence in safety performance, innovation, manufacturing productivity, product quality, customer satisfaction, and associate development and teamwork. As a company, we willingly accept the responsibility to be good corporate citizens and will actively engage and support the communities in which we reside."

Providing increasing value to all of your stakeholders is critical for long term success and viability. This starts with understanding who your true stakeholders are (recognizing that those stakeholders include your own employees) and being open and willing to change. We cannot stay where we are today and continue to bring increasing value to those stakeholders.

So what is your mission? Have you documented it and shared it? Are you actively pursuing it? It will be the road map that leads your business to continued success.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Iowa Concrete provides family with custom graveside service

We love to see one of our dealers think outside of the box to provide a family with a unique and memorable graveside ceremony. Mike Eckhart and the staff at Iowa Concrete just sent us these photos of a custom service they provided for a family that owns a tractor parts company.

The service included four flag poles, two tractors, and a balloon release. What a beautiful tribute.

We would like to thank the staff at Iowa Concrete for providing this family with such an amazing graveside service. Keep up the great work!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Watts Vault & Monument Co. invests in next generation of funeral professionals

Watts Vault & Monument Company recently hosted a group of mortuary science students from Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa.  

Watts has been dedicated to helping educate aspiring funeral directors since the mortuary science program was first offered at the college in 2004.

During their visit, the students learned about burial vaults, bronze and granite memorials and infant and child products. They also got a chance to tour the manufacturing facility and learn how burial vaults are made.

We would like to thank the staff at Watts Vault & Monument for taking time to help educate the next generation of funeral professionals. Keep up the great work!    

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Wilkes-Barre Burial Vault educates funeral professionals


Our friends at Wilkes-Barre Burial Vault recently held an open house and education seminar at their newly renovated facility in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Jeff Miller, Trigard Vice President of Business Development, spoke at the event. He discussed established vault principles and how to properly educate families and clients of the services and products we provide.

Guests were able to tour the facility, and staff members were on-hand to answer any questions. Food, door prizes and other giveaways completed the event.

Our special thanks go out to Terry Vonderheid and the staff at Wilkes-Barre Burial Vault and Sunlight Crematory for taking the time to help educate other funeral professionals.

Trigard dealer adds creative touch to graveside service


Our vault dealers are always looking for ways to help families remember, celebrate and heal - especially at the graveside. Sometimes that comes from a product (like the Healing Tree®), but often it's the dealer's own creativity that makes the difference.
Nick Pirro of Quality Vault and Casket Company in Leominster, Massachusetts, shared this photo of the extra touches he put on a recent graveside ceremony. The custom paint on the nameplate, along with the dove and flowers, add warmth and beauty to the outside of the vault.  
Nick Pirro went above and beyond to create a personalized tribute for this family. That's what it means to be Trigard strong.
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