In February 1995 local licensed funeral directors, Phil Hinsey and Kevin Brown opened their business to serve Henry County and surrounding areas with a goal to provide excellence in funeral service at a reasonable price.
Twenty years later, 2015, while attending the Indiana Funeral Directors Association convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kevin Brown, already considering the addition of cremation services to his growing funeral business, meets Cremation Systems, an Illinois manufacturer of cremation equipment.
Consideration turns to reality and the process of zoning, designing, permitting and installing a crematory at the Hinsey Brown Funeral Home location in New Castle, Indiana begins.
To minimize the noise and disturbance to Hinsey Brown customers, the construction of a new garage, adjacent to the funeral home, was chosen for the location of the new crematorium. In late summer, 2017, with all approvals and permits in place, Hinsey Brown places an order with Cremation Systems for the manufacture, installation and training of a new CFS 2300 Cremation Retort. Things must move quickly to take advantage of the IRS Section 179 deduction for 2017 which allowed for a 100% deduction on the cost of the cremation equipment.
M.L. Taylor Construction begins construction on the new facility and the rapid time line moves forward:
• November 14th concrete is poured
• November 27th trusses are places and secured
• December 19th the retort is installed, stack and decorative cover placed
• December 21st the Hinsey Brown group performed their first cremation, only 37 days after the start of the garage addition
Solid planning, reliable and dependable suppliers can make short work of what needs to be done to add cremation to your funeral service business.
I want to tell you how pleased we are with Cremation Systems from the first time I met you at IFDA Convention to the installation and training process.
From A to Z, we have been well-informed, and had timely answers to all of our questions and concerns.
Thank you! I will also relay this to the factory/office in the near future.
I would like to pass on to yourself and your entire staff that you were all excellent to work with. I was very impressed with the knowledge of each of your staff members from General questions to fine Details. I never once had to wait over 30 minutes to have a full correct answer back to me. In the building industry that is incredible and helps our process so much. A lot of vendors we have worked with in the past can take up to several days just to get answers back which delays the whole process and makes everything much more difficult.
I was also very impressed with your drawings and details as well as your questionnaires that you have the contractors fill out. It really does help us walk through the process seamlessly.